Due to a troll of a DVR, I was unable to watch my recording today. Distraught, I scoured the internet for the episode, and I just finished it after two hours of grief with loading. It was worth every second of my time...
Everything has not been rapped up. It was never explained how exactly Amon used blood bending to take bending, or how the heck Korra managed to retain air bending. Of course, we know he was messing with their chakra of light, even though that's never mentioned in the show.
And then, of course, how he learned how to do this in the first place. He could be self taught, or someone could have taught him how exactly you could take bending if you can blood bend into their forehead.
"Oh man I'm really looking forward to seeing how Korra deals with losing her bending." "Oh my god it's Aang! Korra finally unlocked her spirituality.... And just like that she can bend again. So much for that apparently minor inconvenience." "Great, now Lin can bend again. So much for the Space Sword."
Remember kids: If you're ever feeling low, just cry a little and someone will show up to fix everything.
Couple of comments, not about the episode, but about what goes on in the thread.
People want to talk about the show while it's happening. If you aren't able to watch the show, the best policy is to avoid the thread altogether. Coming in here and then crying cause you saw something you didn't want to is annoying for everyone. I avoided the thread all day because I had to work and didn't want to be spoiled. It's not that hard.
If you guys want to start a chat to talk about the show as well, that's fine, it's your prerogative, but, personally, I won't participate. It seems extremely rude to me to be like, "We're all gonna go talk about the show. Oh, you're not a sponsor? Well, too fuckin' bad. See ya." It's kind of why the thread exists, and it seems dumb to me to negate the entire purpose of the thread right when it would be the busiest. So on that you guys can do what you want. That's just my opinion, but when the next season starts, if people are in the thread complaining about being spoiled while the episode is happening, I might just have to start banning that person until the episode is over, you know, just doin what I can to help you avoid spoilers.
Note the "We're a unique line of special bloodbenders" that Tarrlok mentions. The two of them are not ordinary benders. They mention that Katara convinced the Water Tribes that Bloodbending is to be made illegal. Based on that evidence we can assume that either A) Yakone's family is a long line of people who could Bloodbend and Hama didn't necessarily invent the technique or B) Obviously assuming it was made illegal that people were able to figure it out and do it sometime post 100 Year War.
As for the bending-blocking, my theory is that there's certain ways you move to bend. Everyone uses their muscles and body to properly create the movements for bending; meaning that it's possible Noatok/Amon while growing his powers found he could mimic chi-blocking via blood-bending but far more "permanent" in comparison. Chi-blocking is putting pressure on the chi areas that make it unable to flow and thus you cannot bend, Amon's bloodbending basically puts a stop-cap in those areas and you can see from people who have their bending taking away that when they try to do the movements they're sluggish and find it difficult to move.
well, i did say in one of my theories that amon was Yakone. I know that while it was was not quite yakone, i am pleasantly glad that it was at least another of yakone's sons. Nice call by the way, dude.
AND NOW SINCE IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED, GUESS WHAT GUYS:
Wow that was awesome. I agree with the people wishing she was stuck with airbending, but I don't really mind having Korra back at full power. I am not so happy with the Makorra at the end, but whateves.
Yeah, I don't have a problem with Korra getting it all back. It was a badass scene! It would have been interesting to see what was gonna happen, but I have confidence that if the guys didn't take that opportunity to tell that story, it's because they have an even better story in mind. No way that's a bad thing.
The one and only thing that disappointed me about the finale? I want more Bumi!! We saw him for like 2 seconds and he was so completely awesome that I want a show just about him now.
So, one season of Korra down, how do you guys think it compared with previous Avatar seasons? I mean, it was definitely shorter than any other season, and I can certainly see what people mean when they've said all season that it feels kind of rushed. Things just flew fast and furious, and the finale was no exception. Everything happened really quickly.
But I don't say that as a bad thing. I think it's just a different sort of story, and keeping the throttle down was the way to tell it. The seasons of Last Airbender were big, epic stories of travelling across the planet and it just being this small group against the whole world almost. It was introducing us to everything about the world and the story was big. The story of season 1 of Korra is smaller, more self-contained, but also more detailed. You really got to know these characters more deeply more quickly, and there were way more layers and mystery. Betrayals, characters having secret histories, how often did that stuff happen in Last Airbender? Some but not nearly like this. Last Airbender seasons were like Lord of the Rings movies, big, epic, but they covered so much ground that they couldn't get into any of it super deeply, though season 3 did more of that. Season 1 of Korra felt more like Die Hard, a way smaller story, but more intense, more fast-paced, and more room for surprises and mystery.
It's a different kind of story, and it's definitely a different approach to the telling, but I thought it was pretty awesome. Can't wait for season 2.
I'm going to say that I don't want to compare it to the old Avatar series. My friend always goes "Sigh, it's just not as good as the original." I feel like these shows are two very different animals, and I have to say I think I like both of them equally.
In reply to contractor, #9889: Meh, I say to Makorra! MEH! In reply to datalaughing, #9893: I think the final fight was even better than Aang vs. Ozai. Korra didn't go God Mode halfway though and pretty much end it there, the winner was undecided the whole time.