Four years after the amazing animated Avatar: The Last Airbender came to an end, the animated sequel, The Legend of Korra, went live on Nickelodeon this past weekend. So far it’s been worth the wait.
I have to admit a little bit of skepticism about the sequel when I heard about it, mainly because I’m always skeptical of sequels for shows that I absolutely love. It’s so hard to recapture the magic a second time. Truly successful shows consist of a magical balance of writing, acting, directing, super-secret magic potions, weather patterns, and other unknowns that make real success in the space so elusive for so many people. Can lighting strike twice?
While it’s too early to say for sure, from what I’ve seen things are looking great for The Legend of Korra. Set 70 years after the end of The Last Airbender, the world has changed but still feels the same.
For me the most refreshing change has been in the lead. Korra is such a different Avatar than Aang was. Instead of the spiritual Aang, Korra is much more physical and impetuous. She’s also 17 years old, which leads to an entirely different experience than the one we followed Aang through. This season promises to be fun, but also an older story that fits older characters.
One intriguing difference is how each Avatar reacts to their destiny. Aang ran away from the responsibility of being the Avatar with the unfortunate result being the near extinction of the Air Nomads and a hundred-year war of domination by the Fire Nation. Korra, on the other hand, thrives on being the Avatar and wants to be the best one she can be. There are bound to be consequences and I can’t wait to see what they’ll be.
I can’t leave without mentioning the brilliant voice work once again. Janet Varney voices Korra and it’s a stunning and nuanced performance. Mae Whitman voiced Katara in The Last Airbender and I thought she was a standout in the show. So far, the standout is Varney and her portrayal of Korra. She preforms the part flawlessly.
Overall I’m very excited about The Legend of Korra and can’t wait to see how it turns out. The Last Airbender got better and better each episode. Korra takes up where the first show left off. So if it continues to improve then we’re in for a great show.
The first two episodes are already online if you missed it on Nickelodeon. Take a look at the episodes below. What do you think?