Posted by: AceRailgun | April 21, 2012

The Legend of Korra episode 2 – Destroy all the ancient relics

Teaching Korra airbending is going to be harder than teaching math to a dog. Obviously it’s going to take a lot of effort on Tenzin’s part to make her understand but I’m sure we will see a bond form between them similar to something like Iroh and Zuko from the first series and she will be able to master airbending.

 

This episode was still mostly focused on introducing the cast and by adding Mako and Bolin the cast feels more complete. We also found out more about Tenzin and his family which was nice because I have a feeling they are going to be around a lot.

 

I never thought it would be possible to show personal growth in an old/matured character but Avatar has done it in two episodes. By having a radical element in the from of Korra introduced into his everyday life, Tenzin has had to grow and adapt. At first he was resistant and trying to change her but I think by he end of this episode he has realized that he too need to change his outlook on Korra’s training if he wants it to be successful. Violence in the form of pro-bending was the deciding factor and now that Tenzin knows what she was interested in he can modify her training to better suit her style.

 

Other than the character the episode focused on the new sport of pro-bending which on the surface seems like a boxing but with elements but on closer inspection the whole idea has been carefully crafted to incorporate the three major elements of the series. The layout of the arena and the amount of players are just right to make it a unique experience to watch. It makes sense that air wasn’t included in the game as there is only a handful of airbenders left and this plays right into the writers hands as Korra need to learn an element which is essentially useless in competition. Whether the writers realized this potential plot line or not is beyond me but we will find out soon enough.


Responses

  1. You’re somewhat behind posting about this episode up, Ace. But it’s something at least. Lol.

    Anyway, the pro bending sport was awesome especially more new characters introduced!

    • I’m not that late. The third episode hasn’t even come out yet.

      I’m really starting to love the character already. I don’t think there is a single character i hate yet and that’s saying something.

      • The third episode was aired on TV. So you’re technically late. The 4th one is coming this weekend. xD

  2. Haha it’s pretty cool. I like how they try to revolutionize the anime. But man.. I wish Ang was still…. :(
    Korra is a bit of tomboy to my liking and she has such a manly body O.O I like her when she was small trying to bend into stuff, it was pretty cute

    • I’m not a huge fan of Korra’s manliness either but I guess it’s something new. Avatar is know for it’s powerful female character and since we only have one so far I reckon we will get another at some point. Sort of like how Toph and Azula were introduced last time. I think Jinora the airbending girl could get a bigger role at some point.

      I miss Aang too, and Toph she was the best.

  3. Not so long now, only a few more hours. The pro-bending was pretty interesting, there was pro-wrestling earthbending in the original but this is a step up from that and fits in quite nicely with that wonderful setting as well. It’s going to be fun to see Korra team up with Bolin and Mako, two characters who fill the same sort of archtypes/roles that Sokka and Zuko filled, and move through the league. Though mistakes aside I feel kind of sorry for their original other team member, mistakes aside they abandoned him just as easily.

    Overall I thought it was great to see not only Korra learn from Tenzin, but also Tenzin from Korra as well, he had his points but he seemed rather rigid on his stance on them despite the supposed flexible mindset he stressed as an airbender. While Korra had to learn that brute force couldn’t solve everything, in all they simply learned to be a little more flexible.

    Looking forward to whether we’ll see some of the older characters as well, it would be great to see some of the original cast still alive and kicking in their old age.

    • Tenzin’s training would have worked for pretty much every other character; Especially Aang. But Korra is special and needs to be treated differently. The cast is starting to form in a similar manner to the last series especially with the wacky guy and the silent strong guy being added.

      They already said Sokka had passed on and it appears Toph has too. So it’s mostly the old cast of firebenders who could still show up. I am secretly hoping Zuko is still alive and kicking. He would be such a badass by now.

      I’d also like to see Aang’s other children but that’s another plot entirely.

      • So am I, by now Zuko should be an old badass (possibly retired) Firelord seen side by side with Aang as a symbol of peace and prosperity if he’s still alive. Though it’s still kind of sad that Sokka and Toph are gone. I agree that seeing Aang’s other kids wouldn’t be so bad either, even if they only made a few appearances every once and a while.

        If I remember right Aang’s problem was that he wasn’t forceful enough, making for a nice reversal of sorts for Korra, other than that I can’t remember airbender training being touched upon much so the training alone is pretty interesting. And that it is, it seems kind of complete with Brolin and Mako (and later Pabu) but it still feels as if a few roles are empty. That said the original series brought many of its characters in gradually.

  4. Crap! I Totally forgot this series! This is one of my favorites! Time to add this up on my download queue!

    • Go for it, it’s totally worth it.

  5. Interesting to see how differently someone else interprets the same episode! So far we’ve both focused on and discussed completely different things!

  6. Also, is the title of this post a reference to Hyperbole and a Half’s ‘clean all the things’?

    • I tend to over think stuff so that’s probably why I pick up different things to you.

      Never heard of this Hyperbole thingomajig so i’m going to say no it’s not a reference. I just came up with the title on a whim.


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