Finally watched the most recent Korra ep

It was a LOT better than the premiere. Infinitely better writing for Korra, I was actually really pleased that she was able to grow a little and kick some ass. And I feel the issue of her father lying to her was presented with as much weight as it deserved this episode and her anger was presented as justified and relatable which is great.

And she got to have an entire conversation with her Mom! gasp! It’s kind of sad how low my expectations are but it made me happy. and what a sweet scene with her parents!

Bad things:

No Asami still wtf


yeah the thing with Bolin and the twins isn’t funny I have no interest in seeing Bolin in an abusive relationship for laughs. HE’S AFRAID TO EVEN BREAK UP WITH HER BECAUSE SHE THREATENED TO KILL HIM WTF what is wrong with you legend of korra

i want to take Bolin away and hug him forever u deserve a better show buddy.


themetaisawesome asked: In the trailer for the second season, Wan Shi Tong the owl spirit was seen landing in front of Jinora, so I'm kinda wondering if Jinora goes looking for needed information, and Shi Tong would be like "Your grandad lied to me and tried to use my library for his own purposes, what makes you any different?" I really think her confrontation with Wan Shi Tong is going to be her huge moment of the season, no matter how it goes down, I bet good money that confrontation will be her BIG moment

yeah i remember her in the trailer, but I couldn’t remember what was up. Thanks for the info!


Legend of Korra Book 2: Spirit Concept Art




All pictures via: http://owldee.tumblr.com/

A spirit that Korra confronts:

Evil Spirits







Korra’s mom, Senna:
Korra’s dad, Tonraq:
Korra’s uncle, Unarock:
Verick (Bolin’s friend):
Korra’s twin cousins (Unarock’s kids):
The old Gaang:
The new Krew:

Reblogging because I wasn’t sure who the new characters were and they’re labeled here.

*emits a loud screeching noise*

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How You Can Have a Bunch of Great Ideas but Still Fuck Up Real Bad: A Korra Essay


Hahahaha ever since Saturday the Korra finale seems to make me angrier and angrier. As a storyteller and as a fan of solid storytelling, it is an atrocious mess! I stand by the creators are amazing directors, amazing concept artists, amazing producers, but wow are they terrible writers. They have absolutely no understanding of dramatic convention, and so the first season of The Legend of Korra suffered greatly from terrible execution, and the core ideas were so good it should’ve been a gamechanger. It should’ve been the most brilliant thing on television and instead we were given a 12-week narrative case of blue balls.

Disclaimer: if you enjoyed/love/fanatic about Korra, by all means continue to do so! I enjoyed a lot about Korra. In fact that is why I am so frustrated. But that aside, this is meant as a critique and a dissection and as such you can take it or you can leave it. Nothing I have to say will change the show, nor will anything I have to say will have any effect on what season 2 will bring. Mostly I have been ranting about it to everyone on a daily basis since Saturday and this is my way to finally just. get. it. all. out. So this is me shouting into the ether for my own cathartic glee.

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The more I look at it, the more I think that this look:

is almost exactly like this one:


Now, I’m just as disappointed as anybody at the fact that Bolin’s attraction to Korra was just completely skipped over in the later episodes, but judging by that look he gave her after they hugged, I’m guessing that those feelings didn’t just ‘vanish’.

Hear me out here.

While Bolin has been shown to look up to his brother, it was also stated in his bio that he feels inferior to Mako as well. This makes sense because while Mako has raised Bolin, comforted and cared for him for his entire life, he isn’t really that supportive of his brother. Mako is used to taking charge and having Bolin follow him, he’s so determined to make sure Bolin doesn’t get hurt that he doesn’t let Bolin go out on his own and make his own decisions.

So Bolin’s never had the chance to believe in his own judgement. He’s always depended on Mako to help him.This led to a certain amount of insecurities, which he seems to have originally dealt with by being outgoing and charming, soaking in the praise of ‘fangirls’ to supplement his own low self worth. It worked for a while.

But then Korra came.

Korra, who Bolin fell head over earthbending piggies for, who he loved and admired for her drive and confidence. Which are both things he lacks. It makes sense that he’d fall for her because of this. He wants what he doesn’t have, can’t have. Yet, for one dizzying moment, he had her.

That isn’t the look of someone who had just a fleeting crush. He was falling for her harder than he ever had before. Even more than any of those fangirls, because it appears that they seemed to be after Mako more than anything else. Remember when Bolin snapped at Mako to ‘leave some girls for the rest of us’?

It seems like all those fangirls whose praise and cheer that Bolin depended on to soothe his own insecurities were more interested in Mako than they were in him.

So it crushes him two-fold when Korra—the girl he fell for because she was so different from anybody he’d ever met, the girl who was ‘one of a kind’—still fell for his brother instead.

Now all those little hidden insecurities, those little doubts and fears about who he was and whether he would ever be good enough, they all came to a head when he saw Mako kissing Korra. He wasn’t good enough again. He’d messed up somehow, it had to be his fault, he must have done something wrong because everything was so wrong now when it had been perfect just moments ago.

Any other person would have been furious at Mako for kissing a girl who he knew his brother liked, and would have taken quite some time to forgive Mako for betraying him like that.

Not Bolin. He had a small moment of anger—‘You’re a bad idea’—but then it was gone. Because Mako is not only his brother, he is Bolin’s caretaker, guardian, mother, father, and best friend all rolled into one. That’s a lot of dependency.

Bolin wouldn’t have confronted Mako in any serious way. And he didn’t.

Bolin just covered everything up with smiles and optimism, the same way he had dealt with everything else in his life. He never had any closure with his crush on Korra and it never got resolved. So it sat there and it festered. 

He watched Mako and Korra grow closer and closer, and didn’t say a damned word because he was trying as hard as he possibly could to make himself believe he didn’t care.

But in this scene, his strange affection comes to light yet again, but it’s changed now. That look isn’t the same content, loving look he gave to Korra during their date. It was sadder, worn down and weary from the struggle to keep everything down, to keep his feelings manageable and in check.

It didn’t work. I think he finally realized it in that one cap. It. Didn’t. Work.

Borrowing a little (a lot) from my liveblogging experience, you can just see it all from the hug he gave her.

It’s in the way he holds out his arms and waits for her to come into them, like he wanted her to to be the one who came to him this time, or like he didn’t trust himself to let go if he did it. He doesn’t even wait for her to come the entire way, he pulls her closer and just slumps down so quickly, like the strain of waiting for her was too much to bear.

And that look is not a platonic look. It’s not. He didn’t even look like that when he was hugging his own brother.

That is the look of a man that is embracing someone he cares for very, very much, but knows that this could be the last time he ever does so. Because even if she came back alive from fighting Amon, he would probably never get this close to her again. Not the way he wanted to.

And look at the way he’s hugging her. She’s giving him a simple, friendly hug, but him? He has his arm wrapped around her waist, something that was not necessary in the least. It’s almost like he was intent on pressing her as close to him as humanly possible.

And Bolin just looks sosad. Almost like he finally realized exactly how deep he was in, how impossible this situation was.

He couldn’t forget her, not like this, not by ignoring every reason why he had to. He’d messed up again, but this time it was worse because he didn’t know how to get himself out of this one. All his previous ways of dealing with his issues weren’t working anymore. He couldn’t force a smile and pretend nothing was wrong.

Because loving Korra was something he didn’t know how to stop doing.

Batty, what are you doing to my feelings.

this makes me want to cry

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Verdict: Problematic as fuck in many, many ways.

Korra feels like she is nothing without her bending. She can’t accept Mako’s (half-assed as it is) love because she defines herself totally by her bending. Without it, by her standards, she’s not worthy of love.


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I think I can actually say YJ handled the romantic aspects of its plot better than LoK.

As horribly as I felt the stuff with Wally and Artemis was (and don’t get me started on New Years) they at least didn’t make the poorly-handled shipping the…

I’m not invested in any ships either

because the handling of ships on both shows was really really bad

and YJ’s involved saying Artemis is Wally’s “little spitfire”

which is the most ridiculously condenscending thing ever than I’m never getting over

and it’s not like bland romance wasn’t all over the plot in YJ toooooo soooo

So I’m not going to even damn YJ with faint praise on that department. Both shows have no idea how to not make romance eyerollingly bad and were downright sexist about it at times.

sorry to be a bum-outter and all, that’s just how I feel.



i would like to take a moment to revel in glory of my queen, asami sato.

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