Posted on Saturday, September 19th, 2020 by Hoai-Tran Bui
(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 »