"Today, all of humanity’s dreams are cursed somehow. Beautiful yet cursed dreams. I’m not even talking about wanting to be rich or famous. Screw that. That’s just hopeless. What I mean is, how do we know movies are even worthwhile? If you really think about it, is this not just some grand hobby? Maybe there was a time when you could make films that mattered, but now? Most of our world is rubbish. It’s difficult."
Finally someone with authority in the industry who feels the same.
I like the fact that in the original we’re made to believe some were born with that ability? While some gets it by rigorous training from original benders - Sky Bison (Wind); Dragon (Fire); Moon [?] (Water); and how the Badgermoles taught Oma, Shu, and Toph to earth bend as stated from the wiki - it’s the mystery was what made it special, at least to me.
I suppose if they had sorted that connection in Beginnings I would have accepted the retcon better.
Of course I did. I see your point and true, that the dragons were there but but my issue is that the prehistory felt like an add-on material similar to the whole midi-chlorian thing. I personally dislike the idea that the Lion Turtles giving away free bending like it’s an Oprah Winfrey show.
There’s a lot more but this is my own burden to carry, and, I am not forcing this onto anyone. That is why I am doing this for my own self-indulgent.
Regarding your post about sticking to the original - I haven’t followed Korra since Book 2. No animosity. I just chose to leave.
When I watched the animated TV series spin off I had long anticipated since the epic conclusion of Aang’s legendary feat, I was disappointed to say the least.
The dwindling animation quality aside (compared to the pilot episode), I felt that they should have matured in terms of storytelling as their audiences who grew up with the show have. True, they also want to attract new fans but that’s what Aang’s storyline is for. “If you like Legend of Korra, you should check out the original series to give you a lowdown of what this is all about.”
And what about the inconsistency of their own bible? I thought the animals were the original benders and they taught humans how to bend as mentioned in Avatar: The Last Airbender / The Legend of Aang - The Cave of Two Lovers episode? I’m sorry Bryke, as a fan that fell in love with the original series I kind of feel cheated. I know history can be distorted and the verbatim usually gets lost along the way but this is the history YOU created yourself. It’s like when we learned that the Force was about the level of faith in a person, and as the person’s faith becomes stronger, so does the force and in the process of mastering the faith, the believer becomes a Jedi. But in the new trilogy, it’s retconned to be a scientific thing? If you inject a midichlorian cell so high to a rat it can wield a light saber? Anyway moving on…
I would like to indulge in my own fantasy on how book 1 of Legend of Korra should have unfolded:-
Sunrise in Palestine.
What can we do? Prayer (-Du’â) is the believer’s weapon.
I am equally sad and angry but at the same time finding solace in believing that the deceased have already won in Jannah, inshaAllah.
حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ
(آل عمران (٣٧١:٣ -
"Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us).”
- Surah Al ‘Imran (3:173)
And Allah is with the brokenhearted.
Sometimes, the best way to end a losing argument is to just agree even though it is clear as day that you’re being wrongly accused. When you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, and no matter what happens, you lose either way. Seriously, it’s not worth your time.
(Plus it’s Ramadan and it would be a waste of my day to raise my voice early in the morning.)
I wish I had very little conscience because it’s getting really easy to just drop it and walk away. But of course, that won’t help anyone if I do.
I’m really getting sick of this cycle when I can be focusing on other positive things to better my life.