Thinking about a Redone Legend of Korra


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Recently I was thinking about Avatar: Legend of Korra and I got to thinking, in a bout of Armchair Producer, what things I would have done differently:

- Pretty much keep season untouched.
- Make season 3 into season 2, and season 4 into season 3.
- Then I would make season 2 into season 4.
- With the above in mind. I would introduce Unalaq earlier, but make him less obviously a villain and let his machinations build in the background.
- With the above in mind, I would have the return of the air benders be a sign of the coming harmonic convergence rather than being caused by it.
- I would leave her memories of the past avatars intact. I'll admit its probably the fanboy in me, but I really disliked the past connections being lost permanently.
- I would leave Mako and Korra broken up, but leave her single for the rest of the series.
- And finally, I would have her die at the end due to the permanent damage done by the Red Lotus.

I realize the creators weren't guaranteed a next season when started a new one. I'm just looking at the narrative as a whole.

What do you lot think? What would you have done differently?


I would have moved the Korra and Asami relationship out of the shadows of undertone and into the open.

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Season 1:
Amon's fake backstory would have actually been true. He wouldn't have been a bloodbender trying to trick people but an actual spirit-blessed mundane with a reasonable grudge against benders. He could have stayed Tarlokk's brother I suppose, but he would have been raised powerless and it probably could have added to his resentment.

Then I would have pursued the idea of what Amon was right about - the disparity between benders and mundanes, abuse of power, equal rights, etc. - rather than just abandoning it at the last part of Season 1 and from all points beyond.

I was so hoping we'd see more of Lieutenant after the Equalists fell apart picking up the pieces and trying to continue Amon's legacy more realistically/logically. So disappointed....

Otherwise I agree with almost everything else you posted except Korra dying at the end.


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No problem with her dying. I think death is very important in this series and that it could have been done well.

Good ideas here.


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Sounds like the sort of musing I did with Star Trek Enterprise.

Rearranging the seasons works with some clean up... But I would NOT kill Korra at the end. Leave her crippled yes but dead NO. Why are some fans of shows so eager to kill off main characters even at the end? Leave the poor avatar alone after all that.

Orthos also has some good ideas.

Korra and Asami? Was their friendship ever in the shadows? It just gets stronger when they step all over each other over Mako. Heck why leave her single though? A little romantic tension helps the drama in the show. No idea who the new man would be though... someone appropriately challenging I think.


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Orthos wrote:

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Otherwise I agree with almost everything else you posted except Korra dying at the end.

If Amon's was actually spirit blessed, perhaps that could have been part of the Vatu/dark avatar build up.


Aranna wrote:

Sounds like the sort of musing I did with Star Trek Enterprise.

Rearranging the seasons works with some clean up... But I would NOT kill Korra at the end. Leave her crippled yes but dead NO. Why are some fans of shows so eager to kill off main characters even at the end? Leave the poor avatar alone after all that.

Orthos also has some good ideas.

Korra and Asami? Was their friendship ever in the shadows? It just gets stronger when they step all over each other over Mako. Heck why leave her single though? A little romantic tension helps the drama in the show. No idea who the new man would be though... someone appropriately challenging I think.

I'm all for romance and romantic drama in my shows/games, believe me but in this instance I thought Korra being single would be a more interesting take.


Aranna wrote:

Sounds like the sort of musing I did with Star Trek Enterprise.

Rearranging the seasons works with some clean up... But I would NOT kill Korra at the end. Leave her crippled yes but dead NO. Why are some fans of shows so eager to kill off main characters even at the end? Leave the poor avatar alone after all that.

Orthos also has some good ideas.

Korra and Asami? Was their friendship ever in the shadows? It just gets stronger when they step all over each other over Mako. Heck why leave her single though? A little romantic tension helps the drama in the show. No idea who the new man would be though... someone appropriately challenging I think.

I prefer death to crippling injury. Especially as she lost the connection to the other avatars. Let her get a blue ghost body. .


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It might be interesting to see what the writers could have come up with if they had been supported for a complete series from the very beginning.


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The NPC wrote:


I'm all for romance and romantic drama in my shows/games, believe me but in this instance I thought Korra being single would be a more interesting take.

And spare us the horror of her ending as one half of a lesbian couple?


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Korra and Asami? Was their friendship ever in the shadows? It just gets stronger when they step all over each other over Mako. Heck why leave her single though? A little romantic tension helps the drama in the show. No idea who the new man would be though... someone appropriately challenging I think.

That's a joke right?


Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
The NPC wrote:


I'm all for romance and romantic drama in my shows/games, believe me but in this instance I thought Korra being single would be a more interesting take.
And spare us the horror of her ending as one half of a lesbian couple?

Because bisexuality doesn't exist. She's a lesbian.


Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
The NPC wrote:


I'm all for romance and romantic drama in my shows/games, believe me but in this instance I thought Korra being single would be a more interesting take.
And spare us the horror of her ending as one half of a lesbian couple?

Female protagonists almost always get paired off, while with their male counter parts its a bit more of a gamble. I honestly thought they were going for a strong female protagonist who didn't need or wasn't at a place in her life for a romantic interest. As I said, I thought that would be interesting.


The NPC wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
The NPC wrote:


I'm all for romance and romantic drama in my shows/games, believe me but in this instance I thought Korra being single would be a more interesting take.
And spare us the horror of her ending as one half of a lesbian couple?
Female protagonists almost always get paired off, while with their male counter parts its a bit more of a gamble. I honestly thought they were going for a strong female protagonist who didn't need or wasn't at a place in her life for a romantic interest. As I said, I thought that would be interesting.

While lesbians often get killed.


Peter Stewart wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
The NPC wrote:


I'm all for romance and romantic drama in my shows/games, believe me but in this instance I thought Korra being single would be a more interesting take.
And spare us the horror of her ending as one half of a lesbian couple?
Because bisexuality doesn't exist. She's a lesbian.

And I have absolutely no idea what this means.


A lesbian?! Huh? Did you guys watch the show? She spends most of the show wanting Mako... A guy. Clearly she is attracted to boys. Yes she chooses to go on vacation with Asami at the end but get real she wasn't in any romantic relationship and Asami is her best friend. Who else would she go with? In case you failed to notice we girls do hang out together...


Aranna wrote:
A lesbian?! Huh? Did you guys watch the show? She spends most of the show wanting Mako... A guy. Clearly she is attracted to boys. Yes she chooses to go on vacation with Asami at the end but get real she wasn't in any romantic relationship and Asami is her best friend. Who else would she go with? In case you failed to notice we girls do hang out together...

that's not true....that's impossible!


Aranna wrote:
A lesbian?! Huh? Did you guys watch the show? She spends most of the show wanting Mako... A guy. Clearly she is attracted to boys. Yes she chooses to go on vacation with Asami at the end but get real she wasn't in any romantic relationship and Asami is her best friend. Who else would she go with? In case you failed to notice we girls do hang out together...

The closing scene of the Kora series is definitely meant to represent the confirmation of a true love relationship just like it did with Avatar.

Kora dated Mako because she thought that was what she wanted as it would have been expected from a girl. But it's very clear that she and Asami have the strongest mutual bond of any couple pairing in the series. And each was the most affected by their separation.

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Aranna wrote:
A lesbian?! Huh? Did you guys watch the show? She spends most of the show wanting Mako... A guy. Clearly she is attracted to boys. Yes she chooses to go on vacation with Asami at the end but get real she wasn't in any romantic relationship and Asami is her best friend. Who else would she go with? In case you failed to notice we girls do hang out together...

The makers pretty much confirmed after the show ended that she and Asami end up as a couple post-season 4 and they mostly only didn't make it more blunt due to not wanting to fight with the censors.


Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Aranna wrote:
A lesbian?! Huh? Did you guys watch the show? She spends most of the show wanting Mako... A guy. Clearly she is attracted to boys. Yes she chooses to go on vacation with Asami at the end but get real she wasn't in any romantic relationship and Asami is her best friend. Who else would she go with? In case you failed to notice we girls do hang out together...

The closing scene of the Kora series is definitely meant to represent the confirmation of a true love relationship just like it did with Avatar.

Kora dated Mako because she thought that was what she wanted as it would have been expected from a girl. But it's very clear that she and Asami have the strongest mutual bond of any couple pairing in the series. And each was the most affected by their separation.

Which shouldn't imply she wasn't bi. No reason to think the attraction to Mako wasn't real. Just didn't work out.

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Ending the series with Korra either crippled or dead at the hands of her enemies would have been enormously depressing.

The spirit of the entire series is the rising and advancing of her spirit, from the cocky champion of Season One to the woman who overcomes both poison and her own crippling self-doubts in Season Four.

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thejeff wrote:
Peter Stewart wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
The NPC wrote:


I'm all for romance and romantic drama in my shows/games, believe me but in this instance I thought Korra being single would be a more interesting take.
And spare us the horror of her ending as one half of a lesbian couple?
Because bisexuality doesn't exist. She's a lesbian.
And I have absolutely no idea what this means.

It's a tongue-in-cheek comment used by some groups as to how, while homosexual relationships get much less attention than heterosexual, sexualities that fall outside both groups - bisexuality, pansexuality, and many others I can't be bothered to remember all the names for - get even less attention, and characters that could/should have been identified as bi/etc. are often pigeonholed into either "straight" or "gay" depending on who they have their primary relationship(s) with.

Alternatively, Peter could be meaning that 100% literally, and straight-up saying he doesn't believe people can be sexually attracted to both genders, but I strongly doubt it.


Orthos wrote:
thejeff wrote:
Peter Stewart wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
The NPC wrote:


I'm all for romance and romantic drama in my shows/games, believe me but in this instance I thought Korra being single would be a more interesting take.
And spare us the horror of her ending as one half of a lesbian couple?
Because bisexuality doesn't exist. She's a lesbian.
And I have absolutely no idea what this means.

It's a tongue-in-cheek comment used by some groups as to how, while homosexual relationships get much less attention than heterosexual, sexualities that fall outside both groups - bisexuality, pansexuality, and many others I can't be bothered to remember all the names for - get even less attention, and characters that could/should have been identified as bi/etc. are often pigeonholed into either "straight" or "gay" depending on who they have their primary relationship(s) with.

Alternatively, Peter could be meaning that 100% literally, and straight-up saying he doesn't believe people can be sexually attracted to both genders, but I strongly doubt it.

I guess. I'm well aware of prejudice even among lesbian/gay groups against bisexuals, but I was trying to have it make sense with the conversation and relate it back to it being more interesting for her to end single.

As I use it, People can be bisexual. Such people can have lesbian relationships. Or straight ones.
Otherwise we need separate words for "relationship between 2 women", which we don't have yet.

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