It doesn't deserve praise. Especially in comparison to ATLA. I only watched the first season of ATLA and they did it much better than in LOK. I understand they didn't have time to make everything extra detailed because it was only 12 episodes BUT THAT IS NO EXCUSE TO MAKE IT THIS BAD.
Korra. I really wanted to love Korra. I did actually, but after episode 5 her personality became so obnoxious. Korra NEVER learns anything. Besides learning to accept that she gets scared, she never learned a thing. In the final she still tries to stop Amon, knowing that he's proven to be very strong and very good at fighting and if she makes the wrong move, her bending can be taken away. Instead she's like "Mah gutttttt." Like NO. How about your brain? What about your common sense? What do they say? Korra continuously through the whole entire series went head first into everything, she didn't sit down and think. She resolved almost everything with getting angry or fighting. Not once did she calm down and say "maybe we should discuss this." nope. "This person disagrees with me and won't bend to my will cuz I'm the Avatar, time to fight'em"
She even took that approach when it came to Mako. She was all like "I love you." AFTER HE WAS DATING ASAMI and when he was like "no Korra." she still pursued him. She didn't stop to think "hey. Mako's with Asami, so he already has feelings for someone else. After admitting my feelings and getting rejected, I should probably take a hint and move on. Asami is his girlfriend, imagine how she'd feel." instead she just kisses him. She better be grateful only Bolin saw it.
Speaking of Bolin, Korra was so selfish this whole show. Saving a few people means nothing.
The most mature thing through the whole show she did was not completely tear Mako from Asami, though it was obvious that Makorra was gonna happen anyways. It was canon from episode two.
Why should I want these two together? What have they truly done so romantic and beautiful between them that would make them like each other. They only had one moment where they were together and actually connected with each other. That was in the final. Their whole relationship was annoyingly superficial. BolinxKorra made more sense. How? Because they actually went on a date. They actually had something in common. Bolin actually acted like he cared about her, instead of knowing he liked Korra and still dating another girl, and then cheating on her with Korra TWICE. No Asami and Mako DIDN'T breakup. It wasn't implied, it never happened. Nope went after Mako instead cuz he's mysterious and has red eyes~
three: Ms. Sato
Asami. Motherfucking. Sato.
She had no personality. All we learned about her was.
-Her mum is dead.
-She can fight.
-Her dad was an equalist.
-Her dad created cars.
-She dates Mako.
One thing I did like about her is that she called out Mako on his shit. I know there were more important things to worry about on the show, but nobody besides her took Mako to the side and said "Hey. You can't play both of these girls like this. Do you like Korra or Asami? You can't have both."
What was Asami's point? Besides being Mako and Bolin's sugah mama, though, it was pointless because because the arena ended up being destroyed. Her and Korra weren't friends. Her and Bolin weren't friends. Mako ended up with Korra. She was so unnecessary. It was obvious that her dad/she was gonna end up being an equalist anyways. I thought she was added to the series so they could go down that rope. An under cover equalist in the group.
I really liked Bolin, but what has he done? You can't even call him the Sokka of the series, because at least Sokka served a purpose. What does Bolin do? Get captured a bunch and crack jokes. He might as well have been one of Tenzin's kids, since that's the only purpose he served. Atleast if he was a child, his constant joke telling would make sense. He is 16. Like MelinaPendulum said, he's too old to have nothing but jokes come out of his mouth. At twelve he'd be too old.
Finally AVATAR STATE:
Fuck you final, she didn't deserve it. Korra didn't deserve to become fully realized. What did she do to become fully realized? She grew none. Every choice she made in the final, she would've made in the first episode. She was bratty, and stubborn, and snappy then, she's bratty, and stubborn, and snappy now. She didn't deserve it at all. Imagine if it was Kyoshi or Roku instead of Aang that was the Avatar before her? Aang's too nice, so I would expect nothing less, but those two. Uhh uhh. It would've played out differently.
I would even go as far to say that Korra is somewhat sueish.
EDIT: OMG I WAS SO PISSED I LEFT OUT MAKO.
Mako, you whore.
Seriously, Mako was a douche. Oh god, I hate always doing TD comparisons, but Mako was the Duncan of this show, and Korra and Asami were the Gwen and Courtney. Mako was a huge douche bag, but still ended up having a girlfriend because he's, well, Mako. He's with one girl, but like all douches, has his eye on another. He KNOWS there's another girl he likes, but still continues to be with the other one. Then he kisses the other one, and deceives the first girl, while the other girl and the first girl attempt a friendship. Then some outside source that saw the whole thing tells the first girl about it, and she confronts him, and everyone on the sidelines is like. "I hate the first girl, the other couple was supposed to happen anyways!"
The only difference between TDI and LOK when it comes to this scenario is:
Duncan got called out on his shit by everybody, and so did Gwen.
Mako and Korra just live happily ever after.
It's sick really.
I could go into a whole critique of the show episode by episode, but I'm to lazy, so take this.