I've talked earlier about my love of Avatar and The Legend of Korra. Legend of Korra just finished it's first "book" and I wanted to share some of my thoughts about the ending. As always spoilers ahead.
The plot for this book has not been slow at any point. Even the side plots with the pro bending have been pushing things ahead at a good clip. The last two episodes took us to a higher gear. It was breakneck and I think it suffered because of the speed. Episode ten left Korra and her friends in a bad space. Amon had taken over the city. Lyn Beifong was stripped of her powers and the airbenders had left the city. The only ray of hope was General Iroh bringing in the fleet.
The Korra creators wanted something different then Avatar with Korra. Avatar had the same overarching enemy who grew clearer as the story progressed. Korra does not. The reveal that Amon and Tarlock were brothers came out of no where. It was the one stagnant part in the story progression. Nowhere in the previous episodes was it ever hinted that Tarlock had a brother. If they had laid any hints earlier I would have been happy. But as it is it felt like they didn't play fair. There was no way for the audience to know that Amon was a blood bender faking the firebender attack. The firebender attack lead a false trail that he might have a tie to Mako and Bolin. Three things in a story usually implies meaning.
I did like the final confrontation between Korra and Amon, but again I felt that having the airbenders captured and appearing on the stage was another cheat. It comes back to foreshadowing again. Korra finally learning to airbend in that moment was amazing.
I loved the scene in the boat where Tarlock decides to sacrifice both himself and his brother, that was amazing. I hope that the writers don't undermine that by having them survive. I loved the real tension in the story between nonbenders and benders. I hope that plot is not dead.
The very end of episode twelve when Korra finds the avatar state, heals herself and heals others did not feel earned. Especially that she can drop in and out of the state at will. I am worried that she's reached her goal too quickly and the next three books she won't have a goal to reach for.
And let's just say it. I hated the way the romance was tied up, meaning there was no resolution. Mako ended up looking like the biggest jerk ever. If that is not resolved and complicates things in the next book I might walk away from the series. I don't care who ends up with whom. I do care that they act like human beings about it or if they are acting like jerks they have that pointed out and dealt with.
I'm looking forward to the next seasons. According to the press releases they are supposed to delve into the spirit world next. I look forward to Korra trying to manage that.