Monday, September 23, 2013
Korra: Flawed Protaganist or Obnoxious Brat?
Don't look at me like that, Korra.
I'm kind of an odd duck when it comes to Legend of Korra, in that I've never seen Aang: The Last Airbender. I know, I KNOW. You don't have to sell me. I'm perfectly willing to believe that it was the most awesomest and that my life is poorer for not watching, okay? I'll get around to it...sometime.
But if there was a question as to LoK being able to appeal to a wider audience than ATLA fans, then in my case, the answer is a resounding yes. I know the bare bones of Aang's story, which is really all the background I needed going in to this sequel.
I loved LoK and its eponymous heroine from the beginning. I loved Korra's bull-in-a-china-shop approach to politics, I loved her aggressiveness, I loved that she had zero interest in "being normal," unlike so many teen superheroes (including my beloved Buffy). I loved that she could be kind of a jerk and had a tendency to trust the wrong people, especially if they flattered her. So why have I been finding her so insufferable in Book 2?
Because Korra has apparently not learned a thing. Seriously, how is it that she has experienced zero personal growth since the very first episode? Uncle Unaloq might as well have "Tarrlok 2.0" tattooed across his forehead. It's a good thing if your hero is flawed, not so much if she's a goddamned idiot, which is how she's coming across to me.
Okay, she's been sheltered and isolated. She resents that, fine. She a teenager, so she's going to be self-centered. I get it. I just don't enjoy watching it. I don't know, maybe I've reached an age where I'm just not going be sympathetic to teenagers acting like entitled assholes over their parents' obviously well-intentioned (if misguided, true) attempts to do the best they can for them. When Korra responded to her father's agonized confession of how he was banished from the Northern Water Tribe with a big, self-absorbed tantrum, I thought, "Brat. You deserve whatever mess your shady uncle is going to involve you in." I doubt that was the show's intention
I have hopes, from the end of "Civil War, Part I" that with the arrest of her parents, Korra will catch a clue. I want to like her again.
(Oh, and this post is about Korra, but I have to say it, fuck Mako. I hate that douchebag so much. I may be mad at Korra, but she still deserves way better.)