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Rounding the track for the fifth time on what I’m calling the four-part finale of Korra, I queued up the last two eps episodes on Nick.com, since ep. 214 still isn’t on iTunes, and I saw a comment. I don’t know how old the commenter is, could’ve come from anyone, but it said, “best show ever.” A simply put superlative that really shocked me right then. Couldn’t stop from thinking…
Wait, but actually is Korra the best show ever?
No, obviously not because Avatar: The Last Airbender is a thing.
Right, of course, this is the most PLAINLY obvious thing in the history of time. But that acknowledged, is this franchise the best franchise on television and originally from television?
I’m calling it: yes. There isn’t a franchise of such broad base appeal and such a brilliantly creative, culturally eclectic, and thoughtfully imaginative fiction universe with its inception in television. It is literally the best show.
See, you can pick your poison with television, live or animated, that’s fine by me. This isn’t about fandoms. Because honestly, there isn’t anyone I know who’s sat down to an episode of A:TLA and reviewed it as anything less than sheerly brilliant.
And I truly believe this stands for Korra. I think it stands hard. I’m just thinking of this, you know, since I imagined the Nick.com commenter as a young kid…
CAN YOU IMAGINE WATCHING THE BOOK TWO FINALE AS A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD RIGHT NOW!?!?
Hell, can you iMAGInE WATCHING THE A:TLA FINALE AT AGE TWELVEI?I?I?I don’t know about everyone else, but I was already like 17 when the A:TLA finale aired. I thought it was THE COOLEST THING IN THE HISTORY OF TELEVISION!!!!!¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I have my reservations about Korra: in so many ways it fails to live up to my expectations. But this is only because my expectations are OBSCENELY HIGH! Every time a jagged line of dialogue affronts me as it grates from my scream I SHED TEARS FOR MY PERFECTLY CAST AND CHARACTERIZED GAANG BBIES! Every time. It happens every single time.
A:TLA was flawless.
HELLO! If that’s not the ONE THING WE TOOK AWAY FROM OUR EXPERIENCE WATCHING THAT SHOW!!! PERF. IT WAS PERF.
Korra is so close to that level, though! The sequel’s but an infinitesimal bit below A:TLA, but it really is THAT GOOD. It is. HOW MUCH BETTER HAS IT GOTTEN!?!! Let’s be honest, this Book Two finale was UNGODLY LEVELS OF GOOD. It came close to the A:TLA series finale for me, and I know I’m not alone here.
Now, I think we’ve just got to reflect a bit more often. Look back and see how far we’ve come with this franchise and HOW UNSPEAKABLY AMAZING ITS ARTWORK AND ITS STORIES ARE.
Now look at what’s right here. What I’m rewatching for the second of one too many times in a week.
We need to realize how cultivated our senses for entertainment are, of course, cultivated in the experience of such matchless works as Avatar.
I’m not trying to diminish anyone’s experience, when I say this, especially not anyone younger than me. I’m just saying, there comes a point when your appreciation and comprehension and critique of entertainment shifts radically. It advances whether you like it or not. That this show can be so satisfying to anyone of any taste in narrative entertainment is one of the most impressive things to me. The end.
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Iroh & Pai Sho: From Beginning to End
"I always tried to tell you that Pai Sho is more than just a game."
Iroh & Tea: From Beginning to End
"Sick of tea?! That’s like being sick of breathing!"
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ATLA AU: The Siege of the North + Sozin’s Comet
» In a surprise to everyone, due to astronomical miscalculations Sozin’s Comet arrives early, during the Fire Nation’s siege on the Northern Water Tribe. This gives the firebenders a definitive and deadly upper hand in the battle - the city is razed to the ground, and Zuko easily takes out Aang’s allies and is able to keep the Avatar captured and bring him to the Fire Nation.