Happy Avatar Day!!!
I know, I know, this is a book review blog, not a television show blog. To make it up to you, I've also just posted a review of AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER: THE PROMISE, VOL. I. It's a new comic book series bridging the gap between the original TV series AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER and THE LAST AIRBENDER: THE LEGEND OF KORRA. (And seriously, James Cameron? How could you take the name AVATAR away from a TV series that existed before your blue people movie did? Not right!! And Korra obviously isn't the only airbender around now... This series is still "AVATAR" to me...)
Luckily, Korra is not the descendant of Aang and Katara, though her new Airbending Master is. It was also lovely to see Katara as an elderly woman in the first episode of the new series, "Welcome to Republic City," though also sort of weird. I was bummed when she said that most of her friends had passed on (the new series takes place 70 years after the end of the first one), but I'm eager to see cameos from everyone still around. I also loved seeing the way beloved characters created improvements that brought about this new world, especially Toph's unique metal-bending!
interview last year, show creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko stated, "The main characters are in their late teens, we’ve always loved those kind of teen love triangle type stories and there was plenty of that in the original series. We’re definitely getting into it in this series." I'm not counting my chickens before they're hatched, because we're only two episodes into the series, so there's plenty of time for the real romance to come into play.
I'm still on the fence, but I'm going to continue watching for now and see where the series takes me. Hopefully, this journey will be a good one, but if it's not, it won't detract from the brilliance of the first series in any shape or form.
Miss the first two episodes of THE LAST AIRBENDER: THE LEGEND OF KORRA? Check your TV for listings, as Nick will re-air the first two episodes multiple times. They can also be found On Demand, as well as on Nick's official web site. The third episode will premiere on April 21st.