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Old September 29 2013, 01:35 PM   #151
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I don't disagree with you, and I didn't want a full season of Korra "learning how to bend." Maybe just one or two episodes of her getting in touch with her spirituality in order to get her bending back. I was even thinking it could have been the Season 1 finale. She meditates...enters the spirit world...goes on a little adventure with Aang...and by the end of that episode she is a full-fledged Avatar, master of all the elements and the Avatar state.
Sure, would've been nice, but they weren't given that option. Nickelodeon only gave them 12 episodes for the first season and didn't order a second until after the story was locked in.
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Old September 30 2013, 09:48 PM   #152
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Found some great live-action clips…

This man has mastered all four elements. Is he the modern-day avatar?



This is how firebenders make breakfast…



Some guys airbending in the park…



And here's a duel that doesn't end well…

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Old September 30 2013, 10:50 PM   #153
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Those second two clips make me hope that they do a third series set in something closer to our modern world. I think it would be interesting to see what some of the more modern tech, like computers, the internet, and TV would be like in the Avatar would.
Would they be watching historical TV series based on the lives of Aang or Korra?
Would people be watching bending gone wrong videos on the internet?
Would Sunday TV be filled with Pro-Bending matches?
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Old September 30 2013, 11:13 PM   #154
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^ I've imagined the same thing as a natural progression of the Avatar universe. I wonder what effect a world like ours would have on such a culture and vice versa. The idea of a show like that doesn't sound too far fetched either because I don't think the franchise will end with Korra.

And just for fun, I've even imagined an episode of Stargate where the team pays a visit to an advanced world much like our own with skyscrapers, the hustle and bustle of downtown New York or Hong Kong, etc. They're in a place called Republic City on a routine diplomatic mission and Daniel is keen on seeing "the wall". The whole thing would only take place during the teaser to another story set on another world though, so it would just be a brief homage.
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Old September 30 2013, 11:54 PM   #155
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I'm finally caught up, marathoned them from my brothers DVR. I'm liking it (though leaving during a civil war? I don't get why she can't mop that up).

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Old October 4 2013, 11:53 PM   #156
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Last-minute heads up: Nickelodeon has moved The Legend of Korra to 8:30 PM. It's still on tonight, just 90 minutes later. Apparently this was announced a couple of days ago, but I didn't find out until just now.
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Old October 5 2013, 01:08 AM   #157
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Ooh! Thanks for the "heads up". I noticed it was not on at 7, but I didn't scroll the schedule grid far enough into the future.

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Old October 5 2013, 02:11 AM   #158
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Ah, ha! Hair dye as a business opportunity! I suspected the writers had an explanation in keeping with the "world" they've created.

Oh, there's something I've failed to notice all these years I've watched the series (Aang's journey and Korra's). Benders have distinctive eye colors don't they. Blue for water, green for earth, amber for fire and pale grey for air. Non-benders tend to have shades of brown. Am I right? If so, I'm a schmuck for never noticing that all this time.

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Old October 5 2013, 02:24 AM   #159
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I believe the eye color bit was invented for the Korra series. Along with the incredibly subtle decision for every character to always wear a colored scarf denoting their power

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Even an interim episode like this I'm still finding enjoyable. Though I was instantly bored being back in Republic City, I want to see new locales! Nice to see Iroh again. Asian Teddy Roosevelt was an interesting character; how come this character didn't exist in the first season when the Equalists were taking over Republic City?

Can't wait to visit the Fire Nation!

This episode raised an interesting question. In this episode we learn that the Water Tribes are completely autonomous and separate from the Republic. So, where is the Earth Kingdom then? Because the Republic seems to exist where the Earth Kingdom used to be. Is the primary continent on Avatar world split between the Republic and the Earth Kingdom?
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Old October 5 2013, 02:35 AM   #160
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This was a pretty impressive episode, but I'm getting tired of Korra being an idiot. I guess I can understand that she's angry and worried about her family, but she's just ignoring everything her mentors have told her. But no doubt that's why that spirit was angered and why it attacked her. She's on a destructive path and needs to be set straight. Which I assume will be the point of the "Beginnings" 2-parter which starts in two weeks, but before that there's an episode called "The Sting."

Still, we got to see more of the world, including a strong showing by President Raiko, the police station where Mako and Lin work, a return to the pro-bending arena, more of Varrick's life and work, a return appearance by General Iroh, etc. I wonder if Korra will actually get to the Fire Nation next week, or if her enforced spiritual journey will divert her.

Tenzin's subplot with Meelo was kind of nice, but not as impressive as what we got last week. The best bit was when Meelo said "Being the alpha lemur is lonely" and Tenzin said, "I know."

Apparently the reason for the time-slot move is that the 7 PM slot was a "ratings graveyard," according to Bryan Konietzko. But it's still doing quite well on iTunes and Nick.com. So we probably have nothing to fear. I was a bit worried a few days ago when io9 mentioned a rumor that Nickelodeon might be dropping the show and moving it to NickToons, but probably that was a misunderstanding of the planned time-slot move. (Although the advantage of NickToons would be that it doesn't have the persistent audio dropouts that Nickelodeon has on my cable system.)


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No, it was very much present in A:TLA as well.

Asian Teddy Roosevelt was an interesting character; how come this character didn't exist in the first season when the Equalists were taking over Republic City?
Because at the time, the executive branch was the Council instead of a president. They've changed the system. Though it's a fair question what Raiko's background is and how he came to be president.


So, where is the Earth Kingdom then? Because the Republic seems to exist where the Earth Kingdom used to be. Is the primary continent on Avatar world split between the Republic and the Earth Kingdom?
The United Republic occupies the territory of what used to be the Fire Nation colonies in the western Earth Kingdom. The comics show how those colonies had come to be multicultural over the decades of their existence, with Aang and Zuko originally trying to dismantle them but then realizing that despite their origins in conquest, the new society that had evolved there had a right to survive. And that was the foundation of the United Republic.
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Old October 5 2013, 03:04 AM   #161
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The first season gave me the impression that the Republic was a kind of UN that covered the entire world. It was ruled by a council comprised of representatives from all the nations. So it's actually just one little part of the world surrounded by sovereign nations?
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Old October 5 2013, 03:20 AM   #162
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^Well, the Fire Nation colonies were probably pretty extensive. Keep in mind that the Earth Kingdom is by far the hugest territory in the world, so even a hundred years of colonization by the much smaller Fire Nation didn't eat up that much of its territory.

http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Map_of_the_World_of_Avatar

And a nation doesn't have to be territorially expansive in order to be politically powerful. The Fire Nation seems to have had the least total area of any of the four nations prior to the war, assuming the map is to scale, but it conquered most of the world.
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Old October 5 2013, 04:10 AM   #163
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So if the Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom are still separate entities, why didn't anyone mention going to them for help when the Equalists took over the city? Particularly if Zuko is still alive and the Fire Lord. I can't help but wonder if this is something that was changed between S1 and S2 of Korra... like the new Presidential position...
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Really enjoyed this episode. It was nice being back in Republic City. I liked meeting the President.
I'm very curious to see what the Fire Nation is like in this time period, if we do actually go there.
Did they skip over what happened after Bolin's "fiancee" was coming after them at the end of last weeks?
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Old October 5 2013, 06:46 AM   #165
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So now Korra's been eaten by a spirit who would have none of her attempt to tame it. I guess this is it for her. I wonder what happens to element bending when the avatar dies in the avatar state.

I look forward to seeing the Fire Nation too. It'll be nice to see how things have progressed since the days of Zuko. Apparently his daughter's the Fire Lord now. Hope to see her.

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Did they skip over what happened after Bolin's "fiancee" was coming after them at the end of last weeks?
Looks like they did.

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Those second two clips make me hope that they do a third series set in something closer to our modern world. I think it would be interesting to see what some of the more modern tech, like computers, the internet, and TV would be like in the Avatar would.
Would they be watching historical TV series based on the lives of Aang or Korra?
Would people be watching bending gone wrong videos on the internet?
Would Sunday TV be filled with Pro-Bending matches?
I kept this post in mind. It looks like the world we're seeing on the show is advanced enough to give us a lot of what you mentioned already, and we're getting a good taste of it. Still, a series that brings us into an even more modern or futuristic world is very much welcome.
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