Saturday, April 28, 2012

Small Screen YA (1)

Not only am I an avid book reader, I'm also an avid TV watcher. And every once in awhile, I get really into a show that contains all the elements of a great YA novel. These aren't shows adapted from books, they're just brilliantly written scripts and scenes. This will be a once-in-awhile kind of feature, one that I'll post when I discover an amazing television show that YA lovers absolutely need to watch.

The Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon)



I watch a lot of cartoons. A lot. So trust me when I tell you that not all cartoons are childish and immature. That's a judgement that makes me want to kick people in the head. The Legend of Korra is appropriate and can entertain small children, but its story and world is clearly built for an older audience. Where its prequel series, Avatar: The Last Airbender is more middle-grade, Korra is definitely YA all the way. Four episodes in and it's already got young, mature and strong characters, a creepy villain, a solid story and even a hint at a little romance.

In Avatar: The Last Airbender, twelve-year-old Aang was unfrozen from an iceberg he had been trapped in for the last 100 years. He is the Avatar - someone who can control all of the elements (fire, earth, water and air) - and his disappearance has allowed the Fire Nation to rage war against all other Nations, sending the world into death and destruction. He and some friends he meets along the way head out on a journey to stop the Fire Nation and bring peace to the world.

Flash forward seventy years to The Legend of Korra. Aang has passed and it's time for the new Avatar to emerge. She's a snarky, loud, fearless water-bender named Korra. She leaves her tribe and travels to Republic City - founded by Aang and Fire Nation leader Zuko - to properly continue her Avatar training with Aang's son, Tenzin. She meets some friends - brothers Bolin and Mako - and finds herself caught in an evil plot to eliminate all benders powers by a masked figure named Amon.

The series is about her adjusting to life as the Avatar in a new place. Korra is such an admirable character but the creators knew that everybody - especially teenagers - have flaws. She's hotheaded, rebellious and often acts without thinking but I love her SO STINKING MUCH. The story can be kind of dark at times, but there are tons of characters that provide a comic relief. (Bolin, Tenzin's children and even Korra herself has me cracking up at times)

It's like an epic fantasy novel in animated form. Action. Magic. Romance. Kick-ass characters. Hilarity. EVERYTHING. It's so addicting. It's so good. I usually sleep in til 12:30 on weekends but I've been getting up extra early just to catch the new episodes every Saturday.

And, if you need a bit of extra incentive, I want to bring up the awesomeness that is MAKO. Some people say that cartoons can't be attractive but seriously ...



YOUR ARGUMENT IS INVALID.

The Legend of Korra can be seen on Nickelodeon every Saturday at 11 AM.

48 comments:

  1. Okay I haven't watched this. But your post makes me want to!!!! <3 and Mako is hot. I agree.

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    1. OMG JENA. I am demanding you watch it. Now. Right now. Stop what you're doing and look it up online and WATCH.

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    2. I HAVE TO TELL YOU. I WATCHED THE WHOLE SERIES YESTERDAY. It's AMAZING. I loved it! I'm obsessed! AND OH HOLY MOTHER OF GODS MAKO <33333

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  2. I love this show! I didn't think it was possible, but I actually like it more than AtLA. It's just so good! And pro-bending is awesome.

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    1. I don't think I love it more than AtLA but I love it just the same. I loved Avatar because it was fun and adventurous but I love Korra because it's dramatic and mature!

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  3. I just watched this first episode the other day, because it was free on iTunes. I don't have cable, but when it comes out on netflix, the rest of the episodes I mean, I will be the first in line to watch. SO GOOD!

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    1. Oh my gosh, I hope it comes on Netflix soon. The show is getting SO AWESOME. You must give me updates when they put it up and you can watch it!

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  4. SPOILERS. DON'T READ MY COMMENT IF YOU'RE NOT UP TO DATE WITH KORRA.

    I saw this post and was instantaneously reminded to watch episode 4 (I live in Australia so the only way I can watch Korra right now is via online means). OH MY GOD. My thoughts on the shipping stuff are just a jumble, I have no idea if I'm still a Makorra fan or not. At this point I don't like Asami. And we finally learn the deal with his scarf. :/

    I wonder where the pro-bending thing is going to go. Maybe in the next episode we'll see some more of it? These episodes are not long enough! Is it next Sunday (it comes online on Sunday mornings, time zones and all that) yet? *sigh* I love that we see some parallels between Korra and Aang. And the small flashes when Korra is knocked out...you know, how we see glimpses of AANG AND TOPH! AAAAHHH! By the way, when Mako meets Asami and starts full blushing, I was screaming at the screen. The creators are trolling us...again! *facepalm* Well, at least those who were expecting Makorra with the trailer, and then it turned out the kiss was fake trolling. GAH! They're so evil.

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    1. Ahh, I'm a bit late with this comment but totally agree with you. This show needs to be an hour long! I was a bit bitter when Aang and Katara ended up together (I totally shipped Zuko and Katara) so I'm crossing my fingers the creators won't screw us over with this. It's clear that there's chemistry between them and I'm hoping that since they've made it known in the second episode, it'll be something that sticks around!

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  5. I need to catch up, but yes, Korra is fabulous. (Damn my sleeping late habits.)

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    1. Dude, even if I tried to sleep past 11 AM on Saturdays, my subconscious would wake me up just in time. My brain KNOWS when there is Mako on the screen hahah.

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  6. LOVE THIS. And of course I would lurve to have your chitty chat input on Wednesdays when I recap the episodes.

    Or, you know, we can just fangirl on the twitter. Whatevs.

    This is totally epic fantasy in animated form. LOVE IT.

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    1. Why don't we already discuss the show?! This is not acceptable, Lisa. You must tweet me on Wednesday when you watch tomorrow's episode!

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  7. I love Korra! It was a little hard to take in seeing that Aang is gone, but I love he's son and his kids!

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    1. I agree! I got a little teary-eyed in the first episode seeing Katara so old. It's hard to imagine them elderly or gone but these new characters are totally making up for it!

      And yes! Tenzin's kids are totally one of my favorite parts of the show!

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  8. This show is freaking awesome!! Cartoon characters can definitely be attractive. I think I'm in love with Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist :P Which you should totally watch if you love Avatar and Korra :D

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    1. I used to watch Fullmetal Alchemist on Adult Swim ALL THE TIME. I didn't get into it like I do Korra but it was so good! I'm pretty big on anime too. Inuyasha, Bleach, Cowboy Bebop, Sailor Moon ... love them all!

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  9. XD I love Legend of Korra! I watch it every Saturday :D

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    1. Eeek, yay! Always awesome to meet another fan! :D

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  10. I LOVE THIS SHOW (and Mako)!!! I totally ship Mako + Korra right now.

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    1. ME TOO. I love Bolin to pieces but not for Korra. (Last week's episode totally BROKE MY HEART) I hope they introduce another female soon for him!

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