lol, while I normally don't talk about my life in the real world, (honestly, who really cares about what I get up to away from the keyboard anyway?), things are going to get a little busy for me as I hold the fort back home while everyone else in the family is off elsewhere. I'm not really sure you could say I live on a farm nowadays but the night owl life I once cherished is kind of on hold while I adjust to waking up at dawn to look after a small entourage of family chickens, ducks, fish, two cats, 20+ little dogs, a pet pigeon that was once saved from the jaws of death from one of said dogs many moons ago, feeding the local bird wildlife and so on. There's also a decent enough sized plant nursery, but that will take care of itself if the current climate is anything to go by. Thank God for the occasional spot of rain...
So where is everyone else? Well, you could say I'm an uncle of three now. My brother, Matt, had his second daughter on the 8th after taking his family down to Brisbane late last month where the health system is a little more competent than up here in the north. Or was it the 9th? At any rate, although late, happy birthday, Kseniya. ^^
As for my mother, she boarded an international flight today and is on her way to Cambodia with a few members from her church. Without going into too many details, this is her first trip overseas and for missionary work, no less! So I'm pretty proud of her and, while I'm not sure what exactly they'll be doing over there, I know it in part involves bringing water purifiers to the poor, helping rebuild local roads and so on. I know it's something my mother has always wanted to do, so I'm hoping it will be an enlightening experience for her and one to remember.
So yeah, that's what's been happening in the family while I'm at home alone looking after things and, no, I don't throw parties.
(And beyond this point, be wary of spoilers! Ye have been warned!)
So I finished watching Korra's Season 2. Not bad. Not bad at all. Those who have read my previous journals know I've been a bit critical about the series. It began on a brilliant note, though as it approached the half way mark things got a little shaky. As a main character, Korra herself was not carrying the show. There were folks like Varrick who were upstaging her in every way imaginable, but is that really Korra's fault? It can be summed up that she was pretty gullible, learnt nothing from the first season and I think this was perhaps the best and only path her character could have taken. lol, yep, I'm actually defending her now. The first season's ending could actually help explain her shortcomings, too. After all that happened back then with the likes of Amon and so on, there were no life lessons learned. She walked away from any repercussions that could have developed her character and instead she continued being the hot-headed young woman who was immature, a bit of a bitch and, as Tenzin once said, toyed with immense power she did not know how to appreciate.
So, with the second season, Korra made so many bad decisions that she literally needed someone to slap her across the face. Unalaq did just that but in such a subtle way that it took her most of the season to figure out what was going on. Was Unalaq evil? Well... kinda? The guy was messed up and I pretty much nailed his fate in a previous journal... only Unalaq didn't repent and made Ozai look like a saint in comparison. This presents a problem, however. Given the epic nature of the second season, what should we expect from a probable third book? It almost feels like this should have been the final chapter for Korra's legacy, yet it's really only just begun. Who will she fight next? The universe? This actually reminds me of another story where the writer literally played their best card too early and in turn it leaves the audience wondering how on earth the next book in the series could result in telling a greater story. Sure, I think compared to Book 1, Book 2 ended on a far better note. Korra has finally learnt some valuable life lessons and she definitely hasn't walked away this time without a scratch.
Heck, at the end of the day, I'd still watch the third season if it merely focused on a love story and sneaked away from the 'Avatar saves the world' mentality that was so rich with this second season. Now that things between Korra and Mako have come to a believable end, too, throw in a new love interest for Korra, finally give us a scene with Fire Lord Zuko in it, arrange for some more "BUMI TIME~!"
, have Varrick give Team Avatar some fresh new toys to play with and we've got ourselves a mover!
Fair enough, while not all is forgiven, Book 2 ended on a high note. (Despite looking like the next Tron movie in places... XD) Yeah, some scenes were still pretty convoluted (aka crap) though at least the writers of the show didn't go down some cliche paths, like killing off Korra's father and so on. (Though his final battle against Unalaq was indeed one of the more gripping moments of this series!) I swear, though, given half the desperate scenes Korra faced in this season, I would not be surprised if she ends up the poster girl for some pretty perverted and downright horrifying 'what if' Rule 34 fanart. ... just saying. >_>
... and no. I consider if a blessing that this show never turned out anywhere near as bad as Last Exile 2. Small mercies.