Erm, I’m sorry but no. Legend of Korra only having 12 episodes and originally being a mini series does not mean that it is acceptable to have badly paced and inconsistent romances as well as incredibly quick resolutions. That justification makes absolutely no sense. If you know you have 12 episodes to work with, you work with 12 episodes.
The idea you need 20 episodes or something to write a compelling and well developed storylines is ridiculous. Some of the best TV shows in the world are the incredibly short mini series and they manage to weave intricate and beautifully written plots that pay off in such a short time. Seriously, anyone that is a fan of British television will be able to list off shows that are only 4-6 episodes long and yet are able to craft some of the best stories ever. Hell, you can just think of some movies that manage to create some of the most time endearing romances, those are only 2 hours long!
Legend of Korra only being 12 episodes is not an excuse for choppy pacing and underdeveloped characters. Originally only being 1 season is not an excuse either, they would have known their limits and exactly what they wanted to cover. Instead we have the almost universally accepted criticism that characters were left hanging in the development department and that certain romances were paper thin. This is not the fault of the timing, it’s a fault of the writing. I’m sure it will get better next season because they have more writers on board and the show has a solid framework. But the notion that we should excuse shoddy development because there wasn’t enough time is ludicrous.
Right, this is the last negative post before I go pack up my room and wait for a 720p download link.