Many parents know that it is sometimes difficult to find a TV show to watch with your children that you both enjoy. I suffered through many an episode of Sponge Bob (I shudder at the sound of that maniacal laugh) for the sake of quality time with the offspring. Then along came Avatar: The Last Airbender. A beautifully animated and thoughtful cartoon that boasted some of the more charming characters of the last decade. Every week, the offspring and I would cuddle up and be completely engrossed by the adventures of Aang, Toph, Katara, and Sokka. It was only on for three seasons, but told an immensely satisfying story. A story I still watch and rewatch with … and without the offspring.
Last summer, when the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender announced a new series – The Legend of Korra – I was beyond ecstatic. And after almost a year of anticipation, I am happy to say that it is everything I hoped for and knew it would be. The first two episodes of The Legend of Korra qualify as the most joyous 46 minutes I have had in the past month.
Metal Bending, a lovable polar bear-dog, and a hint of steampunk are just a few things that make The Legend of Korra just as magical as its predecessor. But most importantly, the characters are endearing. The same light-hearted charm and emotive eyes of Avatar can be found in the descendants of Aang and friends.
The new Avatar, Korra, is a 17 year old head-strong girl, fresh off the boat in Republic City. She has a lot to learn besides just Airbending. Super-serious Tenzin is Aang’s son and Korra’s Airbending master. His three children, Ikko, Jinora, and Meelo will steal your hearts immediately … and make you laugh. The brothers Mako and Bolin will make for great companions on Korra’s path as the Avatar. I’m dying to know more about Amon, the leader of the Anti-Bending Revolution. As great as the new characters are, the fangirl in me loves every nod to the original and just how interwoven this new series is with its ancestors. I may or may not have shed a tear of joy .. or two.
The Legend of Korra is set to be a thoughtful coming-of-age story with plenty of battles and belly-laughs on the horizon. I know exactly what I will be doing on Saturdays. Who’s with me?
P.S. You can watch the first two episodes RIGHT MEOW!