First, let’s establish a time line. Now from canon we can go with the fact that Granny says in Red Handed:
Nearly threescore years ago, I was a child with six older brothers. Big as oak trees, all of them veterans of the Second Ogres War.
So sixty years before the curse the second Ogre War…
One episode has been leaked (admittedly, I haven’t seen it) and already people are flipping out about her being “arrogant”, “privileged” and “elitist”.
First of all, she’s a teenager. Not only is she a teenager, she’s a teenager who’s been told since the time that she was a tubby little girl that she’s a special snowflake, a diamond in the rough, the savior of the entire world, whatever. She’s gonna be ignorant to the troubles of others. She’s not very spiritual, like Aang was. She doesn’t have to face the hardships that he does. She doesn’t understand the troubles of the world because she’s never had to know them. Give her a break.
Second of all, don’t you think that maybe she’s portrayed as being the way she is because it’s the first episode of a longer series and she’s probably going to have to do some, oh I dunno, learning along the way to enlightenment? What do you expect? For her to be perfect? As I mentioned above, she’s obviously supposed to be far from perfect. Where Aang excelled in empathy and spirituality, she excels in the physicality of bending. Obviously she’s going to have to learn about the problems of the world, about the inequalities people face every day. She’s the Avatar after all, but it wouldn’t be an interesting show if she just knew everything from the start.
And don’t you think that by forging friendships with Mako and Bolin, two men who have had to endure the hardships of poverty for as long as they can remember, she might learn a little thing or two about what its like to live without privilege? Once again, Aang was never very egotistical. But that’s the point, isn’t it? Korra is an Avatar in a time of peace. She doesn’t have to save the world. She doesn’t have to learn bending at an accelerated pace. She’s developed an ego.
This is gonna be a journey for Korra, to find her spirituality, to realize that she has to learn to empathize with other people, to learn that just because she’s one in a million doesn’t mean she has to act like it.
As for the Equalists, its hard to say what their motives are. Are they a group of well-intentioned people fighting to be recognized as equal when the world favors benders? Or are they extremists who think that the special should be entirely eradicated? Something else?
This is Mike and Bryan we’re talking about here. They’ve already proven they can provide us with a layered world where nothing is black and white, with well-developed characters who actually learn something on the course of their journey. Real people aren’t perfect. Why would you expect Korra to be?
Well, they knocked another one out of the park.
“Mr. Hopper was lacking Jiminy’s moral clarity, Katherine was lacking Abigail’s grit. David and MM can’t be together in this world because David lacks James’ honor, and MM lacks Snow’s determination.”