I feel like this scene, more than anything, demonstrates the difference in tone between Legend of Korra and Avatar: the Last Airbender.
Here’s the thing: Aang suffered some pretty huge setbacks over the course of his show. He lost his people. He lost Appa. He lost Ba Sing Se. He lost the invasion force at the Day of Black Sun.
But, through all of that, he’s not alone and he knows it. Most of the time, his friends have already started making back-up plans by the time he realizes what’s going on. And, if nothing else, he’s got Raava, whose interference insured that Aang’s own experience with the death of an important spirit never reached the point of despair.
In fact, the only time Aang ever reached the point of despair — as one of his many reactions to the loss of Appa — it was something we as the audience knew in advance would be temporary.
Korra, in contrast, has twice been forced to a point where she feels utterly alone, unworthy, and hopeless, even when other people are there for her. Despair is something she needs to resist on her own, not something her friends ward off for her before it gets to that point, because having people there for her isn’t enough if she doesn’t believe that their presence is valuable.
Tenzin can offer her hope, but only if she’s willing to listen, and she still has to find the answer on her own, without her friends’ help.
Aang’s friends might have been able to shield him from the full extent of his pain, but Korra doesn’t have that luxury. She’s got to face true despair and overcome it, because if she doesn’t, there’s nothing anyone else can do.
#LoK really is a darker story in a lot of ways #And not just because it holds less back re: violence #What Aang faced was terrible but there was /always/ hope #But Korra’s hope is more likely to be snatched away than justified #In a way #A:tLA is about maintaining hope#While LoK is about resisting despair
avatar shakira masters the four elements and bridges the gap between the latin world and the english speaking world while slaying all basic mayo skinned pop hoes with her hips
Water Tribe Siblings.
It seems if you’re a brother-sister duo, then you’re safe. Brothers have issues.
Voice Actors and Actresses from Avatar The Last Airbender who came back with new characters in The Legend of Korra.
We're still connected to them.
Time is an illusion and so is death.
SO SHE STARTED A NEW AVATAR CYCLE
She is the last avatar and the first.
THERE’S NO MORE ROOM FOR STATUES. IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW.
It was all planned. OMG.
SO I WAS ACTUALLY THINKING ABOUT THIS SINCE I SAW THIS SCENE? LIKE, IT ALWAYS BUGGED ME THAT THE SPIRAL WAS SO CLOSE TO AN END.
THIS ACTUALLY MAKES A BUNCH OF SENSE. LIKE, HOLY SHIT.
Nope..cause the statues aren’t arranged right if I remember correctly. Because the Avatar before Roku wasn’t Kyoshi according to this arrangement.
and how could she be the first? wan was
she’s the first of a new 10,000 year cycle
i kinda like this theory with the statues to be honest. i mean the air nomads were so spiritual they could’ve easily understood that there was this 10,000 year cycle and then harmonic convergence would come again and it’d be sort of a ‘new era’ even if the avatar still worked the same… they honestly could’ve planned for this - you can also kind of see it as a 10,000 year calendar by avatars or something… although holy shit that’s a fuckton of statues. air nomads were intense in keeping up with their avatar history.
oh also! re: kyoshi not being in order - this was confirmed as a mistake by mike and bryan - it was either in an interview or an episode commentary, i can’t remember which. i believe they actually went back and corrected it for future dvd releases if i remember correctly. basically from my understanding they didn’t create kyoshi’s character until the next episode w/ kyoshi island and it was then they made the decision that ‘hey, we really need a female past avatar here to explore more! also badass female warriors!’ and good on them for that<3
"I feel like Azula was so afraid that she won’t have people in her life, that she just has to conquer everybody. She’s like, “I will threaten them into being my friends, they’re not going to be my friends because they want to, I have to intimidate them into it. ” And I just think it’s so sad she has to do that, which, in turn makes everybody hate her more." - Grey DeLisle
I see you, Avatar fandom
Toph doesn’t see them, though.
tales of a:tla | I owe the moon spirit my life. When I was born, I was very sick and very weak. Most babies cry when they’re born, but I was born as if I were asleep, my eyes closed. Our healers did everything they could. They told my mother and father I was going to die. My father pleaded with the spirits to save me. That night, beneath the full moon, he brought me to the oasis and placed me in the pond. My dark hair turned white, I opened my eyes and began to cry. And they knew I would live. That’s why my mother named me Yue, for the moon. It gave me life. Maybe I can give it back.
Since there’s already a photoset of Katara saving Aang, here’s one of Aang saving Katara :D