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

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“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

Bored in Quarantine? Here Are Some Movies & TV Shows That’ll Keep You Busy

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Being locked in the house all day isn’t what most people would call fun. However, if you have Netflix or Hulu there are some quality shows & movies worth your time. Hopefully, these entries can make staying in your homes a bit more bearable.

1. You (Netflix)

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“There are terrifying people in the world. It’s important to be safe and that’s why I have to do what I’m going to do”

What would you do for love? For Joe Goldberg, nothing is off the table. Throughout the show, you’ll see just how far Joe is willing to go in his pursuit of love in ways that are just truly unexpected.

With a steady build-up to the final episode of each season tensions rise. The storytelling is done in such a way that the audience will remain interested from beginning to end to get the answers they want.

2. Creed 2 (Hulu)

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“If you want to change things in a big way, then you gotta make some big changes”

Who would’ve thought that when Rocky was released in 1976 it’s impact would still be relevant in 2020? The story of Creed II takes place shortly after the events of the first and the protagonist Adonis Johnson has built up quite a reputation since then.

The biggest reason why Johnson became a boxer in the first place was because of his late father Apollo Creed. In 1985, Apollo died in the ring against a Russian boxer named Ivan Drago. Now 33 years after the incident the son of Drago challenges Johnson to a match in the ring.

3. A Quiet Place (Hulu)

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“If they hear you they hunt you”

In a world where people must live in silence or face certain death a compelling story is born. From the first scene onward you feel as though you’re right inside the shoes of the family we watch throughout the film.

A Quiet Place follows Evelyn (Emily Blunt) & Lee Abbot (John Krasinski) as they do all that they can to protect their family in a living nightmare.

4. Tiger King (Netflix)

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“I’d shoot you before I shot my cat”

Easily one of the most shocking shows to come out recently. From the tiger king himself being Joe Exotic hiring someone to murder his long term enemy Carol Baskin. To the general public’s assumption that Baskin fed her husband to tigers.

Surprisingly as the show continues it only gets more ridiculous. Words can’t begin to describe the Netflix Original it’s truly something you’d need to see for yourself.

5. Kung Fu Panda 2 (Netflix)

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“Your story may not have a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make you who you are. It is the rest of your story, who you choose to be”

Sequels more often than not pale in comparison to the original product and that just isn’t the case in Kung Fu Panda 2. Po (Jack Black) alongside the Furious Five are the protectors of the Valley of Peace. They are all martial artists with extraordinary skills.

While the valley has been safe for quite some time a new enemy threatens to take over all of China. Now it’s up to Po and his friends to defeat a foe who seeks out to wipe Kung fu from the world.

6. Bojack Horseman (Netflix)

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“Not Understanding That You’re A Horrible Person Doesn’t Make You Less Of A Horrible Person”

Bojack Horseman is a bitter, bad-tempered, self-loathing washed-up celebrity from the ’90s. After quite some time out of the limelight, Bojack decides he wants to gain his fame back.

The show has its happy moments as well as its sad ones. However, throughout the journey, while everyone tends to realize Bojack isn’t a great person there’s something about him that makes you want him to change for the better.

 

Why Transformers Sucks!

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In 2007, the first Transformers film released starring Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox. Who would’ve thought that the series would receive so many sequels but also spiral into mediocrity? Personally, I enjoy the first two films and tolerate the third. However, when the fourth and fifth movie released I realized we’d get nothing like the film that started it all.

Rehashing the Same Plot

As a series continued I felt like we are watching the same movie over and over again. The government says that they cannot help the heroes that have protected earth with their lives and they state they’re not allied with them.

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Then the government proceeds to help the Decepticons find and defeat the Autobots. The story boils down to both alliances trying to find an artifact that will grant the user a great advantage in battle. After that point, the day saved and everyone goes home happily ever after.

Something New

In 2018, Bumblebee released and I believe it was received pretty well. Hopefully, as we go into the future more good transformers films will be released. As much as I hate to say it I don’t think Michael Bay was the issue nor Mark Walberg. One of the main reasons I believe the series is spiraled out of control is simply bad storytelling.

After the third film, I believe we needed something fresh and new. However, the formula kept on repeating itself. In Transformers: Age of Extinction I don’t believe Mark Wahlberg was really an issue I believe he did the best in the cast. I think the characters that surrounded him were the problem.

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Lack of Reasoning

For instance, his daughter and his daughter’s boyfriend added nothing to the narrative. At least in the first three films, it made sense why our protagonist is not the only one caught up the situation. The enemy constantly came after Shia Labeouf and the people surrounded by him.

In Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight I felt that the other characters didn’t have to be put in danger. They weren’t really involved in the conflict and they could’ve walked away at any point.

Too Predictable

If I can tell you what happens in a film before it begins that’s a problem. My biggest issue from the Transformers series is how massive the threat is. In each film it’s the end of the world for heroes fail The stakes are so high but they always come out on top so where’s the tension.

In the MCU, each film has differing levels of severity. If every entry was as high-stakes as the Avenger’s movies there’s no way they could’ve held the public’s attention for as long as they did. An Action-packed franchise, not every single found needs to possess a world-ending antagonist.

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If this is truly what they want they should make a different result in the end. Do something to shock audiences. Be bold if they kill off a character don’t bring them back. Maybe not make Megatron the main villain every single time. Who says that the villain has to be someone the audience already knows. Make a brand-new villain!

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Conclusion

I believe that huge amounts of money that the Transformers series has received has led to the creators of these films getting lazier and lazier. Each film was the same with minor differences here and there. At times the plot feels like it doesn’t make sense because of the decisions that certain characters make in these movies.

Finally, it’s all just too predictable audiences know exactly what the getting into. I want more good films to come from this franchise and I hope that future releases surpass the mediocre entries such as Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight. 

 

 

 

Is Disenchantment your next binge watch?

Disenchantment was created by the same minds that gave us the Simpsons & Futurama. The question looming over many people’s heads is if the show lives up to the hype. In some ways, I believe the first season of Disenchantment surpasses Futurama and even the earlier seasons of the Simpsons. There are definitely flaws, but they don’t make this show a deal breaker at least for me.

Tons of Potential

Being funny and having an ongoing story in adult animation isn’t an easy thing to do but Disenchantment balances them well. The main characters all shine with many comedic moments. Luci stands out and I think that the voice actor is great. He really captures the devilish trait that he should have for this role.
I shouldn’t leave out Bean or Elfo either. These three characters work so well when they’re on screen together. Elfo being so simple minded because he doesn’t know the world very well works great with Bean and her evil sidekick Luci. The best parts of the show are when these characters are present. I can’t wait to see the dynamic between these characters if this show is renewed for a second season.

Does it Drag-On?

Many people have mentioned that the first few episodes drag on, but I don’t particularly feel that way. This show has a more serious tone than the Simpsons so I think it’s important to set up the characters. Not to mention the set up for the story was entertaining at least to me.

Conclusion

The first season of this series was pretty good. The story is complemented by the characters put in place. The dynamic of the cast truly stands out here and everyone has something to say. While there is a bit of a build up it’s certainly worth it after you delve into the season a bit. I recommend that you watch at least a few episodes it’s worth a shot.

Avengers 4 Has Some Big Shoes to Fill!

Has Marvel Put the Bar Too High?

Avengers: Infinity War still puts chills down my spine when I think of the universe and the current state it’s in. The fact that the Avengers have lost at the end of the film is a completely different feeling from 90% of superhero movies. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the heroes losing, but it is very intriguing to see. While the ending was great I think it’s important to remember the film was truly a work of art from beginning to end. Marvel has gotten the formula down for their films. They make us laugh, they make us feel tense, and they just give us a reason to go to the theaters. I love cinema so I would go to the theater even if Marvel didn’t release three different movies a year. However, they are so consistent I know when I pay for my ticket that i’m in for a good experience. While all of this is great it puts them in a great dilemma. How will they top the movies that they’ve been releasing recently especially Infinity War.
They’ll have to get everything right in the next film even to compete with the latest Avengers entry. I don’t want the story to be obvious, especially with the twist from Infinity War. The story should be engaging and should keep the viewers interested throughout the film. Not only do Marvel have to get those two things right comedy must hold up as well. Going into the next film I assume the cast at least in the first two acts of the film will be cut shorter than that of the previous Avengers movies. Therefore, if they truly want to get laughs they’ll have to be original with a group of characters that we’ve seen work together previously. In Avengers: Infinity War, the film was so comedic because we had a lot of different characters meeting for the first time. It’s easy to make jokes with different material, but now I assume it will be much harder to get laughs from the audience. I hope this film proves me dead wrong since I will surely be in attendance as soon as the movie releases for public viewing.