'Legend of Korra' gets ready to excite
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 22:09
Has it really only been over a year since the season one finale of “The Legend of Korra” (LoK)? It seems like we’ve been waiting a decade. If there’s one thing I can say, though, it was worth the wait.
Season two of the hit Nickelodeon original series premiered last Friday at 7 p.m., kicking things off with an hour long double feature.
The show picks up six months after the season one finale, giving us a brief glimpse into what the characters have been up to since the battle with the Equalists. After finding out that the spirits of the world have become restless, and have begun attacking the Southern Water Tribe, Korra and her friends set out on a journey to set things right, beginning with closing the portal connecting the spiritual and mortal realms.
This season is already reintroducing us to the rest of the fictional world since we last left it during “The Last Airbender.” During the previous season, the majority of episodes were confined solely to Republic City, but now, Avatar Korra and her friends will set out on a journey to quell the restless spirits of the rest of the world.
Episode one also introduced us to some new characters, including Korra’s uncle Unalaq, the chief of the Water tribe and spiritual expert, her eerie twin cousins Desna and Eska, and her father, Tonraq.
For the first time in the sequel series, we will get to see how the lands and people have changed since the end of the war that Aang and his friends ended.
In the very first episodes of the season, we get to see that the Southern Water Tribe, formerly a dinky little village built out of igloos, is now a bustling town, bordering on city-status. What does this mean for the rest of the world? What else has boomed and what has fallen into decay?
Finally we’re getting to experience more of the series’ lore as well. How did bending originate and who was the first Avatar? The season will be exploring these themes as well, answering longtime questions that fans have been asking.
Of course the season wouldn’t be complete without the action the series is renown for. There will be plenty of bending combat to keep everyone satisfied. In the first episode alone, there are some particularly beautiful and brutal fights and the animation is looking more spectacular than ever. Seeing Korra finally get to use all four elements against the dark eel spirits in episode two was, if I had to sum it up, amazing.
For those who like the more lighthearted aspects, this season will also be delving further into romantic relationships, namely between Korra and Mako. While the original series, which focused primarily on pre-teens, tended to dance around the character’s having relationships, LoK openly embraces the role that love plays in the course of a teenager’s life. It seems that this will be expanded even further in the second season.
So far season two looks like it’s going to be absolutely amazing. It certainly has the potential to be one of the best seasons that the series has ever done. More lore, more action, and more drama could make this one of the greatest animated series of all time, and I could not be more excited.