Tonight The Legend of Korra ended. As a huge fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender growing up I was ecstatic when a sequel series was announced way back in 2012. The series has had its ups and downs, and while it may not have been as smooth as a ride as Last Airbender, Korra’s saga has been engaging, hilarious, and infuriating, but most of all fun. In order to do this series justice, I’m going to review each season. Now, I’m not going to even mention how poorly Nickelodeon has handled this series. The anger it would bring about would ruin the moment. No, that is a topic for another day. This is about the series itself. With that in mind, let us begin at the beginning, when we were first introduced to Republic City and our new Avatar Korra.
Season One: Air
Season one introduced us to Korra and the new team avatar. This season pitted Korra against Amon, a powerful revolutionary who had the mysterious power to take away a person’s bending. This season had a lo of strong moments, however it focused a bit too much on a forced love triangle between Korra, Mako, and Bolin. In the end, Amon’s backstory and the overall dark, dark tone of the story make this season great.
Final Verdict: 3.5/5
Season Two: Spirits
Season two brought Korra back for a more spiritual fight than Amon’s non-bender revolution offered. This season, though, is often considered the show’s weakest. The main villian for the season, Unalaq, proved to be a bit stiff and boring, even after we found out about his quest to become the ‘dark avatar.’ The best parts of this season were the expanded lore and meeting Wan, the first Avatar.
Final Verdict: 3/5
Season Three: Change
Season Three is undoubtedly the fan favorite. It is titled change, and it brought us plenty. It begins with Korra struggling to deal with her decision to merge the spirit and human worlds, when a group called The Red Lotus reemerges. They are yet another group of revolutionaries, and they, led by airbender Zaheer, cause more damage than any other villain can claim. Some of the highlights of this season include the rebirth of the air nation, Zaheer’s philosophy, and the absolutely beautiful tragedy of the ending.
Final Verdict: 4/5
Season 4: Balance
Season four takes a three year leap after the events of season three. Korra, mentally scared from the events of Zaheer’s revolution and their fight, leaves her friends and family behind to suffer alone as she attempts to find herself. In her absence a new threat emerges.
This season, having just ended only hours ago at my time of writing this, is a suiting end for Korra. It successfully closes Korra’s saga with all those same emotions we felt over the series run: hilarious, infuriating, fun. While not a perfect season, it is a more mature season than any other, because it is less about dealing with an outside threat and more about dealing with an inside one. I’m not perfectly happy with the ending, but one thing in particular (pictured) made me very, very happy.
Final Verdict: 4/5
It is always hard to see a series you’ve followed for so long come to an end, even more so when you’ve followed it from day one. I’ve loved Korra in varying degrees over the years, but no matter what I’ve always defended it. With the series now over, I can officially say I’m very happy with how the series has been handled. Then again I’m still pretty hyped about the finale, having just finished watching it minutes ago before I started typing this.
Avatar: The Legend of Korra Series Final Verdict: 4/5
It is hard to see you go, even knowing I’ll be getting more Korra content via the comics. Still, I’ve had a great time, no matter how furious you made me at times. I love you, Legend of Korra. See you in the comics.