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Hey guys I just wanna ask.. what did you think of the Legend of Korra finale? did you like it ? were you disappointed? because I sure was...!
lampionrouge, as one of our earliest and most supportive fans, I am terribly sad that I must inform you that you are sipping that haterade. That finale was superb.
If Book 1 suffered from anything, it was because it was one episode too short. Thirteen was the magic number, a few threads were rushed because of this, which might be the source of your frustration.
Are you maybe disappointed that Amon was in fact not the true villain of this show? He’s Zhao, half a Zhao even, the spirits are going to be Ozai. It might sting because he was so cool, but that’s the way of things.
PS The Noatok/Tarrlok ending? C’mooon. Next level, guys.
WHAT MORE CAN THEY DO?! That my friends was not a season finale that was a SERIES FINALE! She has beaten the baddest of the bad. Unlocked air bending and achieved the avatar state AND has the power to give people their bending back.... what could they possibly do in the next season. They thrown all the cards on the table in my opinion. At this point she is angs level when that show ended. No one could possibly beat her now.
But she’s not at Roku’s level when he died. The Avatar is strong, but not invincible. And, as so many characters learned in this Book, not all problems can be solved through violence.
As for what comes next, we have theories… And we’ll share them soon. Until then, enjoy our last episode!
is there no podcast for the latest episode that came on the 2nd? :(
Not yet. Dar and Lu were waylaid by E3-related work duties and wild YouTubers outside of their natural habitats. Beau was in San Diego to watch a marathon and also has cash money to move on the markets. They will return, triumphant and regal.
Who am I, you ask? Just an old Watcher, watchin’ away…
I know that it is something that didn't happen particularly quickly in the Last Airbender, but in ep. 106 when Korra appeared to be falling to her death, why didn't she go into the avatar state. Do you think there was any particular reason for it?
I think we all know the answer to that now. The Avatar is actually the master of 5 elements: Water, Earth, Fire, Air, and Spirit. At the start of Aang’s journey, he had mastered Air, but understood the fundamental techniques of Spirit: meditation, self-reflection, and detachment from the material world. He was open to intrusions from the spirit world and his past lives. At the start of her journey, Korra had trouble reflecting honestly on herself and was deeply rooted in the material and physical. Mastering Air is just a stepping stone in her longer struggle to master the subtle element of Spirit.
Welcome and salutations to the Triple Threat Triad Legend of Korra podcast! In this episode we cover:
Episode 107: The Aftermath Commentary (sync it up)
TTT: Reunited and it feels so good.
Some meditations on LoK homages to classic cinema and film noir.
We’re moving into the second half of Book One with a bang. Stay tuned!
they offer a level of insight to the show that, I feel, Really adds to my experience as a whole. Thanks a ton TTT :D
Good. When the revolution comes, you will be the last to be purified of your bending.
Why so quick to assume I am a bender? perhaps I have joined the ranks of the revolution long ago so that I may one day be able to get a shot at the bending oppressors.
Or maybe I am not…
Be careful which side you choose. You could be trading blocked chi for a face full of lightning.
—Beau the Firebender
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The thing that's been wracking my mind about Ep. 6 is how the Equalists caught the metalbenders off-guard in the first place. Yes, these cops were caught off-guard by the use of those shock gloves, but that's pretty much about it. Didn't Toph also teach them seismic sense? Metalbending's core principle was "sensing" the small traces of earth in refined metals, so I would've assumed it would be hard to sneak up on a metalbender..unless the art was developed to a point where "sensing" isn't needed
As the resident expert in all things earthbending, I will do my best to answer your question. Basically the answer is, yes they need to learn how to sense through earth, but no, they’re not as good at it as Toph.
Think back to Aang. Every once in a while, like during his fight with Ozai, he used the earth sensing technique that Toph taught him to see an attack coming. But this ability wasn’t always “on.” Toph, on the other hand, needed the technique to be able to see, and therefor was always scanning the ground with it. I imagine, like any bending technique, it can be tiring. Toph and the Badgermoles were used to the strain, just as Sky Bison can fly for long stretches without getting winded.
Similarly, these Metalbending Police are using the technique whenever they metalbend and could turn it “on” when they’re on alert. They had no reason to suspect, however, that the attack would be coming from people in the stands who are probably walking back and forth throughout the match.
Hey all! Hope you liked yesterday’s episode. We enjoyed hearing your answers to our question and would like to do that again. We’ve been talking about bending a lot, so we want to do something different for next week’s episode.
If you have an idea for an open question, reblog this post with your topic and we’ll pick one for next week.
I was looking into why earth water air fire were such common matching and what I learned was that they are basically the four states of matter (yes there are 4 not 3) solid, liquid gas plasma This got me thinking why many classical element systems add a separate fifth element and It hit me that energy is what differentiates the states of matter. Turning back to the avatar universe and think that all bending derives of energybending using matter as a safety barrier to prevent mingled chi energies
Hey Triple Threat Triathletes, let’s play a game. If you could make a new type of bending, what would it be?
If we were starting from scratch, I would take Lightning from Firebenders and Metal from Earthbenders and create a new style of Metalbending as a 5th Element. Metalbenders would control electromagnetism, allowing them to bend metal and create electric charges. What’s your dream bending art?
I don't know if any of you guys feel this way, but I feel as if the bending in LOK is a LOT weaker than the bending in A:TLA. I think it's because with how much everything has progressed, people have just stop trying to understand the element completely. Like people think of it as a tool, rather than a gift that takes training.
Watching the most recent episode (podcast coming soon!), I disagree with the idea that bending has become “weaker.” I felt similarly at first, but I now realize that we’ve just been exposed to way more regular people than ever before. Team Avatar and Team Azula were exceptional kids either trained for war or adapting to wartime, whereas Republic City is in a time of peace and order. Even Mako and Bolin, experienced athletes and strong benders, are terrible fighters. That’s because they’ve never really had to be.
We should also be clear that what we’re calling “strong” bending is really combat bending. Seeing Korra, Tarrlok, Lin Bei Fong, Amon, the Chi-Blockers, the Task Force and the Lieutenant in action, it’s become obvious that there are still great combat benders (and non-benders) out there, they just tend to be professionals in uniform. As we move into the second half of Book One: Air, we’re going to see a lot more strong bending.
We may even see benders adapted for peace, like Mako and Bolin, get trained for war…
You know what I just noticed.... Mr's satou looks alot like June the tracker from the last airbender. Now of course i'm not saying that was a her mother but... grandmother maybe? Idk maybe I'm just making connections where they shant be made.
I’ve been thinking the same thing, I just don’t know what it means yet. Every relation so far has a thematic connection. This isn’t a soap opera where people are related, just cuz why not. I need more data, MOAR DATA. Maybe the other knuckleheads will weigh in on it.
You guys and alot of other people talk about blood bending as if its a hard thing to learn and only a few people know it. But its my theory that all water benders who were trained in the art of healing already know it but just don't realize. I believe blood bending is just a reverse engineered healing technique. But idk what do you guys think?
The thing to remember about specialized bending arts is that there is no single, “true” derivative. Waterbending has healing, bloodbending, and plantbending. To answer your question directly, the answer is yes I do agree. All three derivatives involve manipulating both water and chi inside of another creature. (If you’re wondering why I say chi, ask yourself why it should be harder to move water in an animal than a plant—or why healing can repair damage—water is the medium but chi is what’s really being controlled). None of these styles are immediately intuitive to someone simply pushing or pulling tides, but as a master begins to think critically they reach similar conclusions in the North (healing), South (bloodbending), and Swamp (plantbending).
Not all specialties survive, and some of them are just too dangerous. Both lightning and combustion involve manipulating your own chi while firebending. Lightning asks you to separate your positive and negative chi before releasing the resulting energy by firebending. Combustion is pushing a large amount of energy through a single chakra point. Both could be considered specialties, but combustion is just too dangerous and will probably be lost to time, whereas lightning has become the most common specialty of them all.
Like metalbending, combustion required a handicap to originally figure out. If she were not blind, Toph wouldn’t have focused so much on “seeing” through earth and therefore wouldn’t have had the sensitivity to metalbend. Similarly, Combustion Man had to be born with a wide open Third Eye chakra which basically limited him to funneling large amounts of firebending through a single, explosive point. I’m sure he could have taught others how to do this, just as Toph taught people who could see how to metalbend, but the results would have been disastrous for just about everyone involved.
TL;DR There are no limits to how many specialties a bending art can have. All of the existing specialties are somehow related (healing/blood/plant = external chi control, lightning/combustion = internal chi control, metal/tremorsense = sensing). Some specialties will be forgotten (combustion), some will be discovered (metal), and some are discovered at different times in different ways (healing/blood/plant).
—Lucky Lu the Earthbender
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You know, talking about all the derivatives of each bending got me thinking, fire has lightning, water has blood, earth has metal.... what does air have? Have we ever seen a derivative of air bending and if not what would it even be if there was one? I cant say I remember air bending ever having a specialty. What do you guys think it would be?
My theory: soundbending. I believe a master airbender could bend the vibrations in air. We’ve seen Aang use airbending to amplify his voice. I think the art could be pushed forward to include creating silence and even mimicking sounds.
—Lucky Lu, Earthbender Extraordinaire
This is a theory that Lu and I have talked about a lot. I like to imagine that Airbenders can still air molecules to prevent sound waves from traveling through them. Imagine an airbender ninja that literally made no noise. Now I know you might say, “but Beau airbenders are peaceful nomads with no interest in ninja-ing someone in the face…” and you would be right… as far as we know. But there might be some unaccounted for airbenders who managed to remain out of sight, or out of SOUND for the past 170 years. Airbender Ninjas are a thing, there I said it. I’m worried that they are sore for the whole, sozin’s comet, killing everybody, thing.
Love the podcast, and love all the insight you guys bring to each episode. Keep up the good work. I was wondering if you noticed in episode 4, "The Voice in the Night", that the reporter who asked Korra the first question at the ball sounded like Amon? I did a little research and found that Steve Blum, the voice actor for Amon, was listed as doing another voice that episode. Do you think this reporter is Amon, and if so do you think we'll be seeing more of this unmasked version of him?
Thanks we really appreciate it.
Lu, Dar and I noticed that, yeah it’s Steve Blum (whom we are huge fans of). Voice actors often get asked to voice multiple characters in shows, it’s part of being a voice actor. Lu and I used to try to figure out how many characters in an episode of Justice League were voiced by Phil LaMarr (voice of Earth King Kuei in Avatar), and he would occasionally voice as many as three characters in a given episode.
That being said, it would be pretty crazy if the reporter was Amon. Think about it, he was the reporter that asked Korra the question that made her start to think about joining Tarrlok… MAYBE HE WAS TRYING TO DRAW HER OUT! MAYBE HE USES HIS REPORTER CONNECTIONS TO SPREAD HIS MESSAGE OVER THE RADIO WAVES AAAAAHHHHH!
…Ok inside voice, eh, its possible but I don’t think its likely. I actually think its a credit to the show that one guy sounds like Amon and we assume its him… The identity of Amon is such a mystery we could imagine him hiding anywhere and striking from anywhere. Maybe he is that innocent reporter, maybe its that guy in the park, maybe its Aang’s other son. To a certain extent thats what Amon was trying to do right, make people fearful and mistrustful of those around them. The next thing that happens is a Witch hunt which further divides people, and makes them unwilling to compromise, which makes them more vulnerable. There are a lot of allegories to modern society, and to McCarthyism, and to witch hunts. But I digress…
If the reporter is Amon, we will probably see him again. If he is just a red herring, we probably won’t. That will be our only clue.
Thanks for the great question, since there have been several questions about Amon’s identity we will probably devote some time to discussing it in our next podcast.
Awesome episode, had a little trouble synking the episode, were do you guys watch it at? Also I love the fact tht you guys make comparisons to the wolrd of LoK and the 120's of america because every time you make a connection it opens my eyes to things that i never noticed. And you also made me realize that she honestly never water bends that often. In fact The only times we ever see her water bend are in like pro bending matches as where mostly every where else its fire or earth.
Hey I’m really glad you enjoyed the episode. The chime plays on the exact beginning of the episode right before the nickeloden bumper. If for some reason your copy of the episode does not have the is bumper, the bumper is 8 seconds long, so play the episode 8 seconds after you start the podcast. If you watch it on Itunes or Amazon the episode has the bumper, so just play the episode at the chime in the podcast.
However, the podcast for Episode 2 “A Leaf in the Wind” begins on the title screen. Sorry for the confusion.
You’re right, she very rarely waterbends outside of the Arena, and instead uses mostly firebending. Firebending is the best, so I can understand why she relies on it in close combat. It occurred to me that a lot of the fights where she used firebending are at night (the two equalists in “The Revelation” or during the ambush in “The Voice in the Night.”) She could be using firebending to light up the area to see better.
She seems to use earthbending exclusively to put people in their place, whether its The Equalist at the rally or to give a pithy comeback to Amon’s lieutenant.
The 1920’s theme is something that Lu, Dar and I will continue to talk about. Not Just the aesthetics but the culture as well.
What do you think happened to the Air Nomad Temples?
I suspect that after A:TLA, Aang returned to the temples and gave the dead a proper burial. Besides the Mechanist’s colony in the Northern Air Temple, the other temples probably remained uninhabited ruins.
In the age of Korra, they might be maintained as cultural heritage sites by the White Lotus Society, but all of the major artifacts that are not a part of the architecture have probably been moved to Air Temple Island. The island is the beating heart of Air Nomad culture, placed next to the most vibrant city in the world to keep airbender culture alive.
Before Aang was born, Air Nomads traveled between the Temples and across the land to bring their teachings to the world. Today, Tenzin and his acolytes must focus their influence on Republic City.
Just discovered this podcast via Dodger (shoutout!) and have yet to listen to it, but I am SUPER PUMPED to listen! My question is regarding the real life fighting styles associated with the bending in LoK as opposed to Last Airbender. Do you guys know what has changed and what (if any) new fighting styles were incorporated in the arena bending to make it different?
Oh no, she sent the Dodgelings!! Thanks for coming and thanks for listening. I hope that totalpatoot means at least 50 patoots.
I have my theories about how pro-bending vs. traditional bending is going to play out. The core styles are still present, but new layers of boxing, muay thai, and other styles associated with mixed martial arts are being mixed in.
I asked Sifu Kisu this very question weeks ago, and his answer was instructive. The 1:1 relationship between real-life style and bending style is gone, in favor of something more fluid. Check out the question at the bottom.
So this is going to be kinda long , but your podcast made me think of some things. In pro bending they don't freeze people and that does not male any sense because it is a type of water bending that is not fatal( unlike the lighting) so why can't they use it? Also , Aang was the on;y one who could take peoples beding away right? So, I am calling it now ether Aang thought his non bender son how to do this , or Aang died, allowing Korra to be born, hen he comes back, realizes the inequality
Hey Anon, I had the same question early on until I watched the official description of the pro-bending rules on Korra Nation. Essentially, there are different rules for safety. Earthbenders are restricted to only bending the clay discs, and aren’t allowed to changed their shape or break them into shards. Waterbenders can only access water from below the ring (not the pool below), can’t turn it into ice or mist, and can only stream it at an opponent for up to 10 seconds. Similary, firebenders can only stream fire for 10 seconds. Specialties like lightning and metalbending are obviously off the table, and it’s unclear if the average person even knows what bloodbending is.
I believe Korra may learn to unlock bending potential in nonbenders or even create multibenders. I see the potential for dual or even triple benders is that with the mixing of the diffrent bending cultures people can have two diffrent bender types as parents like Tenzin. Because I question why exactly is he not a water bender instead, after all Bolin and Mako are diffrent benders but are brothers So it seems bending capabilities are unpredictable when in last airbender it seems blood. Thoughts?
It would be interesting to see if energybenders could give back bending as well as take it away. This could be a cool end for Korra’s spiritual journey: first airbending, then the spirit world, and finally energybending.
I don’t think we’ll see multi-benders because it would diminish the Avatar, and muddle the themes of the show. Metalbenders and bloodbenders prove that you don’t need multiple bending abilities to do incredible things. On the other hand, the show has consistently shown us that sometimes abilities are lost (energybending) and sometimes they are discovered (metalbending), so it’s in the realm of possibility.
Lastly, it seems that mixed families can produce different types of benders, but you only get one. It’s like real-life genetics. Sometimes kids get red hair, and sometimes black hair, but you don’t see them get both on different parts of their body (no Rufio). In the case of Tenzin, he was born an airbender like his father, but his sister Kya is a waterbender and Bumi is a non-bender. He also turned out light-skinned like his father, but Kya and Bumi are dark-skinned like their mother. As a mixed-race person, this rings very true to my experience. Good job, Bryke.
—Lu the Earthbender
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