3... 2... 1... Rant time.
I am losing most of my will to keep watching this series. I mean, it's like the writers don't even bother to try and make it exciting, surprising, and interesting. You can always say "hey, they never expected to have a 2nd season, so it's ok if it's a little bad here and there", but for god's sake the 1st season is almost just as bad in that regard.
From the very 1st episode, it becomes obvious who the main baddies are. Like, they are wearing an ID tag with "the bad guy" on them. Now Amon being the main bad guy was fine, he was the last goal to beat, and the interesting stuff happened on the way to the inevitable end. But Tarlock? For the love of god, why make the bad guy who's supposed to be an "undercover bad guy" so obviously bad? He was so easy to see through it makes everyone who didn't a retard automatically. And of course, the moment Tenzin or Korra's dad distrust someone they are obviously and clearly baddies. It's the same in both seasons, the baddie is instantly recognisable. No suspense, no surprise.
Admittedly, they did try to add some surprise, like Tarlock and Amon being brothers and what not, good, but not good enough. Then there's the better hidden bad guy, as Hiroshi Sato. And hey, the idea was adequate, but they didn't even let it sink in. He got introduced in one episode, and in like what? One more episode he's already a suspicious guy, because Korra said so, and Korra is the good guy so she must be right. Right? Just like Tenzin is right about Tarlock, and Korra's dad Tonraq about his brother Unalaq. The moment a main surely good character makes a serious face at someone it becomes instantly obvious that they will play a bad guy role at one point. Why is that a thing? Why does it always have to be this obvious? Why not add a character who can actually properly pretend to be a good guy and fool everyone before he backstabs them? Why are all the baddies so obviously transparent? Some of them can be, of course, but for all of them to be so easy to spot and so quick to burn out? Where's the suspense in that?
I can already call it. Unalaq was the one who arranged for Tonraq's fuck up, maybe by summoning the spirits, maybe by actually hiring those bandits, to get his brother out of the way and become the chief. Because the Tonraq is Korra's dad, so ofc he couldn't have made such a big fuckup. He was played, and thus is innocent and a great guy... He has to be. Because the characters are ultimately just black and white. No matter how tragic backstory you give them (amon+tarlock) or how you make them justify their actions (hiroshi).
(spoiler because I don't want to hear bitching about "you ruined it". Although if anyone doesn't see this coming from a mile away shouldn't be technically able to read anyway.)
This could really have been so much more. The last airbender was so much better in that regard. There was the obvious baddie, the leader of the fire nation. But then there were also characters like Zuko, and Mai. People who could swing either way for either team, and actually went on a journey that changed them. I wish the legend of Korra at least tried to leave itself some ties to mend in future seasons (if there are any) so that they can actually make something deeper happen with the characters. So far it's just teenage Korra throwing tantrums and siding with the so very inconspicuous baddie to end up realising that her teachers/mentors were right all along and has to fight her way through it again. Is it really going to be the exact same theme for both seasons of Korra?
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