I’m going straight to hell for this.
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i CAN’T STOP LAUGHING.
1. Favourite Episode » The Revelation
So I decided to clean up and edit the photos that were taken of the new concept art at SDCC the other week because 1. I am in love with all of the art regarding this show and 2. I AM DAMN EXCITED FOR BOOK TWO.
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Concept Art. Korra. ‘Nuff said.
oh my god that last one
I actually literally looked up the line in the bottom GIF about an hour ago because I was like, “Does Mako ever actually give any REASON for liking Korra?” and he did have that one sentence to say, so…hey. Go him for that. I’m still completely unsold on how he did a 180 from Asami to Korra in such a dick way that was creepy obsessive and sudden, but HEY, at least he expresses SOME kind of damned reason for actually liking her in some capacity.
Makorra still comes across as the Avatar equivalent of Bella x Edward a la Twilight, but you can’t win ‘em all.
“I’m still completely unsold on how he did a 180 from Asami to Korra in such a dick way that was creepy obsessive and sudden[…]”
And that’s really my biggest problem with Makorra. They have great potential, balancing (if occasionally clashing) personalities, mesh well, and COULD work really well, they could! BUT, their kind of relationship isn’t the easy fluffy kind; the writers had to freaking sell the 180 on Mako’s part, and they completely fucking failed! -slams keyboard on desk- It’s infuriating because I WANT them to work, but although I can get past the jumpy way they were actually written in the show via my imagination and closing the gaps, it’s not convincing and not selling it for a lot of people (not to mention I’m disappointed that I DO have to fill in the gaps via my imagination).
Last note: Damn do not ever compare anything to the atrocity that is Twilight, at least Korra HAS a personality to potentially like; nothing written into that book could possibly have rationalized a reason to like Bella.
I absolutely agree.
I think my biggest problem with Makorra was Mako. No, it’s not because I hated him…I just. Was totally neutral on him. I had no idea WHAT to feel, because by the end of the season I still had no idea who he was. His characterization fluxuated between being too weak and being too inconsistent.
With Bolin, I could say he’s an affable, relaxed guy who can be a bit of a goof, but is also quite suave and very aware and proud of his talents. Korra is headstrong, impulsive, and passionate, while also being rather naive and idealistic. Mako? He’s uh…aloof? Seriously, I just can’t pin down what his personality is supposed to be. One episode he’s protective and caring..the next, he could care less.
And I think that’s part of why Makorra just isn’t clicking for me. Mako just isn’t a full character yet. I hope season 2 does more with him. I really liked the romances in AtLA, so I’m hoping that they get their heads straight on how to handle this thing before it drags the show down kicking and screaming with it.
Now, in regards to the romance of the series in general… I know that a lot of people are really up in arms over the fact that Book 2 is supposedly going to focus more heavily on romance, but looking at it from a more… impartial point of view? Maybe that’ll actually work more in its favor.
I mean, don’t get me wrong. The romance in Book 1 was horribly handled and made very little sense. But if you really think about it, no matter how much it bogged the plot down, no matter how much it detracted from the excitement and intrigue, it wouldn’t have been an issue if it actually had relevance. The romances in ATLA were so great and so memorable because they actually played a heavy role in the development of the characters. They were more focused and well-thought-out and believable, and above all they moved the story along.
The problem with Book 1 of Korra is that there were so many amazing ideas, so much story, so many characters… but so little time to tell it all in a coherent way. As a result, the romance, which probably would have made more sense and actually been enjoyable, was reduced to a distracting side-show with no bearing on anything else. Thus the perception that there was “too much,” but in actuality it wasn’t too much. It just had no point in being there at all. I don’t want to argue that there wasn’t enough of it, because of the timeframe of the season… but if they’d been able to balance all of the amazing ideas they had, they could have done a better job of making the romance matter.
So, I dunno. I still love Korra despite all the flaws and bad writing, so looking at it from the perspective of someone who really cares about the series and knows what it could do to make itself better, maybe focusing more on the romance WOULDN’T be such a bad thing, no matter how much people may say otherwise. If there’s more focus on it, if it actually makes sense and furthers the plot, if it develops the characters, then who knows? It could actually be worth watching—possibly even better than Book 1 as far as character development goes.
*shrugs* It always helps to put a positive spin on things. XD
“Ryu’s Due Date” by Ryu Ki Hyun.
Ryu is insane. I can’t even fathom his talent. And yes, we have Ryu to thank for “fartbending.”