Seeing as its summer and i have loads of time to do whatever i want, i decided that id take some time to rebound much of the criticism that become of the "Legend of Korra" finale. Personally, i thoroughly enjoyed the finale, and thought that the praise it was met with was well recieved. But i cant help but wonder what has been bugging so many fans. The first topic that many seem to discuss is the fact that this is supposedly a "kids show" and that the ending was much too dark. Indeed the show aires on Nickelodeon, but Bryan and Mike explicitly staded that it would be aimed at a higher demographic, mainly from 15 to 17 years of age. This is most likely why so many people felt that the ending, including Tarrloks suicide strike on the motor boat, and Yakone's plastic surgery, were much too dark for this show. Personally i believe that even though Yakone's plastic surgery was a little extreme even for me (a 16 year old) Tarrloks suicide was an extremely noble act, where someone who has lost everything including his most treasured quality, chooses not to live solely for the point of surviving, but would rather take an evil soul with him into the afterlife. Remember, this is aimed at a 15 to 17 year old demographic, meaning that most viewers would be able to process these concepts rather than just seeing the surface of "WHOA THAT WAS INTENSE". Next, was the relationship between Mako and Korra. Yes, "love" truly is a strong word, a bit too strong if you ask me for only knowing someone for a few months, but you have to remember that by the time they had finished writing this book, they only planned on having one season, so for them speeding up the relationship is totally acceptable for me. Moving on, many believe that the ending wasnt "realistic"? Uh news flash, this is a cartoon, meaning that for Korra to get back her bending somehow was totally expected (shows that end leaving the fan depressed usually dont last), but i think that the way she got it back was predictable yet clever, and even though it wasnt "realistic" (im still trying to figure out what people mean when they say that :P) Aangs last quote, that when we hit our lowest point we are subject to change, is probably one of the most touching and realistic quotes of any tv show ive ever heard. As for the realistic part of Mako and Korra's relationship finally working out, for all of you to complain that it was tacked on, it wasnt, if you wanted to see Korra get rejected, you could have watched any episode from the voice in the night onward. The fact that Mako has feelings for Korra is obvious and ineivitable, whats he supposed to do just stop loving her cuz we feel pity for Asami? As many of you who have been in love before know, its not that simple (and by the way Asami had already accepted that mako and her were done but you dont see her bitching!).
All in all i think it was a great way to end the season, especially since there wasnt supposed to be a second. For those of you who think it was "too happy", the writers just decided that since every other episode has been depressing and suspenseful, the characters and the fans deserved some happiness and closure, and i completely respect that.
So what are your thoughts? Do you agree? Disagree? Think i should go kill myself? Whatever it is, feel free to leave a comment.