Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements could stop them. But, when the world needed him most, he vanished...
And so begins one of the greatest tv adventures ever, Avatar: The Last Airbender.
I just gave myself goosebumps.
There's lots of love for this show (I hesitate to refer to it as a cartoon because that instantly makes some people dismissive) here on the blog. Just check out these glowing reviews from Monkey Sri and myself. I can't think of a program that has created such a rich and diverse world blending action, magic, humor, and drama. And by drama I don't mean the typical bullshit that passes for plot these days (my evil twin sister I thought was dead returns with a plan for vengeance!) I mean characters that you genuinely care about and think of as friends fighting to save the world, but also fighting to find their place in the world and among each other.
It was a magnificent three seasons, but then the adventure was over and Last Airbender fans were left sitting alone in the dark with nothing but their DVDs, reruns, and horrible movie adaptation to comfort them.
But wait! What is that I see peeking over the horizon? Is it? Could it be....?
Welcome to The Legend of Korra, folks! It's been 70 years since Avatar Aang and his pals saved the world from Fire Lord Ozai, and there's a new avatar trying to keep the balance. The new Avatar, Korra, is from the Southern Water Tribe and travels to Republic City to learn airbending from Tenzin, the youngest child of Aang and Katara. Apparently Republic City was founded by Aang and Zuko as a place where people of all nations (and all benders) could live together in peace and harmony.
And Korra rides around on a giant polar bear dog! God, I want to live in this world SO BAD.
Republic City is everything that Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko fought for when they ended the Hundred Year War. With balance restored to the four nations, benders and non-benders can live together in peace, in this thriving metropolitan area. But even the steampunk paradise of Republic City has its problems, as the next Avatar discovers. When Avatar Korra arrives in Republic City to master her airbending, she comes face to face with criminal bending gangs as well as members of a vocal anti-bending revolution.Woah, wait a minute. Steampunk? Anti-bending revolution? AWESOME.
Nickelodeon has kindly made the first two episodes available online, but the series begins this Saturday, April 14. You might want to check your local listings, since the website says it airs at 11, but my cable shows it at 2:00 in the afternoon.
You should also be able to watch Korra without seeing The Last Airbender. But if you haven't, I suggest you trot on over to Neftflix streaming and take a look. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.