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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.
Time to diatribe it out on the rescheduling of The Legend of Korra for October.
Do you know what BITES ME ON THE ASS when it comes to Nick and Korra? No, its not the network’s arrant ignorance of viewer demographics (LIEK WHY DO YOU EVEN HAVE RATINGS). It’s that they are SO OBVIOUSLY bent on taking the only gem in their cache and pawning it off, NO, TOSSING IT OUT THE WINDOW FOR THE VAGRANTS!
This is the ONLY found gem out there in N. American animation. Nothing stuns like Korra! THERE IS LITERALLY NO OTHER SERIOUS, EPIC CARTOON THAT GLISTENS SO IN THE QUARRY OF TELEVISION IN THIS COUNTRY!
HELLO, YES I’D LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE NICK EXECUTIVES. OH, WHAT’S THAT, WELL, YES, OBVIOUSLY I’LL HAVE TO HOLD AS THEY SPELUNK TO THE DEPTHS OF THEIR CAVERNOUS ASSHOLES IN SEARCH OF THE HEADS THEY ONCE LOST IN THERE.
Non-neo-platonic cave metaphors aside, CAN THEY GET A CLUE!?! IS IT AT ALL POSSIBLE FOR ANY OF THEM TO ACQUIRE A CLUE IN ANY FORM!
LITERALLY ANY CLUE!
Here I’ll throw a few to the wind in hopes they’ll land where the Nick execs tossed any serious respect and advocacy for Korra so that the a-holes’ll see these, the clues I’m about to throw, when they next look over to laugh, in folly, at ALL THE SENSE THEY’VE LOST…
- DO NOT AIR THE ONE SPECIAL PROGRAM YOU’VE GOT, WITH ITS SPECIAL ADULT AUDIENCE (corroborated demographically as such) ON A FRIDAY NIGHT! That’s like the ONLY night most people, even the lamest, do something! GLOB!
- STOP AIRING KID COMMERCIALS WITH IT! You cannot straddle dividers of these disparate viewing groups! Go neutral! More air freshener bits less “here, boys, take this play gun and fake-shoot things so you’ll complain less when it’s time to switch to go G.I. since unwanted soldiers happen to be all we export in this country.” Thanks for the unsolicited indoctrination, but your hyper-gendered toy commercials accomplish many things, NONE OF WHICH pertain to sticking viewers. DO YOU KNOW HOW EASY IT IS TO BUCK THE RATINGS AND THE LIVE AIRING AND JUST VIEW THIS SHIT ONLINE FROM ONE OF DOZENS OF DOWNLOAD OR STREAMING LINKS POSTED EVERYWHERE!?!?!
- Cut some slack to the dedicated crew. You’re stacking everything against them with your poor network management, so please, just PLEASE afford them the leeway they’ll need to swing from the hazard zone when the shit crashes down, which it will, which it is…
Yeah, I used to think, hey, Nick’s par with Korra, last season went so well…THINK AGAIN!
For all we know, renegotiation on signed contracts for seasons 3 and 4 could see conference tables if we aren’t all dedicated to superseding the pile o’ shit Nick’s flung at us in way of TOTALLY impractical airing times, 7 pm on a FRIDAY now changed to 8:30 PM on AN EFFING FRIDAY, LIKE ARE YOU KIDDING!?!?!?!
Anyway, watch the show or watch it as they chuck it out…
Don’t think they won’t.
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Check out this exclusive piece of background art from the new season of LoK - the interior of the Southern Water Tribe Palace Banquet Hall we see in the upcoming premiere of Book 2.