“You can’t knock me down!”
It’s been over a month since ‘The Legend of Korra’ ended its first season and during this time I’ve reflected on many aspects of the show. The stuff I liked and the stuff I didn’t like, but during all this reflection I keep going back to this line. “You can’t knock me down.” Now, this line isn’t from ‘Korra’ it’s from its predecessor ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’ But it clearly illustrates to me what is alternately the most disappointing and infuriating failing of the first season of ‘Korra’. And that’s the writing of the female characters.
When Katara said this line in the original show it was a moment of defiance and empowerment. It was tailored to Katara in that specific moment but in my mind it became one of the biggest mission statements for female characters in the show. In ‘Avatar’, the female characters had agency, they had development, and they had power that was manifested in many different ways. Some were love interests but being a love interest wasn’t ALL they were. They made mistakes. They fell down but the narrative allowed them to rise and be better than they ever were before. Even Azula, who ended the show broken, wasn’t that way because the show was being cruel or careless to her character. It was the natural ending of her arc that the show had been crafting for two seasons.
The key reason why ‘Avatar’ succeeded where ‘Korra’ failed is that there was a clear respect for the narratives of ladies in ‘Avatar’ that is just not there in ‘Korra.’
For a while, she didn’t notice he was slipping away.
Can we please stop saying this, fandom? Turns out, Bolin’s actually a pretty decent guy, not the kind who thinks girls are vending machines that dispense sex based off of the amount of kindness you put in. Even if he ends up being into her and she’s not into him, I have no doubt that they’ll continue to be very close friends because he’s not just friends with her in the hope that something romantic will happen.
To find out why friend zone is a misogynistic term, click here.
Amon - Equalists vs. the Anti-Equalist Task Force
Real Life parallels: Kuomintang vs. Communists
The Equalists, their rhetoric, outfits and posters are strongly influenced by Communist rethoric and themes. Compare the propaganda posters, that Amon promises ‘Equality for the oppressed non-benders’, their goal of overthrowing the existing power/government structure and last, but not least him claiming to come from humble farmer origins, like Mao Zedong.
Now, let’s talk about this new task force.
Who are they, what do they want?
- Protect the existing order
- Protect the Republic i.e. the existing political system
- Led by the rich and privileged
This parallels pretty much with the Kuomintang, especially once under Chiang Kai-shek’s control.
Historically, in the 1920, two main forces tried to get political control of China:
Now the question is: Will there be a civil war, as there was in history?
Added creator hint: Wondered why two Water Tribe characters are in charge of the task force and not, say, Lin: Compare the Kuomintang flag with the Water Tribe colors and style… yeaaaah.
More about the Kuomintang:
After the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty in the 1911 Xinhai Revolution and the founding of the Republic of China, the Kuomintang was formally established on August 25, 1912 at the Huguang Guild Hall in Beijing where the Revolutionary Alliance and several smaller revolutionary groups joined together to contest the first National Assembly elections.
Image source: One
because..well, just because.
I don’t even need to know more about them. ‘But you’ve just watched the second episode! You can’t know if they will actually be a couple!’
shut up, I ship it.