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Old April 12 2012, 02:18 PM   #76
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So far, though, we haven't gotten too much info on the main conflict of the series. I'm hoping they find a way to make it feel as epic as TLA. After you save the world from Fire Nation oppression after a 100-year war, fighting some anti-bending protesters seems a little lame.
Having a rising tide of people who want to put an end to bending seems pretty big to me. Like I said up-thread, it strikes me as a bigger threat to the world of Avatar than one nation going rogue. What remains to be seen is how well the show handles the issue.
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Old April 12 2012, 05:56 PM   #77
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But Amon doesn't have the resources of an advanced nation-state behind him. At best all he has are chi-blockers,



So while his organization is less impressive than the Fire Nation. As an individual nemesis, he might be more threatening than Ozai.
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Old April 12 2012, 09:16 PM   #78
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So far, though, we haven't gotten too much info on the main conflict of the series. I'm hoping they find a way to make it feel as epic as TLA. After you save the world from Fire Nation oppression after a 100-year war, fighting some anti-bending protesters seems a little lame.
Having a rising tide of people who want to put an end to bending seems pretty big to me. Like I said up-thread, it strikes me as a bigger threat to the world of Avatar than one nation going rogue. What remains to be seen is how well the show handles the issue.
I think right now it seems like less of an issue because, as far as we've seen, it's only happening in one city, whereas Fire Lord Ozai was hell bent on taking over the world. It's still early, obviously, but I really hope we see more of how this anti-bender movement is affecting things on a global scale.
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Old April 12 2012, 09:35 PM   #79
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^But Republic City is a microcosm for the new world. It's a city where people from all four nations live together in a unified society, just as the whole world does in this new era. As it goes, so goes the entire new global order.

After all, this is a new, industrialized world. In the 70 years since Sozin's Comet, the world has modernized and been brought closer together by radio, automobiles, and other industrial-era technologies. So the world of A:TLA, where the various nations and cultures were more separate, is giving way to one that's growing more interconnected. Korra is about events and changes that affect the whole world; it's just that we're seeing them happen in the place that serves as a social, political, and economic focus for the world as a whole.



Here's a nice new interview with Konietzko and DiMartino that gives some new insights:

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/0...zko-interview/
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Old April 12 2012, 09:38 PM   #80
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Yeah, I get that. Again, after only two episodes, we just haven't seen that much of the conflict yet. I'm not complaining about anything, just expressing my hopes. If Republic City is in fact supposed to represent the world, I hope the show does a good job of expressing that.
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Old April 15 2012, 08:02 AM   #81
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Anybody else is reminded to Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut? With the mask on of course.
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Old April 15 2012, 02:35 PM   #82
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I watched the episodes again on their broadcast premiere yesterday, and I noticed something about episode 2 that I missed the first two times. I realized that Mako and Bolin were essentially showing Korra the same thing that Tenzin was trying to teach her with the spinning paddle thingy, how to dodge and evade. First when Mako was doing the rope-a-dope move, "bobbing and weaving" to dodge the attacks and save his energy before striking back, then when Bolin told her how she had to keep her stance loose and mobile so she wouldn't be a sitting turtle-duck (or whatever). It was the same principle as the airbender style, a focus on evasion and redirection. But when Tenzin tried to teach her that, she resisted because it was couched in the Air Nomad culture and philosophy that she found alien, and so she didn't see it as something she could understand or internalize. But pro-bending is a competitive, aggressive sport, and that's a mindset she can readily relate to. So when she saw that the same principles of giving way and evading could be an integral part of competition, that's what enabled her to accept and understand Tenzin's lessons.

But that was worked into the story so subtly that I didn't realize what was going on. I'd figured it was just the urgency of the situation, when she was on the verge of losing, that forced her to focus and start using what she'd learned. Now I see there was more to it, and it was very cleverly and subtly seeded throughout the pro-bending scenes. That's really impressive writing. Gotta love those layers.
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Old April 17 2012, 10:12 PM   #83
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I finally got to see this (with my two kids), and we all really liked it.

Unfortunately Nickelodeon is one of the few non-HD channels in my cable lineup, so I have to suffer through SD quality. Ugh!

Things I liked:
+ Korra herself (more aggressive version of Katara)
+ Toph's daughter, the chief of police, I see her as a reluctant future ally
+ Tenzin
+ Tenzin's kids are great comic relief and will probably continue to be so.

Things I liked less:
- The pro bending team. The two boys are very generic looking, I cannot tell them apart, nor do I know their names.

I'm looking forward to learning more about the villain(s). I like the idea someone suggested earlier that they might create weapons from pure metals not susceptible to earth bending. Chi-blocking will clearly play a large part.
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Old April 17 2012, 11:14 PM   #84
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- The pro bending team. The two boys are very generic looking, I cannot tell them apart, nor do I know their names.
Mako's the thinner, surlier one who firebends (he's been described as "Zuko without the angst"), and Bolin's the stockier, more gregarious and goofy one who earthbends. I've had no trouble telling them apart. (Note also that the pro-bending helmets have patches on the forehead that are color-coded by nation/bending ability: orange for fire, blue for water, green for earth, the same as the dominant eye colors for those respective nations.)
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Old April 18 2012, 01:56 AM   #85
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I really liked the pilot, and I already really like the characters, particularly the relationship between Tenzin and Korra. I also really liked Tenzin's children. It's pretty tragic that those are the only air benders so far, though.

I hope they deal with the fact that Katara has to train the reincarnation of her dead husband. That must be brutal.
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Old April 18 2012, 02:28 AM   #86
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I'm not sure we'll be seeing much of Katara from now on. Korra appears to have mastered her water bending already, although I'm sure she did instruct her.
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Old April 18 2012, 03:18 AM   #87
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Yeah, I have a feeling Katara's appearance in the pilot was kinda like McCoy's in Encounter at Farpoint. A way to comfortably connect the two shows for the pilot in a way that wouldn't be a distraction from the new show's story.
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Old April 18 2012, 03:20 AM   #88
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I'm not sure we'll be seeing much of Katara from now on. Korra appears to have mastered her water bending already, although I'm sure she did instruct her.
Yup. As we saw in A:TLA, the training cycle goes air, water, earth, fire -- or in Korra's case, water, earth, fire, air (and so on for each new Avatar -- note that the Avatars themselves cycle through the nations in the same order, for instance from Kyoshi to Roku to Aang to Korra). The episode opened with Korra completing her firebending training; and since she's Southern Water Tribe by birth, naturally waterbending would've been the first skill she mastered. And she is 17 years old, so she's much farther along in her training than Aang was when we met him. So she's completed her studies in the other three disciplines, and air is the only one left.

Also, Master Katara is played by Eva Marie Saint, who was billed as a "Special Guest Star." That probably means we won't be seeing her regularly.
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Old April 18 2012, 11:46 PM   #89
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- The pro bending team. The two boys are very generic looking, I cannot tell them apart, nor do I know their names.
Mako's the thinner, surlier one who firebends (he's been described as "Zuko without the angst"), and Bolin's the stockier, more gregarious and goofy one who earthbends. I've had no trouble telling them apart. (Note also that the pro-bending helmets have patches on the forehead that are color-coded by nation/bending ability: orange for fire, blue for water, green for earth, the same as the dominant eye colors for those respective nations.)
If it was addressed in the show I didn't catch it, but doesn't having two brothers, one a firebender & the other an earthbender imply that their parents and/or grandparents are from different nations?

I thought that was a nice subtle way to illustrate just how much has changed in 70 years and indeed, what Republic City is all about.

Something else that caught my attention; if matey-bloke-who's-name-I've-forgotten is currently the only the only airbending master, does that imply that his two siblings that Katara mentions are either waterbenders, less accomplished airbenders or not benders at all? Given their parentage the last option seems the least likely.
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Old April 19 2012, 12:02 AM   #90
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If it was addressed in the show I didn't catch it, but doesn't having two brothers, one a firebender & the other an earthbender imply that their parents and/or grandparents are from different nations?

I thought that was a nice subtle way to illustrate just how much has changed in 70 years and indeed, what Republic City is all about.
That's right -- according to what I've read, they're the children of a mixed marriage. And you're right, it does illustrate the melting-pot nature of the Republic.


Something else that caught my attention; if matey-bloke-who's-name-I've-forgotten is currently the only the only airbending master, does that imply that his two siblings that Katara mentions are either waterbenders, less accomplished airbenders or not benders at all? Given their parentage the last option seems the least likely.
Behold:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...CharaSheet.jpg

Tenzin's older sister Kya (named for Katara's mother) is a waterbender, and the middle child Bumi is a non-bender. At this point, the only living airbenders are Tenzin and his three children Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo -- and of course Korra, potentially (and maybe the fourth child that Pema is carrying, if Katara's intuition is valid).
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