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Did anyone but me dislike Book 4?

  • The finale was decent and though I don't ship them, Korrasami was a not unpleasent surprise. The majority of the season however? BLEH! The story was slow and weak, Kuvira was such a dull villain, and Korra was barely in it! She spent most of the time getting beat up, angsting, and getting a bad haircut. I could go on but whos's with me? Anyone?

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    • Season 4 had many things wrong with. I think that they did not handle the Kuvira issue well, and didn't tie up all the loose ends properly. I think that they could have written it better, seeing as they took Kuvira from being a noble re-uniter, to a cold-calculating villian.

      Another problem I had was the inconsistences Bryke made with many things that were previously stated earlier in the show. We also did not get to see closure with the main cast at the very end of the show. Bolin and Mako, for example, her very first friends, did not even get a last scene with her. Or Tenzin, her mentor, spent little time with her at the end. Book 4 in general seemed rushed, and it suffered for it. Plus, there was too much fan-pandering, and not enough character development and closure that could have been shown

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    • I didn't like the whole show. so know you are not alone.

      i'd say best to worst is.

      book 1


      book 3



      book 2

      book 4

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    • Oh yes. Believe me, you aren't alone. So, so, so many reasons why it sucked. So many.

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    • These are my thoughts exactly! I also hated Book 4's clip show, the needless return of Asami's dad, the confusing Dark Korra illusion, and Toph.

      I don't hate Toph. I'm not exactly her biggest fan either but I don't hate her. What frustrated me is that they put  so much more effort into her appearence in LOK than anyone else from the Gaang. I mean, all Katara did was heal and peddle advice, Aang only had a very minor part, and Zuko was an immense let down. Toph played a major role in the story and was shown not to have missed a step in fight. Why? 

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    • I like that it tried to counteract some of the disturbing structural-functionalist underpinnings of the show; and anyone griping about one particular detail can miss me with that nonsense...but, all in all, it certainly didn't measure up to Book 3.  (Keep in mind that Book 3, while overall the high point of the show, had its issues.)

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    • I wasn't a particularly big fan of book 4, while watching it, it was probably my least favorite season of Legend of Korra from an entertainment perspective. It may have been the cumulative effect building upon my growing dislike of Korra which really spiked significantly in book 2. Fortunately, a number of episodes barely had Korra in them at all. It really felt like the narrative took a dive in this season, in the sense that it felt less focused, but didn't really make up for it in meaningful character development or world building (for as EN centric as this season was, I really didn't feel like I learned much about the EN). I enjoy stories that skip around alot, but it didn't really feel like it actually told much story when it did this.

      Essentially, the story amounted to these three main things:

      1) Kuvira's building an army and will inevitably attack Republic City. Most of this is briefly shown/referenced and/or done of screen.

      2) Korra's dealing with personal issues...again, and has to learn lessons she's already been over...which allow her to utilize the overwhelming power...she already had and was born with...to topple a foe that absolutely shouldn't even be able to stand in the same ring as her.

      3) And then alot of Beifong stuff. Old Toph really isn't as endearing as young Toph, and Suyin is still a moron. I was initially excited to see episodes would involved Toph, only to be disappointed.

      For a series that didn't have many episodes per season, I felt like book 4 could have been done in about four episodes. A couple kind of cool fight scenes (but nothing spectacular for Avatar) and an admittedly nice ending few minutes aside, book 4 was pretty mediocre.

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    • The biggest problem is with the Beifong family I don't really care for Su and her family, I would have much rather seen zukos family and more of the fire nation. I also couldn't stand bataar easily the worst secondary villain in korra.

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    • Book 4 wasnt great. Story was decent. Book 4 couldve been more about Korra growing more than another conflict at hand. I liked the idea of a corrupted leader trying to rule and stuff. Kuvira was a pretty good villian. Would be cool if she was a villian in season 3 and 4

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    • How did I never post here? Korrasami good, early episodes strong, everything else...ehh. As much shit as Book 2 gets, at least I didn't spend half of the season going, "God damn it, when is something going to happen?!"

      And when it finally did, it was a giant goddamn robot. Parts were okay, like finding out what happened to Zaheer, Remembrances was pretty funny for something the team had to pull out of their ass last minute with the budget of a ham sandwich, spirit powered WMDs was a neat idea, & there's something to be said for its nuanced portrayals of PTSD & the rise of fascism even though I'm not sure enough people got the point on that last one, but it was overall not the strongest note to go out on.

      And easily the weakest point is Kuvira. I could say a lot about what a slimy person she is, but that would be understandable if she wasn't boring & there weren't all of these weak attempts by writers & fans alike to say what a good person she was, even though 99.9% of what we saw her do was war crimes. And 0.1% was really uncomfortable attempts to try to force sympathy.

      I just hope it doesn't set the tone for the comics, which have the chance to make up for it by showing those big loose ends that we want to see.

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    • Fja3987 wrote:
      I didn't like the whole show. so know you are not alone.

      i'd say best to worst is.

      book 1


      book 3



      book 2

      book 4

      No, it's definately 3 > 1 > 4 > 2

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    • I agree, Book 4 was a big disappointment for me. I was hoping to still see the Red Lotus, and I was kinda hoping for a more visible effect of Korra becoming an ideal after Book 3. For example, an expansion of Team Avatar into a fully-fledged organization a la Justice League Unlimited.  Why? Because Korra has become an inspiration to many, and it would be nice to see the full effect of that inspiration through new heroes that come out of the woodwork.  This would include a new team that focuses itself on finding Korra.  If not, I would've loved it if they fleshed out the White Lotus even more, to see what they do besides protect the Avatar or guard dangerous criminals. Heck, I lost excitement after mid-book 3.

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    • I don't dislike the fourth book, but I wish it had been different in some ways. For one thing, I think it would have been better if Kuvira hadn't have been a villain; Kuvira's actions were villainous, no doubt,but her overall goal was to help her country and i think it would have been better to portray her working with Wu and the others instead of against them. I also think they could have shown us more about the FN and Zuko's family.

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    • QueenCeline wrote:Kuvira's actions were villainous, no doubt,but her overall goal was to help her country [...]

      Isn't that always kind of the whole point of villains in LoK? Equality, balance, freedom, stability, those are the four words I'd associate with them in order. Noble in and of themselves, but all of the villains just overshot their ideals.

      Anyway, I do think Book 4 has some issues, but a lot of them also come down to Nick just absolutely not giving a crap about the series, cutting funding halfway through, throwing it out there without any marketing, yada yada yada. I think that if they'd have been left alone, a lot of the plot threads that felt either rushed or unresolved, could have been better. Zaheer helping Korra, for instance. I like the finale okay, I think the robot was a bit over the top, but then again, it could be worse. Does provide them with some unique battles to fight. What I don't like though, is that when compared to the Book 3 season finale, it felt a bit underwhelming. You know, with Korra and Zaheer flying around, tossing enormous boulders at each other, all that good stuff. This felt a bit smaller, and that isn't in its favor. Then there are smaller things like Wu being pretty annoying, Opal is kind of a bitch to Bolin, Su doesn't want to do anything because question mark, etc. All reasonable issues, and yeah, I suppose that they do start to add up in the end.

      That being said, I still rank this one second best, simply because it has the best beginning and middle. The beginning and middle of Book 1 are severely flawed (I hate the love traingle and don't really care about pro-bending) and the finale was great right up until 3 minutes from the end, Book 2 was pretty bad until we got to Beginnings, which were great, and then it went downhill again after, Book 3 had a really good beginning, then sagged quite a bit in the middle, and then had a great finale, and Book 4 had a great beginning and a great middle, but then it went downhill a bit towards the end. Korra Alone is my favorite episode of LoK, Suyin fighting Kuvira on top of the cannon is probably the best non-Avatar fight across both series (though you can make a good argument for the Comet-Enhanced Agni Kai), I think Bolin and Varrick working off each other is really funny, and yeah, I am a sucker for Korrasami, so I do like that they actually went through with it.

      In conclusion... I really liked Book 4. It's more quiet and restrained than the other ones, relying less on actionny bending and more on character development, which is a bold choice, but I think it worked out for the most part. Worst Book for me is still 2, by a wide margin.

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    • QueenCeline wrote: I don't dislike the fourth book, but I wish it had been different in some ways. For one thing, I think it would have been better if Kuvira hadn't have been a villain; Kuvira's actions were villainous, no doubt,but her overall goal was to help her country and i think it would have been better to portray her working with Wu and the others instead of against them. I also think they could have shown us more about the FN and Zuko's family.

      That would defeat the purpose of showing that fascism arrives as a wolf in sheep's clothing.

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    • NervousShipper wrote:
      Fja3987 wrote:
      I didn't like the whole show. so know you are not alone.

      i'd say best to worst is.

      book 1


      book 3



      book 2

      book 4

      No, it's definately 3 > 1 > 4 > 2

      Book 1's ending couldve been alot better but I agree it is in the top 2. 

      My list:

      1

      3

      4 and 2

      All are average - great 

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    • QueenCeline wrote:
      I don't dislike the fourth book, but I wish it had been different in some ways. For one thing, I think it would have been better if Kuvira hadn't have been a villain; Kuvira's actions were villainous, no doubt,but her overall goal was to help her country and i think it would have been better to portray her working with Wu and the others instead of against them. I also think they could have shown us more about the FN and Zuko's family.

      That's a good way of putting it. The writers really missed multiple opportunities of making Kuvira a great antagonist but ended up blowing all of them. I would have had her part of Team Avatar in book 3 so we get to know her and when she becomes the antagonist, it's more emotional. And actually means something to the main character.

      Yeah, I would have done more with Izumi and Zuko, but I would also have done more with other characters like Jinora or Bumi.

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    • I liked Book 4 but Book 3 and Book 1 were way better. Book 4 was better than Book 2 though.

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