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« Reply #1125 on: May 11, 2012 01:17 pm »

^I'm well aware. *emoticon appropriate for situation*  We all appreciate it nonetheless. 
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« Reply #1126 on: May 11, 2012 01:45 pm »

^^ oh come on. We ALL know that your life is devoted to avatar screenshots, and you wouldn't have it any other why. Grin
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« Reply #1127 on: May 11, 2012 09:31 pm »


Thanks you Smiley I was waiting for them Smiley
And I absolutely LOVED this scene Tongue
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« Reply #1128 on: May 11, 2012 09:54 pm »

Yeah they did kind of mess up Bolin reaction to Korra and Mako's kiss. They made it too comedic, just because he is a comic relief character, you can't have a serious moment. In the old series, Sokka was mister comic relief, but Sokka had his serious moments. When he told Zuko the story of how his mom was murdered, losing Yue, etc. Even Ty Lee who was the comic relief of the villains, she had her serious moments, "I know you" comment to Zuko.

Come on, not everything about Bolin has to be a laugh a minute.
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« Reply #1129 on: May 11, 2012 09:58 pm »

^ I don't think they did that specifically to make Bolin look like a clown; they did that to diffuse the otherwise very tense situation that might have happened between the brothers at that moment. I thought Bolin was pretty bad ass in this episode, he not only asked Korra out straight, not only did he show her a real good time and treated her like a princess; he also kicked some serious pro bending ass. If that does not makes Bolin not look like a clown or "laugh a minute" type of guy, I don't know what will.
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« Reply #1130 on: May 11, 2012 10:29 pm »

^^Also the funny part about Sokka was that he was always trying to be serious. Sure he made jokes, but I think about the Fortuneteller episode. He was try to be serious the whole time, but he kept messing things up, not being taken seriously, or get physically injured.
The difference with Bolin is that he doesn't try to be serious. He's laid back and pretty easy-going, he leaves serious to his brother most of the time, but when he does try for serious he tends to exaggerate or be overly creative. Which is why he is funny, cause his form of serious thinking is more whimsical and creative. When he gets emotional, he gets a bit dramatic cause he feel so fully and completely. When he is passionate, he is passionate. When he is sad, you will know. When he is happy, he'll let you know up front.
Which something Mako doesn't do. He isn't completely closed off, but he doesn't fully express himself like Bolin does. When he shows all his emotions on his sleeves. It is interesting because he can never fully pulls off the "Cool guy" mask, where he is always cool, calm and collected. It slips, especially when dealing with his brother, money, Korra, and now Asami. To others he is frosty and brooding, classic "cool silent guy", with the whole "Nah, I can handle this" and being calm under pressure. Seriously this episode showed that mask cracking over and over and over again as Mako dealt with the emotional rollercoaster.
Which is why I'm totally fine with episode.
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« Reply #1131 on: May 12, 2012 04:18 pm »

I started watching this episode and stopped after a couple minutes because ugh, ship teasing. Had to buck up later to watch it. It...wasn't as bad as it could have been, I guess. Not a fan of Makorra and especially not a fan of Borra. I'm sort of hoping that this will put some closure on the Borra thing and just let it drop. I won't be that lucky, though.

I was going to talk about Mako and Bolin's relationship but I can't make words really well right now, so maybe I'll come back to it later.

Good parts:

  • "Don't make eye contact!"
    Korra: *Makes eye contact*
    Oh, Korra, you are incorrigible. (Or...Inkorragible?! *shot*)
  • The Rabbiroos firebender / team leader. Okay wow that face and that hair. Please be in all of the episodes.
  • Wow Tahno's voice
  • Korra being nice to Asami
  • "Please, go on, I enjoy praise." Babyyy
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« Reply #1132 on: May 12, 2012 05:40 pm »

This is probably my least favorite episode. There's no Tenzin, Amon, or Meelo. Also, the shipping wasn't that great.
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« Reply #1133 on: May 13, 2012 01:53 pm »

The Rabbiroos firebender / team leader. Okay wow that face and that hair. Please be in all of the episodes.

I agree completely. I was beginning to think I was the only one. <3

Anyway, I didn't mind this episode at all. I'm glad they kept most of the shipping in this episode, satisfying the shippers and allowing the show to move on to bigger and better things. And I'm glad it ended on mature terms. How irritating would it be if the melodrama continued on for a long time. :<

Also, Bolin and his VA shined in this episode. Like the bosses they are. Cheesy
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« Reply #1134 on: May 13, 2012 04:50 pm »

I tell you I could watch this episode, well at least the Makorra kiss and Bolin reaction with the Saved By The Bell studio audiance edited in.

Actully it reminds me of one specific episode when Zack and Lisa kissed, and Screch saw it. Not that Bolin is Screch, he is way cooler than that.
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« Reply #1135 on: May 13, 2012 10:54 pm »

Sorry that this review is late, but before I could review it, said episode got deleted; so I had to review it on the reshowing on Nicktoons.

I liked the snow that was softly falling outside the Pro-bending Arena. I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see the Fire Ferrets teamwork building.

Bolin shouldn’t have made Korra uncomfortable.

Mako is right, even if he was being kind of a hypocrite.

I really want to know how Pema told Tenzin.

What did the Rabbi-Roo’s do to make people boo them?

Bolin said that it was kind of like a date situation, not that it was. Also, Korra most likely thought it was just that; nothing more, nothing less.

Bolin needs to not try so hard. Korra needs to listen to Bolin when he tells her not to do something. Tahno is weird.

I wonder if the Boar-Q-Pines are one of the first groups to be formed.

As overdramatic as it was, I feel bad for Bolin when he saw Mako and Korra kiss. Also, I think in one of the coming episodes, it will start with Mako and Asami coming in all mad and the other trying to tell the other that the kiss was a mistake or something.

I wonder if Bolin gets deals on the noodles at Narook’s.

Flame o’s should have publically asked for an apology about the placement of the ad.

Korra’s lucky she beat them in time. So I guess Katara’s contribution to Republic City is the medical knowledge since all Korra had to say to make Bolin trust her was that she was taught healing from her.

I liked this episode, it was fun and interesting. Although, i could do without some of the shipping. However, it needed to be mentioned. I vote this episode an eight.
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« Reply #1136 on: May 13, 2012 11:11 pm »

In hindsight Bolin should took the opportunity to console and ask out the Rabbi-Roos. That is another thing I wonder we know the Wolfbats are a - holes, but do the other teams get along civilory? We never saw any sportsmenship in these matches. No post match handsakes.
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« Reply #1137 on: May 14, 2012 03:01 am »

The Rabbiroos firebender / team leader. Okay wow that face and that hair. Please be in all of the episodes.

I agree completely. I was beginning to think I was the only one. <3

Its kinda interesting some of the minor characters that get crushed on in this fandom.
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« Reply #1138 on: May 14, 2012 06:12 am »

^ Howl anyone?

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« Reply #1139 on: May 14, 2012 07:04 pm »

Did everyone react as negatively to The Ember Island Players when it first came out like the way everyone is reacting to this episode? It's pretty much the same situation... you go from an emotional episode like The Southern Raiders to The Ember Island Players which was comedic but also putting Katara and Aang in an awkward position about their relationship that made you want to face palm just as much as this episode does with Korra and Mako and Bolin.

Just executed differently...

Not even close.  First off EIP was a gag-episode.  It was a joke, i.e. not meant to be taken seriously.  This episode is playing the teenage drama (at least between Korra and Mako, Bolin is pretty much lost as a 'legitimate' character) 100% straight.  It's not meant to be a joke.

And yeah, the shipping in EIP was just as bad as here.  The Bryke have no clue how to write romance, and in ATLA they seemed to understand that because they never bothered much with it till the last freaking minute.  It's pretty much the core reason shipping got so popular in the fandom, they were picking up the slack.  The difference is EIP had one brief scene.  This entire episode revolves around their terrible and tacky soap opera.

I agree with this.

I will however note that while this episode was still pretty bad(due to the romance focus), the romance itself was way better than EIP. Certainly not good, but hey, slight improvement is still slight improvement.

Romance isn't Bryke's strong suit.
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« Reply #1140 on: May 14, 2012 07:48 pm »

Personally, I think Bryke handled the romance perfectly. A little dramatic yeah, but what romance isn't honestly?
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« Reply #1141 on: May 21, 2012 05:02 pm »

I really liked this episode.

I can understand why people really didn't like this episode.
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« Reply #1142 on: May 21, 2012 07:03 pm »

Mike and Bryan are off their meds!  This episode was insane, in your face, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
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« Reply #1143 on: May 22, 2012 11:22 am »

Well considering they didn't try to make Amon's attack on the Pro Bending arena a surprise, it was revealed he was planning to do that in the first scene of episode 106. I stand by my earlier suggestion to really give us a good cliffhanger at the end, especially get too confortable with the Pro Bending and the shipping plots for 29 minutes, have the last scene be Amon and the Equalist preparing to invade the Pro Bending finals. If you don't want waste Blum or the guy that voices Lt., no one needs to talks, just show them preparing with errie music.

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« Reply #1144 on: Jun 01, 2012 06:49 pm »

I really liked this episode.

I can understand why people really didn't like this episode.

I agree.  Also, I have found that no matter what the product is, any light hearted episode that comes after a serious, plot-intensive episode, generates a lot of hate.  No different here.  Is it fair? No...but it happens time and time again, people want their plot, all the time.
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« Reply #1145 on: Jun 01, 2012 11:19 pm »

I really liked this episode.

I can understand why people really didn't like this episode.

I agree.  Also, I have found that no matter what the product is, any light hearted episode that comes after a serious, plot-intensive episode, generates a lot of hate.  No different here.  Is it fair? No...but it happens time and time again, people want their plot, all the time.

Yeah but what's crazy is that those same people were complaining about the plot moving too fast and how there was no room for real character development.

Some people just can't be pleased.
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« Reply #1146 on: Jun 02, 2012 09:24 am »

^ I was just thinking that. "It's too fast! No character development" An episode of character development "Where's the plot? USELESS FILLERRRR"
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« Reply #1147 on: Jun 02, 2012 09:49 am »

^Like I said, it should have ended with Amon and the Equalist getting ready for their attack with erie music in the background.
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« Reply #1148 on: Jun 04, 2012 02:07 pm »

I really liked this episode.

I can understand why people really didn't like this episode.

I agree.  Also, I have found that no matter what the product is, any light hearted episode that comes after a serious, plot-intensive episode, generates a lot of hate.  No different here.  Is it fair? No...but it happens time and time again, people want their plot, all the time.

Yeah but what's crazy is that those same people were complaining about the plot moving too fast and how there was no room for real character development.

Some people just can't be pleased.

Or maybe we don't consider shallow gags and rushed shipping to be worthwhile character development. (I mean, seriously, how was Bolin's character advanced in any way by this episode? It was't; we learned nothing new about him, he didn't grow in any way, and he still hasn't moved on from crushing on Korra.)  Instead, one of several subplots suddenly overtook the main plot, and didn't even get a substantial resolution before getting suddenly shunted back to the back burner.

I maintain that it's not so much the pacing of the series, as the chosen fast pace is being incompetently handled.
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« Reply #1149 on: Jun 04, 2012 04:03 pm »

I really liked this episode.

I can understand why people really didn't like this episode.

I agree.  Also, I have found that no matter what the product is, any light hearted episode that comes after a serious, plot-intensive episode, generates a lot of hate.  No different here.  Is it fair? No...but it happens time and time again, people want their plot, all the time.

Yeah but what's crazy is that those same people were complaining about the plot moving too fast and how there was no room for real character development.

Some people just can't be pleased.

Or maybe we don't consider shallow gags and rushed shipping to be worthwhile character development. (I mean, seriously, how was Bolin's character advanced in any way by this episode? It was't; we learned nothing new about him, he didn't grow in any way, and he still hasn't moved on from crushing on Korra.)  Instead, one of several subplots suddenly overtook the main plot, and didn't even get a substantial resolution before getting suddenly shunted back to the back burner.

I maintain that it's not so much the pacing of the series, as the chosen fast pace is being incompetently handled.

Couldn't disagree more.

Are you telling me that you didn't learn anything new about the character of Bolin? Or Korra? Or Pema? Or Mako? Or Jinora? Or Tenzin?

I think you should be more patient and open-minded. The Spirit of Competition was a character-centered breather episode in between the plot heaviness of episodes 1-4 and 6-12...

And obviously the romantic subplot hasn't been shoved onto the backburner. It was touched upon in The Aftermath and in When Extremes Meet...obviously they are focusing on the main plot for right now but who's to say that they aren't going to revisit it.

In ATLA, there were subplots that were introduced at the beginning of the series that didn't get resolved until the very end of the series.

I didn't find this episode shallow. And how could it be rushed when the shipping subplots were being introduced and developed in the previous three episodes?
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