Going to be a long one, so please take time to read through. Will probably reply to Invader later, but this one took a while to gain and double check all the sources.
I just mentioned a few of them... Nostalgia Critic covers in larger details the main problems people have with Avatar in his 'worst episodes of Avatar' video. He mentions the repetitive plotlines, noteworthy inconsistent moments of character development, etc...
In the first season he shifts into Avatar Roku. In the finale of the first season he merges with the water spirit. Given the comet grants power to the fire benders, i honestly thought that they were going with the twist that the comet is the physical interpretations of the spirit of fire.
Aang would have battled with the fire lord, eventually getting to a sort of stalemate he enters the Avatar state and connects with the fire spirit. He would then be able to remove the powers of the fire lord without energy bending or simply defeat him in battle. Would have been more established in the series than the Lion Turtle and a nice callback to the first series. Another option i thought could have been Aang humiliating him - in a similar way to how the fire lord humiliated Zuko.
Wan's story for me didnt work. They tried doing aladdin and he never really earnt any of his powers. He starts a war, unleashes an ancient evil and even leads a few people to their deaths when he prevents them from catching food to feed the village.
Thanks for letting me know what it was, honestly could'nt remember it. Its nice that it brought everyone together and i kind of like how they've taken something mystical and powerful and essentially used it for entertainment - but it never led to anything which i felt was the problem with not planning ahead.
Yin and yang, core elements of Chinese cosmogony, involve correlative aspects of “dark and light,” “female and male,” and “soft and hard"
In the show its the opposite way round, presumably this is to have Korra make more of a connection with the female spirit and people often associate darkness with 'evil'.
Though i'll talk more about this in response to your comments about the blog post.
For a start the overall progression of the characters is a flipped version of the progression of Avatar. This isnt necessarily bad, but its interesting seeing how the characters effectively got weaker, worser or generally less likeable as the series progressed.
Scenes are re-done
Character types are cloned, the one missing from this image is Jinora who shares a similar design and a similar roll, being the key to balancing things in the second season.
Certain scenes mirror the previous show to leech off the emotional energy you felt watching Avatar
Lets first examine this statement;
While he was co-creator of ATLA, he only worked on 7 episodes (8 if you count the unaired pilot) I get the destinct feeling he was unaware of a majority of the plotlines outside of those episodes.
Lets examine this statement;
Bryan konietzko worked solely on series 1 and the first half of series 2. He was not given any credit in terms of writing in later episodes... which is odd considering his statement is referring to Season 3 and 4 specifically given it was made after the show had ended.
For the final remark, lets examine his attitude;
- Its incredibly dismissive, the idea that whatever you feel you need to accept it
- It actively insults straight people by the remarks that being straight somehow makes you bias against other sorts of relationships. It also goes against the massive outcry from LGBT fans that the relationship was not handled well, effectively a direct insult against them by calling them straight if they disagreed.
- It was made specifically after the show ended, three days after, almost as if this was a response to the immense backlash telling everyone to effectively 'shove it'
His comments also contradict previous events;
"Once Mako and Korra were through, we focused on developing Korra and Asami’s relationship. Originally, it was primarily intended to be a strong friendship. Frankly, we wanted to set most of the romance business aside for the last two seasons."
He keeps mentioning 'we' but his writing credit is not given. He mentions the intention to save the relationship for the last two seasons, yet Korra was never planned for four seasons originally... It was clearly planned for one season originally with the option of more seasons later if it was succesful.
Now that we've examined the facts of what he worked on specifically, we can see clearly he was not credited as writing any episodes that apparently introduced Korrasami. Every episode he worked on supported and enhanced the relationship between Korra and Mako.
The season that he specifically wrote in its entirety, as a season that could have originally being the only season of Korra... was entirely showing Korra getting together with Mako. In book one, Korra was a good girlfriend to Mako, treating him with respect, kindness, and gentleness. The series ended on a touching kiss between the two.
In book two, it is specifically after Bryan konietzko's last credited episode that Mako breaks up with Korra. Her character does a 180, she becomes angry, rude, violent and dangerous. Korra however is still left pining for Mako for the entirety of season 2 and the season ends with them finally accepting that there relationship didnt work. Also note how he doesnt refer to it as Korra and Asami but instead the tumblr created 'Korrasami'.
Through all of this we discover what appears to be the truth, he likely disagreed with the decision of breaking up Korra and Mako - reluctant to be credited on the episode they broke up or any episodes after that. He's merely chiming in on the response, if it was foreshadowed at all - it definitely wasnt done by him in Season 1 or the first part of Season 2.
After looking into Bryan konietzko's influence its clear to see he intended Mako and Korra to be together for the series one finale - this is how season one ended. It was also unclear at the time whether Korra would get a second season, so they focused on a relationship with Mako.
He even tried to keep this the status qou in series two, however for whatever reason he was dropped from the episode writing and the show's Mako and Korra dynamic changed massively in the episode after.
The implication was that she never trained and knew it all from birth, explaining her rude interactions with Tenzin. Otherwise her interactions with Tenzin make no sense.
Bryan konietzko as we've established was trying to make a succesful show, his episodes focused around world building and mirroring the touching style of Avatar. The characters all started their journey at the point where the Avatar crew ended theirs, effectively meaning they would'nt have to re-tread the same character growth.
Mike DiMartino however is interesting, he is credited for episodes afterwards and is the sole person credited for the episode that cemented the Korra relationship. If anyone was going to write a blog post, you'd expect it to be him - however instead the other creator did, the one who had no influence in any of Season 3 or Season 4...
My general thoughts on how i feel everything went down;
Season 1, Korra was planned to be with Mako
The idea of Korra being best friends with Asami was written as such by Bryan konietzko who admits the intentions was for Asami to be a strong friend. He intended to make the Mako and Korra relationship the focal point to cause the most tension amongst the characters;
- Bolin would have been jealous of Mako
- Asami could have been jealous of Korra
We briefly touch on this dynamic during the seasons and the times when she was a rival for Mako's affections were somewhat reminiscent of the dynamic between Aang and Zuko - in that they were rivals that became friends. We see examples of his writing and character development being set as if he just came off the previous series.
Unclear whether they were going to be able to air a second season, this first season was scripted to end in a way that would have been 'final' had the show's reception been poorer than what it was.
Season 2, They decide Mako should be Korra's friend instead
Due to creative differences that likely resulted in Bryan konietzko becomming more of an advisor than a writer for the show, his idea of keeping Korra and Mako backfired. He needed to give them an emotional journey, yet had written himself into a corner by having the two end up together.
As such Michael Dante DiMartino came up with the idea that they should have relationship troubles, writing a split between the characters with Korra suddenly doing a character flip that contradicted all of her actions previously. Interestingly is that it was Mako who broke up with Korra, Korra then spent most the series still wrapped up on Mako.
The amnesia plotline was introduced to give a general sense that perhaps they may end up together again and Mako eventually redeemed himself by telling Korra, which resulted in Korra accepting the break-up via announcing she was breaking up with him. Thus ending series two with the two as friends, having over-come
Season 3, The switch to online and the fan service
Season 2 had a bad effect on fans, who avoided watching the series on Nickelodeon resulting in it effectively being cancelled, switching to online only. This effectively crippled the show and it desperately needed something big to bring fans back, however season 3 had already been written at that stage mirroring Aang's defeat at the hands of Azula at the end of Season 2 of ATLA.
The script as a whole is noticeable a lot more similar to ATLA, as i've shown with images previously a majority of which come from Series 3 and Series 4. Michael Dante DiMartino can likely be explained as the reason behind this given at this stage Bryan konietzko was effectively out of the picture.
Season 4, A big event to be remembered for all time!
Things are normally remembered for their endings, rather than the paths that they take to reach them. In this case, Korra needed to end on something big to make fans remember it, especially after the switch to online.
Season 4 primarily dealt with PTSD in a way that was a sort of extension of the first episode of Series 3 of ATLA. Admittedly it was handled in an interesting way and it is here we see the relationship between Korra and Asami actually change a little, though its clear the writers, if they did intend for it, planned to do nothing with it other than reveal it at the end of the show in its entirety.
Honestly them planning Korra & Asami from the start would mean they effectively failed to give a romantic storyline between the two of them for a minimum of two seasons, along with the idea that both Korra & Asami dated the same guy rather than each other.
(May do minor edits to this to fix spelling and things)