The Legend of Korra Vlogs - When Extremes Meet

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  • ToastyMozart
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    And then the story picks up. We all said it got better in the second half :)
    Is Doug a Timebender?
  • Karnot
    >And then the story picks up.

    Are you f-n serious ? Second half is MORE of that stupid bending sport, MORE love triangle, culminating in one of the most disappointing endings i've ever seen in a USian cartoon ever ! It would've been better if they went into complete filler mode and just cut it off instead of that ending !
  • vickyvivivicci
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    Psst. Psst. Pro-bending ended three episodes ago, back in the first half.

    Actually having your facts right are important when trying to complain.
  • JTD95
    What are you talking about? There isn't anymore pro-bending in the second half, and the love triangle isn't that present anymore. It's still there, and still annoying, but they don't draw all that much attention to it.
  • Dapencilcounselor  - did you even watch the rest of the series?
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    they drop the triangle (they pretty much are like, "shit, they don't like this we should fade it out"), they dropped the game. the ending isn't bad, it's wrapped up a little too quickly, but all the things that are wrapped up (besides one particular part which I won't spoil for doug) are wrapped up in a very satisfying way.
  • ToastyMozart
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    Umm, the Pro-Bending arena kind of got blown to hell two episodes ago, and the love triangle is much less in focus.
  • anakinsolo68
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    The ending is one of my favorite season finales of Avatar period. The only complaint I have is that like the last 3 minutes a pretty rushed but that may be due to the fact that they initially didn't know Korra would go on for more than one season
  • Elphaba645
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    It was nice to see bloodbending come back. This is where it starts picking up, thank god. But really? Did no other authority figures realize that what Tarrlok is doing is obviously wrong and creating more equalists than it is eliminating them? And it annoys me how Korra seems to forget she's a waterbender.

    Whoa, Doug. Air conditioner, you almost made Doug throw himself off a bridge. F**k you, AC
  • Fyrsiel
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    Stranger things have been bended!
  • BriDaJedi28
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    Finally glad to see your liking it more. It truly is a great series.
  • KaizerJED
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    Backtracking: The Episode. That's how I felt about this one, as the writers finally realized that maybe we should show some bender on non-bender oppression. Kind of late but at least they tried.

    I will say that the fight between Tarrlok and Korra was awesome, though it annoys me how Korra seems to only remember she's a waterbender when she's in the pro-bending league. Throughout most of the show she's either firebending or earthbending. Watching her get her tail handed to her by her native element just rubs me the wrong way. Oh well, she kicks his ass anyway...well before the bloodbending.

    Oh, and you got a little dark there Doug lol...damn air conditioner.
  • ToastyMozart
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    The AC part was kind of a funny coincidence, considering later on.
    I'm pretty sure the bridge tirade was stalling for time while getting back on track though :)
  • mtman318
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    "Throughout most of the show she's either firebending or earthbending. Watching her get her tail handed to her by her native element just rubs me the wrong way."

    That bothered me as well. Fortunately, it looks like that will change next season. And she uses waterbending a lot more for the last few episodes, too.
  • KaizerJED
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    Very true. It's one of the reasons I can tolerate the pro-bending stuff because it's one of the few moments in the season where you see her waterbend. The trailer for Book 2 does feature a bit more of her waterbending (it also looks like her dad does some as well) so that is something to look forward to.

    Sidenote: It's interesting though, because I wasn't as big of a fan of Legend of Korra as I was of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but I liked it enough to eagerly await season 2. Here's hoping it's better.
  • citr92
    i think that shows just how korra is as a bender

    firebending and earthbending are more korra's style, physical

    while water and air are more spiritual...though she's a waterbender, she's more like a fiery avatar kioshi
  • vickyvivivicci
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    I don't think there was any backtracking involved here. That complaint is nonsensical. The episode is what it is. There's no secret conspiracy motive.
  • KaizerJED
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    I don't mind replies to my comments but I don't know why you're even trying considering that as soon as I respond you'll puss up and claim I was being mean. Besides, after our last exchange I'm pretty sure you don't know what I mean by backtracking. (Secret conspiracy? Where can I get some of what you're on?)
  • vickyvivivicci
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    Our last exchange? I'm sorry, I don't even remember who you are. I don't know what you mean by "puss up", but since your immediate reply to someone disagreeing with you was to be make rude comments and be a dick, I'm going to assume whatever our last interaction was, you were being a dick then too and thus your crying about me telling you to stop being one is based on that. Seriously, if you don't want to be called "mean", maybe try NOT GIVING ME REASON?
  • Mr.Whatever
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    If it makes you feel any better I came across this theory;

    She JUST mastered Fire Bending, which is why she uses it more often. Plus it's quick and easy to use in a city landscape as it doesn't require ripping up the streets or carrying around water to use.

    Well that and her general personality seems more inclined to the more direct elements of Earth and Fire.
  • KaizerJED
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    That I get, and most times it doesn't bother me because unlike fire bending which is summoned from within, and earth bending which is pretty much everywhere, water bending requires a present source to be useful, and in a city that's not an easy thing to find. In this fight in particular though there was a present source of water. I just expected her to utilize it the way Tarrlok was.
  • ToughGirlsRule42
    But wait didn't they show in ATLA that waterbenders are able to get water out of thin air, Hama showed that to Katara.
  • vickyvivivicci
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    Water may be Korra's native element, but it's also Tarrlok's native element, and he has a lot more experience with it and Korra has no Avatar state to enhance her Waterbending. I think it is entirely 100% reasonable, and Korra didn't actually get her butt kicked by the Waterbending. Katara got her butt kicked with Waterbending when she fought Paku. Korra won. Seems pretty simple.
  • HMorris73
    Korra may be Water Tribe but she's been able to earthbend and firebend for just as long, her personality seems to lend itself more to those styles. Besides Tarrlok's probably a lot more skilled than her in that area, so trying to fight him with waterbending might not be the best idea.
  • KaizerJED
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    True, but she should have at least tried, especially when he's throwing it at her. If the ice he's making is sharp enough to cut, why didn't she bend it back into its liquid state? I dunno, it was just something that bugged me. I still enjoyed the fight though.
  • RedRapptor  - Visions?
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    Doug hasn't talked about Korra's visions at all yet. I wonder if he's forgetting to mention them or just isn't noticing them somehow.
  • ToastyMozart
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    Well, he's bound to mention them in the next one at least.
    Maybe he doesn't get that that's past-future Aang.
  • SatMornRejects
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    He probably does its just he is doing these vlogs right after watching them so recollection isn't an option.
  • rdfox
    I can honestly say I only barely noticed them on my first viewing of the show--enough to notice that they were there, and to notice Adult Toph in one, but not enough for them to really fully register until the next one.
  • Shadowsaber
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    Glad you are finally liking them Doug! They all get better from here. I hope you like the visions episode next!
  • Kaira  - WHITE LOTUS
    You haven't told us your opinion about the new White Lotus, Doug... :3
  • hedwig123
    I'm calling it: I bet he LOVES the next one.
  • Dipper723
    Doug, the non-benders weren't at an Equalist Rally, they were complaining about the power being turned off.
  • Samuraiko
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    Doug, you are such a douche - I know I told you at AR2013 that I wanted to see you do more drama, but I didn't mean you had to do it in the vlogs!

    "Should I just end it all?"

    AGH!

    *smack*

    Don't do that to me again! :D
  • vickyvivivicci
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    Yeah, that was in exceptionally poor taste. It was not funny in the slightest. Joking about suicide = Bad.
  • Greycat R!
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    Doug Walker - man who retroactively inspired Legeng of Korra with his time piercing vlogs!

    Sounds like a movie!
  • Daichek
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    No take care at the end of this one we are so sad^^




    Spoiler alerts





    He just gonna hate the ways the serie will end.
    I mean the last 3minutes where you feel that it is ways too rushed.
    But at the moment the Creator didn't know if they were going for more season so, we'll see Doug's reaction.
    Tho I hope he enjoy the serie as a whole.
  • Alkolto
    Literally the only people who hate the ending only hate it because it wasn't what they wanted it to be. A lot of people wanted the second season to be about Korra trying to find a way to get her powers back, which is perfectly fine. But just because it went a different direction than you specifically wanted, doesn't mean that is bad.

    And it's not even a deus ex machina like some people claim it is. Hell, it's less of one than the TLA ending, because it's all things that have been established before, and it all makes sense in the context of the story.
  • ThisIsScorpio  - SPOILERS
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    Agreed. It couldn't be done because Book 1 was originally just supposed to be that ONE Book. They only got greenlit after they wrapped it up (stupid Nick) leaving the ending slightly abrupt.

    And according to Mike and Bryan's philosophy when you are at your lowest point you are more susceptible to your spiritual side, to look inward. Thus she was able to connect with Aang and unlock the Avatar state.
  • Vismutti
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    "Literally the only people who hate the ending only hate it because it wasn't what they wanted it to be."

    ... No shit. That's why people usually hate things about fiction. But I don't agree with what you seem to be implying: I didn't have a specific idea for how I wanted it to end. I just wanted a satisfying ending, whatever it was. And the ending of Korra was not satisfying.

    I'm not claiming that it's a total deus ex machina: I know you can easily argue in favour of it making sense. But it's still bad story-telling. It's just way too easy! I wouldn't even care if you DID solve SOME of the stuff but ALL of it? Not only does she get her bending back but now she's an energybender too? AND she can heal everybody? AND Amon is dead now too so we don't even have to worry about him coming back? AND she gets together with guy she likes? In literally the last few minutes? It doesn't work, it's not earned, it doesn't feel satisfying.

    I admit that a big part of it IS that it's just a damn good opportunity lost. It would have been so cool to see Korra have to live with being "just" an airbender. It would have been so cool to see how the other benders adjust to losing their bending altogether, having to completely rethink their lives in some cases. AND it would have been cool to see Korra slowly work on her spiritual side. I like the idea that the lowest point opens her up to it. But don't make it like "PING! You're all spiritual now because you're a bit sad about not being super-special anymore!" Make her work for it! Make her explore that side of her! I know she'll most probably do that in the next season which IS great but it would have been so much better if it happened before she learned all this super-impressive stuff that Aang only learned at the end of the first series.

    Oh and I know they didn't know they would get the next season. I imagine there must have been a lot of pressure from the studio to wrap it up too? I'm guessing so anyway. Maybe they couldn't help it. But that doesn't mean that it's a good ending! Not even if you take away the possibility of the second season. Even if Korra just ended at one season I STILL wouldn't want an easy solution to all her problems! Sometimes an open ending or even a bittersweet ending is much better than an unsatisfying happy ending. This is definitely one of those times. Okay, it's subjective but so is everything when it comes to reviewing.

    The comparison to the ending of A:tLA doesn't work either. Sure, it might have been more of a deus ex machina than this, but it was emotionally much more satisfying. That came at the end of three seasons of hard work and spiritual learning (for a kid who was already rather spiritual from the start too!) I don't say it's perfect and frankly I don't think it is. But it's still better than this.

    Oh and also, Aang's "deus ex machina" allowed him to spare a person's l...
  • Vismutti
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    Oh and also, Aang's "deus ex machina" allowed him to spare a person's life and retain his moral conviction because it was something he believed in so hard that he did everything he could to avoid breaking it. KORRA's "deus ex machina" just meant that nobody had to be sad about losing their special magic powers anymore and be forced to feel what it's like to be a normal person. That's kind of lame, you know.
  • Dipper723
    The reason why episode 12 is bad is because it's too rushed. If they had an extra episode, the plot could have been told a little better.

    Also, it's bad, because Mako is a jerk, and Korra looked as if she was about to commit suicide, because she can only airbend.
  • Shinonaru
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    You can have a twelve episode series and it still be great. That is an excuse. They could have easily worked out those problems in this series if they dropped a lot of crap or reworked it.
  • ToastyMozart
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    The cliffjump contemplation was more that she didn't consider herself the Avatar without Water, Fire, and Earth-bending. Since the Avatar cycle runs on reincarnation, she probably was thinking that way the world could have an avatar in the next 17-some years.
  • TheIrrehensibleTJ
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    While I think it would be better to do the second season getting powers back idea, that's not the only reason I hate it. And it isn't just because it comes out of nowhere, which it does, but because it ties things up in 5 seconds. It's just too damned rushed. You could argue that Aang being able to take away bending at the end of Last Airbender came a bit out of nowhere, but they spent over an hour on it. I realize they didn't have the time and if they didn't get picked up for another season than it would suck to end the series with everyone de-powered, but it really made the couple minutes before where she's so upset about losing her powers seem like a sincere waste of time as it amounted to a grand total of a minute of build-up to an immediate conclusion skipping conflict entirely. I mean, why even bother?
  • TheToonReviewer  - oh the existencial crisis
    how did he manege to have an existential crisis just because his airconditioner made a noise
  • SatMornRejects
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    An AC can be a really bad roommate.
  • ToastyMozart
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    He was stalling for time.
  • FactorFiction  - Damn airconditioners...
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    Awesome, he likes this episode. It does pick up from here, and while it doesn't necessarily get better, it does stay consistently good from here on out. Except for the ending.

    Also, that wasn't an Equalist rally, that was just a group of people questioning why the power was turned off in their homes. Tarrlok made it sound more threatening so the police wouldn't question why he was arresting innocent nonbenders.
  • ChiyoYaiden  - Good luck with the next episode
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    You poor poor soul.
  • ghadden  - Everything works in this episode
    This is the best written episode of the series so far, and most importantly, it addresses Korra's lack of progress, while at the same time showing us some progress. She is starting to be more strategic, without betraying her hot-headedness. Still, in previous episodes I would have liked some dream/nightmares, or moments that give us more insight into the state of her psyche. Doug said everything else I would have.
  • Capt Harkness51
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    Don't worry Doug, I got the Simpson reference.
  • SRanger1071  - Don't you pay attention?
    First off, just because the POLICE SCANNER called it an Equalist rally doesn't make it so! The power was cut to the Non-Bender neighborhood in the city to enforce the curfew, and everyone was out in the streets to find out what was going on.
  • dlqntn
    Speaking as someone who didn't like LoK very much... if more episodes had been of the caliber of this one there's no doubt in my wind it would have lived up to it's predecessor.
  • ZackNero03
    AC, the enemy of Doug's thoughts.
  • HMorris73
    This was definitely my favorite episode of the season, unfortunately though it may have set my expectations for what was going to happen in the last four a bit too high...
  • animegx43
    I wonder what he thought about the "Did you know Korra likes Mako?" scene.
  • Heart-Lightning
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    ANd this is where my hate truly begins with this season. >=C

    FUCKING BLOODBENDING. Ugh, it was a shitty concept to begin with and should have been dropped after that one episode of Avatar: TLA.

    As if it were not bad enough with how jumpy and somewhat of a jerk Korra was or how badly treated poor Bolin is in the story, or the fact that Mako can't be any more real entertaining than a stick in the mud, but THIS (Bloodbending) is the main reason I hate this season of Avatar.

    Bloodbending is basically the Avatar equivalent of the Sharigan from Naruto:

    1. It's seemingly overpowered as hell to the point it is exploitable (and it eventually becomes like that)

    2. Any form of "rules" or "restraint" put on that said power gets magically taken away because reasons

    3. Despite the fact that techniques for these powers were pretty much lost, the user seems to somehow able to not only rediscover them, but even make them more powerful

    4. they become weaved into EVERYTHING in the story.

    Hell, bloodbending shouldn't even work due to the fact that despite our bodies being 70% water: they are not liquid, they have many other elements that create our body's compound and our blood is not liquid but actually plasma.

    Man, I HATE bloodbending.
  • rdfox
    There's a difference between blood plasma and what physics refers to as plasma.

    Physics plasma is ionized gas, gas at such a high energy state that the valence electrons are completely stripped from the atoms. Blood plasma is a liquid that consists of about 75-85% water, and which, indeed, is often replaced, in hospitals, with saline solution--salt water--to help maintain blood pressure during surgery or to help rehydrate a person without using precious whole blood and blood products. (Saline solution doesn't require someone to donate some of their blood, it's sterile, and it has an indefinite shelf life, which are just three of its advantages when trying to use it to maintain blood volume.)

    So yes, you COULD be pulled around by your blood, and it would be incredibly painful.

    As for the knowledge of how being lost, first off, it's impossible to put the genie of knowledge back in the bottle. Once someone figures out how to do it, and it becomes known that they do, someone else WILL figure it out. (This is why "total nuclear disarmament" is a pipe dream; even if the information on how to make nukes is destroyed and the weapons disposed of, someone will independently figure out how to do it and make their own.)

    Secondly, you'll note that Tarrlok doesn't use any of the motions that Hama taught Katara for his bloodbending; it's entirely likely that it's a completely different method of doing it (akin to Toph's earthbending style being completely different from conventional earthbending) that was developed independently and, at most, was inspired by knowing that Hama could bloodbend. The technique might well even be better suited to bloodbending than Hama's style that was influenced by her Southern Water Tribe training, and thus would be more powerful than it--much like how much of Toph's earthbending power is from her using a more pure form of earthbending than conventional earthbenders--meaning that the power boost of the full moon isn't required for it.

    Third, information in the next episode implies that Katara was not the only person Hama taught to bloodbend--either that, or that they discovered that there were other bloodbenders who had developed the skill independently from Hama. (Why ban something that only two people in the world know, one already a prisoner and the other someone who pushed for the ban?)

    Basically, the use of bloodbending in LoK is arguably a commentary on laws that attempt to control knowledge (intellectual property law, classification of technology, etc.) that points out that no matter how hard you try, once someone has figured out how something works, it *will* eventually become widely known and people will make use of it.
  • Heart-Lightning
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    Okay first of all, Blood still is highly specialized tissue composed of more than 4,000 different kinds of components. FOUR THOUSAND. Blood is a plasma which is comprised of WAY too much components to "bend" properly. If anything, i might slightly hurt a bit, but that amount of pain would be equal to that of a little zap from a prank vibrating pen.

    Secondly, Hama was able to learn it herself because she had nothing better to do. At the time, all she had was the rats, her cage and her lust for revenge. Tarrlok's dad was a mafia boss and had much more things on his plate than Hama. And I doubt Katara taught anybody bloodbending to anybody.

    It's the same thing with Toph, she was trapped and had nothing better to do other than self teach herself metal bending. Both Hama and Toph were captured and were forced to either learn something by themselves or die. I also doubt Hama was able to teach anybody else bloodbending as well. So in many ways, yes, the knowledge was "lost" either by Katara refusing to teach such techniques or Hama unable to teach said techniques. This blood bending is a total asspull that comes back to bite the story back in the ass in the end.
  • orangeapples
    The thing about metal and blood bending was that people just assumed it was impossible. Once it became known that it was possible people could just figure it out.

    Also, you are putting way too much science into a children's fantasy TV show. I'm a bit surprised you're okay with them saying the four elements are earth, fire, wind and water and not complaining about how there are actually 118 elements or however many there are and how water/earth are actually compounds, fire is actually a reaction and wind is result of forces and pressure.
  • Wrathii
    There are a lot of assumptions in your basis for complaint here.

    we don't know what the story was with Hama after the episode ended. Yes the villagers said they were going to lock her up, but who knows what happened after the war ended, she may have been locked up still or she may have been released to return to her own people as other POWs surely were. (yes that's a foolish idea but Zuko has a track record of not always making the best decisions)
    Heck even if she was locked up for the rest of her days, she could have passed on her knowledge at least in writing, for that matter she could have already drawn up scrolls and after she was taken away,they were just sitting in her house, waiting to fall into the wrong hands.
    But again this is all speculation. but it proves that there could have been ways for the knowledge to be spread.
  • Sadako  - lulz, spoilers guize
    Yes, blood is composed of a lot of different components--but the primary one is water. Blood plasma makes up more than half of blood's total volume, and over 90% of the plasma is water. And that's not even mentioning the water that exists in other places in your body (in your cells, in your digestive tract, etc.). You keep saying 'blood is a plasma', but you're equivocating--and unintentionally, at that. At least I don't THINK you're suggesting that our blood is actually suspended in super-energetic ionized gas, like lightning or the surface of the sun, and therefore couldn't be bent by a Waterbender (and would, indeed, require a Firebender to bend blood, since it would be made of lightning).

    As for Hama and Katara not teaching anyone else about bloodbending, there's still the possibility that knowledge of bloodbending could have existed in the Northern Water Tribe, as well. (Yakone would have to be a Northern Tribesman; he's a contemporary of the Gaang, and since Katara was the only Southern Waterbender, he MUST be from the North, where the Waterbending traditions have been kept better.) If there is a distinct Northern Tribe Bloodbending technique, then Hama discovered it independently as a matter of life and death in prison. Plenty of discoveries in the real world are made multiple times by people who aren't in contact with one another, like Michael Faraday and Joseph Henry, or Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Other powers, which used to be restricted only to benders of great skill and power (metalbending, lightningbending), are also now more widely used in Republic City--and all of the firebenders working in the power plant know Iroh's redirection technique now.

    Plus, as Councilman Sokka will remind us in the next episode, there are benders out there of extremely unusual skill and power, such as Toph, Combustion Man, and the Avatar. It's pretty much stated that Yakone is one of these extremely unusually powerful benders (who, like Combustion Man, can bend with his mind alone); his talent for bloodbending also seems to be genetic somehow, as it was passed on to his children AFTER he lost his bending. Although bending is a spiritual art, the series' world also contains particularly powerful bending lineages, with only one known Squib (Piandao). Yakone and his family are one of these lineages--it's entirely possible that Yakone's father taught him the family technique of psychic bloodbending without the full moon. Hell, Yakone's family might have been the secret keepers of the Northern Bloodbending Style for generations. We may never know.
  • Extreme-Madness  - re:Heart-Lightning shitty concept?
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    I think you meant creepy concept.

    The human body is more than 60% of water. Blood plasma, and intracellular fluid is almost entirely water.
    I generally do not see a problem in the idea that a talented water bender was able to concentrate to learn how to control the water in living tissue. Also, water benders who live in the swamps have learned to control the water in the plant tissue, so I do not see any problem that someone has learned to control the water in the animal and human tissue.

    Also, I think people take the term blood bending too literally. Even Hama said that she controls the water in the body, not the blood literally. It's called blood bending because it sounds cool and creepy at the same time.

    Although again, the blood benders could literally control the blood, but it would immediately kill the victim (due to disruption of blood pressure and heart rate), and that of course can not be displayed in this show.
  • vickyvivivicci
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    Okay, um, let's tackle this point by point:

    "Blood is a plasma which is comprised of WAY too much components to "bend" properly".

    When was it ever indicated a large number of components restricted whether it could be manipulated with any given form of bending? Also, clearly that's not the case because it works just fine.

    "Secondly, Hama was able to learn it herself because she had nothing better to do." Yeah. Quick thing I want to point out about CAPTAIN SPOILER is he obtained his position BECAUSE of his Bloodbending. However he developed it, he already had it beforehand. We don't really need to know the details to know he could do it. Clearly he could.

    "Both Hama and Toph were captured and were forced to either learn something by themselves or die." Hama was in no immediate danger of death, and Toph was being taken back to her parents -- who very clearly wanted her alive -- and thus there was no real danger there either.

    "So in many ways, yes, the knowledge was "lost" either by Katara refusing to teach such techniques or Hama unable to teach said techniques." We know that the knowledge that Bloodbending exists was already available, by virtue of it being illegal to use it. If there's a law against it, saying, "No one can use Bloodbending!" but no one knows it even exists, then the law itself would kind of tip them off, yeah? But I don't think they figured it out from the law, since there's no NEED to make it illegal if Hama was actually incarcerated and unable to teach anyone and Katara and her friends just NEVER MENTIONED IT TO ANYONE ELSE EVER OUTSIDE THEIR GROUP.

    Bloodbenders existed, obviously, so whatever way they learned it, this was an actual issue. Arguing that something shouldn't be possible by attemptign to apply real world science to the functions of mystical super powers in a fictional setting when they have never given any indication said powers abide by the things you are citing and based on the assumption that no one can learn or do what they clearly have learned and did seems kind of silly.
  • TheWelshPirate
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    IKKI: Did you know Korra likes Mako?

    KORRA: (super-anime-screamy- face)

    You know, the love triangle was almost worth it just for that moment alone.
  • Heart-Lightning
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    The main problem is that they jump right into the relationship nonsense before even establishing any form of growth for that said relationship to begin with! With Aang and Katara, it took at least 2 seasons to establish said relationship. With Mako and Korra, they first hated each other and then all of the sudden Korra is falling head over heels for Mako by episode 4!

    And you know what happens after that don't you?
  • rdfox
    Er, they were starting to lay the groundwork for it as early as the first episode, actually. Look at Katara's face when she and Sokka first find Aang. That's a "Damn, he's cute!" look if I've ever seen one. And it didn't take long for Aang to start getting a huge crush on her--remember "The Fortuneteller"?

    Basically, the relationship was compressed because of the belief during production that they'd only get the one season. If they'd known that Nick would eventually give them four seasons, they'd probably have paced the romance a lot better.

    Beyond that, remember, teenagers. Raging Adolescent Hormones. 17-year-olds fall in (and out of) love at the drop of a hat...
  • Heart-Lightning
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    1. That thing about "Damn he's cute" was a joke, Katara didn't really think of that much other than him physically looking hot.

    2. Well, the writers should have been playing less with the relationships and more with the whole "AMON IS GOING TO DESTROY BENDING AND TAKE OVER REPUBLIC CITY" storyline instead.

    3. Yeah, but that didn't stop most of the characters from A:TLA from taking it slowly.
  • TheWelshPirate
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    "2. Well, the writers should have been playing less with the relationships and more with the whole "AMON IS GOING TO DESTROY BENDING AND TAKE OVER REPUBLIC CITY" storyline instead."

    I think this is an example of why they really shouldn't bother trying to make the fans happy. In A:TLA half of the fandom invented a love triangle out of thin air with Aang/Katara/Zuko. And now that they tried to pander to them with Korra/Mako/Asami, the other half of the fandom is complaining about how love triangles suck.

    So in the end, the creators should just ignore fan feedback and do whatever the hell they fell like doing.
  • vickyvivivicci
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    Aang was showing signs he liked her in the very first episode. Blatantly.
  • SatMornRejects
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    That's where I went through a "THAT'S GONNA BE MY AVATAR FOR EVERYTHING"phase. Korra has the best expressions.
  • TheWelshPirate
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    Seeing that face in freeze frame, it reminds me of Large Marge from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.
  • Fyrsiel
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    Holy shit, though, but when Korra shut the door on Ikki and she had that SCARY AS HELL GHOST FACE OF VENGEANCE...

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  • ThisIsScorpio
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    The airbender siblings are adorable! They're really funny. Well except for all the fartbending, but that's for another episode. :/
  • Trilaanus
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    I love this series. Yes, every. single. moment.
  • Nightwing75
    I liked this episode, but to be honest there was always one thing that bugged me about it, The Council's ridiculous decision to put a curfew on non benders and arrest them for no just reason like that, I mean i understood why they sided with Tarlok in the past (creating a task force to stop the equalizers, keeping the arena open to avoid showing fear to terrorists) both of those suggestions made sense, but oppressing non benders like that when tensions are already high and there's a terrorist group growing stronger by the day who claim benders do exactly that is a terrible idea. I wouldn't be surprised if the equalist numbers skyrocketed after that law was passed, it just made the other council members look like complete morons. otherwise solid episode but that decision bugged me almost as much as the unnecessary love triangle did.
  • Wrathii
    The decision was not a good one, but it's one that has a history of coming to be many times in our own world, so its not that unbelievable. Besides, look at the council. Tenzin, so far, has been 'Mr. Play it Safe'. But playing it safe doesn't fix the problem, and even if Tenzin has the right idea, a room full of leaders won't be satisfied unless they can do something about a problem. Tenzin is offering nothing but Tarlock is at least trying something, and many times that is all it takes to garner support. They don't know Tarlock has his own agenda, and he knows he can get the other two to back him up in this situation. Because, you can't tell me that anyone is going to succeed in telling an Earth bender and a Fire bender to back down from a fight, especially with Tarlock keeping them riled up and panicky?

    as for cutting the power, and the arrests, that's Tarlock overstepping the power he has, the police don't question him because 1. He's misleading them as well, and 2. In a crisis situation, the last thing a cop is going to do is question his orders, otherwise yes, it quite probably could be the last thing he does.
  • ToastyMozart
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    Probably just because the other 3 council members are completely useless and pretty much just go with whatever Tarlok says.
    Besides, IRL congress decided the Japanese internment camps were a good idea, the stupid-ass curfew isn't that unbelievable.
  • Critic From The Future
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    This is the first vlog so far where you've talked with the same interest that you did while making the ATLA vlogs. In the next episode, Mako and Bolin have to figure out how to win the big bending competition without Korra! (Just kidding). It all really does start to pick up here, and I wished that the first half of the show was like this as well.
  • Bluerose
    The people weren't going to an Equalist rally, they were set up. The council imposed a curfew on non-benders. Then the electricity to the non-benders' houses was cut, so they went outside to complain... where conveniently the police was waiting to arrest them for breaking curfew.
  • dhusk
    I mostly agree with Doug on this episode; it was great, and I really liked the ending arc to the series that this episode kicks off. I do think the middle episodes were weaker than the others--not bad, mind you, but not as good as the season's book ends.

    The love triangle thing did start to wear thin by this episode though. I don't think the romantic entanglement angle would have been so bad--I think I said in a previous comment that hey, at 16 like Korra is, that sort of stuff isn't uncommon at all in my experience. But they shouldn't have dragged the love triangle out as much as they did.

    Maybe if they had Mako actually showed some anguish in deciding and the girls showed some real hurt instead of just pouty faces, it could have gone somewhere as a dramatic element. But Mako sadly is just a dull, cliche pretty boy character that I really had a hard time caring for what he felt or did.

    They should have wrapped up the love triangle thing within a few episodes. It wouldn't have changed anything about the climax and might have freed up some airtime for better kinds of character development.
  • MisterKorman
    This one is my second favorite. My favorite is "Turning the Tides". I'm glad to see he liked this one.
  • Malidictus
    This is the episode that pissed me off and ensured I could never like the Legend of Korra. That girl can not get a win in anything. She's consistently a door mat for politics, she's a weak bender at best repeatedly being taken down by chi-blocker, she gets tied up and kidnapped more than Wonder Woman... And now that she's finally had a moment in the sun, finally had a badass display... Out-of-nowhere bloodbending. It's like the universe itself bending over to ensure she can never win.

    And she will never win. At anything, in any way. Right up until the final moments of the series, Korra will remain useless, powerless and essentially inconsequential in her own series.
  • rdfox
    ...so your problem with the show is that Korra is someone who was kept insanely heavily sheltered and is now facing the fact consequences of those caring for her not letting her find out that the real world isn't a nice place, leaving her in over her head in many ways, and struggling to gain her footing so that she can start actually doing things, when professional manipulators are pulling the strings of every situation are getting the better of her due to said naivete?

    Hm. Sounds like your problem is really with the whole concept of someone trying to overcome the odds and grow beyond what they currently are.

    Life *really* likes to keep you beaten down, and any time you start to claw your way out of it, kick you in the crotch hard. Korra's going through that experience now, and will either break, or come out of it much stronger for having done so.

    Read up on the concept of the Hero's Journey and then get back to me, 'kay? She needs to learn her flaws so she can overcome them, and she was kept completely shielded from them for 17 years, so of COURSE she's gonna be having a lot of problems when she's finally dropped into the deep end without her water wings...
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