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Korra Alone Viva la Vida

by Attackfish Scales

I have written fairly extensively about Korra's traumatic journey on my blog, so I with excerpt here:

The second episode of the season, titled "Korra Alone", deals head on with the trauma suffered by its titular heroine in the previous season. Much like Zuko from the previous series, Korra's traumatic expression is of the most widely recognized variety. She lashes out, gets angry, and fights like mad. Indeed, the show creators have deliberately paralleled her trauma and journey with Zuko's. The title of the episode echoes the Avatar: the Last Airbender episode "Zuko Alone", and the episodes themselves share a similar structure. Korra spends three years away from Republic City and her friends, much like Zuko's three years in exile. And much like Zuko, Korra doesn't spend any of it really healing. The parallels to Zuko, whose trauma and his journey through coming to terms with it was such an important part of Avatar: the Last Airbender is a strong signal that Korra's trauma is to be considered equally as valid, and her pain and frustration equally understandable. The show backs this up by showing Korra in moments of intense vulnerability, as she struggles, fails and struggles some more, as she is lost and afraid. In her trauma, like Zuko, she hurts others, including the people closest to her. She lies to her friends and family, runs away, and battles self loathing and shame. The narrative never gives any indication that we are supposed to view her her as weak or contemptible for any of this. Her pain is real and the narrative tells us that we should not expect her to bounce back from it quickly or smoothly.

Korra Alone Viva la Vida

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Korra is alone in her trauma Set to Viva la Vida by Coldplay

from Legend of Korra (2012)
Creator: Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
Distributor: Nickelodeon
Posted by Attackfish Scales
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