Korra has officially picked up for a second season! What's most exciting is that Nick has ordered 26 episodes! I'm hoping this means better character development and more nuanced story telling. I think the abbreviated first season really had an impact on the writing so hearing that there will be a full 26 episodes next season really has me pumped.
Details for Book 2 from the 2012 San Diego Comic Con can be found here!
Last Edit: Jul 16, 2012 20:41:39 GMT -5 by Musogato
Oh! That's.... great? Wait, I thought we already knew that there was going to be a second season, and that it was going to be the remaining 14 episodes? So there's 26 more new episodes ordered, for a complete series total of 52? Well that's great, but from the article it doesn't sound like they actually know yet how the episodes will be split up, though they presume that it will be divided for Books 3 and 4.
Regardless of how it's split up though, I do hope that the fan reactions have shown Bryke that the "character stuff" is just as important as the main plot. There was a WSJ interview with them last month where they said they preferred this short-season format and that they are more interested in telling a really driving plot. Also that even if there is an interesting side character or story, unless it serves the main plot, they won't go into it. :/
It'll be interesting to see if the writing for Mako will change for these later episodes; I don't think they were expecting so many fans to dislike him. But SDCC is coming up soon; there will probably be more information on the plans for the 26 new episodes by then.
Another 26 episodes sounds good as, in my opinion, the more the better! I do worry about what Bryke said in the interview that Musogato linked to though. I personally dislike the shorter format that it appears they will be going with for future seasons. If more episodes just means more story and less/ the same character development then I will be disappointed. Also the lack of video game (something that I would quite like to see) and their general answer to the video game question leaves me disappointed. That question was their opportunity to comment on any possible merchandising or general Korra related stuff but they didn't, just the comics (which are good by the way, I would just have liked more). I absolutely love the whole Avatar universe and concept, Bryke's responses just leave me somewhat underwhelmed as to what to expect from it in the future.
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Post by asian malaysian on Jul 12, 2012 17:41:09 GMT -5
Guys, can you remember if ATLA was approved on a piece-meal basis like this?
When what was whispered by the lovers in a cave as they blazed a trail toward freedom will be shouted from the mountain tops. When the world finally sees that the hopes of the little girl from a crumbling Southern Water Tribe are the same as the dreams of the boy in the iceberg. We will begin the next great chapter in the Avatar Saga with one word- KATAANG!
I don't think it was, at least not for the later seasons. I can't find any old-news announcements for when ATLA's season two was picked up, but Book 1 had finished on December 2, 2005 and Book 2 began on March 6, 2006. With only a three month break, it must have been picked up early on because of how long it takes to make the episodes.
However I did find a press release announcement on June 21, 2006 saying all of Book 3 was greenlit, which would have been mid-way through Book 2's airing.
For Book 1, according to the ATLA Art book, only the first 13 episodes were greenlit, and then the rest of the season's episodes were picked up as the show did well. But I think there's a bit of a difference as well, since ATLA was from the start going to be a three-season story, and with LOK we really have no idea because (for the first season at least) was supposed to be self-contained. Although maybe it just feels different because the LOK seasons are so short?
Some clarification from Bryke here. Well, the seasons are still short but now that the writers know what they have to work with, hopefully this will impact the writing in a positive way. I understand the appeal of a plot driven show, but I really REALLY hope they focus more on the characters. It's so much harder getting invested in a show (even if all the action is really great) if you can't get behind the characters.
Really, I'm quite thrilled about this. We've never had a story with a fully realized Avatar before (at least not until the last episodes). The threats will have to be of a different nature than before, in such a way that they can't be dealt with strictly by force or else the Avatar would win handily all the time (and that would get a little boring). Looking foward to seeing how they tackle this.
I am thrilled that more episodes have been ordered, because I really did enjoy Korra. But I am disappointed that it still doesn't look like we are going to get much more character development. I think that took a lot away from Korra. Since every character that had even a minor backstory ended up coming back with some much bigger purpose a lot of the "twists" were predictable. There is something to be said to learning a little about that characters outside the main plot. It just seems more real, because of course they still have lives even when they are dealing with the "bad guy". I was upset to see Bryan basically say that fans could explore the characters through fan fiction instead of actually putting into the show.
However, even with the lack of development I enjoy these characters and am glad that we will be seeing more of them and more of Republic City.
Updates from SDCC! (found on Tumblr from lucky people who got to go xD)
BOOK 2: SPIRITS
ARTWORK FROM BOOK 2!
Six months after Book 1, going to show short animatic of where the characters are. In the thick of animation and design and production, still a very far way to go, but lots of great concepts:
Opening of Book 2 in a festival in the sourthern water tribe, gentle snow falling, lanterns, circus games, A PAINTING OF A MUCH LARGER SOUTHERN WATER TRIBE!
Southern Water Tribe has a beautiful banquet hall made of ice
Great landscapes, storms, ominous rock formations
“Mysterious location they’re journeying to in this storm, with cool spooky lighting”, harkens back to the glow Aang’s ice burg had
Naga and Korra exploring the mysterious location
Twisted roots coming out of ice walls
Southern Air Temple all spruced up
Vistas, base of the mountain around the temple, very gentle, “misty kind of Chinese mountains”
Ancient air bender site
Explore the spirits, background, creation of the Avatar
Korra is very similar, longer sleeves, very athletic, Mandarin a-symmetrical top, looks a little meaner
Mako get’s a coat! Still has the scarf
Bolin has an AWESOME green parka
Asami takes over her fathers company, more business attire
STILL A BADASS THOUGH, Goggles, and updated racing leathers
Tenzin gets ANOTHER claok
BUMI BUMI BUMI HAS PINK EAR MUFFS, Kya will also appear, Bumi definitely has the same spirit as the old king. Bit of a pot belly since we last saw him
KYA! No dreds, has a half moon necklace, bit of a hippy, FAVORITE SONG IS SECRET TUNNEL, has a special bond with Jinora
The Avatar parents get an update, going to see more of Korra’s parents this season,
Korra’s dad was thought of initially to be like a line backer physically
Flashback to Tahnrok in his early 20’s, shirtless XD
Tanroqs brother, “Unolok” will be appearing! Very posh, to bring up the relationship between the north and south tribes
His children, twins, kind of creepy, slouched shoulders
Verick???, Howard Hughes, little bit of a playboy guy, Captain of Industry, more humorous, great rapport with Bolin, VERY BRIGHT PURPLE CLOAK, Southern Water Tribe descent Spirits! shadowy creature? Can’t even describe!
Fancied up storyboard: Probending! Fire Ferrets agains the —— Lions (missed it), Bolin giving pep talk…to TWO ENTIRELY NEW PLAYERS. Go down as the fastest knockout in probending history XD Mako is on a fancy bike, chasing…waterbenders past a Wendy’s XD Intense chase scene, and he takes down the truck! “Looks like you had some car trouble, good thing the police are here.” ASAMI FLYING A PLAN, Nearly bankrupt because of her father’s reputation, sounds confident, but sercretly worried Pema being heckled by her three eldest and Korra riding around on air scooters, Korra goes into the Avatar state to win the race, Tenzin overhears, and scolds her Naga barking, weird shadow spirit appears in the distance, attacks Korra, pins her down….fade out Korra goes Avatar state to fight the creature, into the festival So Mako has become a cop, and now Bolin is struggling to find his place in the world. TO BECOME A MAAAAN. Bringing in two writers from Avatar to work on Season 2, so Bryan can focus more on design and art.