Hey all, LittleMissSquiggles here with a brand spanking new fan article to kick off the new season. Sorry for the late post. Now as you guys know, one week aback, on Friday June 27th, Nickelodeon premiered the third season of Legend of Korra and as expected, I tuned into the watch all three first episodes of Book 3: Change. .
Overall Thoughts on the Season Premiere:
Now since this is just a review of the premiere in general, I’ll keep this review short and just sum up my thoughts in a nutshell. Overall, I enjoyed the premiere and think that this season is off to a very intriguing start. I haven’t been this engrossed in a season since the first one and following the bombshell that was the second season, I was proud to see how well things started off this time around.
I’m definitely feeling the hype around the fandom this time around so I’m pleased for that. Hope it continues to build as they bring new episodes each week.
Thoughts on the Jinora/Kai Pairing
Now I was asked to give my thoughts on the new pairing between Jinora and the new Airbender: Kai---an orphan hailing from the Earth Kingdom.
So what do I think? Well obviously, I ship it. You can definitely find this squiggle meister on the Team Kainora mini submarine.
Yeah sure, though I did have my hopes for a Jinora/Skoochy ship (granted that I thought that Skoochy might have a bigger role in the story). Nonetheless, I’m just pleased to see Jinora having a romantic interest in someone her age in general.
She’s always struck me as the more studious type though fans did get see that side of her that’s starting to take an interest in boys as hinted way back in Episode 3 of Book 1 when she and Ikki first met Mako.
And why wouldn’t she? She’s at that age and it’s clear sign that she’s growing up.
So it’s nice that they are showing us this side of Jinora this season. I like how with every season that passes, they develop Jinora’s role as the eldest of Aang’s grandchildren. I like that. She really is a good character and I can’t wait to see how her crush on Kai will grow and affect her this season.
More importantly I’m looking forward to seeing Tenzin’s reaction to the growing puppy love that is sure to happen between Kainora this season. I want to see overprotective daddy Tenzin. We’ve seen cool, calm and collected typical ‘Airbender Tenzin. We’ve also seen Baby Brother Tenzin. Party hard Tenzin. Vacation Tenzin and even Shirtless Circus Entertainer Tenzin.
But we have yet to see how Tenzin will cope when one of his ‘precious little girls’ gets a boyfriend and the fact that Kai is sort of a ‘bad boy’, y’know being an orphan, growing up on the streets and basically being a young Wan (seriously there is no coincidence here), just makes this even better.
I can just anticipate the many hilarious moments and comparisons between when Tenzin was Kai’s age. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if Tenzin at some point was exactly like Kai; at least when he was around Lin when the two were growing up together.
I can’t wait for all the father and future son-in-law moments between Tenzin and Kai and all the feels to come with it. Okay, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself but a fan girl can dream.
I think that’s one of the reason why Bryke gave him a daughter as his first born. To torture him with moments like this when he has to watch his daughters grow from girls to women.
Don’t know how far Bryke will take this ship but already I love it. It’s like watching a baby version of my main OTP: Makorra only without the confusion (Yeah, that’s right. My butt is still planted firmly to this ship). Their dynamic is so adorable; I can’t help but gush when I see them because they are just so cute together. Such precious babies they are.
And is it just me, or does Kai’s voice actor remind you of Aang? It’s like whenever he talks, I’m hearing Aang’s voice all over again. Did they bring back Aang’s VA? (I doubt it because wouldn’t be a teenager by now?)
Dunno. All in all, I like this ship very much and I’m looking forward to seeing them develop. Don’t know what the fandom are calling these two crazy kids but for now I’ll just called them Jin/Kai or Kainora. Either way, I ship them like FedEx ya’ll. They’re my BOTP for this season (Baby One True Pairing).
Thoughts on the Season 3 Villains
So far, I’m intrigued by them. I mean they’re definitely an interesting bunch of villains, the most interesting since Amon in Season One. Not saying that Unalok and Vaatu weren’t good antagonists but, something about season 3’s villains makes me want to know more about them. I’m interested to hear their back story, how they come to be the people that they are now? What is their cause? What’s their connection to the Avatar? More importantly…what is there connection to Lin Beifong that Zuko felt the need to send a warning to her as well?
I have a crazy ass theory that maybe these guys were responsible for killing Toph. Like maybe these enemies either killed Lin’s mother…or maybe her biological father. Heck. Do you want to know something crazier; I even think one of them might even be her father? But that’s a crazy thought since the eldest member of the group (the new airbending guy---Zaheer) looks about Lin’s age. I could be wrong and my theory might be right. Who knows? We’ll see.
If I had to pick a few favourites from this new batch of villains, I definitely like the waterbender lady and the earthbender guy of the villainous foursome. The waterbender chick is badass. Reminds me of Azula. The fact that she can waterbend without any arms is impressive. And don’t get me started on the Earthbender guy.
I actually thought he was a firebender at first but then when I read more info on him, I discovered that he’s actually an earthbender with the power to melt volcanic rock into molten lava. That is just sick! If I were an earthbender, I’d want that ability for sure. Absolutely amazing.
And by the way, since Zaheer and Combustion Woman seem to be a pairing, anyone else totally ship Lava Earthbender Dude and Look Mom, No Hands Waterbender girl? I mean, I know I am.
But that’s probably just me.
Thoughts on Zuko’s Return in Season 3:
I’ve been waiting for this moment since Book 1. Yes! He’s back girls.
Grandpa Zu-Zu is finally here! Oh such sweet, sweet nostalgia. I think Zuko fans can appreciate just how remotely amazing it was to see our boy back in action this season. Beautiful just beautiful. But do you know what the best part of this whole moment was?
The scene in the third episode, I think, where Zuko met up with Korra’s dad plus Eska and Desna and were going down the elevator shaft to investigate the last member of the new elemental villainous foursome.
Do you have any idea how refreshing it was to see that even after seventy years, Zuko is still the same awkward ass at small talk as I remember him?
“I once hired a guy with the same power to capture the Avatar years ago.
…It didn’t work…”
It was like…well a breath of fresh air. Yes, Grandpa Zu-Zu still being an awkward turtle duck at age 85 or so was the breath of fresh air for me not the fact that there are suddenly more airbenders.
Oh the sweet nostalgia. He is still the same. He may resemble Avatar Roku now with a scar but he is still the same old Flameo Hotman that I know and love. Hot diggity.
Ahh Zu-Zu, I look forward to seeing more scenes with you this season
Thoughts on the new Bosami Friendship This Season
I only have one word to say about this---Finally!
It’s about freaking time that fans alas get to see a girlfriend dynamic between Asami and Korra. At long last. You would think that I would have much to say about this but honestly I don’t. I’m just glad it finally happened. After two seasons of utter confusion and tension between the two caused by the whole Makorrasami love triangle, it’s nice to see them finally put an end to all that. I think this is the closure that fans like myself have wanted to see since last season.
However, like with everything that involves relationships with Korra, I find the sudden resolve of Asami and Korra after their past relationships with Mako to be a little…well, too easy? Is it weird that I expected a snotch more drama. Who knows, maybe more occurred during the two weeks following the end of Season 2 that Korra and Asami were able to resolve things better.
Other than that, I can’t help but think that with things being so nice and easy peasy now, that’s obviously a clear sign that there will be some point in this season where shit will hit the fan and something will happen to cause a bit of tension between the Korra/Asami friendship.
Either that tension is caused by Mako (I mean he is the universal link between the two) or something els, nevertheless, I expect something to happen later in the story to make Korra and Asami second guess their new friendship. But don’t worry, the tension won’t last long. Like with any best friend story, I expect things to be resolved soon after the conflict but yeah... That’s what I see this season for them. Among other things.
I have my usual theories but that’s an article for another time.
In conclusion, those are my general thoughts on the Season 3 premiere. As always, feel free to share your views on what you thought about my review as well as your own thoughts for the new season. And if I left anything out, feel free to ask me. Until next time,
See you all after Episodes 4 and 5 of Korra Season 3