Having largely agreed to disagree when it comes to M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, I can’t help but play devil’s advocate to the newly released trailer for Nickelodeon’s new miniseries spin-off Legend of Korra (via YouTube).
Doing the rounds at this year’s Comic-Con before landing online yesterday, the trailer teases a world set 70 years after the events of the original series. With the water tribe’s Korra discovering that she is the latest Avatar, previous hero Aang now immortalised as a towering statue, she must learn the near-dead art of airbending if she is to protect the four tribes from new antagonist The Revolution, a group of masked chi-blockers looking to rid the world of Korra and her kind.
Whereas The Last Airbender was mocked for it’s dodgy acting and joyless spirit, the new trailer seems to be being lavished praise despite similar flaws. I’m not one to cry hypocrite but what is it about this new miniseries that protects it from such criticism exactly, save from the fact that it is a cartoon rather than live action?
That said, the trailer is indeed impressive, showing off some beautiful animation and hinting at a series of nicely realised set pieces (as you can see from the trailer below). Nevertheless, I remain unconvinced that the franchises somehow belongs off of the big screen.
We will come back with a release date once it has been announced.