Movie Review: the Legend of Korra Book Two: Spirits

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, and then I moved on to the Legend of Korra: Book Two: Spirits.

“Korra and Team Avatar embark on a new journey deep into the mythology of the mystical Spirit World, encountering creatures like nothing they’ve seen before and discovering the truth about the very first Avatar! With a battle for the fate of the world between the light and dark spirits Raava and Vaatu fast approaching, Korra delves deeper into the Avatar’s past and realizes what she must do in order to restore balance between the physical and spirit worlds.”

The second season of this series has fourteen episodes, Rebel Spiritthe Southern Lights, Civil Wars: Part 1, Civil Wars: Part 2, Peacekeepers, the Sting, Beginnings: Part 1, Beginnings: Part 2, the Guide, a New Spiritual Age, Night of a Thousand Stars, Harmonic Convergence, Darkness Falls, and Light in the Darkness.

This season appeared to have a lot more humor than the first season, or at least humor done in a completely different way. Desna and Eska were both hilarious, especially the relationship between Bolin and Eska. It was kind of refreshing to see honest portrayals of relationships throughout this season. Bolin was in an abusive relationship with Eska, but Eska’s comments concerning their relationship really are amusing. Eska makes these deadpan comments that are exactly what you would think people in a relationship could or would say, but she says it without any visible emotion. Which I probably shouldn’t have laughed at, but I did. Mako and Korra realize they have some communication issues and decide to take a break. This is, again, some extremely motivational examples of honesty when dealing with strong interpersonal relationships, and also realistic in that they demonstrate how confusing emotions can be. With honest and open communication, things work out the way they’re supposed to, and so few people in our real world take the time and effort to be honest with each other that this is a really great example how to build healthy relationships.

One of the really interesting parts of this story to me involve how fantastic of a pilot and driver Asami is. She is a character in the series that has no bending powers, but she continues to find ways to not only help the team, but also doesn’t allow the emotional confusion to affect her interactions with the other characters.

This entire series felt very Zelda-ish to me. The light and dark spirits reminded me almost exclusively of the Legend of Zelda: the Twilight Princess. I’m not sure if that was intended or not, but it amused me greatly.

The story of the first Avatar was interesting and I liked how it felt a little bit like the animation style was different for that entire section.

Overall, this season is probably only a three on my rating scale. I like the first season a lot better, but I’m still happy that I own this and will watch it repeatedly.

About C.A. Jacobs

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