Also not only did she get her powers back, she gained full control of the avatar state (eyes flash temporarily at will) AND automatically learned energy-bending so all the damage the villains had done could be un-done in no time. Oh and the villains killed themselves.
This all happened in a span of ~10-15 minutes.
It's an ancient story-writing technique known by many writers as "pulling it out of your ass" and pretty much threw water over all of Season 1 for me, although the water was already creeping up when I discovered I was hating Korra (as a character) more and more by each episode for being such a clueless useless angry angsty tool. Yeah it was supposed to be part of her character to be a spontaneous teenager who doesn't think before doing anything and fucks up a LOT, but I still found that as a character she was extremely unlikable. The final episode was the nail in her coffin, she got rewarded for essentially doing nothing. Everything just happens around her.
Something HAS to be wrong when I watched most of Season 1 thinking "PLEASE show me more flashbacks of what happened to the characters I grew to love, enough of this Korra bitch". The black-and-white flashbacks were by far the most entertaining and interesting bits of the show, and what's more is that I think the writers KNEW IT. It's no wonder they used flashbacks so carefully and in moderation, like burying tasty cherries into a massive bland cake so we have to swallow all the crap to get to the good bits.
The humor factor also felt incredibly forced with 80% of the comedic attempts ending with someone looking sarcastic/serious...you know, that look Tenzin has on his face all the time. The light-heated genuinely funny humor from ATLA is completely absent...but I guess that too was part of this show, it was supposed to be void of humor.
Now that all of Season 1's plot lines are nicely tied-up and easily forgotten, I hope Season 2 can show us Korra building up more character and personality.
>> I hope he DOES find his mother... I mean, the books have certainly left us at an interesting cliffhanger. Totally wasn't expecting that ending...
The books to me (think I've states this a few times) destroyed in an instant a lot of the plot character development throughout the show that was made. Aang wouldn't kill Zuko, he would just take his bending away. It's all a bit weird to read for me.
plus even if he did take Zuko's bending, he still would be firelord, that only worked with Ozai because he wasn't considered the firelord at that time. (plus, war prisoners work)
This show kept my interest for a bit but I thought it handled the avatar's personal "growth" quite poorly. Loved the whole early industrial setting but they didn't exploit the steampunk genre nearly as well as they should have, in my opinion. Meh... Neat idea but it felt like it was suffering from poor writing. Like they didn't really know what to "do" with Korra.
Sir Robin, the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot.
Who had nearly fought the Dragon of Angnor.
Who had almost stood up to the vicious Chicken of Bristol.
And who had personally wet himself, at the Battle of Badon Hill.
Have to agree, I like the sequel series but Korra is everything I hate about female characters in cartoons. She is such a foul female role model. All she does is obsess about boys and she only wins due to ass pulling not to any emancipation. Korra in an avatar state? Please there is nothing zen and detached about that girl.
I think (or at least hope) that Season 2 will bring more character development to Korra and all of the characters really. I wouldn't mind at all if they decided to use Book 2 to set up the villain and work on some real character development to create suspense for Book 3.
The first season of The Last Airbender didn't have huge amounts of character development either. There was some, but most of it didn't happen until seasons two and three.