My feelings for Korra are mixed, but largely positive. She’s intelligent, skilled and got a good sense of humour. And what she represents in terms of the media industry and progressiveness is immense.
In terms of development, yes, there are some really crucial character progressions that are great to watch. Admitting she was fearful of Amon was a major step, she thought her role as the Avatar was purely about fighting and beating everyone. That all changed in 1x04. And here in ‘Out of the Past’ when Amon shows up she uses delaying tactics and just runs. The Korra of 1x02 wouldn’t have done that and it’s a great testament to her character that she’s learnt not all battles can be won.
The biggest downfall with her character, and I’m sorry to say this, has got to be her relationship with Mako. He brings out the worst in her. But that’s not so much what I’m concerned about, it’s more that she’s shown to be ~deeply in love~ with him…yet we don’t really know why. She clearly loves his fighting style, the fact he cares about his bro and obviously his face. But when she comes out with lines like “We’re meant for each other!” I’m left wondering if I’m supposed to take her seriously.
At least with Aang and Katara I could totally buy that the guy was completely in love with her. But it still took him till 2x19 before he could admit it. Korra and Mako, I don’t even know what to say. The show wants you to feel sympathetic for their relationship, but I just don’t. Neither of their feelings are particularly well developed, they come and go when most suitable for the plot.
So while I love Korra for what she represents, as well as her innate skills and personality, the way the show deals with her relationship with Mako just leaves me dreading their scenes together.