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Alpha Counter Podcast 26: Snowqueens Icedragon

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Episode 26: “It’s the New Cheese”

The Legend of Korra not only remains faithful to its predecessor, but possibly exceeds it in accessibility the new viewers. It’s a long-awaited production that was worth every drop of patience and proves to be more than just an apology to the miserable film.

Now that we’ve seen the season finale, however… Suddenly I feel disappointed. I’m satisfied with the story’s conclusion, but the pacing of the storytelling soured it. What was set up to potentially be incredible character-building changes were quickly washed away as a mulligan.

To warm up, Em shares her experience with Fifty Shades of Grey. By her description, these novels seem to resemble the same pulp as Kevin’s Ghost or Meg. Except more “rapey”.

This podcast also discusses some helpful dating tips; the closest I may get to reviving my Fan Service column.





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Sean Ryan

Blogger, podcaster, and your new best friend: Sean Ryan, aka The Grey Ghost. Host of Alpha Counter and the Method To Madness podcast. Sean's produced content for online networks that no longer exist, like the Team Sportscast Network and GotGame. He now contributes to Anime 3000 and I Just Had a Terrible Thought... Pray for them. Twitter: @thegreyghostnet

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  1. Cody Baier

    First off, Sean, let me say this: steer clear from online gaming if you’re looking for dates. There may be more people but, well… There’s a crowd, Sean. A specific crowd. An undesirable crowd… A…. gross crowd…

    And I thiiiink y’might be reading too much into this allegory in Korra… I think the story plays more on generalities than any specific social commentary.

    1. Sean Ryan

      That reminds me, I forgot to include the link with the study’s data in the show notes. FIXED.

  2. Tim

    Sean, you take that dirty slur back. Neither Korra nor Kyoshi were anything like Janeway.

    I thought you LIKED Avatar, and yet I get Voyager comparisons? For shame.

    1. Tim

      A few other notes- the original ATLA had steam powered technologies, as well as certain signs of being roughly the equivalent of the early 1800s.

      You are consistently using the term ‘McCarthy era’ incorrectly. Prohibition/ Jazz era predates McCarthyism by about 20 years, as that was a decidedly post-war movement. You’re correct about the obvious parallels to early Communist rallies- in fact, if you watch the Fry and Laurie Jeeves and Wooster, you will see the obvious indication that they are based of the rallies of the 20s.

      Also, Bending genetics mean that if you have members of two bending heritages, both bending styles can be passed on. Tenzin’s actually Aang’s youngest, and his elder siblings are a Water Bender and a Non Bender.

      Mako and Bolin are the product of a union between a firebender and a waterbender.

      Given that Mixed bending heritage can produce alternate bending types, I have to speculate if it can produce mixed bending results. Not Avatar level, but Fire/Earth benders, Earthwater, etc.

      Oh, and season 2 needs more Bumi.

      Oh, Lin Beifong and Tenzin are actually only the next generation, Toph and Aang/Katarra are their parents, respetcively, not their grandparents. It’s only been 75 years since the end of ATLA, and Tenzin’s in his Mid 40s or so.

      1. Sean Ryan

        Prohibition/ Jazz era predates McCarthyism by about 20 years, as that was a decidedly post-war movement.

        Yes, I know… Different decade for the setting, but the story’s theme is the same.

        Oh, and season 2 needs more Bumi.

        Word.

        Oh, Lin Beifong and Tenzin are actually only the next generation, Toph and Aang/Katarra are their parents, respetcively, not their grandparents.

        Derp. I knew that, but misspoke.

        1. Tim

          Yeah, but you said a few things that conflated the jazz era and the McCarthy era, like saying it was 80 years ago.

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