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Korra: Making of a Legend is a series of short commentaries by the creators of The Legend of Korra, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, on each episode of Book One: Air. It was broadcast during the commercial breaks of the re-airing of the series on Nicktoons from July 9 to July 20, 2012.

"Welcome to Republic City"

Part 1

The clip begins showing Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra) in a room, surrounded on the walls by Korra posters, concept art, etc.
Bryan Konietzko First episode of The Legend of Korra. I think the idea was that Aang was this reluctant hero, he didn't want to be the Avatar, he didn't want the responsibility of saving the world. [Clip of the Order of the White Lotus meeting Korra for the first time.] Korra right off the bat, the total opposite. At four years old, she could already bend fire, earth, and water.
Michael Dante DiMartino Yeah, we wanted her to not be the reluctant hero like Aang was. And she's ... she's ready to go out there and start being the Avatar. Even when she's, four years old.
Bryan [Clip of a young Korra demonstrating her bending prowess.] Even as a little kid, she was like shooting fire, and knocking buildings down, and stuff.
Mike [Clip transitions into Korra's firebending test.] And I remember talking about that transition of going from her, as a little girl firebending, to then going to her, as a teenager. In the midst of her big firebending test.
Bryan Yeah.
Commentary ends.

Part 2

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike I remember we were coming up with the idea for what her story was going to be. [Clip of Korra running away from the Southern Water Tribe.] There was always this element of her running away to this utopia city, [Clip of Korra entering Republic City.] and Republic City, coming up with the whole look of it was definitely a big challenge.
Bryan [Numerous clips of Korra in Republic City.] We looked at a lot of Library of Congress photos from, like, the late 1800s through the 1930s, and we had gone on that photo trip up to Canada, and we took a lot of reference, uh, the Canadian Rockies so it sort of became this North/West Coast fantastical version of Vancouver, Manhattan, and Shanghai, sort of hybrid city.
Mike Yeah.
Bryan I remember we talked about that would a cool way to introduce Republic City, as not just the audience seeing it for the first time, but it was Korra seeing it for the first time. [Clip of Korra staring in amazement.] That she had never been there.
Mike In her mind, it was going to be this great place of freedom, [Clip of Korra meeting Gommu.] and where she would learn airbending, but then when she gets there, it's not quite what she bargained for, I guess.
Bryan Kind of introduction of the ... the setting for the story.
Commentary ends.

Part 3

The creators begin their commentary.
Bryan Korra's ... misadventures through Republic City the first time she was there. [Clip of Korra confronting the Triple Threat triad.] We had the idea to show that she's totally different than Aang, that she wants to fight. She doesn't just go out looking for fights, but if she encounters some injustice, [Clip of Korra defeating the Triple Threat Triad.] or criminals, or some jerks, it's not even a choice for her. She's just so ... game.
Mike Yeah, and I think she doesn't really think about the consequences. She thinks she's tough, [Clip of Korra throwing a triad member through a window.] and thinks like, because she's the Avatar she's kind of the law of the land, so to speak, and, taking care of some bad guys on the streets seems to be right up her alley but doesn't realize that [Clip of a police airship arriving.] there's actually police, that [Clip of a metalbending police officer rapelling down and arresting the triad members.] this is their job, and they might not look too kindly on her just showing up, and kinda busting some heads, I guess.
Bryan [Clip of Korra being arrested.] She was just ... ready to go, the second one came to her.
Mike Totally.
Commentary ends.

"A Leaf in the Wind"

Part 1

Mike and Bryan begin their commentary.
Mike So in this episode is Korra's first real airbending lesson. In the first episode we saw that she was excited to [Clip of Korra walking toward the airbending gates with Tenzin.] start training with Tenzin and now we finally get to see that happen.
Bryan Back on Avatar, the first series, [Shots of each of the book titles plays on screen.] fans were like "Wait there's one more book, there needs to be air." We were always like, well Aang had already mastered air, each season was about what the Avatar was trying to master. [Shot of the titlecard for "Welcome to Republic City".] When we came up with the character of Korra, it was the perfect opportunity to have that book, you know, and not be redundant for Aang.
Mike [Clip of Tenzin powering the airbending gates.] We were trying to find a good clear visual exercise that she could practice, [Clip of Jinora moving through the gates.] so we came up with this idea of these airbending gates that she would have to weave her way in and out of, and it seemed like a perfect foil for her. [Clip of Korra attempting to move through the airbending gates, but failing.] She couldn't really be graceful about it. She's always trying to bust her way through.
Bryan Yeah, like a bull in a china shop, or whatever. [Bryan waves his hands like Meelo.] So, she needs to be the leaf.
Commentary ends.

Part 2

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike We had this idea that she had always heard about pro-bending, but she's never actually seen a match.
Bryan [Clip of Korra asking Tenzin to go to a pro-bending match.] Yeah, and this was [Clip of Bolin, Mako, and Hasook being introduced at a pro-bending match.] a fun way for us to introduce Mako and Bolin, these new characters. Once we had the idea of Korra, and then the idea of Amon, [Clip of Korra wandering around around the Pro-Bending Arena.] I think Mako and Bolin came pretty quickly after that. But we had a like, "How are we going to introduce them?" In the old series Aang and Katara and Sokka met right away, and they just kicked it off. [Clip of Korra and Bolin looking out over the pro-bending field.] But we knew we weren't going to be able to get to them right away, so yeah luckily when we figured out [Clip of the Fire Ferrets about to start a match.] "Oh, they're going to be pro-bending guys", uh, it just, it just worked out really nicely.
Commentary ends.

Part 3

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike So once we knew that Korra would meet up [Clip of Korra with Bolin and Mako in the pro-bending gym.] with these pro-bending brothers, she saw this new style of fighting, it was a little more modern, a little more dynamic, [Clip of Bolin bending several earth discs.] and a very clear contrast to her airbending training. We knew she would want to take part in that, and we had to kinda figure out [Clip of Korra bending some earth discs herself.] a reason why she would be included in the match. [Clip of Korra attempting to move through the airbending gates.] So we kinda set up this idea that she hadn't quite grasped that idea of the, the being the leaf idea yet.
Bryan Yeah, the kind of Bagua, which is a style of traditional Chinese martial art. [Clip of Jinora successfully moving through the gates.] It was kind of the antithesis of the way she was used to moving, in very graceful, and circular, and spiral, [Clip of Korra moving like an airbender in the pro-bending match.] and we thought we would show through her movement, you know, that she was starting to grasp the idea, since we couldn't, you know, show her airbending since she's not able to do that.
Commentary ends.

"The Revelation"

Part 1

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike We come in on episode three, this is where things kind of start getting a little more serious. [Clip of Korra practising in the pro-bending gym.] Korra's just joined the Fire Ferrets, she's hanging out with the brothers, and learning how to do some pro-bending moves. We needed her to kind of, eventually find out about Amon, [Clip of Mako talking to Korra at Air Temple Island.] and so Bolin getting captured [Clip of Korra and Mako riding on Naga in Republic City.] was kind of a way to leading into this, this big rally, and seeing Amon for the first time.
Bryan Yeah and I remember it was a good way to show [Clip of Bolin and Pabu busking for money in Central City Station.] the back story idea we had for Mako and Bolin, these brothers who grew up as orphans on the street. [Clip of Shady Shin pulling up in front of Bolin.] Although they weren't Triad members, they had kind of run around with the rough crowd, just to survive. [Clip of Shady Shin offering Bolin a job, together with a large amount of money.] Yeah, I think you're right, like 101 and 102 were the kind of lighter, [Clip of Korra and Mako discovering that Bolin has been kidnapped, rushing outside to see him gagged and bound in the back of a truck.] then, it's like, okay, the antagonist for this season is kind of revealing himself.
Mike Yeah.
Commentary ends.

Part 2

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike So, we also had to, in this episode, introduce this idea of the chi blockers, [Clip of a chi blocker hitting the pressure points on Korra's right arm.] and the Equalists, and kind of what the chi blockers do, [Clip of Korra firebending at the chi blocker.] and we wanted to develop the idea of what Ty Lee used to do, which is hit the pressure points, [Clip of Mako and Korra having their chi blocked.] and you could temporarily stop a person from bending.
Bryan Even though it was an idea from the old series, we needed to reintroduce it, because some people had seen Korra, and they'd never seen Avatar.
Mike [Clip of a number of Equalist on motorcycles following a truck, chased by Korra.] Now there's this whole group who can do this and Korra finally has her first encounter with them.
Bryan [Clip of Korra firebending at an Equalist.] Korra loves the power of bending, I mean she's really attracted to that. [Clip of two Equalists moving in on Korra and Mako, before being frightened off by Naga.] So, for her to run into someone who can temporarily knock out her bending powers; it really freaks her out.

[Clip of Korra trying and failing to firebend.] You see for the first time Korra kind of losing her confidence, she's freaking out. [Clip of Korra and mako entering the Equalist rally, pans out to show the interior of the rally building.] It was a great way for her to see "Whoa this is this whole underground resistance, sorta where they're training this so ..." [Clip of an Equalist motorcycle.] And, motorcycles.

Mike Motorcycles are cool.
Commentary ends.

Part 3

The creators begin their commentary.

Mike Mako and Korra have just discovered the location, of this secret Equalist rally.
Bryan [Clip of the protester speaking in Republic City park.] The first time we saw the Equalists, it was just a few scattered park-goers, and one annoying guy, and a megaphone, but now we're gonna see, like, this is a serious movement. [Clip of Korra and Mako at the Equalist rally.] It was always our idea that nonbenders in the Avatar world outnumber benders. If they're feeling unrepresented, and frustrated, and oppressed, [Clip of Amon emerging from a trapdoor.] this massive group of people, it's like a class revolution thing.
Mike [Close-up of Amon's face, cuts to Korra's reaction.] This is the first time Korra sees Amon face-to-face, and can kind of see what he's capable of, [Clip of Equalist supporters cheering Amon.] and it completely changes her world of, like, what she's up against.
Bryan [Clip of Equalist supporters cheering Amon, as he begins his speech.] Yeah, Amon, it's this mysterious guy, don't know who he, who he is, [Clip of Lightning Bolt Zolt firing lightning at Amon.] how did he get so many people to follow him, his rally, his title, the revelation, [Clip of Zolt having his bending removed by Amon.] and no-one really know what it is he's going to unveil, but it's a game changer.
Mike Yes.
Commentary ends.

"The Voice in the Night"

Part 1

The creators begin their commentary.
Bryan I think we were so excited about this fresh take on the Avatar World, the ideas were just pouring and it was really just a challenge for us. How do we fit everything into twelve episodes? And really, we couldn't. I mean there was a huge plot line, and we just decided that's book two.
Mike Right.
Bryan But, one of the things that stayed was the idea of Tarrlok. This kind of on Korra's side, kind of not, kind of this chaotic neutral character.
Mike In this episode I remember we ... for a while, and it's--it's really all about the aftermath of Korra dealing with when she saw Amon, and saw that he could take other people's bending away for good. For her, this is like, devastating, you know?
Bryan Mmhmm.
Mike If somebody could take her bending away, she would pretty much lose her identity.
Bryan I really like that the events of the third episode have direct effect on the fourth one, and that's still what she's going through. I thought it was a real success.
Commentary ends.

Part 2

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike I love the end of act one, 'cause it's like, Korra, who up until this point would take any opportunity to go out and fight, says she's not going to help Tarrlok, and his task force take down Amon. Naturally, Tarrlok is shocked, Tenzin's shocked.
Bryan He expects her to do what he doesn't want her to do.
Mike Exactly! I really like that you get to see a different side of Korra where she is a little more fearful, that she's kind of hiding it, she hasn't really accepted that she's scared yet.
Bryan I think she's in denial, because fear is a pretty alien emotion to her, and um, she doesn't know how to process it and how to behave.
Commentary ends.

Part 3

The creators begin their commentary.
Bryan You know, I remember I worked on the storyboards for the opening sequence to act three. It's really exciting, because I loved movies about the 1920s, and Prohibition, and this like that classic kind of Eliot Nass raid. Really kind of exciting to build up the tension. Not just like, a cool action scene, but to weave in Korra's mental state. You see her freaking out, kind of twiddling her thumbs at this big conference table with all these armored soldiers. And, uh, even right before the break in, even just seeing this image of Amon, it kind of triggers these nightmares that she's been having, And you just see how deeply she's affected.
Commentary ends.

"The Spirit of Competition"

Part 1

The creators begin their commentary.
Bryan I've always been a big fan of martial arts, and then towards the end of Avatar I really got back into mixed martial arts. Watching that, and this pro-bending idea, it was kind of an old idea we had, and it kind of just evolved into this kind of team sport to show that this was a new world, where waterbenders and earthbenders and firebenders competed on teams with each other. It was really fun to mix old leather heads, old football style uniforms, with boxing rings, like kick boxing, and MMA, and kind of American Football, and dodgeball, and mashing them all up.
Mike [Laughing.] Pro-bending was more than we bargained for. It's this cool idea, it's this cool sport, with these different bending styles and stuff, it'll be really fun and dynamic, which it is, but to actually realize that, it was a big challenge. But I think in the end it came out really cool.
Bryan Definitely.
Mike I think people really enjoy the sport.
Commentary ends.

Part 2

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike So coming off of a couple of more kind of, serious episodes, we have this one to lighten it up. And we always like doing fun, romantic, relationship episodes, and the earlier episodes it set up that Korra and Mako, they're kind of at each other's throats, but they also kind of have a little attraction to each other. But now Mako is with Asami, so that complicates things, and of course Bolin, he's kind of got googly eyes for Korra, since the first moment he saw her.
Bryan Yeah, we love those love triangles, or in this case it kind of turns into like, a love square. It's always fun to write that stuff. And this is a great episode to let Bolin kind of just like, be a goofball, y'know? And just let him like ... let him show his comedy chops.
Commentary ends.

Part 3

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike And then Mako sees Korra and Bolin having a great time together, they seem really good pals, but Korra isn't thinking of it in a romantic way, she's just trying to have a little fun, but for Bolin this is like, he's on a real date with her, and he's very excited about it.
Bryan Now we really see that Mako wasn't kind of being honest with himself. Yeah, I think it's a kind of situation where Korra, she's not trying to hurt Bolin, but I think she knows that he's really into her. It's not that she wanted revenge, or anything, but Bolin made her feel good, and genuinely, with his attention, and compliments, and stuff.
Commentary ends.

"And the Winner Is..."

Part 1

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike Things are getting a little more serious after our last, lighter, romantic episode. Uh, we're at the big, pro-bending championship final, the Fire Ferrets are in the finals facing the Wolfbats, really great villain, Tahno, kind of creepy and weird and just, uh, not your typical villain, he was a fun guy to write.
Bryan Like you said, it's starting to get more serious. Korra, she loves pro-bending, but she's neglecting this bigger threat, which is, you know, Amon, and the Equalists, and he warns the city, if they go on with this event, there's going to be dire consequences. So we see that this Equalist threat is not to be ignored.
Mike This is a great episode too, to see more Beifong. [Episode clip shown.] You get to see more of her, kind of, contentious dynamic, with Korra and a little surprising backstory about her.
Bryan And maybe, her and Korra are kind of similar.
Commentary ends.

Part 2

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike Yeah I love, the-- the dynamic when you find out that Tenzin and Lin Beifong kind of had this relationship back in the day. And now you kind of see them in a whole new light.
Bryan Yeah, I like that this idea that Lin Beifong and Tenzin, they're the next generation after our old, you know, beloved characters from the first series, and it stands to reason, they would have grown up around each other. They would have seen each other, probably frequently. [Episode clip shown.] They had these big things, important parents, and a lot is expected from them so you can imagine they can kind of relate to each other. Kids of famous people, or something. But, you know, a lot of pressure and um, it didn't all work out.
Commentary ends.

Part 3

The creators begin their commentary.
Bryan I love the set piece, the action set piece in this act on this raw iron, Industrial Revolution era dome, on glass, and it's such a cool, crazy, sequence, and the lighting is really neat, too. They're like, cracking the glass as they're fighting, Joaquim, once again, did an amazing job directing the action.
Mike In this episode we see another hint, that Korra's having these visions, and she's not sure what they are, exactly, she sees images of what appear to be characters we might recognize, some we don't recognize. She hasn't figured out what this means yet.
Bryan Yeah, I remember when we were developing Korra we said she was going to be more the physical, tomboy, and she wasn't going to be very spiritually developed. It was a lot of fun talking about how we were going to deal with that ... connection in totally different ways.
Commentary ends.

"The Aftermath"

Part 1

The creators begin their commentary.
Bryan This act, we see the mecha tanks, and we knew that, in this setting, it's kind of just steampunk lite. We didn't go full-tilt into that world, but we wanted to have some elements, and we knew we wanted to have this kind of, you know, mech suits, but you don't want it to be too futuristic, so it's always fun to play with that kind of Jules Verne era stuff. So, you know, we looked at old diving suits and these old crazy giant metal things. It was a challenge, uh, to design these things, but Joaquim and I collaborated. It came out great, the CG team did an amazing job modelling it and, um, and then Studio Mir did an amazing job animating it. It came out pretty cool.
Commentary ends.

Part 2

The creators begin their commentary.
Bryan Earlier, when these ideas were really rough, we thought maybe Korra was going to suspect Asami of being an Equalist and there was even an idea that Korra ended up somehow training with Equalists in secret and stuff. There was like, really ideas like that. Once this whole, I guess it a love square, started to develop, she and Mako have kind of brought their feeling out into the open. But that can be the backdrop to Korra's suspicions about Hiroshi, Asami's father. [Episode clip shown.] It puts their relationship tensions in a pressure cooker, you know, so that was kind of fun.
Mike Hiroshi's played by this great actor named Daniel Dae Kim who, uh, was on Lost. We were a big fan of his work, and he played a role in, uh, the first original series of Avatar. He brings a nice warmth and uh, jovialness to Hiroshi, but then you can see, like, the darker side of him as well. So it was great to work with him again.
Commentary ends.

Part 3

The creators begin their commentary.
Bryan Asami ... is an interesting character. Um, you know, we had the idea for her pretty early on, whether she was going, kind of, to take the side of the Equalists or not. And, you know, in the early days of development that was definitely up for discussion and, um, we flirted with the idea of making her turn bad or maybe she was bad all the time. But the more we developed her character, we really liked her
Mike This was the episode where we kind of see a different side of Asami. When we first meet her, Mako's kind of taken by her beauty and long luscious hair. [Bryan laughs.] And now we see that she is tough, she knows kung fu, she's an amazing race car driver. So even Korra, who kind of assumes she was this prissy, elegant, beautiful rich girl, she can tell the girls. She's turns out to be a little bit more like Korra, actually. She's got a tougher side to her.
Commentary ends.

"When Extremes Meet"

Part 1

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike In this episode we kind of take a little break for a bit. Mako, Bolin and Asami are moving to their new home on Air Temple Island. This is really the episode where we see the new Team Avatar kind of form into this dynamic fighting team. It kind of calls back on the old series where Aang had his crew of people and this is really the episode where they all come together.
Bryan Yeah, this is one is definitely one of my favorites in book one, I think it's for that reason. Yeah, it's fun to have all that tension and how they all met, but despite their relationship difficulties and not all of those things are resolved. They still bond together as friends and they all have a common goal.
Mike Yeah.
Bryan It's cool.
Commentary ends.

Part 2

The creators begin their commentary.
Bryan This is a great episode for the character, Tarrlok. In the beginning you think, oh this guy is kind of a jerk and you realize that he's kind of a villain.
Mike So we see Korra the Avatar kind of embarrassing Tarrlok by beating him to the point of the arrests and getting to the Equalists first, so they are getting a lot of press, a lot of tension.
Bryan And he's really vain. I think he's an interesting blend of Azula because he's manipulative, and pushes people's buttons and find their weakness to get them to do what he wants. And he's also a bit like Long Feng, where he's this political mastermind, a puppeteer all for his own personal gain of power and vanity and stuff. So those are my favorite villains of the old series, Tarrlok becomes an interesting hybrid of the two.
Commentary ends.

Part 3

The creators begin their commentary.
Bryan This showdown between Tarrlok and Korra is one of my favorite moments in the whole series. From an art direction point of view, I just loved the setting of this waterfall behind him. When you have a waterbender sitting in front of this waterfall, it's like, agh you know something's gonna happen.
Mike I like the moment where she accuses Tarrlok of being kind of like Amon. Tarrlok's accusing her of being aggressive and using her powers for threatening people too. And it just all comes to a head. You don't know how it's all gonna play out, and at the last moment is the little twist.
Bryan That, and that the music is so incredible, and it just builds tension. We turned it over to Ben Wynn's crazy sound design. Ah man, it just came together so nicely.
Commentary ends.

"Out of the Past"

Part 1

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike So this episode is called "Out of the Past", and it's a bit of a nod to like old film noir movies and stuff like that. This is the episode where we really delve into these visions that Korra's been having and the backstory of adult Aang and adult Sokka and Toph and stuff, so we get to kinda revisit the old characters in a new and exciting way.
Bryan Even though it seems we jumped ahead seventy years, they're dealing with this unfinished business that was from Aang's time. It's up to Korra; Korra's the reincarnation. She has to resolve this- this story, so ...
Mike Yeah, this one came together great. It's a great combination of the old series and the current series.
Commentary ends.

"Turning the Tides"

Part 1

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike We found out a few episodes ago that Tenzin and Beifong were an item back in the day, but then Tenzin chose Pema, yeah they had relationship troubles.
Bryan Yeah, so Tenzin is a bit awkward around her sometimes.
Mike But he trusts her so much when he knows, like, things in the city are unstable, he turns to her to watch over and protect his family.
Bryan The moment of Beifong holding Meelo is one of the funniest images to me, in the series [Laughs.] Yeah, I think everyone gets the idea that, like, Tenzin wanted a family, y'know, he had this legacy to carry.
Mike The idea of Beifong, didn't want a family.
Bryan So there's that moment of, like, you see her holding that toddler, this could have been her life, you know?
Mike Yeah it was never going to work out
Bryan [Agreeing.] it wasn't going to work out.
Commentary ends.

Part 2

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike This is really a Tenzin focused episode where the whole series, we see that he's really focused on Republic City, and his duty is the councilman, and his role as the leader of the airbenders, and his family, but he's always had this fight between his duty to the city, and his duty to his family, and this-- his duty to the Avatar and all this stuff. This is where it kind of all comes to a head. You see the other council members get taken out, he's the last one left. Everyone's kind of turning to him. Meanwhile, on Air Temple Island, things start going bad.
Bryan Yeah. We always knew that in the arc of the season, the Equalists were going to take over, that there would be this crazy revolution come to a head. So we see that Tenzin is on the spot now. The city that he was supposed to be leading is under attack, but so is his fragile, very vulnerable family. So, he kind of has to make a choice.
Commantary ends

Part 3

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike Back in the first episode we had kind of established that Pema was pregnant, Tenzin had another baby on the way, and we knew that some point during the first season she'd have the baby. So when we got to this episode, where we knew there was going to be an invasion of the island, it kind of all came together where it was like, oh man, what if she's having the baby while this invasion is going on?
Bryan It's not a good situation.
Mike You don't want to have a baby in the middle of a battle. It kind of makes Tenzin's decision to leave, give him even more of a reason to save his family, but then he has to leave Republic City behind.
Bryan In the old series, when they were traveling to Ba Sing Se, they were with the pilgrims who had the baby, but those were characters that we didn't really know, and we didn't have like, a deep connection with. But this time, it's like, characters that we've spent a whole season with, so it means much more, and the battle is right there, actually trying to get them. It's kind of scary.
Commentary ends.

"Skeletons in the Closet"

Part 1

The creators begin their commentary.
Bryan It's nice on a series like Avatar and now Korra, to be able to deal with serious, heavy stuff. This is one of those cases where we show that even with our villains, we don't want to just paint them as these evil kind of characters. What led them to become a villain? How did they get there? And this is a case where it takes someone like Amon and humanized him, you feel bad for him.
Mike And that connection that people were trying to make between Tarrlok and Amon, you realize there was a connection but it wasn't what you expected. The whole thing of the you thought you the whole Yakone back story was all finished when Korra found out about Tarrlok, but it's not. There was more to the story she didn't know.
Bryan Yeah, when Korra, she comes out of the flashback, she says Aang this whole time you were trying to warn me about Tarrlok. But actually Aang was trying to warn her about Amon, he was trying to tell her about this whole story. Yeah, you're kind of like, what's the whole point of that? But there much more to the story.
Commentary ends.

Part 2

The creators begin their commentary.
Bryan I mean, this feels a lot like the old series, where they invaded the Fire Nation, we always knew that was going to happen. But this one, it's kind of the reverse, I mean the good guys are kind of invading again, but its to liberate. Yeah, we knew we kind of wanted that World War I/World War II vibe, and, uh, this kind of sea battle, where we're introducing air planes, which is something new in the Avatar World.
Mike This is the episode where we also introduce Zuko's grandson.
Bryan Yeah
Mike General Iroh, named after Zuko's uncle.
Bryan Exactly
Mike He's kind of this, like, swashbuckling hero, he's like, the youngest general, ever in the United Forces.
Bryan And we love Zuko, he's one of our favorite characters from the old series, and this was a fun way to, organically, include one of our old cast members, Dante Basco did a great job voicing Zuko through the old, previous series, and he voices his grandson, who definitely has the family resemblance.
Mike Yeah.
Bryan [Quietly.] So that was cool.
Commentary ends.

Part 3

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike You kind of open on a crazy battle scene, this was a real challenge to storyboard, and animate, and there's these CG battleships that Bryan designed–
Bryan And the airplanes.
Mike And the airplanes.
Bryan Designing those things took a lot of time and energy.
Mike It's just, uh, another example of Amon and Hiroshi being one step ahead of our heroes. This whole time Hiroshi had a secret Air Field, he was developing these planes, and now's the time where they unleash them on the United Forces.
Bryan Yeah, this was madness. Moments like these were like, "why are we trying to do this on the TV show?" [Laughs.] I mean, this is like a movie, y'know, this is crazy, but everybody did a great job on the crew.
Commentary ends.

"Endgame"

Part 2

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike At the end of Act I we see Korra's nightmare come true, she gets her bending taken away by Amon. This is the worst thing that could ever happen to her, now it seems like there's no way she's going to beat him, but there's a great moment where Mako kind of fights through Amon's bloodbending grip, and shoots him with lightning, and they get away, but just for a split second.
Bryan Yeah, we had this idea that Korra could not airbend. She had a block, and you know, any time we talked about having it earlier in the season, y'know we just felt that we weren't satisfied. If that's what the season is about, her learning airbending, the season is called air, then it's got to be a pivotal thing. And, the moment that she breaks through, for me, it's the moment that she's not thinking about herself. Korra is a very self-centered character, she's very confident, but that is not what she needs, she needed to be selfless.
Commenntary ends.

Part 3

The creators begin their commentary.
Mike Obviously, we wanted to end the season off with a little bit of, um, a higher note. There have been some very bleak moments, Korra got her bending taken away, even though she can still airbend, but for her, that's her identity, the fact that she got her bending taken away, that means she's not the Avatar. She's messed up this whole lineage of Aang, and all these other Avatars who came before her.
Bryan Aang probably would have been happy–
Mike Aang would have been fine.
Bryan If he weren't the Avatar anymore, he'd be excited, but for Korra, like, since she was a child that's her identity.
Mike So for her, it's like, what's this, how do I go forward? Yeah, so she's feeling really down, and even though Mako confesses his love for her, she's not feeling it anymore. I mean, even if she does feel it, she's not–
Bryan She's so unresolved in herself, it's that idea. That you need to be able to love yourself before you love somebody else.
Commentary ends.

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