70 years after the events of The Last Airbender, the world has changed drastically, technology has evolved a lot, and a new nation, The Republic City, has been founded as a central city where Benders of all elements and non-Benders can live together to symbolize how the world has become more united since the 100 year war. Tragically, spending a century frozen in Avatar State took a toll on Avatar Aang's body over the years, eventually causing him to die prematurely in his late 60s. Luckily Aang's third son Tenzin was born as an Air Bender so the culture is still alive. As per tradition, a new Avatar was born, a South Water Tribe girl named Korra. At age 18, Korra has mastered all elements except Air so she's scheduled to move into Republic City to learn Air from Tenzin.
However, Korra quickly realizes that she's completely untrained at the spiritual side of being the Avatar and is a rather incompetent Avatar in a world that expects her to live up to Aang's legacy. Now, Korra must learn what it truly means to be the Avatar while facing several villains that threaten to break the world's balance yet again and raise an important question: "Does this evolved world even need an Avatar anymore?"
Why it Rocks
- The show faithfully represents how the Avatar world has changed since the first series. Most of the original characters appear either as spirits or as elders.
- The new characters are well written and likeable. Many of them are descendants from the original cast.
- Korra is a strong female protagonist. At the start of the show she's spoiled, selfish, and an utterly incompetent Avatar, and at the end she's a fully fledged matured Avatar who puts others over herself.
- Each season's main antagonist is an allegory to major conflicts and ideologies in Early 20th-century of human history:
- Amon: Communism and oppression of minorities.
- Unalaq: Theocracy.
- Zaheer: Extremist anarchists (especially Anarcho-green and primitivist ideologies).
- Kuvira: Fascist regimes and dictatorships.
- In addition, each season (except most parts of Book 4) also has a secondary antagonist and occasionally both anti-heroes and anti-villains that also serves as an allegory:
- Tarrlok: Corrupt politicians.
- Varrick: Greedy capitalists that cause conflicts for the sake of making money. However, unlike other antagonists in the show, he pretty much reforms into as benevolent Capitalist by time in Book 4.
- President Raiko: Incompetent politicians or radical non-interventionist, that refused aid in International issues.
- Queen Hou Ting: Governors (or this case Corrupted pure Absolute Monarch) that abuse their power and leave people in poverty and disorder.
- King Wu: Spoiled (semi-Absolute) Monarchs and Figurehead of nation or kingdom in this case.
- The show's theme of "is the Avatar needed anymore?" itself is an allegory to how reliance on technology has slowly been replacing spiritual beliefs in society and the topic of tradition vs progress.
- As of Season 3, the Air nation is no longer near-extinct and at the end of the show is slowly being rebuilt.
- Season 4 tackles the topic of PTSD caused by near-death experiences and recovery from major injuries.
- Good writing.
- Excellent fights with element bending.
- Beautiful animation, like its predecessor. And the show is in HD, which makes it even more beautiful.
- This is the first Nickelodeon show to have a bisexual character (Korra and Asami started dating at the end of the show)
- Every season has a completely different plot so there isn't an overaching story throughout the show and the ending was rather rushed.
- Season 2 is generally considered one of the weakest seasons in the entire franchise.
- Despite still being primarily targeted at younger audiences, the show can get surprisingly dark at times. For example, in Season 3 Queen Hou Ting is shown being asphyxiated to death on-screen without any censorship.
- Every 'Book' take their main political themes way too seriously than its original predecessor by centrin (a)politically motivated fans.