I guess that in a worst case scenario they can cancel the next season.... I am a little surprised that the leaked episodes would have that much of an effect. Most of the fandom is probably at the states and the leaked episodes were in spanish. It is weird that they are releasing the episodes so fast though. I guess they wanted to get over the leaked episodes and show the new ones.
They did almost no advertising and aired two episodes at a time. Resulting in the series being half over before most people even realized it has started airing. And since they didn't stream episodes from their website like last season. People don't have much of a way to catch up without watching through unofficial means.
I suppose, some blame has to go on the last two seasons of Korra not quite being what some fans hoped, and therefor not being as engaged as with The Last Airbender, but personally I think that's a small part of it compared to mismanagement by Nick. It's a shame because almost everybody I've talked to agrees that this is Korra's best season so far.
Going by wikipedia though the first two seasons received critical acclaim(specially the first one). I am not sure if they were not what people or fans expected.
This season has the storyline, it has the characters, it has the villains. It has everything...except the ratings apparently.
But I definitely blame most of this on Nick and not The Legend of Korra. First of all most of those problems are Nicks fault for trying to be cheap and getting a miniseries instead of a full series, which caused so many narrative problems later on. Then the leak happens, which is horrible mismanagement on Nick's part, killing the ratings of the episodes that were leaked in advance(as the hardcore fans had mostly already seen them). Then they stealth announce the new season was starting like one week before it starts. Then they air all the episodes in clumps of 2 without providing any way for fans that miss it to catch up. Oh and they also mislabeled the hulu episodes season 2, lock them up in hulu plus, and stop at episode 3 for unknown reasons.
Nickelodeon is just not doing well by this series. The best thing that could happen from this IMO opinion would be for Disney to buy the rights to the show from Nick for Disney XD. It would be a better fit their anyway and they could actually advertise it. Soon there would be stuffed animal spirit creatures for sale everywhere but I could live with that.
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More importantly, it has zuko. He was my favorite character back in the day, I always found him to be the most compelling character. 3 seasons and korra still has not met him.
Anyways, looking back on the series I always wondered if roku had his own team avatar. So far the friends we know of would be sozin and gyatsu and they would be ideal teammates... Their backstory is so much better if they were like that.
Hopefully they won't cancel season 4. I am looking forward to it being about the fire nation and seeing what has come of them in the past 100 years. Back in the day they were the most technologically advanced nation, I kinda expect them to be similar or on par with republic city when it comes to technology. They have the right element for it and they have the headstart....
See, I had no idea that Book Three was airing before learning the news about Nick pulling the remaining episodes of the season. Not airing Book Four is understandable for the reasons they gave, but I don't know what issues they have with Mike and Bryke for them not to air the remaining five episodes; if they're airing two eps/week, they can wrap up everything up in less than a month. The whole situation is just too bad since the general consensus of Book Three has been very positive.
Nevertheless I'm really enjoying this season, and I hope to see a showdown between Korra's group and Zaheer's team.
So it looks like we don't need to worry about not getting the fourth season. Honestly, going online is the better move, especially given Nick's apparent treatment of the season.Originally Posted by Some tidbits from the SDCC Korra panel
Definitely hoping for the best though.
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Wow, Lin's sister is either an idiot or in on it. I'm betting the latter.
Ratings aside, this chapter was quite cool. Finally things set in motion.
But now I deeply wonder about the reasons to kill the avatar. Why? JUST WHY?
There is a personal reason behind an ideological one, I bet on it. Great fight anyway, now the enemy has one type of rare master of each type (Well, not Swamp Benders or Blood Benders, but at least new types)
They must not want to kill Korra. Because if that was it their intention they could have easily done her in when she was unconscious. They had her dead to rights but just weren't able to get away with her safely. So I guess they must want something from her or for her to do something for them but what? None of them come across to me as particular bad in any way but being so intently after Korra. It's odd.
Suyin's actions confuse me too. She seems like she was instrumental in saving an unconscious Korra from Zaheer in that fight but then she puts on a show of pretending to agree with Lin about keeping Korra from going after them, only to secretly convince Korra to chase them. Which is a fight they can't possibly win. She's practically handing her to Zaheer. I have this feeling that next episode when Lin questions her she's going to be acting like she had no idea where Korra went.
As for Suyin, she is definitely on it. Not sure why considering she has been nothing but helpful for korra (which is perhaps the best cover) but still, there is no reason to do the last thing she did unless she wanted korra to get caught. Zaheer's gang is exceptionally dangerous and they are all more than capable at unconventional forms of bending (that extremely mobile waterbending, combustion bending, lava bending and airbending that while not unconventionally seems very skilled), korra's odds are not particularly high with the backup she currently has. I guess she could have a relatively easy victory over them with the avatar state but even then bolin and mako don't seem to actually cut it to be proper support for korra. And asami seems far less useful than she should be... Perhaps their combustionbending will be limited for a while thanks to bolin though. Still, they would be outnumbered and outskilled (korra does not seem to be a master of any element so far) considering these guys went up against the god dammed fire lord and came out on top. I hope suko saves korra in the next episode.
I don't believe Lin is a traitor, She's just pissed. Her personality was shown as a whim-oriented person so far, so I see this as the same.
Maybe the anti-avatar-gang wants to steal her power. Or share it to the world. But there must be something else. Something personal.
I think the series actually went out of its way to make suyin look guilty as hell. Look at the bit where she found out that guy was a traitor. She looked around and all that stuff which usually points to a liar. And then she recklessly sends the avatar with a bunch of sub-par benders and asami to hunt an squad on unconventional benders that managed to take on the fire lord. To boot a bender of each type, just enough to match the avatar. If lin really wanted to catch them she wouldn't send the avatar alone, she would send a small legion just so that she has a small chance at it. To boot its not just the 4 of them anymore, there is a competent metalbender among them that will be able to feel them coming from half a mile away.
Well, stealing her power does not seem to viable... It would require taking rava and splitting her up... So far their goal seems to be to create a new world without the avatar. I guess that points towards them wanting to kidnap korra to end the avatar cycle safely somehow. Maybe their actual goal is to destroy or seal rava herself? Seeing how the story turned out it kinda seems like their group might also be significantly bigger than what it seemed originally too. They have that metalbending guy, perhaps their group has infiltrated people in all nations.
If it is personal then the whole deal has to be related directly to aang . I guess zaheer in particular has some sort of relationship with aang that did not pan out as he would have hoped. Perhaps aang was not able to do something about some tragedy in the past...
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I was just looking at the titles of the next episodes... They hint at some pretty heavy stuff. "long live the queen" seems to obviously revolve around the earth queen. Perhaps she is an ally to zaheer? It would make sense if she had something against the avatar considering her attitude towards republic city.
enter the void might refer to the gang traveling to the spirit world once again.... Or perhaps somewhere else?
Venom of the red lotus seems very indicative. Perhaps that is what zaheer's group calls itself? In a way it would make them the antithesis of the white lotus. So there might be an ancient lotus order dedicated to finishing off the avatar? It would be interesting if they had a role to play in the 100 year war. The fire lords never cared about the balance of the world or spirits, it was about dominance. So it is plausible korra might be dealing with something far more ancient than a mere group of terrorists.
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Well, the latest chapter was fun. It beat around the bush too much but it was still fun to watch.
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I have been thinking about blood bending within the context of the series. So far it has been shown as a taboo, a cruel art with immense capacity for destruction. Anyways, I can't help but wonder, does it have to be? Sure, it has been used as a extremely dangerous weapon against the gang but it also seems like in the right hands it could be of immense benefit. Waterbenders are already able to heal but imagine that being aided by bloodbending. It seems like an art that should have more than considerable medical applications. There is a risk but to begin with there is already a risk in people having bending at all, everyone is heavily armed by nature.
It would be a fun to see a chapter dedicated to weapon control within the context of the series. I mean, can you restrict gun usage in a world where benders can easily do more damage than with a gun? Or perhaps in the future the scenario will be that bending itself will be obsolte in the face of powerful technological weapons. An avatar is powerful but I have a hard time seeing one beat a jet firing missiles from 4 miles away.
The big question from this week is... which 2 out of the 3 was it!!!!
The unspoken thing between the lava guy and the water bender is a gimmie. So either he was raised by an older sister OR....that mustache grew in when he was 10. Really hoping it was the later. That would make that guy > Chuck Norris.
I'm also curious were Bolin's inability to metal bend is going. I wonder if the show is going to make him a Lava bender instead? That would be pretty cool considering how absurdly overpowered that ability seems to be.
It's pretty great how just all around awesome Asami has been this season too. She's doesn't need bending to stand out, because she is pretty much ninja MacGyver.
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Cool, cool, cool episode.
And you know what I enjoyed the most? That finally an Airbender gets hardcore. Since Bloodbending I was expecting something done with air in the body, and this was just amazing. It's hard to hate Zaheer when He kills characters that are so easy to hate.