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Old July 22nd, 2010   shamon2k7 is offline   #1
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Default The Legend of Korra spinoff Avatar: The Last Airbender info


The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern "Avatar" world, Republic City – a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart. Under the tutelage of Aang's son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.
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How did you come up with the idea for the spinoff?

Bryan Konietzko: When Mike and I first created “Avatar: The Last Airbender” we always knew it would have an ending to it, that particular story. But as the show really took off, and found an audience all over the world, we knew that despite our intentions of ending that story there would probably be a time when Nickelodeon would come calling and want some more episodes….When that time came we had this idea for jumping ahead and telling a story about the next Avatar, this girl Korra.

If there’s a new Avatar, that means Aang has passed on. If he died around age 70, isn’t that pretty young for an Avatar?

Konietzko: You gotta keep in mind that he was frozen in a state of suspended animation for 100 years, so he kind of burned up some of his extra Avatar time.

The one image that you released is Korra looking out on Republic City, where a lot of the new show take place. Tell me about that city.

Konietzko: That’s kind of a piece of concept art so when the show premieres next year it won’t look exactly like that but that’s the direction we’re headed. The first series was sort of a road show where every episode they were going to some new location. That was another new thing we wanted to do is root it in one big complex location but mainly one place. We were drawing inspiration from Shanghai in the 1920s and 30s and Hong Kong and even Western cities like Manhattan and even location-wise cities like Vancouver, a city that juts out on a peninsula or an island and has these big mountains around it.

Will we see characters from the previous series pop up?

DiMartino: I don’t want to give anything away, but rest assured there’s a definite link between the old series and this one.

Republic City is a city plagued by crime. There’s an anti-bender revolt. Does this new series deal with more mature themes?

Konietzko: Mike and I like a balance of tones. We never set out to make an overtly silly show or an overly serious dramatic show. We like dealing with all those things. It’s fair to say we’re dealing with some sophisticated things and the show is growing up a bit. But that said, we’re not in a calculated way trying to target another demographic. Even in the first series, it was about a world war and some pretty serious issues.

If Tenzin is Aang’s son, who is his mother?

DiMartino: [To Konietzko] We can say that, right? [To Speakeasy] It’s Korra. It’s not a huge surprise.
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Old July 22nd, 2010   ADGood is offline   #2
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It's, like, a whole new show? Sweet.
 
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I'm on season 2 of Avatar. Good stuff and excited to see there's a lot more to look forward to.
 
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Old July 22nd, 2010   Colin Solan is offline   #4
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I am so excited for this new show. The steampunk aspect of it sounds really cool.
 
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Old July 22nd, 2010   ADGood is offline   #6
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70 years...it's not outside of the realm of possibility that a few of the old characters would still be alive at that point. 85's not exactly unheard of for a Firelord, for instance.

Mentoring the reincarnation of your dead dad must be kinda weird, though. No weirder than that whole Hawkman and Dr. Fate deal, but, still.
 
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Mentoring the reincarnation of your dead dad must be kinda weird, though.
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Maybe that's where some of the show's conflict comes from.

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Maybe that's where some of the show's conflict comes from.

"I want you to teach me airbending!"
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"But you're the only one who knows how!"
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Hmm...you think he does air, or water? Or maybe it's some freakish halfway thing, like...I don't know...fog-bending, or something. He could go on to be a Starman villain.

Incidentally, I'm operating on the assumption that the last name mentioned in the interview was Katara, and that was just a typo or a Freudian slip.
 
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Hmm...you think he does air, or water?
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From the article above:

"The new series takes place 70 years later in the same world and follows the new Avatar, a teen girl named Korra who has learned to bend earth, water and fire and seeks to master air under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin."

And you're right about the typo. If you click on the link again, it's already been corrected.
 
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i'm excited, but i'm not too excited, since it sounds like the enemy isn't really an enemy, but a political movement, and that can be either abstract or messy. But they could also make it work really well, so i'm reserving judgement. Still, looks cool
 
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So much for something being called "The Last Airbender."

I'm happy for the fans of the show, who will be able to forget the movie with absolute ease now.
 
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So much for something being called "The Last Airbender."
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Well, He was the 'Last' Airbender, until puberty kicked in and he got busy making More Airbenders.

Personally I always thought based on the monk like culture the Airbenders were shown following in that Airbenders should be born into the other 3 tribes and then relinquished to Airbending monks once their abilites were discovered.
 
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Well, He was the 'Last' Airbender, until puberty kicked in and he got busy making More Airbenders.

Personally I always thought based on the monk like culture the Airbenders were shown following in that Airbenders should be born into the other 3 tribes and then relinquished to Airbending monks once their abilites were discovered.
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Interesting idea, but making it so that benders of one element could be born to benders of any other element sort of undercuts most of what we saw in the series. I mean, everyone in the Earth Kingdom was all...earthy, and waterbenders only came form the water tribes (even the evil ones), and so on. I suppose it could be one of those, "Burn the demon-child," deals where every nation had a unilateral policy whereby they killed any baby born with an incongruous bending ability. But that would put a whole new spin on the show.
 
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hmm, I wonder if Tenzin is the last airbender after Aang or if they have branched out some more?
 
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Interesting idea, but making it so that benders of one element could be born to benders of any other element sort of undercuts most of what we saw in the series. I mean, everyone in the Earth Kingdom was all...earthy, and waterbenders only came form the water tribes (even the evil ones), and so on. I suppose it could be one of those, "Burn the demon-child," deals where every nation had a unilateral policy whereby they killed any baby born with an incongruous bending ability. But that would put a whole new spin on the show.
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I hate to Invoke the Star wars prequils but I looked at it more like the jedi finding other jedi. Midichlorian testing ETC

When the Airbenders were around they could travel and "test" the children of the other tribes to see if they were born air benders. Remember Not EVERYone in the Water, Earth and Fire Tribes were capable of bending. With that in mind It is likely an Airbending child born in the Earth kingdom would simply be thought not to posess any bending ability since they couldn't move earth.

The trick would be how they [the airbenders] convinced parents to part with their children.
 
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Well the end of Avatar has Aang learning how to create or block bending in a person. Lifebending or whatever. I imagine he could have created more airbenders if he wanted to.
 
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