Here I am, first time outside of fanon for a while in the BSST, to review the Legend of Korra Season 1 finale. I thought the finale was good, don't get me wrong, but lets face it, it's boring to read good reviews full of compliments. So, as a professional pessimist, I am going to choose to focus on criticisms on the finale. So if you guys are reading this and are all like, "Why is he so negative?", that's why.
So before we go in depth, here's my summary of what I thought. Basically, when you finish the finale, you feel satisfied. There was lots of action, Korra went into Avatar state, very interesting backstory, a suicidal murder on NICKELODEON, and if you ship Makorra, that's even better. But, after that quick satisfied smile, you realize something. At least, I realized something. There's nothing left for Book 2. Korra is a fully realized Avatar, Makorra happened, the Equalists are done for, Amon and Tarrlok are dead. Etc. What's left? Here's my analogy. What if Darth Vader died in a New Hope? Better yet, what if he died, his followers disbanded, and Luke became a fully trained Jedi, all in the first film? And don't say that Amon isn't like Darth Vader. Masked, dark, creepy voice, main villain. Need I say more?
About Amon. I personally think that his character was just completely destroyed in the finale, after we take off his mask. Lets compare and contrast, shall we? Amon is this masked, scary, insanely powerful, nonbending revolutionary legend. He's the freakin' solution, okay? Noatok, under his hood, mask, and facepaint, is a regular old waterbending brown haired fellow. I was like, "He is Amon? He's the solution?" Yep. Alrighty, look up a picture of Noatok, unmasked. Here, I'll do it for you. Now I want you to take that image in your head, and remember it, okay, take that image of Noatok and picture him going to Korra and saying, "I will destroy you" just as Amon once did.
Picture it. Come on, try.
Now, if you could do that, I would give you a good twenty bucks. I know, I know, twenty bucks is a little low for someone doing the impossible, but that's as much as I want to take out of my wallet at the moment. Seriously though, I can't do it. That man is not the sinister Amon I know. I feel as if, well, how should I go about this? Knowing that dude has been behind the mask and cloak of our villain the whole series gives me a very different look at Amon. He's not as scary, not as moving, all of his actions don't even matter because he's a waterbender. He was Amon? Yep.
Oh, one other thing, and call me racist if you will, but did anyone else notice that Noatok is white? In his flashbacks he has darker Water Tribe skin, and Tarrlok still has that too.
Lets take a breather from Amon now. Don't worry, I'll get back to him later. One thing that I thought was annoying was Korra. When she lost her bending, I was like, "What? No! That can't happen! You're toast!" When she learns airbending, I was like, "Now she has to live with only airbending! That's an awesome premise for Book 2." Five minutes later. when she gets earth, water, and fire back, it was sort of like, "That didn't last long." Seriously, her living with no bending or even just airbending would be an awesome plot for Book 2. An Avatar that can't bend all four elements - not the Avatar. I would be fine if she learned to give people's bending back in Book 2. That would be a major accomplishment. But already, it was just too fast to let a good idea like that pass. The only reason I'm not going to hold a grudge forever on this is because along with learning to give back people's bending, Korra met Aang and went into the Avatar State. So the epicness sort of helped make this low point better.
And now, back to Amon. Heh heh. The main reason I don't the finale here. He's dead. He's gone. What's left, I ask? What villain is there left? Hiroshi Sato? Amon was just too good of a badguy to die already. A revolution, a scary mask, a scary voice, hundreds of followers, a purpose that almost all nonbenders joined - he had this way of doing things, balancing perfectly on the line between intimidation and charisma. Even after his true identity was shown, he still had a moving backstory and a lot of feeling. I found his final boat ride quite touching. That is, until the thing blew up.
I guess the situation is sort of like Korra's, where epicness helps bring the scene up to a point where it is still great to watch. Pretty much any suicide for the greater good makes a story epic. Enough said. And really, come on, when has a suicidal murder ever appeared on Nickelodeon? The most violence I've ever seen on that channel is probably a pink dinosaur tripping on pavement.
But yeah. Amon was too good at being bad to die. I guess I didn't realize how much I liked him as a villain until he died, but that's really the manner of all things, you don't appreciate them until they're gone. I just don't see anything wrong with him - he was perfectly bad. Maybe I should call myself Amon Fanboy now, cause that's really what I've turned into after seeing the finale. Actually, saying as I'm male... And calling myself Heterosexual Amon Fanboy is just way too much effort... I'll stick with BlackMonkey.
There you have it, folks. BM signing out.