Korra: Why You and Your Kids Should Be Watching

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There are many reasons to enjoy The Legend of Korra. It’s full of action: stunning martial arts, elemental power fights, speeding car chases, airship rides, and flying bison. There’s comedy in every episode: Bolin’s silly and frightening romance with Eska, one-liner brilliance from Varrick, and various cute animal antics. There’s romance too. The plot keeps moving and moving. The characters grow and change. And the world itself is artistically creative and engaging.

But there are other, very important reasons to watch The Legend of Korra, and I will give you a brief description of some characters to prove the first one:

1. A trainee who will never let a friend down, but is quick to fight and lacks patience.
2. A ruler who keeps order with cruelty, and steals from the people.
3. A stylish and good-looking engineer who likes fast cars and planes.
4. A thoughtful child who struggles with Dad to take on responsibility.
5. A captain of the police force who doesn’t crack a smile, but is clever and self-sacrificing.

These characters may not be anything you haven’t seen in a show, but in this case they are all female and in the same show- sometimes even the same episode! Gasp!

Like its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, the female population is represented in an equal and diverse way—the way it should be in every story. I wrote a post awhile back called “Great Heroines for Boys“: “Why should you encourage your son to read books with heroines? That’s easy. You want your son to grow up knowing that a strong female for a friend, wife, or boss is normal and good.”

Korra is the lead character in the show, but she is far from the only interesting girl and woman to watch. When first watching, you may think it is female heavy in its speaking and side characters, but don’t be fooled! We have been trained to see mostly males on screen, even though our real world is half and half. When seeing something in entertainment that is closer to reality, it seems odd. That’s a good reason to watch Korra with your kids. Make seeing women and girls as part of the “normal” storytelling world. Regardless if they are good, bad, speaking, or in the background—just make us be there!

Are there awesome boys and men? Absolutely! The cast is full of great male heroes, villains, and some that play both sides too.

Besides being diverse with gender roles, I have never seen a show that has strong characters of so many different ages—this is truly a family show where everyone can see themselves in a cool role. There are children to kick ass, teens that kick ass, mid-lifers that kick-ass, and a couple of grannies that made me laugh. When Lin Beifong had a big scene at the end of Season One, I found my new hero—and she was an older woman with gray hair. In season three we meet her sister (with curly gray hair!).

Working through relationships is a huge part of the plot lines between siblings, friends, children and parents, and romantic interests; even the spiritual essence of GOOD and EVIL had a relationship to balance out. One of the overall plot arcs is a romance with Mako, the angsty, fire bending teen boy. Within the first two seasons (or books), Mako alternately is dating the main character Korra, and/or Asami. They all make mistakes, and by the third season Mako isn’t dating anyone. Asami and Korra become friends, and it’s an important relationship for both of them. And although it’s awkward with Mako for awhile, eventually the need to work together overshadows everything else, and he is able to be friends with his exes. Rarely do series show the normal ups and downs of dating, such as how time is needed to heal, and how to handle it all in a mature way.

I recommend The Legend of Korra because it proves that bringing quality and equality to cartoons only adds to the fun and entertainment. We need more shows like this!

GeekMom Video Playlist

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The third book in The Legend of Korra debuts this Friday! Yay! What? You haven’t watched the first two? What? You have no idea what Avatar: The Last Airbender is? You have some catching up to do. Here is a sneak peek:

Mesmerizing mechanical marble track (say that three times fast…or just watch it.)

Ask A Ninja has new videos? Cool! Here’s the latest:

LUKE’S PICK:
There’s only one this month, and it’s long, and really pointless, and we just sat giggling, absolutely wasting time together:

The Legend of Korra: Season Two Binge!

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If you haven’t watched Season Two of Legend of Korra, do it! This is one of the few times I’ve ever wished for a big screen computer to get the full epic-ness of the last few episodes. My two teens and I laughed, teared up, and were truly stunned by the storytelling of this series. Each episode is only a half hour and there aren’t too many, so you can binge away. Tip: Be sure to click on “Full Episodes” in the videos section.

The overall plot starts out with political unrest within the northern and southern water tribes. This is tough for Korra because it involves her family. Plus, multiple issues and plot lines within the circle of characters Korra has around her from the first season. A few episodes in, we take a step back in time to meet the first Avatar. This two-parter was visually beautiful, and set up the larger conflict to confront everyone in the series: a complete transfer of power from light to dark that will last for the next 10,000 years. Unless Korra and her friends can save the day…

Until Season Three begins, we can check out all the cool fan art.

The Legend of Korra: Republic City Hustle

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Korra fans rejoice! We have content! Here is a three-part series that shows the early life of Mako and Bolin surviving on the streets. The flat, old-school animation style is cute. Check out the clip!