Television Shows to Watch: The Legend of Korra The Avatar Has Returned to Save the World


Eva Lucchino and Annie Roebuck '15, Editor-in-Chief and News Editor

“Water, Earth, Fire, Air”

To some, this simple list of four elements may make little sense and seem like an assortment of random terms.  To others, this list rings a bell and brings back memories of their childhood.  In either case, an epic adventure awaits following this phrase…

In 2012 The Legend of Korra premiered on Nickelodeon as a follow up series to the successful show Avatar: The Last Airbender which aired from 2005-2008.  Much like the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings series, the Avatar world will draw you into its mysteries and adventures.  In the Avatar world, certain people are able to manipulate or “bend” the four elements of water, earth, fire, and air.  One person, the “Avatar”, is able to master all of the elements and is the world’s spiritual guide that works to bring about peace.  In The Legend of Korra, the headstrong and stubborn Korra must come into her own as a teenage Avatar when evil emerges from unexpected places.  Throughout the multiple seasons, she learns important bending skills and the importance of spirituality while forming many unexpected friendships along the way.

Though it may sound like an exaggeration, The Legend of Korra has it all, from action and adventure to romance and humor.  Its depth of culture and mythology draw the viewer in, and its complex characters will make you forget that you are watching it on a network with children as its target audience.  The Legend of Korra is a visually stunning animated show and its music, heavily inspired by Asian styles, ties the entire show together.  In 2013, the show even won a Daytime Emmy Award.  Fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender will fall back in love with the Avatar universe and truly appreciate the connections of the original show to Korra.  There are even some appearances of old “Team Avatar” members in the new series as Korra looks for guidance on her journeys.

Still not convinced? To top it all off, Korra, the protagonist, is butt-kicking, name-taking, totally awesome Avatar.  Unlike her predecessor, Avatar Aang, Korra is thrilled to be the Avatar, which causes her to rush into situations without thinking at times.  Luckily for her, she always manages to find a solution to her rash behavior, and Korra matures and learns how to better complete her duty to the world as the seasons progress.  One of the greatests aspects of Korra’s character is her sincerity; she honestly wants to save the world and be the Avatar, which she is able to do thanks to the support of her mentors and friends.  Korra does not succumb to her fears, but overpowers them instead, which is wonderful to see in a female protagonist.  Although her impulsiveness may be frustrating at times, Korra is a teenager with the weight of the world on her shoulders, something that is always worth rooting for.

Sadly, the last season of The Legend of Korra ended December 2014, but it is not too late to jump on the bandwagon.  All of the seasons are available on Amazon Prime and iTunes for purchase, and the first three seasons are available on DVD.  For those who have watched both Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, it is sad to have reached the end of the series, but the journey was a great one.