(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: The Legend of Korra

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Roughly 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender, hotheaded Southern Water Tribe teenager Korra takes her first steps in her journey as the peacekeeping Avatar. But the world that greets Korra is dramatically different than the one Aang traversed — technological innovations have accelerated and the political landscape had become murkier and more complex. With the world no longer appearing to need the Avatar, where does that leave Korra?

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko gave themselves the unenviable task of following up one of the most beloved animated shows of all time. And for that, you kind of have to applaud them. Sure, The Legend of Korra is a mixed bag at best, especially compared to the near-perfection that is Avatar: The Last Airbender, but it tried something new. Gone was the largely rural world of Avatar: The Last Airbender — now we’re in Republic City, baby, a shining steampunk metropolis whose design echoes 1920s America. Gone is our cheery perception of the beloved characters of Avatar, who all apparently turned out to be horrible parents. Gone too is the simple story of good and evil that made Avatar: The Last Airbender such a compelling watch; but in its stead was a dream of tackling other political realities (which arguably was the biggest misstep of Korra). But there’s something bold about taking such big steps to distinguish itself from its beloved predecessor, and while those steps often turned into stumbles, Korra at least did offer something fresh in its cocky, bullish, wonderfully imperfect protagonist.  Read More »

the legend of korra coming to netflix

Long ago, the world lived without means to watch Avatar: The Last Airbender without buying the Blu-rays or moving outside of the U.S. Then, everything changed when the beloved Nickelodeon series dropped on Netflix. When Avatar: The Last Airbender came to the streaming giant in May, it quickly became one of Netflix’s most popular titles, bringing both confusion over the resurgence of this kid’s “cartoon” and a wave of new fans who finally saw what all the fuss was about. So it was only a matter of time before Netflix brought the sequel series, The Legend of Korra, to its service.

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There’s a ton of TV tidbits to plow through today, some of it Con-related and some of it not. After the jump:

  • Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan suggests a Saul Goodman spinoff
  • Nickelodeon orders a second season of The Legend of Korra
  • TNT picks up Falling Skies for a third season
  • Science Channel will shoot a Firefly reunion special at Comic-Con
  • Homeland‘s second season will head to the Middle East
  • Watch the first two minutes of Dexter‘s seventh season
  • Ron Howard tweets from the writers room of Arrested Development

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss Bobcat Goldthwait’s newest film, God Bless America (available now on VOD) and reflect on what the imminent death of physical film means for filmgoers and for the movie industry.

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