The Legend of Korra (2012-2014) Season 4 TV Series Review

Title: The Legend of Korra.
Season: 4.

Rated: TV-PG.
Number of episodes: 13.
Release Date: 2014.
Genre(s): Animation, Action, Adventure.
Created by: Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko.
Cast: Janet Varney, Jeff Bennett, Dee Bradley Baker, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino, J.K. Simmons, Seychelle Gabriel, Mindy Sterling, and many more!
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Previously in The Legend of Korra:
Season 1.
Season 2.
Season 3.

Once broken, it takes a will of fire to pick up the pieces, learn from your past, and move forward trying to forge a new shell stronger than anything you had before. However, the journey of self-discovery is not without its own set of obstacles or emotional challenges that push you to look beyond the tangible forces in the world, transcend the pain and suffering witnessed firsthand, and find renewed purpose in life. However, through words of wisdom from those who have survived such ordeals, the acceptance of help from those you love no matter what, and a newly found perception of life, anything becomes possible. You just need to believe. Fully animated by Studio Mir, all thirteen episodes of the final season of The Legend of Korra, created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, present Avatar Korra’s final journey to overcoming her trauma and embracing her legendary responsibilities.

What is The Legend of Korra (2014) Season 4 about? Three years following the events that led to the end of Zaheer’s reign of anarchy, the world now sees the rise of Kuvira as the “Great Uniter”, with Bolin by her side, marching her army across the nations in hopes of reeling its societies into bending their knees to her ideology, promising unity, cohesion, and peace under her sovereignty. Meanwhile, the wimpy and unassertive Prince Wu is on the verge of being crowned the Earth King with Mako as his bodyguard and the newly-trained airbenders continue their journey around the world, trying to give a helping hand to those in need. Korra, now battling with her own demons, as her past haunts her following the traumatic confrontation she had with Zaheer, is now despondent and throwing her life away in cage matches, putting aside her responsibilities as the Avatar.

(c) Nickelodeon.

Despite some weaker episodes, especially “Remembrances” which was conceived because of budget issues and collects a bunch of past clips together as Mako, Korra, and Bolin remember their past adventures, this final book in Korra’s legacy offers an excellent finale to her journey as the Avatar. Having started off as a hot-headed young adult, overestimating her own abilities, and clearly letting her emotions continuously overtake her decision-making, she now finds herself humbled by her own dark visions as she suffers through post-traumatic stress disorder and must learn from her past to be the person she needs to be, not only for all those who are suffering under the tyrannical dictatorship established by Kuvira with her wicked vision of unity but also for her own sanity. Although she serves as the antithesis of the previous season’s villain and offers an ideal political landscape for conflict and changes for this season, Kuvira’s rise in power does falter at times, either in execution or predictability. The inclusion of a weapon of mass destruction, however, does add interesting discussions on the means to an end for the world of the Avatar.

Alongside Korra’s own adventures, multiple side plots were developed and explored, all equally entertaining in their own fashion, offering an all-around enjoyable season where adversity needed to be overcome in different ways. Of all, Prince Wu, purposefully annoying at first only to learn at his own pace how to become the leader that the Earth kingdom needed, was the least thrilling, often contributing to the pacing issues encountered throughout the season. However, Varrick and Zhu Li ended up having one of the more engaging side plots in the season, giving fans a better insight into their conflictual relationship and leaving us wondering until the end what they were both really plotting deep down in their hearts. Although the original Team Avatar, within the Korra-verse, of course, only really get their time to shine in the final act when all the mayhem begins, there’s no lying that, even if the boss battle was a bit too conventional, it was fun and offered some of the best creative, exciting, and dramatic moments for the series.

(c) Nickelodeon.

The end of the series is bold in its own right in regard to Korra and Asami but offers the transformative conclusion that was inevitable to the Avatar’s journey. Full of exciting and original action sequences where element-bending is creatively thought and utilized, a brilliant score put together, and much-needed guest appearances sneaked into the story to pass down the knowledge of those who conceived the world differently to the next generation, this season was as exciting as the previous three, delivering on all fronts, and staying true to the nature of the franchise. From its in-depth exploration of war, antagonistic political visions, and individual emotional plights, whether it’s in the world of trauma or love, the final season in The Legend of Korra is everything fans could’ve asked for. Similarly to Avatar: The Last Air Bender, Korra’s story does continue but not as a TV series but as graphic novels. However, new animated projects within the Avatar universe have been announced and will soon see daylight for fans awaiting patiently for more element-bending action to check out.

The Legend of Korra (2014) Season 4 is a wonderful finale to Korra’s emotional journey as the Avatar in her latest quest for self-discovery, quandary with trauma, and search for balance.

All episodes are available for free on select streaming services!

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21 thoughts on “The Legend of Korra (2012-2014) Season 4 TV Series Review

    1. I’ve been debating on doing so for months but, surprisingly, there’s a lot of praise thrown around for the comics that were made, sometimes even bridging some gaps between the original series and The Legend of Korra. I’ll probably try them out at some point but I won’t rush into it for the time being.

      Considering that the comics were made by the show’s creators, I’m fine with it and am curious about what other stories they wanted to tell. If the spin-offs were done by other creators working for the larger company, I’d find them unnecessary and only there to make $$$$…

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  1. My husband and I recently finished watching this series and enjoyed it. I think he liked Avatar: The Last Airbender better, but I liked Korra more, mainly, I think, because the characters are older and there’s more action. Buuut Korra is definitely hot headed the whole time and there were many moments where we were like, “patience, Korra.” Haha.

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    1. I side with your husband on this one simply because of how the original felt like a legend, some sort of ancient folklore unfolding before us hahah But the action Korra is definitely better, more creative, and more exciting! I totally agree with you guys when it comes to those moments where you just want to give her a chill pill hahaha

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  2. The only thing that holds this season back from being a masterpiece is that their budget clearly went down a bit. That’s mostly on Nickelodeon for not caring about this series enough, not advertising it and not really understanding it all that well. The Rememberences episode feels unnecessary, and save for the very entertaining “moving picture” idea from Verrick, it’s not all that entertaining or interesting. It also feels like it could have been an episode longer to expand a bit on Kuvira’s invasion, give us a bit more action, and maybe even give Korra a few more impressive feats (even if her feats in the last couple of episodes are top tier).

    That said, it’s better for a series to finish strong overall and make you wish there was a bit more, than to overstay its welcome. The way Korra grew in the last couple of seasons easily makes her rough moments in the earlier seasons worth it, and they did well with all of the other major characters as well.

    Avatar: The Last Airbender is overall the better show, and it’s pretty much the perfect length, but Korra season 3 features the most fascinating villain of the franchise, and season 4 gives us the most mature storytelling in the franchise so far. That’s not a bad way to go out.

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    1. Well then, I definitely couldn’t have said it any better. S3 villain was definitely the best of the series but S4’s character development was definitely the most satisfying. I’ll always prefer ATLA over Korra though but I can also now say that I enjoy her journey too. I look forward to seeing what they’ll give us next in this world of the Avatar!


  3. I loved watching The Last Airbender series with my kids, but never took the time to watch The Legend of Korra. But if they come out with a new series, perhaps about an earthbender, I should catch up!

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  4. You liked it more than me. I liked it as entertainment scene to scene and Korra is a great character, but whenever I tried to dig deeper into the story, it just felt short of depth and a bit confused in tone. Real missed opportunity for me.


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