Okay. So. I know everyone’s wondering WHY Korra is not entering Avatar State. So, here are a few of my own thoughts and theories:
- It was made pretty clear in the very first episode that Korra has an issue with the ‘spiritual’ side of her Avatar powers. They stamped it on her forehead and reinforced in the following two episodes.
- They have not mentioned, shown, hinted at, or even breathed about the previous Avatars in any of the situations that would have called for it. Korra is completely diconnected with the spiritual side of the Avatar - and note that she has yet to actually Air Bend. She’s learning the movements, but no real airbending yet. Like Aang’s struggle with Fire-bending, this will be Korra’s hardest fought element.
So. She isn’t going to just… *POOF* Avatar State.
- Korra as shown no INCREDIBLE power, yet. Her water-bending isn’t as impressive or powerful as Katara’s was, even when Katara was younger (and it’s Korra’s natural element). Her Firebending, in fact, has been far more impressive, IMO, but still no lightening (Redirecting of the electricity, hello?). She hasn’t shown much of anything in the earthbendind department, either.
- They are giving her room for improvement and power development. She needs a serious hurdle to jump, and what is more serious than not being able to enter Avatar State and not being connected to the spiritual side at all? This is an important gap in her development that will be addressed later. (Aang was -RAISED- spiritually, in a temple, as a monk-in-training. And even -HE- had problems accessing the Spirit World and controllng the Avatar State. What hope does Korra have, as of right now?)
- They are developing the -NEEEEED- for her to make that connection with her Avatar State. It is not something that is done lightly, and I think as far as Korra’s development is concerned, she would be far too vulnerable right now, even if she -were- to enter Avatar State.
- We’re only 7 episodes in. They need to develop the characters, and the relationships between them before they can start dealing with the issues of Avatar State and Spirituality. Now that we have a somewhat Cohesive Krew, and Master Benders to help in the fght, we should start seeing story development leaning toward the ‘gathering and developing’ of powers and skills needed to fight against Amon an his new crazy Mecha Suits. We will now see an ‘arms race’ between the Krew and the Equalists.
- Lin will learn to bend pure metals. This is a requirement. They are making that pretty clear. She may even teach Bolin Metal-Bending, so he’s not only cute and cuddly and comedic releif, but will have some moments of bad-assery.
- Asami is our new Zuko. Betrayed by her own father, I think she will have some doubts about her role as part of the Krew. She may, in fact, turn out to be infiltrating the Krew but I think in the end, she will see the light, and will, like Zuko, join the Krew and do the right thing.
- Mako - Loverboy, the heart of the love-triangle, kind of an asshat. Not really sure what they plan for him. Probably some redeeming self-sacrifice to save his brother and Korra later in the series. I definately predict some tension about being on the Krew, and get a sense that he MIGHT end up defecting with Asami at some point. His job is to break hearts, and I’m pretty sure he’ll crush Bolin (more than the Korra-date-stupid-kiss thing) in later episodes.
- Bolin is being set up as the goofy, not so talented younger brother Sokka type. What do we know about Sokka? He was totally effing BADASS at the end, and a complete genius tactician. Bolin will have something to offer the Krew, besides comedic relief and a hot, muscley body. Just you watch.
- Tenzin will play a role in the development of Korra’s spirituality and help her get to the Avatar State. I doubt he’ll develop any new, super-cool airbending techniques, but he is absolutely necessary to Korra’s development as an airbender.
- Tarlokk is a very bad man. He is Amon, or very much in support of this cause. Theory: Tarlokk has started this non-bending equalist movement to strengthen his military control of the city, and his position on the council. He intends on taking over Republic city, by using Non-Benders as scapegoats, to give him a reason to declare martial law. The Chi-benders are his own personal army. Now that ‘War’ has been declared, and Lin Bei Fong will not be cheif of police, Tarlokk will use this opportunity to declare ‘Martial Law’, spreading paranoia and a lack of trust between Benders and Non-Benders. He is using the Equalist Movement to ‘justify’ the subjegation of Non-Benders and eventually rule the city.
- Following this theory: Korra and the Krew will actually find themselves fighting -FOR- the equalists (non-benders) (the real people, not Tarlokk’s trained crew of trouble-makers) against Tarlokk and his army of Benders and Chi blockers. This is important, because Non-benders are not subject to the Chi-blocking methods used (besides lightening/Tasers). To win this war, they will -NEED- non-benders.
- Asami has joined the Krew, because she will know how to manufacture, or find weaknesses for the weapons her father is building. She will be an essential part of the effort to win the war. I still doubt her loyalties (as of right now) but she will eventually join the Krew because it is the right thing to do.
- Mako MIGHT prove useful in teaching Korra how to redirect the electricity from the Tasers (Fire-bending = lightening bending) Who knows, maybe old Zuko will pop up and teach everyone the awesome art of Lightening Bending. One can only hope.
- Lin. Seriously. I love you grrl - but you should know by now: Metal is a good conductor of electricity. STOP wearing metal armor to a Taser Fight! You are an earth bender. Earth is not so good at conducting electricity. Bend you some stone armor instead. Srsly.It’s not rocket science. Metal + Electricity = BAD NEWS.
Okay. Done for now. *ehem* So. Stuff. And Stuff.
Have anything to add?