Since The Legend of Korra is on in primetime, Book 2 was eligible for two Emmy Awards: Animated Program and Character Voice-Over Performance. Unfortunately, the show didn’t garner any nominations — which makes you wonder if anyone voting actually watches The Legend of Korra (short answer: probably not). Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Futurama, South Park, and Nick’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are fine shows. Great shows (I’m not the biggest fan of this current incarnation of TMNT). But animation means two things to the common voter: A half hour comedy like The Simpsons or a kid’s show. TMNT brand awareness probably has something to do with its inclusion. Legend of Korra isn’t an easy show to label or describe with one-line. It’s too hard to vote for.
As for the voice-over noms… c’mon Television Academy! Get it together! Janet Varney! J.K. Simmons! Steven Yeun as Wan! Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green, and Harry Shearer do fine jobs on their respective shows, but they’re examples of voters choosing with a rubber stamp. Veterans. Beyond the name talent of Korra, there are a hundred voiceover artists more deserving of these spots (though many of them would fall into the Daytime Emmy pool). Show’em some love, Academy.
Who would you hand out Emmys to this year? Who gave the best Korra performance in Book 2? What’s the best episode writing and/or directing wise? We might has well hold our own ceremony right here.
Whoa — where to begin?? There’s a ton of footage packed into this first look trailer and I couldn’t be more excited. The animation is sharper and more dynamic, there are tons of new faces joining the cast (including a few from ATLA), and hints at a plot that could jump back and forth in time. What do you see? Here are a few moments that jumped out:
:32 - Imprisoned ____? Later in the trailer, we see him airbend!
:38 - Is that Bumi airbending?
:42 - Gal with eye on her forehead. You tell me. What are we looking at?
:47 - Crazy-eyed lady who can waterbend. Instantly thought Azula, but this is a waterbender….
:57 - Is this kid a new airbender or just a follower of the Airbender way? He has a staff…
:59 - I swear this looks like a young Lin Beifong. More flashbacks this season?
1:02 - Yes, Asami action!
1:10 - Jinora, back aestral projecting herself in the spirit world. But a very creepy spirit world.
1:13 - Earth Kingdom evil lady who kind of looks like President Raiko’s gal pal (but isn’t, I know)
1:18 - ZUKO. Da7e just sighed a breath of relief.
1:23 - Another airbender, this time in Earth Kingdom-looking threads.
1:24 - A Dune-like sandworm. I am so ready for more Korra fantasy (rather than tech-heavy Republic City)
1:27 - The evil waterbender returns. She really looks like Azula. Offspring? 1:30 - Jinora falling — noooo!
1:34 - Korra with a whale spirit, recalling Star Trek IV
1:40 - Zuko in action. Most excellent.
1:45 Evil Waterbending lady leading some nega-Team Avatar. Terrifying.
What did I miss? What are we looking at? Go to town in the comments!
(And please, please, please, if you couldn’t resist the temptation of devouring those leaked episodes do not share what you know about them. We’re not OK with the leaks, and as fans, we want to experience this show as Bryke intended. Again, no episode talk right now.)
"That’s why we’re drinking tea: To calm the mind." - Uncle Iroh
When I noticed Adagio Teas sold Avatar-branded teas, I knew I had to pick up one in honor of everyone’s favorite wisdom-deliverer. Looks like they have flavors for Aang, Zuko, Toph, and more. Happy to see Iroh’s flavor recalls the Jasmine Dragon, although his favorite flavor was Ginseng. Still, I can’t imagine he’d turn down a fresh cup of tea, regardless of herbal origins.
What tea are drinking today? Did you know tea pairs perfectly with past episodes of Republic City Dispatch? Little known fact.
Is this the first footage of Book 3: Change? Sure looks it. Savvy Korra fan youpje uploaded a commercial from the Netherlands revealing what appears to be snippets of Book 3 interspersed with shots from Book 1 & 2. Korra spirit-bending water by some vine-covered buildings (inside RC?), Korra in an elevator, a shirtless Tenzin airbending, Team Korra standing outside a zeppelin-esque vehicle, and a mysterious figure riding a dragon. Our friends at ATLA: Annotations are convinced that’s Zuko (and Da7e is praying that it’s Zuko, because if the ATLA character doesn’t appear in Book 3, he’s going to rip his goatee out).
It’s all a bit of a tease, but with production well into Book 4, it shouldn’t be too long until sharper looks and a release date announcement are upon us. SDCC is always a good bet.
What do you make of this footage? Talk to us — it’s been awhile.
The always excellent PBS Ideas Channel asks the question that has lit a thousand fires: Is Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra “anime?”
You might remember the most lengthy of the several times we’ve brought this up on the episode “If There Was A Korra Movie” HERE (from last year’s haitus).
As for this year’s haitus, we’re producing another episode this week. We’ll for sure be back soonsies.
Until then: Cartoon or Anime? The never-ending debate.
REPUBLIC CITY DISPATCH #28: Dark Horse Comics’ THE SEARCH Parts 1-3
Don’t have THE SEARCH? Check out the Official Sites:
BE FOREWARNED - Discussion includes Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book One: Air from The Legend of Korra and could expand to include Dark Horse Comic’s The Promise and The Search at any time.
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