|Born and raised Mormon girl, and happily so!|
No doubt loads of people are posting their reactions to the Legend of Korra finale, and I thought I'd add my two bits' worth. For those of you who have yet to watch the show, read on at your own risk.
First and foremost: wowsers. Just wowsers.
They know how to keep you on the edge of your seat, and they know how to hit you where you live. It's yet to sink in for me that this really is the end, with the exception of future comics. (Or so I've read.) It's like we're moving at full speed, and then we hit the brakes and we're there.
While I wish they had included certain parts, I can't say I was too disappointed.
I would have liked to see a little more of Baatar Jr. with his family. My heart just about leaped at the scene where he spoke privately with his mother and apologized, looking and sounding like he really meant it. It would have been nice to see him with his dad and siblings later and gotten at least some reaction from them. A hug, a nod, a forgiving glance...anything. I guess there are some things they don't have to show on-screen, but still, that would have meant a lot to me. Baatar Jr.'s estrangement with his family was one of the things that had me so hooked in the first place. I wanted to see how this version of "the prodigal son" would play out. At least there's a sign of hope for the future. At least Baatar Jr. finally had his eyes opened and had the grace to admit his mistakes.
I would have also liked to see Toph, Katara, and Zuko reunited at the end, if only a cameo appearance with no dialogue.
I'm still wondering about the identities of Izumi's mom and Suyin's dad.
Hiroshi's sacrifice was something I totally did not see coming. I'd heard rumors of a character death toward the end, but this caught me off my guard. I didn't cry, but like I said, it hit me where I lived, and I was only thankful that he and Asami had made peace at last, and he died for a worthy cause.
I loved Varrick and Zhu Li's wedding. It was so nice to see them finally work as a couple, to do "the thing" and get their happily ever after. Bolin as their officiator was unexpected, but a nice touch all the same.
And, needless to say, there's loads of talk of the very end, of Asami and Korra being an official "couple." I don't need to remind anyone of my views of same-gender couples, but I must be honest: I truly don't interpret it that way.
From what I can see, it's left for us to decide whether Korra ends up with Asami, Mako (for she was just as affectionate toward him and he vowed to always be there for her), or someone else altogether. I believe it's possible for two women to hold hands and adore each other without being romantically involved, sort of like the feminine version of "bromance." Terence is plenty affectionate toward Tumnus and other males in a purely brotherly fashion. You're free to interpret Korra and Asami's relationship however you like, mates, and I'm just as free to do the same.
And finally, Kuvira.
Ah, Kuvira, Kuvira, Kuvira.
For a long time, I wasn't sure what to make of her. Sure, she had good intentions at first, but geesh, talk about going over the top. I couldn't decide how I wanted her defeated. I certainly didn't want her dead and having her bending removed would have just been an unnecessary repeat. The way she was defeated was extremely powerful. Just the sight of her and Korra floating around in the Spirit World was a super-moving scene, and that heart-to-heart talk that followed was deep.
I know a lot of people are complaining about how Suyin is too harsh on Kuvira while letting Baatar Jr. get off scot-free. While I do believe the scene could have been portrayed a little more effectively, they could have done worse.
I can see how Suyin comes off as harsh, but I can see things from her perspective, too. Kuvira did do a lot of terrible things and now she must face the consequences of her actions. It was Kuvira's idea to take matters into her own hands and she was the one who gave Baatar Jr. that push in the first place. She somehow convinced him that this was the right thing, and he must have viewed this as his chance to step out from his parents' shadow and truly make something "useful" of himself without their interference. Granted, this does not justify what he or Kuvira had done, but I can't bring myself to totally blow either of them up.
Then, of course, Kuvira was the one who deliberately fired the weapon where Baatar Jr. stood, something even he never saw coming. "She wouldn't!" he cried, and she did it anyway.
She plunged the knife into his back at the same moment she told him that this was not worth "sacrificing" their love.
If Suyin truly wanted nothing more to do with Kuvira, she could have told her something far worse or ignored her altogether. Sometimes you can love someone with all your heart and still allow them to go through their lawful punishment. Furthermore, I seriously doubt Baatar Jr. got off with little more than a "slap on the wrist." Even when they didn't show it, I've a feeling he's still got a long way to go before things are truly set right, and not just where his family is concerned.
That's one of the downsides of the series; you can only fit so much information into one episode, and some things will either be clarified later in a comic (like the whereabouts of Zuko's mother) or left to the audience's imagination.
Overall, I can say with all honesty that I'm getting every Legend of Korra DVD when I have the chance. I already have the entire Last Airbender series and the Air volume, and I've got Spirits on my Christmas list.
I didn't used to think too fondly of the Avatar franchise, but I think it's safe to say I'm a fan now.
I may try my hand at some fan art, but we'll see about that. There's a big difference between the art I intend to make and the art I actually get around to making.
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