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#1 Edited by MatthewTheBeast (163 posts) -
@liquidprince said:

@matthewthebeast said:

@liquidprince:

Heh. Unfortunately I am one of those who were quick to judge. Though my memory of season 1 was a tad lazy, the romance bits were the least of the season's problems. I believe the purpose of it were much in the same vein as bending games character building from teamwork and social interaction. Both of which I found lackluster, but based on from what you said in this thread I can sort of see what they were trying to do. Maybe it was just the writing that killed it for me, dunno. Much like BabyChooChoo, let's agree to disagree.

Although that being said, I will try to see the Legend Of Korra from your view in the future by marathoning seasons 1, 2 and 3. Perhaps with some director commentary if I can get the blu-rays for 1 & 2 on the cheap. Plus, it'll be interesting to see a semi-complete series with such a disjointed production history and how it tries to get things together. Fresh in the mind and etc etc.

That's cool to hear. Hopefully you'll appreciate it differently if you see it again. But for the record, the history of Korra's production isn't THAT disjointed. It originally started as a single season series, but very early into Book One Nickeldoeon ordered it to be turned into a four season series, and most of Book One through to Book 4 were all sketched out, planned and written back to back.

Hm.. I thought Nick only renewed Korra for second season mid-way or the end of season 1? (the announcement was made around early July of 2012). Then at around the second season they ordered another two seasons( 3 & 4). Although if I was right it means that had roughly 14 months of pre/production time for season 2. While season 1/setting/characters/animation/style/etc took roughly 2 years.

Edit: This is mainly based on memory from interviews and articles. Including wikipedia of series overview for some minor fact checking on dates.

#2 Posted by MatthewTheBeast (163 posts) -

@liquidprince:

Heh. Unfortunately I am one of those who were quick to judge. Though my memory of season 1 was a tad lazy, the romance bits were the least of the season's problems. I believe the purpose of it were much in the same vein as bending games character building from teamwork and social interaction. Both of which I found lackluster, but based on from what you said in this thread I can sort of see what they were trying to do. Maybe it was just the writing that killed it for me, dunno. Much like BabyChooChoo, let's agree to disagree.

Although that being said, I will try to see the Legend Of Korra from your view in the future by marathoning seasons 1, 2 and 3. Perhaps with some director commentary if I can get the blu-rays for 1 & 2 on the cheap. Plus, it'll be interesting to see a semi-complete series with such a disjointed production history and how it tries to get things together. Fresh in the mind and etc etc.

#3 Edited by MatthewTheBeast (163 posts) -

@ripelivejam:

Certainly the awful romantic subplots did detract my opinion of Korra... and everyone else involved. When I think about it, what shows had a good example of a hot-blooded, stubborn and duty-bound teenager protagonist? For whatever gripes that I had with Korra, many of which echoed in this thread. From the troublesome romance of season 1/2 to retreading mistakes/character mistakes in season 2 ( I know it's realistic, but it is a cartoon with limited episodes...). I can't seem to find a good example for this type of character in a moderately serious setting that demands character growth and etc. Comparing Korra to Aang would go nowhere, different types of people. And ole apples & oranges, either of which will help ya do the dirty deed. Just need to know if its fresh or not.

#4 Edited by MatthewTheBeast (163 posts) -

Heh. It is unfortunate that the title of the thread is like this, since as far as I know the thread seems to be the only dedicated discussion for LoK on the Giantbomb forums. It should've been "Is Korra the worst Avatar?", as hyperbole it may seem now, but speaking for myself it represents the general disappointment from the fanbase from the first and second seasons.

Mistakes were made in season 1 and the consequence was quite a bit of a backlash. Which should happen despite their best efforts into making a completely resolved story arc in 12-13 episodes with only half of the original writing team. Based on bluray/dvd commentaries and interviews, it seems they learn their lesson, albeit with a messy season 2 and a bruised haughty attitude towards any criticism of their romance subplots.

Still the season 3 did made me to do an about-face, it was a good season and redeemed LoK in my eyes.

#5 Posted by MatthewTheBeast (163 posts) -

Playing any MMOs.

#6 Edited by MatthewTheBeast (163 posts) -

Overall, I liked this season of Korra and of course it has flaws some of which would've been solved by having a slightly longer season. C'est la vie.

Based on the first 2 seasons it is clear that the creators of the show as writers have difficulty in writing a female teenager that was a complete opposite of Aang (passive and reluctant). "Better late than never" pretty much sums it up my opinion on the development of Korra's character between the end of season 2 and whole of season 3.

On reflection that that season 1 was basically a mini-series, which explains why it feels so disconnected with seasons 2, 3 and most likely 4. Furthermore, it explains why the writing team of season 1 was basically the two creators and one assistant whereas ATLA had a writing staff of 4-5. Plus the god awful ending and meaningless teenage drama, the former I can begrudgingly accept since having it end on a bittersweet note doesn't to be the authors' cup of tea for a one season show.

...Though if they were to have Korra only retain airbending and learning/accepting the more spiritual aspect of being an Avatar in the end. It would've fitted in season 2 where she would want to gain more spiritual knowledge and then be hit with a Deus Ex Machina to fast-track energy bending.

Edit: In general, Legend of Korra would've been a hella a lot better if the network given the show the same number of seasons and episodes from the get-go as the last one. Not just "let's see" and "maybes".This would allow overarching themes/villains and filler/character development episodes. Most importantly, a need for a bigger writing staff to avoid the George Lucas effect *cough* overused/un-subtle romance *cough*.

@encephalon said:

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Oh, and for people who watched ATLA: concerning the whole "you die in the Avatar state, the cycle ends" thing, is that an established mechanic of the Avatar cycle? Because that struck me as a bit of a cheat. If Vaatu whipping the shit out of Raava doesn't end the cycle, it seems odd that just icing an Avatar at the right time would. Seems like with all the conflict this world has seen, that would have already happened at least once.

The drawback of going into Avatar State has been there since season 1-2 of ATLA. If I recall correctly they had little to no explanation for the cycle ending even back then. I guess they purposely kept it vague to retcon some stuff later on. Also, didn't the last Avatar cycle ended in 2 season of LoK season and Korra reunited with Raava to start another cycle? I'm most likely wrong about this since I kinda forgot about the finer details of the last season.

#7 Edited by MatthewTheBeast (163 posts) -

I was thinking of this clip above.

It's from http://www.twitch.tv/giantbomb/b/271112642 . Unfortunately, I don't have enough Internets to use since most Internet providers in Canada have absurdly small download caps.

#8 Posted by MatthewTheBeast (163 posts) -

I'll be a tad more cautious about Bannerlord until they announce advance mod tools/the game being as or more moddable than Warband. Also, if they release a multiplayer beta like what they did with Warband awhile back.

#9 Edited by MatthewTheBeast (163 posts) -

It's one of those times in the year when I just gonna pimp out my favourite game, Mount & Blade Warband + Napoleonic Wars. As usual, either look up on youtube for game for singleplayer/multiplayer or even try the demo. Although this time you can just go for the free weekend until July 13 at 1PM PST. The first time they ever had a free weekend.

http://store.steampowered.com/sub/38003/

Personal suggestion(s):

Just get Warband and Napoleonic.

Fire & Sword is just a subpar Warband single player experience and its multiplayer has already been oust by Warband mods set in that historical setting.

Mount & Blade The First: Outclass by Warband in almost every way, except for a few mods that didn't transfer to Warband.

Also, Warband is now (in beta) supporting Mac, Linux and Steam Workshop. Unfortunately, since the Steam Workshop upload limit for mods is a max of 100mb and most M&B mods are between 200mb to 3gb it might be for bugger all. Hopefully modders could find some way to work around it, but don't count on it. Stick with these if you want to try some mods : http://forums.taleworlds.com/index.php/board,165.0.html & http://www.nexusmods.com/mbwarband/?

Youtube examples of mods:

Edit: I am very sorry for the video dump, I can't seem to find a way to put these in spoiler blocks without breaking them.

#10 Edited by MatthewTheBeast (163 posts) -

Mount & Blade Warband multiplayer longevity was a surprised to even someone like me who was embedded in it for the first few years of its lifespan. Especially with its eff ton of multiplayer mods that split the community into Native, cRPG (persistent stats/weapons Native) , Persistent World/Frontier (a 100-200 player M&B mmo) , Napoleonic Wars (still technically a mod) , The Deluge (17th cen. Eastern Europe) and Vikingr (... Vikings).