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.


Kate H. said...

I was chatting with some friends about this show last night. Sounds great! I'm going to have to check it out.

Erin Latimer said...

It sounds really great! I'm drawn in by the sound of the steampunk, lol. I saw the actual movie "The Last Airbender" which was truly terrible. But I would love to watch the carton. I'm actually going back and watching all the old X-Men cartoons on netflix right now. They're actually really entertaining.

Melvyn Windham said...

Hah - I actually kind of liked the movie until my kids made me watch the original cartoon. Then I saw why no one liked "The Last Airbender" - because it was like they identified all the things the kids liked about the cartoons, and sucked all that out. Now I hate the movie.

The cartoons are superb story telling, unlike the movie.

Milo James Fowler said...

It sounds MUCH better than the movie. Holy cow. Is Mr. Shyamalan working on anything these days?