Avatar: Unalaq No More Poorly Written Than Ozai

Unalaq receives the amount of criticism that is disproportionate compared with Ozai in the fandom of Avatar, but their depth is not much different.

Avatar: The Last Airbender received praise at a high level. But although the series sequel, The Legend of Korra, has a lot of ardent fans, often gets the level of criticism is not proportional. The comparison between the two series is too often cover the shortage of The Last Airbender while talking about Korra for the same problem, and nothing is more clear than the compare villain Ozai and Unalaq.

Despite being the main antagonist for the series, Ozai accepts the criticism that is far less than Unalaq, whose degradation to one of the four-season will probably reduce the bad effect on the series. With contrasting characters, we can gain insight into why this happened and why it has nothing to do with the writing of the character itself.

It should be no surprise that Unalaq receives the level of criticism that is not proportional in Korra given its central role in Book Two of the series that is largely scorned. Titled “Book Two: Spirits,” the second season introduced Unalaq as the Head of the Water Tribe, and it seems like a good mentor hearts to Korra who seek spiritual restoration of his people. However, he is soon revealed as the king of the power-hungry who seeks power over the Water Tribe who is planning a way to power by betraying his brother. Finally, he sought the release of the dark spirit Vaatu and the power that transformed into the Avatar of Darkness would give him.

The development of Unalaq’s coming so quickly and with little explanation so that it can be understandable why he became the focal point of criticism. His dark intentions of the characters seemed predictable from the beginning, and his main motivation boils down to lust cartoons to power without regard to others. The intended audience accepts that the reason for his actions is quite obvious because of the same course with the ambition of villains for control of the world. But in criticizing him, too few fans who thought to equate with its predecessor is most evident in the franchise Avatar: Ozai.

Fire Lord Ozai receives a little more attention to enhance the motivation, and it rarely appears in the entire series of the original. Despite the attention to detail, characterization, and feel a moral which is considered widespread in most aspects of the series, the antagonist of the central three-season never received such treatment. He was born in the family of the king of evil, plotting the course to the top of the throne, and seek the destruction of all who oppose it and increase its status. In terms of providing a plausible excuse of motivational ambition as it is for their interests, Ozai same horrible as Unalaq.

If there is, the flatness and lack of shades Ozai is a more significant problem for this series. While Unalaq was only introduced in the second season and thrown away at the end, Ozai shadowing every season of Avatar without receiving the attention it deserves received by the main antagonist. However, the main conflict of this series involves the mission of the Avatar to master the four elements so he can defeat the Fire Lord and restore balance to the world — but the King of Fire is a part of most two-dimensional of the overall setting.

Criticizing the villain without acknowledging the mistakes of others is not fair. However, the inconsistency itself is consistent with the trend among critics Korra to give a far more charitable to the original series than its sequel. The motivation to do so is very diverse and complex, ranging from sexism or homophobia to a fundamental disagreement about how Korra build the world of Avatar that is holy. Unalaq might even be bad luck because it occupies a season weakest of this series, connects it with the lack of which is much greater than that be the direct responsibility of his character.

In the end, the two series feature incredible power that deserves praise. But few things in life are perfect, and that goes double for the TV show. So in recognizing the strengths and shortcomings, the comparison is fair should be consistent when placing one series against the other. However, harmony is the thing that is always there in the Avatar.

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