So how deliberate was the mirror to irl history?
On one hand the idea of a literal advanced Western Powers working to take control over less advanced but resource rich nations for business reasons only to get a nationalist backlash happened A LOT in irl.
The Fire Nation and the UR even share a simialr history as the US and UK did which makes the Iran/Afhganistan comparisons run deeper.
On the other hand the series itself really seems to gloss over how Korra basically became a tool of a neo colonialist superpower and wound up literally in bed with a rich ceo who was propping that superpower up (and had a vested interest in the ORE)
It would be brilliant if the show AKOCLOGE how fucked up ti was.
Like that bit were Team Avatar outright tries to GET the Fire nation to invade the water tribe.
In a better show that would be a flashpoint to show just how off teh rail Korra had gone and her recouping physcially with the flame healers would be paired with a mental healing where she acknowledged her flaws that led her to that point and grow as a person.
But they just gloss over it.
I would be like if they tried to play off Crazy Ex Girlfriend as a straight rom-com, but still had Rebecca doing all the crazy shit she does.
Its just... odd.
A series about an Avatar who is REALLY bad at her job and also sucks at relationships that still tries her best would be awesome.
A series full of geopolitcal intrigue married with kungfu magic fights would be awesome.
A series where the protags and antags both have good points and you cant really point out a single pure bad guy would be awesome.
Kora pisses me off for being ALMOST all those things.
Korra got praised in a huge review circle jerk for the show it WANTED to be not the one it was.
You cant say you want to do Breaking Bad and then make Walter White a superhero!