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Korra herself is such a frustrating character. Her shining moments to me this episode were the two times she threatened to kill the judge once in court and once on the road. There's nothing consistently distinct about her except her skills at bending. She's easily manipulated, quick to get defensive, and unless there's a pressing threat she seems completely unconcerned with becoming a better Avatar. How does she not meditate regularly since the end of the last season? How does someone who can switch on the Avatar state like I flip a light switch not consult the past avatars when she finds out there's a problem with the Spirit world. Also she's an Avatar and her boyfriend is a cop. Why do they never consider purposefully digging around themselves to find the truth about the past? Instead, she readily relies on the testimonies of people that she should have some suspicion about.
I feel like they set up the fact that relies too heavily on her physical gifts, but she never really suffers for it. LOK isn't like Dragonball Z where all the villains are ones you can punch away. There are mysteries to uncover and masks to remove, but they just have her keep hitting things until it works out. I'd be okay with that if the show embraced that and she was more like Toph. As it is, she's like a less patient, less perceptive, less warm Katarra or a slightly sunnier, better liked version of season one Zuko.
I'm also not stimulated by the notion that they're just going back to what they did in A:TLA and having the Avatar gallivant around the world, mostly because I'm just expecting her to handle things in the most dry, punchy way possible.
I'm going to complain about season one LOK for fun now. They have this huge diverse city and spend a bulk of it at the pro-bending arena and at the Air Temple. I would rather have gotten feel for the scope and diversity of the city. Also, going back to an issue I already stated, there was a mystery, masks to uncover, motivations to decipher, and our main character spends the majority of the series as pro-bending and stressing about confronting the main villain. I wish they gave her a hobby or a profession that put her in touch with the different people that lived in this big city. They failed to take advantage of everything they set up in that city.
I also acknowledge that the setup of A:TLA might have made it easier to write for. The need to travel makes it easier to keep up a quick pace and more intuitive to throw our heroes into a variety of dilemmas and locations. In season one of LOK, they stretched out arcs out over several episodes in irritating ways and kept revisiting well tread territory over and over again. In the A:TLA, something like Amon and his brother's arc might have been well done in four episodes instead of stretching it out over a whole season.
Again it comes back to the character, there are 10 protagonists in this series, five of them female, that I would rather have as the anchors of the series ahead of Korra. Just such a waste.