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Old September 19 2013, 05:51 AM   #91
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Wait, you just realized that? I thought about that, that it seems somewhat like small universe syndrome (somebody else pointed that out upthread). But, it is what it is - and certainly it's all very much background stuff, she's never been presented as a princess-archetype. Katara would be a princess too, and Sokka a prince - it was just downplayed for them because of the state of the Southern Water Tribe. And... Zuko a prince, and Toph the only daughter of one of the wealthiest families in the Earth Kingdom. That's quite a collection of elite people. Mako and Bolin are by far the most "normal" main characters on either show.

Interestingly and assuming the Northern Water Tribe's chieftainship has stayed in the same family, that means she may be a distant relative of Yue. Likely even a great-niece. Who, aside from being her past life's brother-in-law's ex... is the Moon Spirit. I doubt they'd actually bother, but wouldn't that be fun to point out?

Besides, I'm pretty sure with her father having been exiled in shame years ago, she doesn't have any claim to princess-ship and Tonraq doesn't seem to have any interest in deposing Unalaq (or at least, not yet).
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Old September 19 2013, 06:38 AM   #92
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As someone already said we had hicks in TLA, so it's not out of no where that there might be a red head.
Well, despite their accents, the Foggy Swamp Tribe were still designed as Asians, with names like Due, Huu, and Tho.
If we give her an Asian name will you be happier?
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Old September 19 2013, 11:56 AM   #93
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Likely even a great-niece. Who, aside from being her past life's brother-in-law's ex... is the Moon Spirit. I doubt they'd actually bother, but wouldn't that be fun to point out?
They may not bother, but then again, this season is supposed to be about the spirits. For all we know Korra and Yue might hang out!
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Old September 19 2013, 03:24 PM   #94
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Wait, you just realized that? I thought about that, that it seems somewhat like small universe syndrome (somebody else pointed that out upthread). But, it is what it is - and certainly it's all very much background stuff, she's never been presented as a princess-archetype.
I know. It's just... an animated action series with a female lead (particularly a brown-skinned one) is a big deal, a really nice step forward in defiance of stereotypes and conventions. So anything that smacks of the old Disney cliches of the proper role of a female cartoon heroine gives me a bad feeling. Remember when Disney's marketing people tried to give Brave's Merida a glamour makeover for the merchandise and thereby strip away everything that made her distinctive as a character? I doubt anything like that will ever happen here, but just the idea that it hypothetically could is enough to give me the willies.


Katara would be a princess too, and Sokka a prince - it was just downplayed for them because of the state of the Southern Water Tribe.
Hmm... yeah, I never thought of that. Hakoda was the chief, wasn't he?


And... Zuko a prince, and Toph the only daughter of one of the wealthiest families in the Earth Kingdom. That's quite a collection of elite people. Mako and Bolin are by far the most "normal" main characters on either show.
Well, except for Aang. He was just an ordinary member of an egalitarian society aside from being the Avatar. And that's what bugs me here. Korra's already the Avatar -- does she have to be royalty too?


Interestingly and assuming the Northern Water Tribe's chieftainship has stayed in the same family, that means she may be a distant relative of Yue. Likely even a great-niece. Who, aside from being her past life's brother-in-law's ex... is the Moon Spirit. I doubt they'd actually bother, but wouldn't that be fun to point out?
Hadn't thought of that. It would be cool if they could bring Yue into the story this season. But still, it's more of the same small-universe insularity.


Besides, I'm pretty sure with her father having been exiled in shame years ago, she doesn't have any claim to princess-ship and Tonraq doesn't seem to have any interest in deposing Unalaq (or at least, not yet).
Even so, she's part of the royal lineage -- at least, assuming it's defined by blood in that society. Again, even the hint of princesshood is enough to get my teeth on edge.
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Old September 19 2013, 03:48 PM   #95
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Wait, you just realized that? I thought about that, that it seems somewhat like small universe syndrome (somebody else pointed that out upthread). But, it is what it is - and certainly it's all very much background stuff, she's never been presented as a princess-archetype.
I know. It's just... an animated action series with a female lead (particularly a brown-skinned one) is a big deal, a really nice step forward in defiance of stereotypes and conventions. So anything that smacks of the old Disney cliches of the proper role of a female cartoon heroine gives me a bad feeling. Remember when Disney's marketing people tried to give Brave's Merida a glamour makeover for the merchandise and thereby strip away everything that made her distinctive as a character? I doubt anything like that will ever happen here, but just the idea that it hypothetically could is enough to give me the willies.
First western culture and caucasian race, now female cliches?

When there is practically a certainty that the creators of the show at Nickelodeon are merely trying to make a good show, not being driven by Christopher's fears about being 100% politically correct.
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Old September 19 2013, 05:21 PM   #96
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Katara would be a princess too, and Sokka a prince - it was just downplayed for them because of the state of the Southern Water Tribe.
Hmm... yeah, I never thought of that. Hakoda was the chief, wasn't he?
That's assuming the southern tribe even has a tradition of hereditary leadership. I'm pretty that in at least some tribal cultures (particularly those where day to day survival is an issue) chieftains are appointed by popular vote, usually by the elders of the tribe and being the son or daughter of a chief means exactly nothing. People are expected to make their own way.

Maybe I'm reading it wrong but I get the impression the Southern tribe was a break-away colony of the North. For one thing the moon and ocean spirits are in the North, so it stands to reason that this is where waterbending originated (assuming they haven't been moved.) They also have an actual city which appears ancient. Yes, I know the southern tribe was decimated during the war, but the reason is probably mostly because they were the smaller, less established of the two tribes. They didn't have a fortress city to protect their families while the warriors went away to fight in the war.

Anyway, if that is indeed the case then it'd make sense if the South never had their own line of succession.
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Old September 21 2013, 03:15 AM   #97
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Tonight's episode was okay, though it mostly felt like a lot of set up to things that are coming. I'm not really digging Bolin's "dating" plot; I'm not really sure what the point of it is.

My biggest issue is a personal one, though. I don't watch TV live anymore. I've gotten so used to watching shows in long marathons that watching the story unfold 20 minutes at a time, one week at a time, is hard for me.
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Old September 21 2013, 03:16 AM   #98
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2X3 Another solid episode that I was totally engrossed in. They really improved on the first season (which I still enjoyed!). Gone are the endless pro-bending competitions!

I was particularly fascinated by Tenzin and his siblings. I was really shocked that Aang ignored his other two children like that. It really paints him in a negative light. I'm really glad that we're seeing Tenzin and his family getting as much screen-time as Korra.

I'm assuming that Korra's Uncle staged his own abduction with his own men...
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Old September 21 2013, 03:57 AM   #99
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I was particularly fascinated by Tenzin and his siblings. I was really shocked that Aang ignored his other two children like that. It really paints him in a negative light.
I respect that they're willing to go there with the previous lead character. It shows how nuanced the characters and the world are. It shows that few choices are purely positive or purely negative. We make choices that we think are for the best, and sometimes there are negative consequences. I mean, Aang had a responsibility to the world to repopulate it with airbenders, and to pass on his knowledge of airbending to his children. And as fortune would have it, only one of his children was an airbender. The greater good of the whole world required him to devote special care and attention to that child. He really didn't have a choice. But, unfortunately, that meant not being there enough for his other two kids.


I'm assuming that Korra's Uncle staged his own abduction with his own men...
Hmm, that didn't occur to me. I suppose it would explain why he arrested Tonraq and Senna at the end -- he needed somebody to put on trial.

But then, the abductor that Korra mistook for Tonraq said when she unmasked him that Tonraq hadn't participated in the conspiracy after all. If he was working for Unalaq to make it look like Tonraq was involved, why would he have said that? Also, I'm not sure, but it seemed like the other abductor who spoke to Korra was familiar with her, a fellow Southerner. So I'm not sure the idea works.


Still not sure how I feel about where this is going overall. Spirit portals that allow instant teleporting between the North and South Poles? That's a bit more miraculous than most Avatarverse magic. It seems kind of an arbitrary new thing to introduce.

Eska is getting seriously creepy. Her treatment of Bolin is downright abusive. RoJoHen wondered what the point of it is; I suspect that maybe it's setting up an eventual Bolin-Asami romance, positioning Asami as the better alternative. Or something.

Is anyone else getting digital glitches in the episode? Sound dropouts, image delays, that sort of thing? That happens a lot with Nickelodeon on my cable service. I remember now that last season it happened maybe once per Korra episode, but now it's happening more often. And there have been one or two times when I couldn't even watch a Power Rangers episode because the distortion was too bad. I'm wondering if it's just my local cable provider or something broader-based.
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Old September 21 2013, 04:15 AM   #100
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I didn't have any image/sound problems...

Maybe Uncle's story about transportation portals is a lie?

I really hope we get flashbacks showing Adult Aang with his children.
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Old September 21 2013, 04:20 AM   #101
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I didn't have any image/sound problems...

Maybe Uncle's story about transportation portals is a lie?
I actually was kind of thrown off my the spirit portal line in this episode. In the premiere they talked about the Northern Lights like they were a normal thing to see in the sky, which to me would mean that the Northern Spirit Portal was already open. Unless I missed a line, nobody said anything about the Northern Lights being gone or that portal being closed. I actually thought that was kind of the point of the first two episodes.

Maybe he just wants to send Korra up to the North Pole to get her out of the way while he takes over the South.

One thing I will say, though, is that I appreciate the difference between this series and A:TLA, where the peaceful Waterbenders (and the rest of the world) were constantly being oppressed by the Fire Nation. It's interesting seeing the Water Nation being the aggressors this time.
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Old September 21 2013, 05:20 AM   #102
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Too bad we'll never see an evil Airbender!

I always thought Earthbenders were the most dangerous powerset. I'd like to see an Earthbender villain.
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Old September 21 2013, 05:47 AM   #103
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I'm really enjoying seeing glimpses into Aang's family. I also find it interesting that Bumi from the previous series may have been reincarnated as Aang's son. And as a non-bender as well. Bumi's still a mad genius.
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Old September 21 2013, 05:49 AM   #104
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I've gotten so used to watching shows in long marathons that watching the story unfold 20 minutes at a time, one week at a time, is hard for me.
I prefer to marathon full seasons too. I only watch weekly when there's discussion.

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...Aang had a responsibility to the world to repopulate it with airbenders...
heh heh!

Did Katara buy that excuse?

Okay, still loving the show, but so far, this season isn't as interesting as the last. I hope it doesn't get too bogged down in politics.
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Old September 21 2013, 05:59 AM   #105
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I enjoyed the episode, although not quite as much as the first two.
The stuff with the conflict between the two tribes is pretty interesting. I'm curious if the end of the episode is going to turn Korra against her uncle, or if he's going to convince her he has good intentions.
The stuff with Tenzin and his siblings was fun.
I completely forgot until I was reading an interview on IGN that Mako is voiced by the guy who played Bud on Married with Children. That got me to check out the rest of the cast on Wikipedia, and while there I discovered that Tenzin is voiced by JK Simmons. I had no idea that was him.
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