Movie Review: the Legend of Korra Book One: Air

I recently picked up the entire Legend of Korra series because I’d read so many good reviews about the series as a whole. So while I might have purchased them a long time ago, I only recently started taking the time to watch these. Obviously, I started with the Legend of Korra: Book One: Air.

“The time of Aang the last Airbender has passed, but the spirit of the Avatar lives on in Korra, a teenage girl from the Southern Water Tribe. Against the wishes of her guardians, Korra leaves the safety of her home in the Southern Water Tribe to travel to Republic City. There she begins her quest to capture the man who ultimately seeks to rid the world of bending forever.”

The first season of this series has twelve episodes, Welcome to Republic City, a Leaf in the Wind, the Revelation, the Voice in the Night, the Spirit of Competition, And the Winner Is, the Aftermath, When Extremes Meet, Out of the Past, Turning the Tides, Skeletons in the Closet, and Endgame.

I have to say that I enjoyed this first season immensely. Korra is a fantastic Avatar, someone I relate to in a lot of ways. I think it’s amusing that this series starts with Korra as a very small human, but with a huge attitude. When they go into Korra’s house and she is like, “Rawr! I am the Avatar!” I laughed. As she progresses through the series, she matures from a hot-headed action-heroine to a much more level-headed person who understands better what she’s fighting for and why. She learns about friendship and loyalty, and what it means to do the right thing.

Korra’s first interaction with Bolin is rather amusing, as he is a pretty entertaining individual. I really like the Fire Ferrets and noticed the interesting correlation between the pro-bending tournaments and using special skills for monetary gain. You’ve got an entire population with special powers, and when Korra first enters the city, gangs who have bending powers are using those powers to intimidate a local shop keeper. Then, you meet with Bolin and Mako who are pro-bending in the arena, using their powers in a game, for financial game for others. So even while there are a lot of benders who are using their powers as members of the police force, many of the benders are flaunting their skills and their powers. In a lot of ways, this makes sense for a world that has moved beyond the war during Aang’s time as the Avatar. And it still gets to me that those with power would abuse it so extensively.

One of the things that really struck me with this series is the music used for the fight scenes. I really liked the use of the percussion instruments. At some point, I’m going to look up the soundtrack and see if I can get some of the music.

All of the characters in this series were very well done. As much as romantic plots and subplots annoy me, I found the interaction between Mako, Asami, and Korra to be realistic, especially in regards to interpersonal relationships. Bolin is the first person Korra meets and he likes her and seems like a fun guy. So in a normal show, you would think that Korra and Bolin would link up, but they just don’t have any chemistry. So I’m glad that they are friends and that they accept that they can go out and hang out and still have a good time without any romantic influences. Mako, Asami, and Korra all admit that it’s a confusing time for all of them and they don’t let their own personal feelings get in the way of helping each other out, though they do admit their feelings. That was one of the parts that struck me as very courageous. Admitting to people you care about that you care about them is one of the most difficult things we can do, and most of us lack the courage to do so, or when we finally admit that we care, those we care about walk away.

I’m not going to go into any more depth about the series so that I don’t give away any plot points to anyone who hasn’t seen the series yet. Needless to say, it’s absolutely worth watching. It’s easily a four on my rating scale, as I’m glad I purchased this season, and I’m positive that I will watch this repeatedly.

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About C.A. Jacobs

Just another crazy person, masquerading as a writer.
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