That Voice in Your Head
- Sep 4, 2010
When do you think they made that poison? If the Red Lotus waited until AFTER they captured the Avatar to make the poison, then they have more stupidity problems than just making a metallic poison after encountering metal benders. It's far more likely they made that poison before they assaulted the Northern Air Temple. Hell, they probably started way before the assaulted the Earth Queen. And that many episodes back, metallic poison would make sense. The Red Lotus can't be too sure who will be joining Korra when they pull off the trade. They probably thought that waterbenders would be joining them over metalbenders and choose a Metallic poison. After all, Korra is Water Tribe.CriticKitten said:Not really my point. My point is that there are dozens of similarly lethal poisons, some that are non-metallic. And there's no indication that the Avatar State could ONLY be forced through use of mercury poisoning, since the Avatar State triggers from all sorts of potentially lethal trauma. The use of a metallic poison was therefore a bad choice when their enemies had metal benders among them.
The notion that "they wouldn't suspect it" is honestly a pretty poor lampshade when you consider that there are non-metallic poisons just as lethal that would've not only done the job, but also would have been impossible to remove after they gave it to her. And the nearest water bending healer capable of stopping a deadly poison was much too far away for them to get Korra there in time. So basically, the Red Lotus doomed themselves for no real reason.
How was the Red Lotus supposed to know they would be bringing Metalbenders over Waterbenders? Remember, they would have had to make this poison way before they would have fought the Metalbenders.The only water bender with them was Kya, who was unconscious and far too injured to help anyone. And Katara lives half a world away. Had they used any other non-metallic poison, Korra would have been dead. Instead, they used a metallic poison, which effectively doomed their plan to failure if the metal benders got to her in time and figured out that she was poisoned with metal.Plus, I'm not sure the Red Lotus had a proper grasp on how powerful Lin and Suyin were as metalbenders, while you can say they were trained by Toph, all that says is they're powerful, it doesn't provide a measure of their strength. They probably thought Suyin wasn't powerful to extract the poison, that and he didn't find out on them finding hat kind of poison was used on Korra. If they just knew Korra was poisoned, they would have used waterbending which would have done nothing.
No, I watched again...and he never got a single hit. When Zaheer trades three blows at him on those blue roofs, Tenzin was redirecting the movement and wasn't hit. Before he gets hit by the combustion blast, Zaheer tries three more times. Tenzin either blocks it with ease or dodges it. The only time I could see you say Zaheer hit Tenzin is when is flipped over him. So 1 hit on Tenzin vs the 5 times Tenzine hits Zaheer. Not really toe to toe.Watch it again. Zaheer is indeed clearly outmatched, but he lands hits on Tenzin multiple times and is clearly doing well enough to demonstrate a degree of skill that he shouldn't yet have. Again, yes, Tenzin is clearly winning their fight, but it is not as one-sided as you seem to remember it being. Probably because Tenzin recovers rather quickly from most of Zaheer's hits.When is Zaheer ever good? Maybe the last few minutes of the last episode was over the top, but when is he ever seen to be a better airbender? Did you not see the fight with Tenzin? What is Zaheer doing during that fight? Running and whenever he tries to hit Tenzin, he completely misses. Tenzin is repeatably landing blows during the fight. The one thing Zaheer is good at in airbending is dodging, which is already one of the most basic tenants of airbending.
Also, note how when Zaheer fights compared to Tenzin, he really isn't Airbending that well. Zaheer is using his Airbending to boost his own martial arts, enhancing his jumps as strides. Tenzin literally floats with ease while Zaheer must jump from roof to roof to reach the top. Zaheer really isn't a great Airbender physically, he's just using airbending to enhance is already formidable martial arts.
When Avatar Aang was struck by lightning, it is noted that multiple weeks has passed until he wakes up. Even then, Korra is required to give Aang multiple healing sessions and Aang can't move without having a lot of pain. Keep in mind, that Korra is using Sacred Water, which should be even more powerful than regular water. If it takes multiple weeks for Aang to recover enough that he can be conscious after being healed by sacred water, it should come to no surprise that Katara's in a wheelchair two weeks after being poisoned badly.As previously noted, healing can indeed cure broken bones, if indeed that's what Kya suffers from (it's never explicitly said, though, so that's still presumptuous). There is pretty much no reason for Kya to still need a crutch two weeks later. I'm more flexible with Korra's state since they're clearly going for a "mental scarring" dynamic, which would explain her general "out-of-it-ness", but her needing a wheelchair also seems pretty unusual since the physical damage should long have been fixed by now.Healing wounds and recovering from them are two different things. Muscles need rest and physical training in order to guarantee proper movement. Even then, some people might opt to use things like crutches and wheelchairs because they don't want to stress their muscles. Besides, I don't remember healing curing the aftereffects of repairing broken bones and muscles.
Actually, it was said in an interview by IGN that that was kind of the point. All seasons are trying to push this idea that the Avatar is no longer needed. Apparently, the 4th season will fight this idea in full force.It's not that they "don't hold water" (they clearly do, as do many of the complaints that spawned from seasons 1 and 2) and more that people are perhaps a bit excessively defensive of this series. Many of these complaints would probably not exist if not for one simple fact: this series doesn't exist in a vacuum. It's a series built on top of a pre-existing world with pre-existing lore. So whether the writers like it or not, they need to be consistent with that lore.
I don't *want* to dislike Korra. But the series has shown a casual and thorough disregard for its roots that is impossible for me to overlook. There are things the new series does well, but they keep getting overshadowed by things that the series does not do well. I think perhaps the greatest problem I have with this series is that we're now three seasons in, and I can't say that the title "The Legend of Korra" fits. I mean, let's look at her accomplishments:
[ul]Season 1: She loses her bending to Amon, and scraps by with a win against him by suddenly developing air bending. His actual defeat comes not by her beating him, but through the (accidental) revelation of his own lies.
Season 2: Through her own stubbornness, she actually aids the villain in activating Harmonic Convergence and is thus partially culpable for her loss of her connection to the previous Avatars. With the aid of Jinora Jesus, she gains the power to giant-monster-fight with Unalaq/Vaatu and win.
Season 3: She struggles to fight against four skilled benders who are obsessed with bringing chaos to the world, and ends up needing her allies to defeat all of the bad guys for her.[/ul]
She....really hasn't done anything significant herself. Her allies helped her do pretty much everything she's done so far, and she's been increasingly less relevant to the point where it almost seems like the writers intended to minimize her usefulness these last three seasons, just to plant that seed of an idea that perhaps the world no longer needs the Avatar. By comparison, Aang effectively went from the last of a dying race of benders to a relatively wise world leader who formed the backbone of a major rebellion that ended a century-long war. He changed the world in a huge way. And Korra's....really not done that, beyond the release of the spirits into the world (and we've yet to see or understand the full breadth of what consequences that may bring).