Steampunk Fairy Tales: Volume 3 now available!

Read about it »

The Legend of Korra: A Discovery in Several Ways

Recently, Dave and I started watching a new show: The Legend of Korra. I watched a few episodes of Avatar with my little cousin, and generally enjoyed them. As I’ve seen some funny images from The Legend of Korra over the years, I was geeked to sit down and finally give it a proper watch.

In some ways, it’s perfect. Its campiness tends to pull the punch on any excessive drama, and the tension is balanced with a very playful approach to story-telling. Despite all of these pluses, though, I occasionally found myself wanting to walk away.

This wasn’t surprising to me as I have a love-hate relationship with most forms of media. This is no fault of the media itself; my tastes are merely strange and unpredictable, but when I love something, I love it too much: I’ll rewatch episodes or movies at a rate that would nauseate the average person.

My Preferences

My taste runs in the comedy vein: Roseanne, Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are my most re-watched shows, but there’s also a few non-comedies in the mix. BoJack Horseman is a perennial favorite despite frequently dipping into dark waters. I adore Babylon 5, a space-drama to end all space-dramas. Dead Like Me, a frequently sobering show about both death and life-after-death, was an obsession for a few years.

I’ve never quite understood where my lines are drawn. I love Parks and Rec, yet have never made it past season three. Arrested Development is great, except that last time I watched it, I struggled to finish season two. Despite devouring the first three-fifths of Babylon 5 about a hundred times, I’ve only finished watching the series once.

I think that, thanks to The Legend of Korra, I finally get it.

 

 

Analysis

I wanted to stop watching Korra the second a love triangle threatened the stability of the main characters in a predictable way. I could see the domino effect already starting, and cringed with each new piece it knocked down. And then it hit me:

  • I stop watching Parks and Rec when Ben and Leslie’s relationship comes under scrutiny.
  • I stop watching Arrested Development when the Bluths begin to accidentally-on-purpose alienate Lucille Two.
  • I stop watching Babylon 5 when a primary character shows signs of defecting to the dark-side.

Apparently, what I really don’t like is when bad things happen in predictable ways, especially if it’s a slow burn. Leslie and Ben’s relationship arc lasts forever, and I’m forced to watch episode after episode of the slow, eventual decline. Even if there’s a happy ending, those moments of watching everything fall apart are like agony to me.

Resolution

Luckily, I was watching The Legend of Korra with Dave, and he was clearly not squirming. In fact, he seemed rather annoyed at all of my squirming. (Dave’s edit: I was.) In an attempt to not further ruin the show for him, I tried to knock it off. (Dave’s edit: Thanks!)

I’m glad that I did. The card house so deliberately stacked by the show did come crashing down in a terribly predictable way. The failed relationships undermined their previous successes, damaged their friendships, and hurt everyone’s feelings. Yet they still managed to largely pull their punches.

When the third-person-out from this love triangle gets their heart broken, they erupt into wailing, complete with snot-bubbles and a tantrum so intense, they have to be carried off. What would normally be a gut-wrenching moment was, instead, funny. And even within the course of a 30-minute episode, they undid the professional damage caused by the skewed relationships and more-or-less balanced things out between the characters. What I expected to be episodes of agony was more like ten minutes. Even I can handle that.

 

 

The Legend of Korra won’t be my next Bob’s Burgers, but it does look like it’ll be a fine show, so long as I can remind myself to give it the chance it deserves.

 
Random Articles

Japan Day 5: Kimono Selfies at Kiyomizu-dera
Our fifth day was filled with kind people, the historic streets of Kyoto, a temple that was built in the 700s, and a giant rabbit statue. We rounded out the night with a trip to Kyoto Station, my favorite station in all of Japan. Read on

 


Sprint 1: New Years & Project Management - Make Board
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Read on