Book Four of The Legend of Korra ends the show well, despite Nickelodeon’s interference.

4 stars
After the fantastic Book Three, which followed two great but flawed seasons, I was interested to see where The Legend of Korra would go with its final season, Book Four: Balance.
The story picks up three years after the last season with Korra on a journey of self discovering, while suffering from severe PTSD from the events of Venom of The Red Lotus.
Meanwhile, a dictator named Kuvira rises in The Earth Kingdom, giving those in Republic City grave concerns about what she wants.
Book Four is a great season in my eyes but overall it does not live up to Book Three.
However, although I think this, the season still has numerous fantastic things to talk about.
I really loved the character arcs this season, especially those of Korra, Varrick and Bolin.
This surprised me, considering how annoying I found Bolin to be in the previous two seasons but, in this one, they brought back the likability he had in Book One.
Another thing I really enjoyed about the characters was how they put the spotlight on some who had not had their time to shine before, most notably Zhu Li.
Zhu Li was a very minor character in previous seasons but she really shined here and her storyline with Varrick was just perfect.

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Varrick and Zhu Li during the final episodes of the series.

Kuvira also continued the tradition of great villains in this series, by bringing a realistic portrayal of a dictator.
The only problem I had with Kuvira was the resolution to her story seemed very rushed.
Sadly though, the problems with characters do not end with her.
Many of the characters who were important in previous series are conformed to side characters here and, since this is the last season, that is pretty sad.
Tenzin and Mako are the main offenders, with Mako only really being important in the finale and Tenzin being given basically nothing to do, despite his importance to the story.
There was also a similar problem to Book One with this season.
In Book One there was an episode entirely dedicated to a love triangle, which dragged the season down.
Here, the episode that did this was the eighth, a clip show episode called Remembrances.
This was a pretty poor episode in my opinion, especially since we have seen how creative the series can be with recap episodes, like with The Ember Island Players in Avatar: The Last Airbender, while this clip show just did not feel that creative.
But I cannot exactly fault the writers for doing it because they were forced to either do a clip show episode or fire half of their animation staff by Nickelodeon so it was not their fault.

Remembrances reminded me of a lot of things about the show, including some things I wanted to forget like the love triangle in the first two seasons.

However, aside from these problems Book Four was great.
The animation and music were once again great, although you could tell that their budget for animation had been cut at times.
Aside from episode eight, the story flowed very naturally and was exciting to see play out.
The final three episodes were thrilling and had me engaged from beginning to end.
Then there is the show’s ending.
This ending was very progressive but those I have talked some who seem split on the idea.
Some love it because they feel it was well hinted at and some do not because they feel it came out of nowhere.
Personally, I agree with both.
This ending was hinted at very well in previous episodes but there was never really a scene of them establishing this thing or talking about it so when it happens it does not feel particularly well developed.
Again though, I do not think this is the creators’ fault.
Brian Konietzko, one of the show’s creators, has said that while Nickelodeon was supportive of the ending, “there was a limit to how far we could go with it.”
So the creators were not allowed to go all the way with this ending, like they ended it with Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Because they were not allowed by the network to have scenes that built this ending up they had to hint at it.
And, even though they could only hint at it, I thought they did a great job of bringing it across to the audience.
It is just a shame that Nickelodeon limited the show runners’ creative freedom, instead of letting their ideas run wild, and I am not just talking about the ending.
Most of the problems I had with The Legend of Korra appear to be due to Nickelodeon’s interference, like the shaky start to Book Two.
It really is sad how they treated the show but the fact that The Legend of Korra still managed to be a great show with this interference speaks volumes about how good it is.
Overall, Book Four was a great season to end The Legend of Korra.
It is just as good as Book One, although not as good as Book Three.
I highly recommend the series.
I am just sad now that I have finished both Avatar and Korra now.
What am I supposed to watch now?
I hope there are more follow ups to this series in the future and, if there are, I will be tuning in immediately.

The Legend of Korra finds its groove with Book Three: Change.

5 stars
Finally, Book Three of The Legend of Korra has lived up to the show’s potential.
When watching the first two seasons of The Legend of Korra, although I liked it for the most part, I felt like the show was missing something that would make it truly great.
But Book Three finally cracked that code because this season is just as good as Avatar: The Last Airbender.
After the mixed bag that was Book Two, this was an immensely welcome change of pace for the series.
Book Three centers around Korra, Tenzin and their friends searching the world for Air Benders after Korra’s actions during Harmonic Convergence at the end of Book Two jump-started the Air Bender population.
However, while this is happening, a man named Zaheer escapes from prison after gaining Air Bending and, after freeing three of his allies P’Li, Ming-Hua and Ghazan, sets out to capture Korra.
The story for this season is certainly much more thrilling than the previous one by introducing the concept of more Air Benders.

Bringing new Air Benders to the show was a good direction for the show to take.

We have not really seen that many Air Benders throughout the series, only Aang and his family so having a new resurgence of them was a good idea.
What helps this story is how the characters are utilized.
Thankfully, most of the problems I had with the characters last season were removed.
Korra and Mako were reverted to their usual, likable selves.
The one exception to this was Bolin, who I still found to be quite annoying but the rest of the characters are done so well that they make up for it.
Asami and Lin were also vastly improved from the last season.
In Book Two we did not see enough of them, especially Lin but here they get the screen time they deserve.
Lin not only had a point this season but her background was also explored through her half-sister Suyin, which was very interesting to watch play out.
I also loved how the show expanded on Korra and Asami’s friendship.
We get a lot of scenes with them bonding and helping one another out of tough situations.
And guess what?
There is no love triangle anymore, rejoice!
The love triangle was by far the biggest problem I had with the previous seasons so having it not featured definitely improved the story, for me.
We also got to meet various interesting new characters as well, like Suyin and her family.
But by far the best additions were Zaheer and his gang.

Zaheer, the big villain of Book Three.

These four characters are the best villains the Avatar series has had since Azula.
Zaheer is a really complex villain with interesting motivations and a curious outlook on life, and his fellow villains are just as interesting and entertaining.
As for the animation and music, it is just as great as it was in the last two seasons.
Another thing I really liked about this season was how a lot of the events mirrored what happened in Avatar: The Last Airbender in a respectful manner.
The events in Ba Sing Se felt like an homage to what happened in Book Two of Avatar and the final battle between Korra and Zaheer felt very similar to the final battle between Aang and Ozai at the end of the series but in a good way.
Speaking of the final battle, the final episode of this season, Venom of The Red Lotus, was incredible.
The ending left me feeling both happy and sad at the same time.
It is a very bitter sweet ending that left me tearing up, something that has not happened when watching the Avatar series since the original show.

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The ending of Book Three is the saddest moment The Legend of Korra has given us.

Book Three of The Legend of Korra is just fantastic.
It is by far the best season so far with a great story and character development and a fantastic ending that left me eager to see what would happen in the final season Book 4.

The Legend of Korra, Book Two: Just as bad as it is good.

3 stars
Book One of the Legend of Korra was a great start to the show.
The only big problem I had with it was the annoying love triangle but I felt if the show dropped this then it could actually turn out to be good as Avatar: The Last Airbender.
However, after watching Book Two, I do have some doubts about the show going forward.
Book Two really showed me why people do not like The Legend of Korra because this season was a mixed bag in its entirety.
I found there was as much stuff I did not like as I did.
This season picks up six months after the previous and angry spirits are coming into the world and attacking people so it is up to Korra and her friends to figure out why.
To see why this season was a mixed bag you need only look at the structure of the story.
The first six episodes of this season are rather slow and disjointed.
It was hard to get invested in what is happening in these first six episodes.
However, from episode seven onwards, the show takes a massive step in the right direction.
This is especially apparent with episode seven and eight, titled Beginnings: Part One and Two.
These two episodes delve into the story of the first Avatar, named Wan, and are just fantastic.

Avatar Wan
Avatar Wan, the first Avatar, from the episodes Beginnings Part One and Two.

They are some of the best episodes in the entire Avatar series.
However, although I did think the second half of Book Two was far better than the first, it still had its problems, most notably in the finale.
Because, even though I was enjoying what was happening in the finale, a lot of it made absolutely no sense to me.
On top of that, it did feel pretty ridiculous at times.
It really did feel like the show had jumped the shark with the finale.
Another thing I did not like about Book Two was how it treated its characters.
For example, Korra was my favourite character in Book One but for the first six episodes of the season she is completely unlikable.
Bolin is annoying for most of the season and Mako’s treatment towards Korra and Asami in the back half of the season left me hating him by the end.
The only one of the four main characters who came out still completely likable was Asami but she does not get enough screen time.
Speaking of which, there are so many characters who were important in the first season and yet are barely in this one.
The worst offender of this is easily Lin.
She was my second favourite character next to Korra in Book One, yet here you could remove her from the story entirely and nothing would change.
But, although I did not like what they did with a lot of the old characters I did really like the new characters they introduced this season.
Korra’s parents were really likable and her cousins Eska and Desna were also a welcome edition.
Watching Tenzin’s connection with his newly introduced siblings Kya and Bumi also helped improve things.
But my favourite of the new characters would have to be Varrick.
He stole the show in every scene he was in and I cannot wait to see what they do with him in Book Three.

Varrick is the best character introduced in Book Two and I cannot wait to see what he will do next.

But, there are still other issues I have with Book Two.
There are two main villains this season, Unalaq and Vaatu, and Unalaq is really forgettable, despite being Korra’s uncle.
And remember how I said that the love triangle was the worst part of Book One?
Well, it is back, unfortunately.
Thankfully it is nowhere near as prevalent as it was in Book One so it is less aggravating.
Still, they really need to drop the love triangle because it drags down the show every time it pops up.
However, there are still things that the show has maintained from Book One that were great, specifically, the animation and music.
Both of these are still incredible and help to draw me into many intense scenes.
The music was so good I even found myself humming along to it.
So for every bad thing there was this season, there was a good thing to counter it.
Book Two has as many good moments as bad moments.
It is definitely not as good as Book One but it is still enjoyable.
You just have to sit through a few annoying things to get to the good stuff.
Hopefully, Book Three will be more fulfilling.

The Legend of Korra Book One: A great start, which is almost ruined by an atrocious love triangle.

4 stars
I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the show Avatar: The Last Airbender.
What I originally thought was a show just for kids turned out to be a fun, inventive and thought provoking show that is now one of my favourites.
So, naturally after loving it so much, I had to check out the follow up series The Legend of Korra’s fist season, Book One: Air.
Book One follows the new Avatar, the titular Korra, on her adventure to bring balance to the world.
When I talk to people about both shows most people agree that Avatar: The Last Airbender is fantastic.
However, opinions on The Legend of Korra are rather mixed.
Some love it, some hate it and some just think it is okay.
Personally, I really enjoyed Book One of The Legend of Korra.
It is certainly no Avatar but, as long as you go in expecting that, you will have a really great time with it.
Over 12 episodes we are given a very real world scenario, instead of the basic save the world plot from the previous show.
I was amazed with how far the show went to talk about real world issues like bigotry, terrorism and radicalization.
It made it a very relatable story, since this stuff happens so often in our real world.
Another thing I really liked about the story was when it is set.
The Legend of Korra is set 70 years after the previous show and since then the world has entered an Industrial Revolution and is now in the timeline somewhere around the late 1800s to early 1900s.
This allowed the audience to get reintroduced into the world through its new technology, which lead to some very interesting concepts.

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Republic City, where the story takes place.

Then there are the characters who, although not having the depth or layers that the characters of Avatar had, are very likable.
We not only got new characters like Mako, Bolin and Asami but we also got to see what the old characters were doing in the 70 years we missed.
We even got to see some of these characters’ descendants, like Tenzin, the son of Aang, and Lin, the daughter of Toph, both of which are very relatable.
My favourite of the news characters though, would have to be Korra.
Korra is essentially the mirror opposite of Aang and actually wants to be the Avatar.
She is confident and relishes in her identity.
Her first line in the series is literally ‘I’m the Avatar, you gotta deal with it!”
However, even though she loves her position as the Avatar, she is a flawed character, which makes her all the more relatable.
She has fears, weaknesses and the pressures of being the Avatar sometimes get to her.
Korra was definitely the most developed character.

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Korra, the new Avatar, is my favourite character in the show so far.

I also really liked the villain Amon, who creates a terrorist organisation to get equal rights for those who do not have bending.
Amon’s goals are good and do seem like he has the people’s best interests at heart but it is the lengths he takes to achieve his goals that make him a villain.
This makes him a very interesting villain because we have not seen one in the Avatar series that wanted to make the world better yet, instead of just wanting to take over the world.
Now although I do think a lot of this content was great but could not surpass Avatar, there are two elements added to The Legend of Korra that most certainly did.
These elements are the animation and the music.
The animation has only got better since Avatar and it draws you in to every fight scene.
Even better is the music.
I could not count how many times I found myself in awe of this music because it was so good.
It fit the tone and style of the show perfectly.
However, not everything was done perfectly because there was one element of the show that almost ruined it for me.
What was this?
The love triangle.
I am going to be completely honest, I cannot stand love triangles.
I usually find them to be just a really contrived way to create drama.
That being said, I could have accepted it and pushed it aside to enjoy a lot of the show… if the love triangle had not driven the plot at times.
The story constantly stops dead so it can beat you over the head with this love triangle and it is aggravating every time.

stupid love triangle
Asami looks at Korra and Mako jealously, another aggravating moment in this needless love triangle.

Worst of all, one episode is entirely driven by this love triangle and somehow expands it by turning it into a love square briefly.
This was episode five The Spirit of Competition, which is now the worst episode I have seen so far in the entire Avatar series.
Yes, it is even worse than The Great Divide from Book One of Avatar.
At least that episode had some enjoyable moments.
Here, I was unable to enjoy anything because it was all driven by the stupid love triangle.
It drove me nuts.
It is such a shame because if this love triangle had not been in the show then it would have been almost just as good as Avatar, but with it in there it it falls short.
Thankfully though, they seem to have wrapped up the love triangle by the end of Book One so, hopefully, I will not see it again when I watch Book One.
Overall, The Legend of Korra Book One was a great way to start the show.
It had a great story and setting, relatable characters and fantastic animation and music.
If it was not for the love triangle this would have been a fantastic start.