Last week, The Legend of Korra Book 3: Change premiered on Nickelodeon. This week, or today to be more specific, the previous season, Book 2: Spirits, is out on DVD and Blu-ray. We at RecentlyHeard.com got our hands on an early release copy of the DVD set of Book 2 and, everyone, you’re going to love it.
The DVD set comes with two-discs, composed of the 13 episodes that make up Book 2, also come loaded with additional special features, including episode commentary from co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino, as well as producers and writers from the show. There’s also two “Scene Bending” featurettes, which is basically a side-by-side comparison of the story boarding and final animation of two different scenes from the season – the one where Korra first encounters a violent spirit and is saved by Unalaq’s water bending and the one where Asami and Bolin meet with Varrick for the first time.
The commentary, at times, can be a bit dry. It focuses less on details about the episodes, but does touch on some previously unknown facts about the show. Perhaps some of the more stand-out conversations included the co-creators discussing the beginning of actress Aubrey Plaza‘s involvement on the show as Eska, one of Korra’s water bending cousins from the North. The commentary also revealed some regrets that the creators had, regarding how they handled the explanation of time lapse between the end of Book 1 and the beginning of Book 2. They said that they probably could have done more to explain that, after Korra defeated Aman, and brought and end to his Equalist movement, that the all-bender council of Republic City was put to an end and that a new president had been elected. All of that made room for Tenzin and his family to take a real, well-deserved vacation together.
If I had to cite at least one complaint about the commentary, it would be that it didn’t focus on the episodes that really deserved some behind-the-scenes discussion, like “Beginnings” parts 1 and 2. Delving deep into the history and origins of the Avatar would have given the creators a chance to really explain how their idea for this world came to be and could have given Korra fans some further explanation and detail on the spirit Raava and the idea to explain the Avatar’s beginnings in that way. While none of this was included, the episode commentary for Book 2: Spirits, is for “Rebel Spirit,” “The Southern Lights,” “Darkness Falls,” and “Light in the Dark.”
The “Scene Bending” featurettes left a lot to be desired. Whenever I get to see a behind-the-scenes look at how one of my favourite animated series is created, I’m excited. This featurette made me excited. But, honestly, the scene selection perhaps wasn’t the greatest, especially the one that featured Asami and Bolin. I would have liked to see, perhaps, a wider array of scenes (preferably action-oriented), that showcased the difficulties and triumphs in creating the bending sequences.
Regardless of the what the DVD set is lacking, it still manages to deliver a unique fan experience that any Korra fanatic will love adding to their collection. Book 2: Spirits was a wonderful season that finally dove into the first Avatar and managed to explore a side of the world that was previously untouched by Korra or Avatar.
The Legend of Korra Book 2: Spirits is out today (July 1) and you can purchase your copy on Amazon.