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‘The Legend of Korra’ Finale Review: “Day of the Colossus / The Last Stand”

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by Matt Patches 2 days ago
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‘The Legend of Korra’ began as a “What if?”: What would the ancient-skewing world previously depicted in ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ look like 70 years in the future, with a female protagonist, with the traditional Hero’s Journey thrown out the window? The original plan was for a mini-series — a graphic noir tale that dipped its toe into recognizable class wars. But what Korra could do, become, say, wound up overflowing into three more seasons. The potential creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko saw in their new incarnation crescendos into the show’s very last beats.

‘The Legend of Korra’ Book 4 Review: “Kuvira's Gambit”

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by Matt Patches December 12, 2014 @ 2:30 PM
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When Kuvira’s towering war machine lumbers into silhouetted view for the first time, ‘Legend of Korra’ strikes tangible fear. There’s tremendous payoff to the apocalyptic moment; With Varrick’s technology and the Korra Kaiju previously established Korra Kaiju, there was room for the show to go full Gundam from the beginning of Book 4. Instead, moral questioning transformed the show’s final season into a thinly veiled World War II allegory, complete with an unstoppable force.

‘The Legend of Korra’ Book 4 Review: “Beyond the Wilds”

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by Matt Patches November 28, 2014 @ 11:30 AM
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“Beyond the Wild” opens with a scene that would make John Carpenter giggle. Reacting to Kuvira's harvesting of the Banyan-grove tree, the vines in Republic City's Spirit Wilds are out of control. Leading a tour through the entanglement, Jon Heder's Ryu is the first to stumble upon the aggressive growth. Vines attack with velocity, wrapping around the tour group and leaving only Ryu's broken camera as evidence of the attack. It's 'Legend of Korra's' horror movie moment.

Nickelodeon’s ‘The Legend of Korra’ Returning to TV…Sort Of

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick November 25, 2014 @ 12:37 PM
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Fans of Nickelodeon’s ‘The Legend of Korra’ well know the hearbreak of Book 4: Balance, which followed Book 3's exile to online premieres, and only weeks after the finale. And where last week brought the revelation that a slashed budget had forced creators Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino into a clip show episode, there may yet be good news for fans. ‘The Legend of Korra’ will soon make a return to TV, albeit not exactly in the way we might hope.

‘The Legend of Korra’ Book 4 Review: “Remembrances”

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by Matt Patches November 21, 2014 @ 11:30 AM
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There's a silver lining to to this week's 'Korra,' the least fulfilling episode in show's four-season run: The production team must be allocating all its resources for one hell of finale! Let's hope. With “Remembrances,” 'Korra' succumbs the “clip show,” a rehash exercise that's grueling no matter how much you love the characters involved.

‘The Legend of Korra’ Book 4 Review: "Enemy at the Gates"

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by Matt Patches October 31, 2014 @ 11:30 AM
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'The Legend of Korra' imparts an important lesson as it barrels towards its ending, leaving younger audience members to grow into the news-digesting, opinion-spouting, inevitably partisan Internet beings they'll grow up to be: World politics are hard. Impossible, maybe. Every situation is a lose-lose. There are no rights and wrongs because one side of the conflict is always right and always wrong. A major leader's decision will inevitably piss people off. The response can never be “the right way.”

‘The Legend of Korra’ Book 4 Review: "The Calling"

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by Matt Patches October 24, 2014 @ 11:30 AM
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“The Avatar is back in business!” At the end of this rambling travelogue episode, 'Legend of Korra' puts everything on the table. What is balance? It's compassion, it's bravery, it's endurance, it's understanding, it's fearlessness, it's compromise. It's a state of being that separates revolutionaries from Big Bads. Korra's foes from seasons past weren't actually that bad, Toph tells her new student. Amon wanted equality, Unalaq freed the spirits, and Zaheer fought for freedom. But they crossed a line, tipped out of balance. “They took their ideologies too far,” she says. It's the kind of blunt truth Golda Meir might have whispered. Coming from the blind Earthbender, it's the line of the show.