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#1 6 years ago

So I've been catching up with the series thanks to TiVo and my kids unceasing demands that i will like it more than the original series (which was alright if not a bit contrived imo). So here is where im at. My kids tell me that the subject matter is more 'adult' although what that means to an 11 and 6 year old probably varies from my own interpretation. The series hinges upon political and societal upheaval in a steam punk city, on one hand you have these guys calling themselves the Equalist. They accuse benders in general of i guess keeping the regular man down and all that jazz. On the other hand you have the Avatar who is all about that balance thing the series likes to preach about. So lets take a better look at that whole mess.

The action takes place in Republic City. It was a former colony or some such that the Fire Country owned back in the original series. So after the war i guess they made it its own city state or whatever but anyway. The entire cities government is run by a council representing each of the 4 nations/bending affinities. You got some water dude, the airbending monk guy, and a bunch of unnamed folks who show their allegiance based on their color and clothing taste. So theres the first issue i think the shows creators neglected to factor in. An entire cities government is made up of only benders. Secondly you got a police force made up entirely of guys who bend metal. So i guess to be a cop you gotta be a metal bender. In addition you got various gangs made up again, of nothing but benders of varying elements and from a lot of the secondary character backgrounds, these bending mafias are responsible for the majority of the 'tragic origins' just about every character in the series has.

Im just going to ignore the fact that the only professional sporting game is again an entirely bending affair.

So in light of these facts, how exactly is the main character supposed to come to terms with the fact that while yes, the Equalist methods are extreme (they want to depower all benders or some such like how the original series main bad guy was treated), they ultimately are justified in their belief that their society is inherently unjust to those without the ability to bend? so far half the series has been Korra playing bacchi ball and destroying public property while emphasising the very point the Equalist movement has been trying to make: that the benders themselves think a might makes right approach is the acceptable answer to everything and that the only thing that matters is the ability to do what you want via bending.

Least thats how i see it. My kids disagree.




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#2 6 years ago

OH!!!! At first, I was like "wtf is he talking about?" I do actually know that show, I read about it in a magazine at my campus library.

I actually quite enjoyed the first Avatar series. It may not be a really "adult" show, per se, but to a teenager, it's fucking cool. I'll have to wait of course to see this one, as I don't cable anymore, but from the premise, it sounds like it'd be cool.


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#3 6 years ago

I don't think the creators forgot to factor it in. It's a much more interesting story when the other side actually has some sort of argument.

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Korra had been laying into the water tribe guy for legitimising Amon's complaints. And he was asking Korra, 'How's what you do any different from me?'

And she just sort of spluttered and lost it. School of hard-knocks not having equipped her too well for the more intellectual side of things.

They're a generation away from kings and queens being the centre of all real power. The original series had a hereditary leadership for the Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom. All considered, it's amazing how little power benders wield in the current way of things.

I think this is scheduled to run for two seasons - so there's plenty of time for Korra to be forced into some sort of epiphany.




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#4 6 years ago

Last week watched a episode of this TV show. Really awesome show. The best Animation Flick that i watch. Now from this week i will try to watch it regularly.

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#5 6 years ago

Ho god. The episode from yesterday was freaking awesome. The action was constant, yet well done, the sound track was awesome, and the story was well furthered, even if it didnt seem like it.

In my opinion, Lin really shined this episode, along with Tenzin. Tenzin especially, I mean we finally got a glimpse at him on his own, how powerful he really is.

And come on...

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How the hell can you not love, Meelo FART bending. I literally couldnt breath I was laughing so hard at his fight scene, he was AWESOME.

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Admiral Antilles;5644879Ho god. The episode from yesterday was freaking awesome. The action was constant, yet well done, the sound track was awesome, and the story was well furthered, even if it didnt seem like it.

In my opinion, Lin really shined this episode, along with Tenzin. Tenzin especially, I mean we finally got a glimpse at him on his own, how powerful he really is.

And come on...

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How the hell can you not love, Meelo FART bending. I literally couldnt breath I was laughing so hard at his fight scene, he was AWESOME.

I dont know, i see a scene in which a couple of sub 10 year olds mop the floor with the bad guys lieutenant and a bunch of dudes trained in taking down benders and i think :and THESE clowns are supposed to take over Republic City? Thats the kind of plot necessitated ability shift that drives me nuts in fiction like this and Star Wars. The bad guys are only effective when they absolutely need to be to establish presence and then for the rest of the series/movie they are shown as being so inept as to warrant parody. The Lt guy with the Kali sticks was introduced by basically one manning the hell out of Mako back in the early episodes. After that he's basically been the Worf. He shows up, looks threatening, and then gets swatted out of the way by whoever needs to be in the scene at the time. Justified when its the Avatar of all people. Less so when its some nubs who havent even hit puberty yet.




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#7 6 years ago

Ehhh... I would like to point out, that on the first series, it was a punch of teenagers and a at the start 11 year old who took out some of the most powerful benders in the land.

Also, the chi-blockers trained to take out guys they could actually touch, such as an Earth Bender, or Fire bender. How are you supposed to touch an air-bender, someone who could literally at the air do what they want?

Not to mention, bending, in a fight will ALWAYS give the bender an advantage, even if it is a kid. I mean,they are still kids, but they can control the elements, against people who cannot.


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#8 6 years ago

The tactics of all these guys basically suck. You can bend the earth to your will and the most you can come up with is using it as a big fist - you can bend water and turn it into ice and somehow conventional martial artists are still a threat to you? Seems unlikely, fighting when you're unsure of your footing's pretty much impossible.

Clearly not great lateral thinkers.

That rich guy's daughter continues to rack up an impressive body-count.

The kids thing was just :cort: It bugs me too.

Admiral Antilles;5644926Ehhh... I would like to point out, that on the first series, it was a punch of teenagers and a at the start 11 year old who took out some of the most powerful benders in the land.

As I recall it, at the start, whenever they fought adults that were anything more than standard mooks, the adults basically wiped the floor with them. Though it has been some time since I watched it.

I do miss Toph, Toph was awesome.

There's a certain amount that you can justify in terms of training - I mean my perception of most armies is that they aren't well trained by the standards of people who do the same sort of activities for fun. A war comes up and it seems to be that they go 'Oh SHIT! We'd best teach people to shoot! Make sure they remember how.' I may be wrong, but that's how it seems from outside. So, I can sort of understand kids who've been training all their lives bouncing people around like beach balls.

The problem, for me, is the comparative strength. You have these chi-blocker guys taking out people whose business and pleasure is fighting. Fair enough. But then you have them going up against kids who logically have far less training and far less experience and getting bounced around - and that doesn't make sense.




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#9 6 years ago

The tactics of all these guys basically suck. You can bend the earth to your will and the most you can come up with is using it as a big fist - you can bend water and turn it into ice and somehow conventional martial artists are still a threat to you? Seems unlikely, fighting when you're unsure of your footing's pretty much impossible.

That rich guy's daughter continues to rack up an impressive body-count.

The kids thing was just :cort: It bugs me too.




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#10 6 years ago

I can give the original series a buy. you've had a war that had been going on for over a century. By that point, the cream of the crop were dead and gone and probably for the past half century the war was being fought by a continuing retinue of young replacements quickly brought to age, trained and shipped out. certainly not a bunch of professional careerist troops.

But in the new series the war is over, bending is used mostly for mundane task and competitive sport. Not so much combat oriented. That would be like saying because Jon Jones is a bad ass MMA fighter, he'd be able to go toe to toe with a Navy SEAL or something.

Its all ridiculous quantifying on my part though. its a damn kids show lol