The Legend of Korra is Nickelodeon’s follow up to the successful Avatar: The Last Airbender series. My first impression of the show was “thank goodness,” and “finally.” I was a huge fan of The Last Airbender, and after M. Night Shyamalan’s underwhelming live action movie I was glad to see more bending coming to the silver screen.
The show itself takes place 70 years after Avatar: The Last Airbender. Avatar Aang, and Sokka from the original series have both passed away, but Katara is still alive to help and train the new Avatar.
The show picks up with Korra, a member of the water tribe, being found as the next Avatar. Korra grows up and trains in seclusion at Avatar Aang’s direction to keep her safe until she is ready to take on her duties as the new Avatar.
Korra, impatient to begin her airbending training sneaks away and travels to Republic City, the city built by Avatar Aang and Zuko. Once there she is able to begin her training under Master airbender Tenzin’s instruction, the only living airbending master, and son of Avatar Aang.
The series has a new city with new problems, a professional bending league, and organized crime. Not to mention the major challenge facing Korra in the series Amon, leader of “the Equalists” a group determined to do away with benders by taking away their ability to bend forever. Avatar Korra’s problems aren’t the same as her predecessor’s, but they are no less serious.
After having seen the first few episodes I’m still happy. The show has a similar tone and lightheartedness that the original did. While at the same time really conveying the weight of responsibility that falls on each new Avatar.
I am excited about the expansions made in the world of the benders, such as pro-bending, and even more excited to see where the show’s creators continues to take the show.
You can watch the The Legend of Korra on Nickelodeon, or at The Legend of Korra website.