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The first two seasons of The Legend of Korra were problematic for a few reasons. Chief among these is its lack of an identity and defined set of goals. Avatar: The Last Airbender established its goal in the first episode: save the world from the machinations of the Fire Nation and its power-hungry leader. The Legend of Korra, on the other hand, can’t decide if it’s a coming-of-age story, an exploration of social and political revolution, a buddy-cop comedy, or an epic fantasy. Instead of dedicating itself to a tight focus, it splits its attention between all of these themes and doesn’t do any of them particularly well.
Still, the back-half of Season 2 featured some of the show’s best moments, and offered hope for the future of the show. The new trailer for The Legend of Korra Season 3 is so damn fun, and full of so much variety and Avatar-y goodness that my enthusiasm refuses to be stamped down. Will The Legend of Korra finally reach the heights of its predecessor? Maybe, maybe not. But, there ain’t no shame in hoping.
As Saladin Ahmed so elegantly put it on Twitter, “Lavabending, Bumi, dragons, Lin Bei Fong, brown airbenders, and MOTHERFUCKING ZUKO. I’m in.” You and me both, Saladin. Surprisingly, as much as Zuko’s appearance is titillating, the highlights of the trailer for me aren’t returning characters and elements, but some of the new characters revealed. In particular, there’s a villainous-looking female Waterbender that looks tremendously fun, and a young Airbender (with hair!) that reminds of me Aang-mixed-with-Wan. So, fun times ahead.
The Legend of Korra Season 3 currently has no release date, but post-production has been completed, which indicates that it can’t be far off.