equalist movement

anonymous asked:

How do you see relationships between the Gaang progressing throughout adulthood? Bryke obviously did a bad job portraying them in general, and seeing how the other avatar writers felt the same, I imagined so much more for our favorite characters than what Bryke lazily did. Any thoughts on other characters like June?

First of all, there would be NO leaving Zuko completely on his own to govern the Fire Nation. That is just a stupid move politically, militarily,

Jack: Spiritually, ecumenically, dramatically …

You name it. This means that Iroh stays in the Fire Nation with Zuko, so that rather than backsliding by chatting with Ozai, Zuko would gain ground in his mission to redeem himself and the Fire Nation. The first few years would be extremely volatile, and there would be a lot of challenges ahead. He would have to search for his mother and reconcile, somehow, with Azula. But you know who would have been there to help him?

Aang. No, not the Aang who decided “A promise is a promise!” and went into the Avatar State twice to attack Zuko. No, this Aang has complete control of the Avatar State, as he should have by the end of the show, since that was one of the main goals of his character. Aang would have gone to the Fire Nation first, since he spent the least amount of time there out in the open and would have major trust rebuilding to do after what happened with Ozai.

During his time in the Fire Nation, he would have discovered Ty Lee as an untrained airbender. This would give him the impetus to start looking for other airbenders, who might not even know about their gifts. He would have difficulty with a work-life balance, but he would eventually find a way with the help of:

Toph. Toph’s metalbending academy is something I wholeheartedly approve of. I think she should eventually become a businesswoman and use her family’s vast wealth to make Gaoling (and their new ally, Omashu) alternate power centers, so Ba Sing Se wouldn’t have such a stranglehold on the rest of the Earth Kingdom, with metalbenders initially acting as private security, and later, a police force in the city. But while I understand that Toph has the attitude of a beat cop, she hates the city, walls, and rules, and there would be a bunch of all three if she became Chief of Police. (P.S. She would have many more tea times with Uncle, and get that life-changing field trip with Zuko we all wanted to see.)

Toph would also have issues to sort through with her parents, and she would probably never see eye to eye with her family. But one person would help coach her through it:

Katara. At first, Katara would bury herself in her work at the South Pole, helping her father, brother, and Pakku rebuild the Southern Water Tribe. She would be at the heart of social justice issues, especially for Water Tribe women, and would challenge more than one antiquated idea that the Northerners would bring with them. She would get many marriage offers once she turned sixteen, and to take a break from it, she would answer Zuko’s request help find his mother. This leads to her realizing how stifled she feels at home, where everyone expects her to cater to them, in addition to helping lead their tribe. She would apply for a diplomatic post to the Fire Nation and eventually create her own cross-bending school, adapting her school from Toph’s metalbending academy. At first, she would worry about not being at home enough to help the women’s rights movement in the Water Tribe, but someone else has the situation under control:

Suki. Suki would be an asset as the head of the Kyoshi Warriors, and also as a partner for Sokka. Her island’s location and the fact that the villagers wear blue all point to Water Tribe influence on Kyoshi anyway, and once the war is over and trade begins booming again, she would work to make Kyoshi less of a spectator in the world and more of a participant. She would be an excellent role model for Southern Water Tribe girls who don’t want to be pigeonholed into the homemaker ideal, and could also play a part in Republic City eventually. As the leader of an island that was neutral during the war, Suki would be an ideal person to have on the Republic City Council. (P.S. Why it’s a Council of Five when there are no nonbending representatives in LOK is a mystery to me. This would fix that oversight.) But who would lead the Kyoshi Warriors if she took up such a position?

Ty Lee. Ty Lee didn’t get a real explanation for why she joined the Kyoshi Warriors, especially considering her misgivings about spending the rest of her life as a matched set. She could turn the tables on the idea, lending individuality to the Warriors and teaching them chi blocking techniques while learning some of their fighting styles as well. These nonbenders could eventually form the Equalist movement, but a different one than in LOK—a morally ambiguous movement, instead of a villainous cadre led by a demagogue.

In the end, though, Ty Lee is a wanderer, and I’m inclined to believe that she is, in fact, an untrained Air Nomad. Eventually she would discover this, and that not only is she not part of a matched set; she is possibly one of the rarest human beings in the world. This would interfere with her “aura” for sure, because she’s not necessarily cut out for the ascetic Air Nomad lifestyle. So while she would be happy for Aang to train her, she might also butt heads with him about how to best secure the Air Nomad legacy for the future. Of course, since the Air Acolytes in Korra treated Kya and Bumi so abysmally, in my opinion this could only be a good thing. Through it all, she would still keep in touch with:

Mai. I have a different character path planned for Mai than what other fans might suggest. Mai becoming a bounty hunter is a popular fanon idea, which makes sense, since she did seem to enjoy tracking down Zuko and Iroh so that Azula could imprison them for life, as anyone would enjoy doing to a person they supposedly had a cruch on. To me, Mai’s poker face and cool-under-fire attitude screams “White Lotus”, of which there are no female members that we know at the end of A:TLA. The main obstacle to inducting her into the Order would be that the White Lotus is based on principles of interconnection and understanding other cultures, which Mai categorically does not have. But this is one of the places she could thus grow the most, without having such character development tied to a specific person. The fact that she fooled the Fire Princess means she can play both sides skillfully, which she’ll need to, considering a rival to the idea of a balanced world is going to be:

Azula. With Ozai imprisoned and without his bending, Azula is the most creditable foe the franchise still has. Patchy though her sanity might be, she is still extremely dangerous (as we saw during the Agni Kai). In an ideal world, she would use her almost preternatural instincts for personal weakness and manipulation to be a ruler, but the very confidence she exudes is based on her rigid mindset and a false sense of Fire Nation superiority. As natural as leadership might be for her, she burned all her bridges when she banished or imprisoned every follower she had. I like the idea of her relearning the meaning of firebending from the dragons and bringing the Sun Warriors into the modern era, but it would be a very painful character path for her when just being mentally stable is a huge hurdle. I think she would need to stay in the Fire Nation for several years, slowly healing with Zuko’s help, before even attempting it.

There is one other path that I would consider for Azula, and that is: the Spirit World. Azula is not a terribly spiritual person, but a spiritual journey such as Iroh underwent might actually help her. It could train her mind to separate illusion and self-deception from reality, and give her a better sense of where she belongs in the world. Not to mention, the Spirit World is dangerous and full of tricksters such as Koh; I think she would enjoy the challenge.

And what about Sokka?

Well, Sokka’s character got shoved to the side in the comics, but honestly, him being on the Republic City council, helping the White Lotus, and likely being chief one day is just fine! Legend of Korra didn’t really do him the disservice that it did the other characters. However, there is one thing that he will never, EVER be, and that is the possible deadbeat dad of Suyin. For my reasons why, please look at this post.

I don’t have ideas for anyone else, really, but we can’t leave out our most important character:

The GAang. In the comics and LOK, the GAang all seem to have gone their separate ways, especially with Zuko being so isolated from everyone except Aang. Katara, too, seems very cut off from current events, which is unacceptable. The GAang remained lifelong friends, regardless of any romantic relationships or lack thereof. Busy and hazardous as their lives might have been, they would always make the time to write, visit, plan projects, and attend reunions together.

(P.S. I don’t know that June needs to develop as a character; she’s one of those tertiary personalities that’s just fine with the amount of screentime she has.)

Things that Could Have Made Legend of Korra Awesome, Part 1

(this will be a multi-part series of things I think could have made LoK a much better show than it turned out to be)

(this may only be one entry depending on how lazy I get)

(they will all be tagged ‘things that could have made legend of korra awesome’ if you want to ignore)

(there will likely be Book 2 spoilers as the new episodes start, but I will tag them as 'korra spoilers’)

1. An (ex-)Equalist ally for Team Avatar.

Headcanon: the Equalists started as a very peaceful movement. They realized that benders were given ridiculous privilege in Republic City. The Equalists preached equality for all. They started off as a small movement, but were not taken seriously by the benders who have the power. Amon, who has always plotted to destroy Tarrlok, moves to the city and starts to introduce radical ideas to the Equalists. The peaceful Equalists did not support this move and left the movement. The Equalists become synonymous with violence.

In comes a new character. He is a non-bender with a bender older sister. He saw how much his parents fawned over his sister and basically ignored him. When he was a teenager, he joined the Equalists who were still in their peaceful reign and found happiness. But at the first sign of violence, he left. Since then, he has still tried to gain equality for nonbenders by working through government, but with very little progress. Once the Equalists became aggressive, his efforts were mocked within the government.

He and Korra meet somehow. He explains the origins of the Equalist movement. He shows her the inequalities still faced by nonbenders in Republic City. He tells of her of his childhood, growing up in his bender sister’s shadow and how his parents gave up on him. He shows Korra how he can respect bending without wanting to give up his identity as a nonbender.

He is smart, but gets angry when Korra initially defends herself instead of listening to him.

Why this is awesome:

  • Adds complexity to the “enemy” and protagonist
  • Introduce more nonbenders
  • Explicitly addresses oppression (which, I think LoK kind of wanted to do)
  • Shows the frustration of always trying to be civil
  • Shows how to be a bad ally (“we all aren’t like that”) vs a good ally (“let me call out the people who are being oppressive to you”)
  • Gives Korra a friend with no romantic ties (much like Toph and Aang)
  • Explores more of Republic City’s infrastructure
  • Shows that bending is not the solution to everything
'The time has come for benders to experience fear'

Ugh that lines just pisses me off so much.

Really, benders experience no fear? I guess Haru, Tyro and all these other Earthbenders that were routinely rounded up, arrested, and kept imprisoned for years on warships weren’t afraid

I suppose then that Waterbenders weren’t afraid when day after day, year after year their villages were raided and all the Waterbenders were kidnapped and taken away, never to be seen or heard from again as they spend the rest of their lives holed up in tiny cages away from everything they know and love, to the point that it drove a Waterbender like Hama so mad she invented a horrifying form of bending following decades of imprisonment. Well, that’s if you’re not burned alive on the spot like Kya was. I guess she didn’t experience fear then either

I’m thinking Firebenders like Mako were never afraid, especially not when his parents were killed in front of him. Not to mention, I’m fairly certain a number of Firebenders were killed during the 100 year war, and I suppose by virtue of them being benders, they weren’t terrified then

 And I guess the Air Acolytes weren’t scared then when they were GENOCIDED RIGHT OUT OF EXISTENCE SO THAT THE ONLY AIRBENDER THAT REMAINED WAS ENCASED IN ICE UNDER THE OCEAN FOR 100 YEARS

Oh yeah, benders don’t experience fear, better change all that Amon! Really though I can’t believe that some people find that movement sympathetic or credible it is a terrorist movement its purpose is to terrorize a portion of the population that has been already incredibly victimized in the past on the basis that they “have it coming” because they are benders wow just wow

Despite popular belief, feminism is not anti-masculism. Feminism is about making men AND women equal. Sexism affects all genders, so the people who attack masculism are NOT feminists. So please, stop accusing feminism of being a hate movement.

I realized why it seems that ATLA is "better" than TLoK. (Or at least can be seen that way)

 TLoK is praised a lot, of course, and I love it, but it seems like a popular sentiment to say that ATLA is overall better than it’s sequel series.

I think this comes down to the way both series choose to tell their stories. When you look at the overall plot of both series, its evident that ATLA has a much more simple, straight forward series arc that it’s trying to achieve. Aang has to master the elements, defeat the firelord, and end the war. It all comes down to those three things. TLoK however, doesn’t really have a singular story across the entire series to follow. At best, it’s about Korra being the Avatar, and learning how to overcome the massive responsibilities that her role as the protector of the world comes with. The show is more or less contained within each of it’s seasons, telling 4 different stories. Book One explores Korra’s insecurities as Avatar, her struggle to learn Airbending, and her fight against the Equalist Movement. Two is about the origins of the Avatar and exploring the Spirit World. Three is about Korra having to deal with the repercussions of her actions and with the responsibilities that come with having as much power as the Avatar does. Four is about Korra return and redemption, and, in my opinion, finding out who she is as a person, rather than as just an Avatar. While ATLA might have overarching stories during its three seasons (Learn Waterbending/Reach the North Pole; Learn Earthbending/Get to Ba Sing Se;Learn Firebending/Defeat the Firelord), they’re all working in service to reach the end goal of the series in winning the war.

The major appeal of ATLA isn’t in it’s main story, but rather in its characters. The show allows us to follow a colorful, unique group of characters that are constantly developing through the show with small, contained character stories almost every episode. The premise of the show isn’t all that special. It’s simple and straightforward, but the characters we follow throughout that story aren’t. They’re compelling, funny, relatable, and awesome.

Because of Korra’s focus on plot, and the expansion of the worlds introduced in ATLA, characters aren’t as in the forefront as they were in last Airbender. Of course there are special characters with complex stories to be told, like Korra, Tenzin, Lin, and the Airbending Children, but for the most part, TLoK is focused on telling a bigger story each season. It doesn’t always have the time to sit back and let the characters develop individually like ATLA did. It has to introduce new villains, new worlds, catch us up on what’s happened to the world, callback on old characters create their relationships to new ones, etc.

Because of ATLA’s focus on pure character building over plot, the overall story connects with the audience more. This is not to condemn Korra at all btw. I love Korra and I think the show has its own separate merits, and honestly, I connect with its main character more throughout the show than I did with Aang. I’m just saying that I understand when people seem to latch onto the first series more.

TL;DR–ATLA focused more heavily on the characters, while Korra focused more on plot.

It’s kind of ridiculous how easily I find myself applying the twin theories of mimetic desire and the scapegoat mechanism to the franchises I care about.  XD;

This time, I’m going to talk about A:tLA/LoK and the way they handled each of their Big Bads.

I’ve always had a problem with the way A:tLA handled Ozai in its finale, and I think that the theory of the scapegoat mechanism can help explain why.  Ozai’s defeat functions identically to the archetypal scapegoat – all of the blame in a conflict is attributed to one person, who is killed or cast out to restore order to society – even if he’s clearly the bad guy in the story.  And, ironically, the decision to give Aang the ability to render Ozai powerless without actually killing him serves as a way to reduce the elements that would otherwise complicate this non-critical portrayal of the scapegoat mechanism.  Seeing Aang traumatized at having to abandon his convictions and take a life would have at least demonstrated that there’s a moral cost to taking advantage of that mechanism.  Instead, A:tLA gives no reason to question that its outcome is just, and it rubs that interpretation in through the childish humiliation to which Ozai is subjected before being thrown into prison.

LoK Book 1, in contrast, is consistently critical of the scapegoat mechanism, and it includes a few good illustrations of mimetic desire in the process.  The Equalist movement is nothing more than an attempt to turn Republic City’s benders into a scapegoat for all the city’s ills.  Tarrlok attempting to scapegoat non-benders as a whole for the harms caused by the Equalists is nothing more than the same thing from the opposite direction (and a good example of mimesis – Amon and Tarrlok are rivals/models, so Tarrlok mimics Amon’s own attempt at scapegoating).  Even Korra isn’t immune, especially after she involves herself in a mimetic rivalry with Tarrlok.  As it turns out, the whole thing started because Aang attempted to cast out Republic City’s ills in the form of Yakone, which backfired terribly.  And, in the end, Amon is undone because the justification for his scapegoating of benders falls apart and Korra is rewarded for not sacrificing anyone (including herself) on behalf of the city/the world as a whole.

LoK Book 2 basically does what A:tLA would have been forced to do if Aang killed Ozai – while Unavaatu must die to restore order to the world, it’s treated as an unfortunate and unpleasant necessity rather than as an uncomplicated happy ending.  It also offers a conception of Spirits as beings whose mimetic nature is even more obvious than humans’ (they literally transform in the presence of negative emotions!) and a bond between Raava and her Avatar that transforms into something completely non-rivalrous.

In LoK Book 3, Korra willingly steps into the role of the scapegoat in order to save the Air Nation, and she’s almost destroyed by it.  Interestingly, part of the reason why things turn out so badly is that she gets so caught up in her role as victim that she ignores perfectly viable options for attempting escape.

And, finally, LoK Book 4 has something of a frustrating relationship with the scapegoat mechanism.  Everything about the dynamic between Korra and Kuvira is fantastic – Kuvira sees Korra as a mimetic rival and acts accordingly, but Korra’s able to recognize the cycle and disarm it with unconditional self-sacrificial love.  But then there’s also stuff like Kuvira scapegoating foreign benders for literally no reason whatsoever (even though scapegoating is in its essence a crisis diffusing mechanism that only works when the populace at large are on-board with it) and Su getting in one last bit of self-righteous judgment before Kuvira’s carted off-screen for the final time.  Book 4 was weird.

One last thing: that line where Korra says that she “needed to understand what true suffering was so [she] could become more compassionate to others?”  Part of the reason why it feels so off is that it refers to Korra’s suffering generically instead of recognizing it as the suffering of a willing scapegoat.  Korra’s plenty compassionate in general; what changed is that the personal experience of being at the mercy of those who saw her death as justifiable for the greater good forced her to reconsider some of her own tendencies.

fangurls-united  asked:

Anything that you would have liked to see from an Avatar sequel? Basically how would you have done Korra? (I enjoyed parts of Korra but it was a hot mess and since you're so educated on ATLA it would be nice to hear your opinion.) this is one of my favorite blogs!

Oh, Legend of Korra. So many of your concepts are terrific, right up there with the original. But the devil, as they say, is in the details. Amon is an intriguing villain, and meeting the Krew through the pro-bending arena was a good idea. But Bryke never really dug any deeper than that. They didn’t explore what it meant to be a non-bender in Republic City, even though they had a prime opportunity with Asami, and later Tahno or Lin (showing how their lives might change with their bending taken away). Nor did we see people combining elemental knowledge with the other three nations in a meaningful way, something that the entire point of A:TLA was about. We saw “nifty” bending with the triads and pro-benders, but there was no emphasis on technique, cultural blending, philosophy.

The same thing happened with Book 2. Having a non-spiritual Avatar trying to wrestle with a new spiritual awakening was fine conceptually. But Bryke didn’t make good use of this idea or any other. We don’t know what the spirits’ culture is like (apart from hating humans), whether there are wars in the spirit world or differing ideals among its denizens, and leaving the portals open has so many problems I did an entire series on it. It’s like the whole show was a model spaceship—you want to climb in and let it take you places, but there’s a giant sign overhead that says, “FOR DISPLAY ONLY.”

Here’s what we needed to see: interconnectedness. We needed to see the protagonists establish deep bonds with each other, rather than meet up every once in a while for bending battles. We needed to see the long-term consequences of a major Avatar decision, rather than just sweeping everything under the rug at the end. We needed an archvillain for all four books, not antagonists who were neatly contained within the boundaries of each season. And including cameos of the GAang to connect to the original story is useless without showing us the beauty and complexity of the world they were trying to build. Did Republic City, the main setting of the show, have even a fraction of Ba Sing Se’s scope? Did Bolin have a tenth of the staying power of Sokka? Do we even know the political situation of the Fire Nation, or the nonbending Equalist movement?

I have rarely been more aware that I was watching a television show than when I was viewing The Legend of Korra. And it wasn’t because of the fantasy.

Instincts of a Fearful Body
Red Lotus!Korra x Equalist!Asami
Rating: Teen
Length: 52k+ (In-Progress)

Successfully kidnapped as a child, Korra grew up as a member of the Red Lotus. Finally, she’s come to Republic City to observe Amon’s Equalist Revolution. Zaheer’s case study goes further off-track, however, the longer they stay.

After Hiroshi’s death at the hands of a bender, Yasuko Sato raised Asami in the midst of the burgeoning Equalist movement. Their hard work is finally coming to fruition in Amon’s hands, but Asami finds herself struggling with the direction the movement has taken.

Fic by @emirael and @skyedancer-rae, cover commissioned from @kyrianne
Read it here. tvtropes page here.

anonymous asked:

I read your tag and please, if you have time could you put together a fic rec list? Thanks and I really, really love your work

 Well thank you very much! And I suppose I should go ahead and get this made since I know how much I appreciate fic rec posts. 

Let’s see. I’m going to be linking the stories. I’ll name authors but probably not link them on tumblr because not all have tumblrs and not all have the same url here as they do on tumblr. Also these are mostly longer fics, since that’s more of what I tend to read.

Anyway…let’s get started.

How to Live With a Ghost by Apnsb - it’s been extended into a series but the first story is epic. A completely revamped, modern AU take on Korra. It’s well written, well characterized and 96 chapters long. Absolutely worth your time. 

Spin the Rails by progman - I’m not sure if anyone has a better grip on the Avatar universe than he does. This series is well written. Focused more on the world as a whole, but it’s got strong characters, well done Korrasami and top quality writing. 

The Blacksmith’s Favor by michellemagly and sy_itha - it’s a medieval take on Korrasami, with a lot of other characters in it as well. It’s well constructed, very in character despite the unique setting and the Korra/Asami chemistry is top notch. 

On Separate Grounds by awhstiles - This is a modern AU fic, no bending or anything like that. It’s about Korra and Asami working as camp counselors and being unable to deny their chemistry. It’s got amazing character work, really good dialogue and a well developed romance. 

Unstable Equilibrium by jtav - For me, this is the be all end all of Equalist!Asami fics. It’s well thought out. Very well written and emotionally charged. It’s got strong Korra and Asami moments but also a well developed world and a darker, more realistic look at the Equalist movement in general. 

Cowboy Raava by ReneeMontoya - One of the most creative fics I’ve ever read. Korra is a bounty hunter and she meets Asami in space prison. Also Asami has a robotic arm and it’s just…it’s awesome. Too much for me to explain in a small description. Check it out. 

The Avatar’s Non-Bending Master by clarias - This was the first fic I ever read when I got into this fandom and it did not disappoint. Set after Book 1 but with the idea that Korra never got her bending back. It’s fantastic, I’ve read it multiple times. Also check out clarias’ Sleep series on her profile. 

They Say True Love Hurts, Well This Could Almost Kill Me by frenetic-core - Perhaps my favorite ongoing fic right now. It’s essentially a retelling of the series, but with this idea that you have a soul-mate, you feel their pain, and Korra and Asami are soul-mates. It’s really well presented and well written. 

The Electric Soldier by lupinely - Just a fantastic 25,000 word one-shot with the idea of The Winter Soldier but set up with Korrasami. It’s an excellent read. 

All of This is Naga’s Fault by nowweareunstoppable - it’s a modern AU fic, but done really well and set up nicely with strong characters and good writing. It’s still in the fairly early stages I think but it’s a fun read that should only get better. 

Absolute Beginners by ReneeMontoya - 3 chapters, 15,000 words. Asami is Korra’s tutor but also has a huge crush on her. Very cute, well written. Worth an hour of your time.

Venti Sized Crush by ZoeReed - Another story in the early stages but the chapters are long and it’s well written. Korra is a barista and Asami always orders coffee while on her phone so Korra starts writing her name wrong on purpose. It’s cute but also done exceptionally well. Seriously hoping for an update soon. 

The Song Remains the Same by kittymannequin - Korra’s a guitarist and singer, Asami play the cello. They fall in love and it’s the story of their lives together. Very sweet and fluffy piece. 

Ronin Korra by silkarc - Korra is a highly trained Samurai and Asami owns a medium sized estate that is constantly under attack. Korra is approached to help defend it. Very unique, written well. 

What if This Storm Ends by cthulhusmovingcastle - Asami and Korra are on two sides of a long standing war. So in order to help broker peace, they decide to marry one another in a show of union. It’s honestly very cool and the Korrasami chemistry is awesome set in this fashion of strangers suddenly marrying. 

The End of an Era by commandmetobewell - This one hurts. Badly. That’s all I can really say. It’s very good, but just…prepare yourself. 

it’s such a gorgeous sight to see you in the middle of the night by natashass - As I’ve seen said before, the best roommate AU you’ll find. It’s cute, it’s sweet, it’s angsty, it’s well written and well plotted. Just a really really amazing fic to read. 

The Engineer’s Guide to Dating the Avatar by weeglebots - A very good piece that’s uniquely written and set up. A good and accurate take on both characters and their relationship. 

Contentment by wtfoctagon - This might be a fic that goes unfinished. It hasn’t been updated since March. But it is incredibly well written and Korra and Asami are spot on and I love it’s quiet moments and really hope it’s updated soon because I loved it. 

All Roads by tofsla - Korra and Asami take a road trip together to extend Korra’s reach and show her the rest of the world she’s born to protect beyond Republic City. It’s a one-shot, but put together exceptionally well, characterized great. 

Horseshoes by honey_hill - It’s an Equestrian AU that really knows what it’s talking about which adds a lot to it. Korra and Asami are both written great and Korra in particular has an amazing individual plot. 

Alright, wow, I’m sorry for this long post. Like I said these are mostly longer fics, and I know a lot of them are fairly famous. But these are my fic recs. I hope I didn’t miss any, or link anything wrong. There are a TON of amazing Korrasami fanfiction writers out there. It’s incredible. 

Remembrances, Korrasami, & Zaheer’s Part in Korra’s Recovery

Remembrances gets crap for being a clip show episode, but it’s actually amazing how much Bryke was able to cater their message. If you’ve listened to the commentary, you know they talk about Mako and Asami’s breakup and how they thought it was presented in a clear manner and were a bit taken aback by fans not seeing the ‘break up’ at all in that. They reflect this in this episode:

Mako: Asami. I’m sorry things got so messed up between us. But whatever happens today, I want you to know how much I care about you.
Asami: I care about you, too.
She kisses him on the cheek and the frame again freezes abruptly.
Wu: [Appears upper left; eyes half open; confused and unconvinced.] Wait. Was that supposed to be you breaking up with her?
Mako: [Appears lower right; blankly.] Yes. That was a breakup.
Tu: [Appears lower left; unconvinced.] Didn’t sound like a breakup.
Mako: [Widen his eyes slightly; explaining.] It was mutual. We had an understanding! [Looks to the side.] We both knew— [He cuts off frustrated, biting his tongue and closing his eyes in the form of an x as he changes the subject. His face returns to normal; wide eyes; annoyed.]

Clearly Bryke’s voice is being reflected through Mako here, and ours through wu. This whole episode, when watched in retrospect and with extra info of Bryke, you realize how almost the entire episode is meta. Through this conversation, Bryke is both recapping while simultaneously being able to comment on the content.

Which means that this episode is definitely important to the narrative. In my most recent viewing, I had a thought about this, particularly the middle section with Korra and Asami. It’s more than a recap. Korra is trying to heal. She spent time with Toph to get better, and she’s reflecting on Toph’s words in this episode when Asami approaches her. 

Originally posted by korra-naga

Asami: Are you okay? You seem out of sorts.
Korra: Sorry. I’ve just been thinking about something Toph said. She told me that the world doesn’t need me and it’s basically pointless to try and stop Kuvira.

Korra needs to understand why Toph would say this, because she had already helped her heal. If she was right about other stuff… and that’s where Asami comes in. This part of the episode is a part of Korra’s healing process. Which is so appropriate!

Originally posted by lokgifsandmusings

Even before season 4 rolled around, Asami is seen helping Korra heal. In season 3, we have her preparing her for Jinora’s ceremony and pushing her wheelchair there. It seems implied that she may have been taking care of her for some time. Korra also went to Asami when she was ready to talk to a friend by writing her, which is revealed in season 4. Even if Korra only sent that one letter, I think we can be fairly sure that Asami responded to her and that was probably welcomed by Korra, even if she possibly didn’t write back.

I have seen some complaints about how Korra’s contact with Zaheer somehow magically heals her. I do like that sequence between Korra and Zaheer, but it’s a valid argument. Him helping her is realistic, but while I find it realistic that he—an extremely spiritual character—can lead her back to the spirit world despite her blocks. Hell, he’s been through shit in his life; he’s probably experienced in having to find his way through despite trauma. But him helping her doesn’t seem enough to bring her confidence back like we see, for her to seem mostly healed after this point.

But I think Remembrances preps Korra for this moment. Asami bolsters Korra, puts her faith in her, tells her she’s important, silently proves that there will always be someone there for her who believes in her.

Originally posted by theavatarchronicles

And after Korra does make it to the spirit world, she feels re-connected with Raava, and that’s no small thing either.

Here’s some of the dialogue between Korra and Asami in this episode:

Asami: I brought you some tea. [Korra looks up surprised.] I thought you might be cold out here.
Korra: You’re so sweet. [She takes the cup from Asami.] Thanks. [Turns back to stare out over the sea.]
Asami: Are you okay? You seem out of sorts.
Korra: Sorry. I’ve just been thinking about something Toph said. She told me that the world doesn’t need me and it’s basically pointless to try and stop Kuvira.
Asami: That’s ridiculous.
Korra: At the time, I thought so, too. I figured she was just being her normal, cranky self. But I’m beginning to think she had a point.
Asami: No, she doesn’t. The world does need you. You’re the Avatar.

Originally posted by nethilia

Was the 'cold out here’ an excuse because she was worried about Korra? Looking for a way to be there for her? I wouldn’t put it past her (especially given the Varrick/wind suit trick). When she feels Korra needs her, she finds a way to be there for her. And Korra doesn’t hesitate to air out her fears with Asami. And Asami offers comfort instantly. “The world does need you.”

Korra: But no matter what I do, the world seems to always be out of balance! Growing up, I couldn’t wait to be the Avatar. I thought I was reallygonna change things. I was so naive.The first time I saw Amon take someone’s bending away, I was terrified. Then my worst nightmare came true.
Asami: Korra, you’re forgetting about all the good that happened after you exposed Amon as the fraud he was. The Equalist Movement lost its leader and its power. Free elections were held in the United Republic and nonbenders finally had a voice. People had hope again and it was all because of you.
Korra: And I was hopeful, too. That feeling didn’t last long. As soon as I defeated Amon, a new enemy took his place. Because of Unalaq, I betrayed Tenzin, opened the portals, and threw the Spirit and human worlds into chaos.  It was my fault he fused with Vaatu and became a Dark Avatar. And I was helpless to stop him from destroying Raava and cutting off my connection to my past lives. With Raava gone, Unalaq and Vaatu became more powerful than ever.
Asami: But you became more powerful, too. I mean … you turned into a giant spirit.
Korra: Yeah … that was pretty awesome.
Asami  And opening the spirit portals turned out to be a good thing. You brought back the airbenders and caused a positive shift in the world.

Korra is flushing out some of her greatest fears here. It was implied by Toph that Korra might not be getting better because she didn’t want to get hurt again. Maybe a part of that is true, but it’s not who Korra wants to be, and she has to face the reality that maybe some part of her might not want to be needed anymore. It probably scares her that maybe both are true. It may be easier for her to deal with the broader topic: Is the Avatar still needed. But being the Avatar is a huge part of Korra’s identity. And Asami is legitimizing Korra the Avatar, and I’m sure it comes from a place that wants to legitimize Korra as a whole.

By the end of this segment, the woman who’s come to mean so much to her and the man who had become her trusted mentor listened to her fears and legitimized them and then reassured her of her place in the world (and in their lives). 

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The episode with Zaheer directly follows this episode. In Reunion, she had action thrust upon her when Wu was captured. In Beyond the Wilds, bad things happen, and she gets told about it instead of that bad thing happening under her nose and forcing her to action. Korra makes the decision to pursue what’s happening, and when others give her every chance to back off and not help out (something no one even offered as an option while in Zaofu), she pushes forward.

These paired episodes are important for Korrasami I think. It’s another moment where Korra let’s her friends help her, beginning with Asami. First she let’s Asami in, Tenzin reminds her he’s there for her, and Mako backs her up in every step of the way in Beyond the Wild (probably a lot of good things to say about Mako/Korra friendship/inspiration here too).

Just another way Korrasami is subtle yet realistic and powerful.

Originally posted by korrasamicaps

 I’m re-using the gif from my This is War post, mainly because I’m too lazy to make another.

 So this is going to be a Sato rant, mainly focusing on Asami’s character development and her relationship with Hiroshi. Avatar-lovato sort of asked me to write about this when I mentioned in my tags that I wanted to, and I finally feel like doing the thing.

 As lots of other people I am too overjoyed at the Korrasami ending and just at these two awesome queer women in general, but I also think that the most important thing to happen to Asami during the finale was this. Getting her father back only to lose him for good.

 Because you see, Hiroshi Sato was the most important person for Asami for the majority of her life. She was like 6 when her mother died, imagine a little 6 year old girl who is still so young but will never see her mommy again. I think Asami and Hiroshi always had a good relationship but after the death of her mother she grew even closer to her dad. And as the only child his daughter was the only thing left from Yasuko, so I can see Hiroshi adoring her and doing everything he could to keep Asami safe. And although losing her mother must have been horrible for Asami, something she would never forget, and the emptiness left behind would be something even her father could never heal… I think he did try his best. Asami must have felt like nothing could seperate the two of them, no firebender and certainly not hate.

 Unfortunately, Asami was wrong. All those years Hiroshi kept thinking about revenge and he hated benders more and more, until Amon and his revolution came. Hiroshi Sato truly believed that the Equalist movement could make a difference, that it could create a world where he wouldn’t have to be afraid for his non-bender daughter in a world full of benders. Only, by the time Asami found out about this he was too obsessed with revenge, but his daughter never let hatred consume her. Asami never, not even once blamed every bender for her mother’s death, she knew that that was just wrong. So when she had to choose between the father she thought she knew, between the life she had for 18 years and between the right thing, guess what, she did the right thing. She saved everyone, Korra, Mako, Bolin, Tenzin and Lin (and probably the whole city) by turning against her father, against all she had. People sometimes say that Asami’s choice was too easy for her, that she immediately knew she had to betray her father and despite their good relationship it only took her seconds. I don’t think that’s true. Well, she did choose quickly, but it was definitely not easy. See Asami’s face when she makes that decision? It’s everything but an easy choice. That’s why she says “I love you, Dad” before “betraying” him, she does love him, but she knows that there is a greater good.

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 That’s why I think she still had this little hope inside her up until the finale. Every time she mentions her father Asami’s expression is hurt, betrayed or bitter. But I still think that a little part of her hoped that Hiroshi could change, that he could love her more than hate benders and want revenge. I also have to mention that by this point Mako is basically treating her either like she doesn’t exist or like shit. I don’t want too much of shipping in this but it’s important with Asami’s character that she had to get through this on her own. So her father really is the only one she could hope to get back. When the time comes and she gets to confront him, Hiroshi pretty much thinks the same. Remember his conversation with Amon in Turning the Tides? Hiroshi Sato wanted his daughter to be with him, to see his cause. As he told her in Endgame, he wanted them to be a family again. Well, yeah, he was kinda too obsessed with his revenge and we don’t agree with him, but at least he still wanted his daughter to be a part of his life. The thing that makes him snap is Asami mentioning her mother, saying that she would hate Hiroshi for what he has become. I know it’s weird, but I can see why this makes him angry. He believed this was right, he believed what he was doing was for his family, his dead wife and their only daughter. And then that daughter tells him that it’s all wrong and the love of his life would hate him.

 Of course, this does not justify what he does next. The battle between the two Satos is one of my favourite scenes in the series, mainly because it is heartwrenching. Asami still refuses to support this madness, she still protects all these benders who frankly did nothing for her in return. Because that’s the kind of person she is. But that makes Hiroshi even more furious, and he chooses hatred and revenge over his own daughter. He chooses to believe that what he’s doing is right, and chooses to kill Asami because “there is no chance to save her”. If not for Bolin he would have killed his own daughter, the only thing left to remind him of his wife, because he was so consumed by revenge. Asami also has the opportunity to end this for good, but unlike her father she doesn’t give in to hatred. She admits that he really is a horrible father, but she remains better than him.

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 They only meet like four years later, but those four years are important for Asami. After the whole Equalist business she only had Future Industries left for her, and even that was struggling to stay alive. As she tells Mako in The Sting, it still is the only thing she has left from her family, and the incredibly strong person she is she fights for it. But then Varrick steals everything from her and she breaks. “Just stop. It’s over. I give up.” The only reason I’m willing to consider accepting Masami 2.0 is because Mako was the only person in six months who refused to give up on her. For six months she had to fight for her company, for the name Sato not to be a dirty one. She had to wake up every morning with the fact that her father attempted to kill her and she had to go to sleep with it. And she was all on her own, basically, while Team Avatar had other stuff to deal with it. So at this point Asami was this close to give up, to break and just stop trying. But Mako, probably for the first time since Tarrlok had kidnapped Korra decided to fight for her. And she kissed him, she trusted him again, she wanted to be loved again. Even Varrick was trying to help her to get Future Industries back on top! Or at least that’s what she thought. But then Mako just left her again for Korra, Varrick tricked her and she was left only with the company. Again.

 It’s pretty much my headcanon that this was when she said fuck you, and managed to build a new Future Industries. Once her company was more or less stable, she was back helping everyone in any way she could, because you know, once again, that’s just who she is. Her relationship with Korra deepened, they really were friends this time, they were always on good terms with Bolin, and although things were a bit awkward with Mako they managed to remain friends. Book 3 is actually the only one where nothing horrible happens to Asami Sato, her life seems not to suck in this one. Then the finale happened, and don’t you dare tell me that it didn’t hurt Asami to see Korra suffer that much. Her own life was okay, but her best friend just suffered a trauma and needed time to heal. So Korra went to the South-pole, “just for a couple of weeks”, right.

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 And while Asami’s life continued to be better than terrible, she still spent 3 years being concerned about Korra. Yeah, she spent the majority of that time rebuilding Republic City and being an awesome and succesful  businesswoman, but she must have missed Korra. And I don’t even mean that in a Korrasami, romantic way, not neccessarily, I just think that the bond between the two of them was so strong that it must have hurt Asami to know that Korra was not at all okay. She wrote her letters and hoped they would cheer her up. Then after two long years Korra wrote back, and though she told the older girl that she was scared and feeling awful, Asami still knew that she was on her way, she was healing. And she waited for her, no matter how much time she needed.

 Another year later Korra was supposed to come back, but instead it turned out that she spent the last six months Spirits know where. She was supposed to come back but disappeared. And of course Asami gets that she needs space and time and patience, but it was sure a lot easier when she knew where Korra was. Now she feels alone again. (This is the part we get back to Hiroshi I promise.) My headcanon is that Hiroshi first wrote to Asami  about a year ago, when Korra replied. She didn’t want to read Hiroshi’s letters, she threw them away, not wanting to know what he wanted to say. He didn’t care enough when he choose revenge over her. And Korra’s letter helped to not think about her father, working in Future Industries helped (even if it reminded her of Hiroshi daily), doing something, anything else helped. But when that boat arrived without a certain Avatar, Asami felt alone again. It was a last resort, visiting her father and facing him. She only did that so she could be the one to end a relationship for once in her life, she wasn’t the one getting hurt for once in her life. This sounds cruel out of context, Asami trying to hurt her dad, but we have to remember that the last time she saw him he tried to murder her in cold blood. In the name of her mother. But Asami is way too nice to do something out of malice, we know that. So she made the first step, she was willing to at least try to forgive Hiroshi. Even that was incredible, but Asami desperately needed someone she once loved back in her life, so when her father seemed genuine enough she decided to give it a go.

 Important things happen, like the whole Reunion episode, but that’s more Korrasami and shipping stuff. From a Sato father-daughter relationship point of view (and Asami’s character development point of view) the most important moment in that episode was Asami telling Korra about visiting her father. And yes, even getting upset when Korra suggested it might not be as genuine as Asami wanted it to be. I can totally see why that hurt Asami, like she had people playing with her trust and then throwing her away for like four years, she knew she couldn’t just trust anyone. That’s why she made sure Varrick would not dare to trick her again. But she also desperately needed her father back, that one person who stayed with her for 18 years. Asami wanted to believe in her father.

 In the finale Hiroshi is willing to help them defend the city, and it’s his idea that helps defeat the Colossus. By the time they go out to fight Asami’s just glad she got her father back, for the first time in four years she feels like she really does have her father back. And Hiroshi loves her too, it’s like old times for a few glorious hours. But, as it is the life of Asami Sato we’re talking about, all things just have to go wrong. Hiroshi dies helping to defeat Kuvira, he dies for Asami, he dies telling her that he loves her. Asami Sato has one more desperate cry, “DAD!” as she watches the Colossus kill her father. The father she just got back. The father who was ready to love her again, the father who finally chose her over anything else. The father she was also ready to love and trust again. She just got back the most important person in her life and he was taken away from her so cruelly.

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 One way to look at it is the redemption of Hiroshi Sato, how he was doing the right thing in the end. But I actually think that he never stopped hating benders, even if it was not as strong as it was a few years ago he still felt an instinctive hatred. But during his years in prison he learned to love his daugter more, he realized what was the most important thing in his life. Hiroshi Sato died saving Republic City, essentially the world, but I think that all that mattered to him was saving Asami. Who had to live with this for the rest of her life. She later tells Korra that she’s glad was able to forgive him, which is of course crucial even to Korrasami. As Korra had to let go of her past trauma in order to find happiness, to let Asami make her happy, the other girl also had to let happiness in. Forgiving Hiroshi was the first step she had to take. That’s the Korrasami part, but Hiroshi’s death had another serious consequence. He died saving Asami, he died loving her. And she knew that, his daughter knew that he loved her, so whenever Asami thinks back she can finally remember Hiroshi as her dad. I’m not saying that his Equalist years and the attempted murder will never come up again, but at least he was her father in the end.

At least she was able to forgive him, and he was able to love her.

Anyway, this was a rant, because I really really fucking love Asami Sato and I don’t think she gets nearly enough love. She’s strong, she’s a survivor, and I’m sure that with Korra she’ll finally find happiness. I’m sure she’ll miss her father and wish he would be a part of her new, happy life, but she also remembers him as her daddy again, not as Hiroshi Sato, the evil mastermind behind the Equalist weapons.

frostbite883  asked:

To No Place Like Home Alternate Kuvira: When did you first met up with Avatar Korra?

@frostbite883

“During her first stay in Zaofu,” she said. It was HARD to forget the day the Avatar first came to the Metal Clan, remembering how Suyin ordered the others to tidied up the entire place moments before her arrival to the very place she PROUDLY calls home. She must admit she’s a rather huge fan of the Avatar, having hearing the news of her ever since she first arrived to the Republic, hearing her days as a professional pro-bender and putting a stop on the Equalist movement before it could even spread into the Earth Kingdom. 

Most of all, how could she forget the compliment Korra gave to her on her metalbending? Even though she has no doubts on her skills (confident enough to admit she was better than anyone else), it was still the HIGHEST honor to hear those words especially when that moment led Kuvira to teach her some few moves Suyin can’t.

“It’s UNFORTUNATE to see what happened to her,” she said, frowning. “I wish her well and for a speedy recovery.” She sighed. How TERRIBLE these times are now, with the Avatar unfit to do her duties, the Earth Kingdom continues to spiral down into a chaotic state.

While scrolling my dash one day I came across a very important OTP question; Which one is nervous before their first kiss / first time and Which one whispers “its just me, relax”

This got me thinking about Korrasami

At first my mind jumped straight to Korra being the nervous one and Asami reassuring her but as I thought about it more, I figured Asami would be the nervous one for a whole truck load of reasons; the main one being that almost all the people she’s loved have hurt her or left her

1) Her mother died when she was six. She was murdered, ripped away from Asami and Hiroshi, doing damage to both of them left behind.

2) Her father tried to kill her friends and was a huge helping hand in the Equalist movement due to his wife’s death at the hand of fire benders. He hoped Asami would join him in the rebellion but she turned her back on him. As an only child with Hiroshi being her only other family she made a massive decision in not joining him. She cut off the last part of family she had. And she was left with the job of saving his company before she was even 20 years old.

3) Mako, she had deep feelings for him but of course, he kissed Korra or did Korra kiss him? I cant remember the details exactly. But the dated twice, the second time Mako dancing around Korra because she forgot that herself and Mako broke up

4) Korra, Korra was her best friend. Asami gave up the most for Korra. She turned her back on her father, helped in every mission, did everything she could while in Team Avatar, helped save Korra form Zaheer, offered to always be there for Korra and possibly by this point she was falling for Korra… and then Korra left… Barely a word from her for three years. The woman she loved just left her. During that time Asami rebuilt a whole city and saved her fathers company. All the while she never put her pain first. She’d drop everything to help anyone in need.

I don’t think she’d be nervous in the quirky or dorky way that Korra would be. She’d be scared and thinking to herself “Is she going to leave me again?”
Or worse, she’s reached the point where she realizes the people closest to her hurt her and she’s thinking “How long will it be until she leaves again?”

“It’s just m, relax” wouldn’t really put her mind to rest. But, Korra is back for good. Korra is no longer the teenager who ran away. She’s an adult now who owes so much to Asami and she realizes it.

I JUST HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT ASAMI SATO
PROTECT ASAMI SATO AT ALL COST!!!!

anonymous asked:

Which episode of LoK is the worst/weakest in your opinion?

This is weird because my knee-jerk was one of the Civil Wars (just not the most entertaining hour of television in history), but I’m actually going to give this crown to “Endgame.”

I think they needed more than one episode to properly conclude Book 1, but it gave us:

-Amon just letting Korra and Mako stand and yell because “whatever”

-The Air Family being kidnapped off-screen, in a way minimizing Lin’s sacrifice, but also just not the best form of storytelling (imagine if we saw it…that actually would have been impactful)

-Iroh taking down a fleet singlehandedly was just cheap fan service and a little ridiculous in terms of actual logic. Also he’s not a guy we’ve been following all season. Why give so much focus on him in a 22 minute episode?

-The famous “oh Mako could lightning bend because he took a breath” thing. Yeah lightning bending doesn’t take time to charge up or anything (even for Mako…look at Book 4 finale when he bends at Mega Maid)

-The Equalists and the movement just ceasing to exist because a group of 50 people were like “oh that’s him. I guess we’re not oppressed anymore!” (also I feel like Amon being a bender isn’t a non-negotiable for this movement)

-This is slightly the same, but Amon’s escape felt super anti-climactic (especially because it was just followed by a crowd looking vaguely sad). That whole moment is the definition of anticlimactic actually

-Aang Ex Machina

-Super super problematic messaging about how to handle someone in Korra’s mental state

Overall I now rank Book 1 as the weakest (even though Book 2 had major pacing and narrative flaws), so I guess this answer shouldn’t surprise anyone. It’s frustrating because I feel like the tensions set up were cool, but the episode kind of sank like a giant beer fart, just like the Equalist revolution. Asami/Hiroshi and Tarrlok/Noatuk were the saving graces of it, and that’s probably because Bryke excel at complicated familial dynamics.

However, the first time through I remember being vaguely satisfied. So maybe that’s a metric that should count for something.

Last night's episodes were good

Now, I know there is the strong possibility that Book 3 will quickly deteriorate into a hot, unsatisfying, poorly told mess. Just look at what happened with Book 1.

But, for 90 minutes, Legend of Korra was the show it was always meant to be. If the rest of the series sucks ass, I’ll just watch these three episodes repeatedly and make up AUs for what happened after.

So I present a list of the top five welcome surprises for me:

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Message from Amon

I see so many people hating me now for taking Lin’s bending away.

My dear public, I don’t believe you truly understand what I’m trying to do or what the Equalist Movement is about.

The goal is to cleanse this world of its impurity. This includes benders that you might claim to be “good”. Lin fought for the law, but what law is she fighting for? A law that is based on the bender’s hierarchy. Now what kind of good cause is that?

We will destroy all who oppose us. The time has come for the Equalists to claim Republic City as their own. As for this General Iroh…

P.S. Because 35 year old generals of the fire nation sound like a 16 year old boy seeking honor