Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino deliver a clip episode this week in the form of “Remembrances.” Next to nothing happens with regard to plot and we’re left reminiscing about the good and bad in The Legend of Korra. Nevertheless, the showrunners and their crew do what they can to make the episode fun and lighthearted.
J and I begin our podcast talking about Nickelodeon’s atrocious handling of The Legend of Korra. We wonder whether Netflix or some other network might pick up the franchise and discuss other fandoms and their role in keeping their respective franchises alive (Firefly, Community, Jericho). We also speculate about the complexity and maturity of Korra/Airbender and how that has played into Nick’s interests as a child-focused channel.
Around 53:42, we delve into “Remembrances” itself. We discuss the odd focus on love triangles with Mako, Korra and Asami’s dialogue about the Avatar’s responsibilities and Varrick’s absurd mover plans. All the while, we look wistfully back on “The Ember Island Players,” the brilliant episode from which this podcast gets its name.
J reveals their shipping affiliation at 1:03:01. I’ll give you a hint — it rhymes with Shmorrasami.
Note that this podcast contains spoilers up through “Remembrances.” As always, you can subscribe to Ember Island Airwaves using iTunes. Alternatively, you can check out the episode online or download it here. Happy listening!
We state in the podcast that the show is no long on television, but apparently the show is making its small screen comeback on Nicktoons. I also mentioned the Giancarlo Volpe (former writer on Avatar: The Last Airbender) comic about his experience with focus groups, which can be found here.
What did you think of this episode? Did Bryan Konietzko’s Tumblr post prepare you well-enough? And what do you think about Nick’s treatment of the franchise so far? Let us know in the comments!
Stay tuned for next week as we delve into the next episode of The Legend of Korra, “Beyond the Wilds.”