Netflix now has, temporarily, one of the greatest animated shows of all time — Avatar: The Last Airbender. People have been wondering if we were going to get the sequel series as well…which sounded like a given, but was not confirmed until today. All four seasons of The Legend Of Korra will be streamable on Netflix next month.
The series was originally announced as Avatar: The Legend Of Korra, with the implication that the story as a whole was to be referred to as “Avatar.” It wouldn’t be long before 20th Century Fox acquired a permanent lock on that one-word title, and The Legend Of Korra was forced to go by its subtitle.
The Nick of the 2010s was a different place than the Nick of the 2000s. Konietzko and DiMartino no longer had a guarantee that they would be allowed to fully produce a multi-season arc before being cancelled. They were forced to tightly condense their story into twelve episodes, and each season from that point used a self-contained arc, though seasons 3 and 4 were ordered very close to each other.
Because of this, the writing in Korra is not as strong as it was in ATLA. It is still a very good show, with sophisticated animation and world building far beyond the kiddie cartoon norm, but subtle character growth and building tension over dozens of episodes just wasn’t possible this time. If you haven’t seen it, keep your expectations in check.
Oddly, the thing Korra is most remembered for — the Korrasami ship — is barely in the show itself, having not been confirmed until the very last shot of the very last episode. Because of this the Korra comics by Dark Horse have attracted a following, simply for being allowed to tell a story the actual show never got to.
The Legend Of Korra will be added to Netflix on August 14. Currently, the series creators are working with Netflix on a live-action retelling of ATLA.