MQuinny1234 wrote:It's fun fact time with Kitsune.
Fun facts. About Chinese trials.
And laws, and hats.
MQuinny1234 wrote:Fun facts. Ta-da.
Lol, sorry, I had to. Just poking fun. :p
The way I see it, it's a rigged trial in a cartoon. I don't think they were drawing direct parallels between any real world trial proceedings. Having 1 person serve as judge, jury and executioner (possibly, had their death sentences not been revoked) was ideal for the plot. It's easier to believe that Unalaq can corrupt a single individual rather than a jury of the defendants' peers. Also, I'm a bit tired of seeing constant references comparing real world elements to those in the Avatar world. Yes, it is true that each nation takes inspiration from real world groups for their design. But that doesn't mean that they are an identical copy, all the way down to every law and tradition.
You even said it yourself, that the trial was similar to one of Chinese origin, but that the water tribes are not based off China. Any similarities you noticed were likely no more than coincidence. While the world may be at peace, I doubt they've all just started blending laws and traditions among the nations. The United Republic of Nations is the experimental venue for a blended society of all cultures. Since the world now has a place for all people to coexist, I think each nation will prefer to stay independent from each other, but on good diplomatic terms to prevent future wars.
Moving on, I find it a bit odd that all of Korra's main antagonists so far have been water benders (counting Tarrlok). I was seriously hoping that this season's antagonist would be a powerful spirit with a grudge against the Avatar and that Korra would have to defeat it with non-violent measures. When a problem comes up, her primary thought seems to be "Can I punch it until it's not a problem anymore?" I'd like to see something force Korra to think strategically for once rather than try to solve everything through brute force. She didn't defeat Amon through any tactical means. She got lucky. She just kept punching at him until suddenly one of her punches produced a blast of air. It seemed like we might get that chance this season when I saw how Unalaq dealt with the spirits, proving that brute force and violence aren't always the answer.
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Unalaq and the water tribe civil war will just be a distraction and we will get a big spirit antagonist. But we're almost a third of the way done with the season now so hopefully it doesn't feel rushed. Grieffon, you're probably correct that Avatar Wan will be the one to teach Korra that brute force doesn't solve everything. But he won't appear until episode 7, and his story will take up 2 full episodes. After that, we'll only have 6 episodes to wrap up the story. I'm just seriously hoping that the pace isn't rushed like the first season was. Honestly, if they really wanted to do completely separate plots between each season, the seasons should have been made longer, like 20 episodes per season. Otherwise there just isn't enough time for proper character development and a plot flow that doesn't feel rushed. But the season hasn't ended yet, so I'll reserve my judgment until then.