It's highly possible that US will premiere Book 4 at the end of 2014. Maybe even November/Decemberat the end of November so they could end the story before Australia has their premiere. 12 episodes need 10 weeks to release a whole book - 2 episodes for a premiere 8 as individuals and 2 episodes for a finale. It's a little bit over 2 months. If they start at the end or in the middle of November, they'd end in the middle or at the end of January 2015.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how annoyed are you that there was absolutely no Katara action in this Book?
I am rather miffed.
Gran Gran Katara in action is still my biggest wish for TLoK…
I mean she trained Korra to be the Waterbending BAMF she is and she did this in the last decade…I’m pretty sure she’s still got the stuff…I want her in action like NOTHING ELSE!
But mostly I’m just Avatar State level furious she wasn’t at her own granddaughter’s Ceremony of Airbending Mastery! Or if she was, which she ABSOLUTELY SHOULD HAVE BEEN, we didn’t see her! This is just as upsetting!
Korra is probably the most scrutinized character in The Legend of Korra (apart from the fan-favorite Mako) and it’s expected since she’s the main protagonist. As a successor to Aang legacy in both the Avatar universe and the fandom itself there’s a lot of things expected of her. Thus, her characterization and decisions in these past two seasons spurned a variety of reactions from the audience, both positive and negative.
Judging from fan reactions, Korra received the most intense hate at the beginning of Book 2 due to the way she treated her father, her mentor Tenzin and Mako and because of the way she reacted in the events that unfolded. Surprisingly, that was the period I fell in love with her character.
It’s a general consensus that Korra developed in the latter half of Book 2 but I feel that her characterization prior to that received disproportionate criticism instead of recognition and credit. In this analysis, I’ll discuss why Korra is a complex and complicated character with multiple layers. My analysis do not aim to explain all of Korra’s actions not excuse her mistakes, but rather to provide insight on the depth of her character. For an essay defending her character, check this one.
some fans think jinora's role was a deus ex machina but what did you consider her role as in book 2
I don’t like to see it this way, as deus ex machina. Jinora was an empowered and influential agent throughout Book Two: Spirits. She alone had Spiritual affinity enough to guide the Avatar into the Spirit World. It made so much sense to me that during the greatest Spiritual and celestial occurrence of ten millennia all the most powerful Spiritual beings alive would take action. Unalaq and Korra waged war of the essential Spirits of Dark and Light. Jinora, gifted as she was, intervened as a consummate Spiritual agent on behalf of her dear friend and ally.
Deus ex machina, meaning “god from the machine” essentially, has to do with a new character, plot device, force, ability, etc. suddenly appearing to solve the primary conflict at hand. Was Jinora’s manifestation of Spiritual power never-before-seen in this instance? Yes! Was it unprecedented? No. Jinora’s Spirit powers are prefigured from the second episode when she detects some spirits at play in the Hall of Statues and later when she witnesses Wan’s Avatar statue communicate to her when Korra unlocked the Souther Portal during the Winter Solstice. They are furthered in episode 209, “The Guide” when her regular communication with Light Spirits is unveiled, and in episode 210 “A New Spiritual Age,” despite Korra’s disruption of the energy there, Jinora is able to freely navigate the Spirit World by means of this communication and by dint of her own Spiritual powers.
Unlike the Lion Turtle in the finale of ATLA (I have an essay analysis of that posted here), Jinora’s capacity for Spiritual intervention seems to be well-prefigured in episodes prior to her intervention. (I personally think they could have done a bit more to explain or ground it, say we see Jinora one more time in the Spirit World convening with the Light Spirits and perhaps seeking advice from Iroh before she manifests as the restoration of Raava in the Material World.)
Thus said, Jinora’s act cannot be true deus ex machina. Does it seem to be? Yes, of course it does. Nonetheless, I like to conceive of her act as one of clear character agency and not as one of writers’ contrivance.
If you’re looking for an explanation of exactly what Jinora accomplished during the finale, one that has been essentially corroborated by the Creators’ DVD commentary, look no further! Check this post of mine out!
I’d also like to laud the writers for refusing to abandon this vein of character development for Jinora! They have averred that Jinora’s astral projection during the Harmonic Convergence is, in essence, the advanced Airbending technique of “entering the void” and “projecting the Spirit.”