‘The Legend of Korra’ TV Show Review: Missed Potential

“I Don’t Know What I’m Supposed To Be Doing Half The Time”

To follow up a show like Avatar: The Last Airbender with something equally as good I’d say is a very difficult task. From the characters, music, plot, and world building its simply just an amazing cartoon.

While i don’t believe The Legend of Korra had as much as a solid run as it’s predecessor the show definitely deserves its credit for what it did well.

Overview

The Legend of Korra follows the newest avatar and successor of Aang in her pursuit to bring peace to the world. Korra is a 17-year-old girl from the Southern Water Tribe who from a young age has had the ability to use three of the four elements at will.

While it seems like Avatar Aang did much to make the world a peaceful place new threats arise and its Korra’s job to not allow the planet to be further thrown out of balance.

What it gets right, it really gets right!

Surpassing the original series probably was not most fans expectation for the show. These people were just happy to dive back into the Avatar universe. From the first episode something just felt right about production.

The animation looks amazing and you can really tell during combat. It’s incredible just to see the little details in every scene.

As with the original series the score is elegant. Truly every song that is played will get me engaged even if whats happening on screen isn’t too interesting.

Missed Potential

One of the most frustrating things about this show in general is that it started off great. The first season had a great antagonist and the world building was phenomenal. While it was a bit slow I liked the pace the story chose to take.

Such a strong start also made it hard for The Legend of Korra to follow up the same level of quality throughout the series. However, the beginning doesn’t excuse some of the other seasons for being less than stellar.

One of the best antagonists in the series is followed up by possibly the worst and the show’s quality diminishes with his introduction. I believe that the incredibly high stakes are what makes this show become pretty average in a couple seasons.

Its a bit too predictable and most of the time you’ll be able to guess the outcome.

What Do We Do Now?

The cast does their job at the end of the day. I don’t believe they are the greatest group of characters ever assembled but they serve their purpose… in season one.

It felt like the writers knew what they wanted in the beginning and after that point they lost their way. Some characters are written into a wall and go nowhere for the rest of the show’s run pretty early on in the series.

It’s really unfortunate because one of the best aspects of Avatar: The Last Airbender are the characters. However, in The Legend of Korra I feel that there are many characters who just exist and lose their purpose within a couple seasons.

Conclusion

The Legend of Korra really excels with their fight scenes, music, and animation. These are some of the most important aspects of a show such as this.

I believe the show hit its peak too early and had such a huge falloff that made the series suffer. With subpar villains along with poor character development two of the four season’s quality just felt very off.

There’s so much missed potential throughout the entire show and I believe that the series was only a few steps away from greatness. Just to be clear The Legend of Korra is not a bad show it just could’ve had a better run.

Verdict 6 out of 10 Stars

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