The Legend of Korra

Season 1 Episode 19

Beginnings (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 18, 2013 on Nickelodeon
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Beginnings (1)

An amnesic Korra is taken to a temple by the Fire Sages on the island she has washed up on. There, the Shaman realizes that Korra is in danger of losing the Avatar Spirit forever. The sages lower her into a pool of healing water where Korra immediately begins to have visions of past Avatars, who tell her she needs to find Raava and restore the Avatar spirit. Korra then sees a vision of Wan, a man who shows her how he became the first Avatar. In the distance past Wan was granted the power of Firebending by a Lion turtle, but was banished from his village when he used it inappropriately. Wandering the spirit wilds, he learns how to control fire and live with spirits, but soon makes a fatal error that will affect the future of everyone.


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  • Avatar Begins

    This is a great one for the series because it's one that reveals the orgin of not just the start of the Avatar but also the start of the Nations and the powers they hold; let alone once again it's an episode not focused on Korra, which I feel further proves that main characters don't always drive a series alone. It's true that like with most origin and presequel stories there kinda predictable since you already know what point B holds. But what I like about them is, their is an element of mystery to them because despite what you already know, you don't know the how.

    Not much I can really say, I really like the art style which is the kind of style you see from the Japanesse Manga paintings, and I felt really fit since this story takes place really long ago. And the character Wan is a soild character, he's almost an Aladin like character, since he's a food thief stealing not just for himself but for others to eat, as well as respect toward life and nature. And he's sympathetic since he's getting crap canned left and right from the rulers of the city the Chus whom are a bunch of greedy, selfish, fat a....

    Wan of course is banished from the land and isn't expected to survive but he does. In a way what might have seemed like a curse turned out to be a blessing as Wan learns how to survive in the jungle and make it his own playground, make friends with the spirits of nature, and use his fire bending ablity by observing and mimicking the movements of the creatures of nature. We even see what's happened with Wan has given the oppressed people the will and the ambition to be able to go on their own and make a place for themselves.

    Then of course we see both the light and dark sprits come into the picture as Wan is making his journey to the other turtles with the other powers. What else happens afterward we'll just have to wait till part 2.moreless
  • This is so good!

    these episodes are by far the best thing to come out of korra, returning it to the wonderful feel of watching the original again, like lost episodes.

    hopefully they will finish the korra story and give us a full serrie of wan!
  • CatDeer

    Wow. Wow. WOW! This episode really hit on something incredible and again, all it had to do was remove Korra from the picture. Looking past the obvious allusions to Miyazaki's Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, this episode set up a very clear origin story for the Avatar franchise. Of course it begins with the bending - I assume other LionTurtles have different elements to give and Wan will be given a quest to master them all in order to keep chaos at bay (and become the first Avatar). It's predictable, as an origin story should be when we know the outcome, but it's also fascinating because it's something completely new and ridiculously relevant to the series. Way to hit your stride without Korra, Korra.moreless
  • Finally...

    a 2 parter that get's back to what I loved about Last Airbender, likable characters, badass bending and a good story!

    Beginnings shows the history of Wan the very first avatar and how he became the bridge between the spirits and humans. My gripes with Korra as a series were suspended for this hour as Beginnings was at last an episode worth watching and can stand up with any of the greats from Last Airbender.

    I don't want to give away too much but let's just say I was ecstatic this entire episode and at the conclusion I smiled and shouted cause there was a epic battle between Wan and Vatu the dark spirit think Aang and Ozai fighting it was that sick!

    I know in my review of 'The Sting' I whined about a distinct lack of spirits in a Book all about them but 'Beginnings' was just what the doctor ordered. Hopefully the remainder of the season can ride out on this highlight of an hour to finish up what I consider a mostly mediocre season.

    This will also be the only episode all season that I save on my DVR to re watch, yeah it was that AWESOME!moreless
  • awsome

    This episode was awesome I hope the rest of korra will also be this good.
D.B. Sweeney

D.B. Sweeney

Avatar Aang

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James Garrett

James Garrett

Avatar Roku

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Jim Meskimen

Jim Meskimen

Avatar Kuruk

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Jonathan Adams

Jonathan Adams


Recurring Role

Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Shiro Shinobi/Narrator

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