Three Themes to Watch For in Legend of Korra (CaPC)


You probably know by now that The Legend of Korra has returned for a second season on Nickelodeon. Originally planned as a single 12-episode follow-up to the award-winning Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Legend of Korra been expanded to four seasons, much to the delight of its loyal fans.

Without getting too bogged down, the Avatar series occurs in an Asian-influenced world containing four nations associated with the classical elements (air, water, fire, earth). Some within each nation are able to manipulate their nation’s respective element through a form of “psychokinetic” martial arts called ”bending.” The Avatar is the only one who can master all four elements and is charged with maintaining balance and peace. The Legend of Korra follows the new avatar, Korra, an impulsive yet courageous young woman from the Southern Water Tribe who is tasked with becoming the guardian and enforcer of balance within the world.

We’re several episodes into the second season, and it’s off to a brilliant start. Artistically, it’s clearly on par with previous seasons. Character and plot developments are developing quickly, and the dialogue is as rich and humorous as ever. Since I hate it when people blow shows for me, I won’t really talk too much about the plot so far. (Also, that’d be really silly to do after only a handful of episodes.) However, I do want to note three themes that I’ll be keeping an eye on, and raise a few corresponding questions.

You can read my analysis and questions over at Christ and Pop Culture.

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