Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The Legend Of Korra
With so much trash on the children cable channels, once and a while, it's nice to have a show worth mentioning. The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra on Nickelodeon is one of these shows.
This sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender takes place about 100 years later. Aang has already died and Korra, a water bender, becomes the next Avatar. Already having mastered three of the elements, she begins her studies with Aang's son, Tenzin, to master the last element, Air.
They end up in Republic City, which was founded by Aang. Allowed to thrive, new technologies are introduced and the city currently resembles our own 1920s era, complete with cars and radios. No Tommy guns, though. :)
But Republic City isn't safe. A crime syndicate known as the Tri-benders runs rampant. Also, many non-benders, confident with the new technologies they created, wish to rise up and start a new era without benders. This effort is led by the mysterious Amon. Somehow he has learned the ability to take away bending powers permanently. Armed with his chi-blocking armies (who can block powers temporarily), he poses a serious threat to our young Avatar.
Just like the original Avatar, this show has the perfect balance of serious adult-ish themes mixed with childlike humor. In one scene, Korra can be escaping from a frightening situation, and in the next scene she's burping with her friend.
In the five episodes I've seen so far, the writers have already jammed in politics, exciting battles, steampunk, dealing with bullies, humor, an exciting game called Pro Bending which is like Quidditch only with rules that make sense, steampunk, fascism, militarism, and oh ... did I mention steampunk?
Check it out. I'm glad that my kids are making me watch this with them.