rhienelleth: (Sokka_awesome - dolphin__girl)
 So, this thing called San Diego Comic--Con has been going on all weekend. I couldn't tell you most of what's been shown and talked about there, because I spent my weekend with out of town company sewing a couple of dresses. BUT, I did keep up on one thing:

The Legend of Korra Teaser Trailer

Plus a bunch of info came out of the panel, of course. 

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

rhienelleth: (aang - kelpchen)
 HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS, YOU GUYS??  

Apparently, news about it has been floating around the internets since as early as May, when Nickelodeon copyrighted the title, with more details emerging at ComicCon this year.  And yet I had NO IDEA!  My husband, casually web surfing this morning, found reference to it, and passed the info along to me.  

Here is a pic that has been released, presumably showing Korra:



EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!  I'm just so impossibly excited about this!  A new Avatar show!  My husband was all "Hey, there's a new Avatar coming, apparently." And I shrugged and said something like "Yeah, like we didn't all see THAT coming.  The first one made billions."  And he was all "No, like Aang Avatar."  And I totally freaked out!

Totally taken and paraphrased, with lots of my own commentary added, from Screen Rant:

So, apparently the new series takes place some 70-75 years after the first, and Aang, at least, is dead.  I kind of assume everyone from the old series is, which makes me all kinds of sad, but at the same time, apparently Aang's son, Tenzin, who is now the Last Airbender, will be teaching the new Avatar, Korra, airbending.  Korra is from the Southern Water Tribe, and already knows the other three bending forms, so we won't have the same "teach the Avatar to be the Avatar" main story arc.  Korra is sixteen or seventeen, so the new series will have a more mature feel than the old one, which ALSO MAKES ME VERY EXCITED.  If there is one thing I would change about the perfection of the original series, it would be that sometimes is was a little too directed at kids.  Well, okay, kids' show on a kid network, but please, if you've seen it, tell me how often you EVER thought while watching Avatar "this is just a kids' show".  Yeah, me, neither.  But Aang started the series at twelve, and it showed from time to time, especially early on.  

I'm ASSUMING that Aang will be guiding Korra from the spirit world, as Roku did for Aang.  (YAY!!!!  Maybe we'll get a flashback episode at some point, ala, "The Avatar and the Firelord"!)

The new series will be taking place largely in one setting, Republic City, a steampunk-esque metropolis (as technology has advanced in the last seven decades) occupied by members of all four nations, rather reminiscent of Shanghai or Kong Kong, and there will be an anti-bending movement taking place there.  

Okay, so if the original characters are all gone, AT LEAST let's hope they give us descendants from them other than just Aang's son, who must be an Uncle-type mentor figure in this one, as he should be in his fifties.  Is Korra descended from Sokka and Suki??  Could be!  What are Zuko and Mai's grandkids and great-grandkids up to?  THESE ARE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS!  I hope the show plans on answering them.  

Apparently, Dante Basco (Zuko) has been in doing some voice work.  A new character?  A flashback to Zuko?  

The series is set to run in late 2011, so we have about a year before we find out.  It's also only been confirmed for 12 episodes right now, so I'm unclear as to whether this is a mini series, or possibly a full on series (that would be so awesome!)  Either way, I'm just excited that we get new Avatar!  YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

*waves*

Jul. 2nd, 2010 10:46 pm
rhienelleth: (aang - kelpchen)
 Why hello f-list!  Long time no talk.

Well, see, Mark just got back from his annual three week trip to Japan.  And like most years, I didn't have time to be bored while he was gone.  It seems like my friends and family take turns making sure I'm not lonely when he leaves, which is very nice of them, and leaves me with little time for things like checking and posting to LJ. :)

It also left me little time for writing.  Well, what time I had for writing was totally disrupted by that first week of stress over the trial, if anyone remembers me posting about that.  A brief recap: a tenant owed us a couple grand in back rent, and yet instead of quietly leaving when we filed for an eviction, she instead filed a motion and took the thing to trial.  An actual trial.  It stressed me out to the point where I made myself sick for about a week.  And at the trial, she basically had her Mom and boyfriend testify to how nothing in this old house works or has ever been repaired (complete BS).  It went on over the allotted hour, and so we had to break for a 2 hour lunch and come back for more.  In that time, she went and researched a bunch of oregon laws, and quoted them (they had nothing to do with her specific situation, actually).  Since she did this, instead of making a ruling, the judge said he needed to review the new things she'd introduced (he seemed quite irritated) and he would be issuing a verdict by mail.  

That was almost two weeks ago.  We still haven't received a verdict, but my m-in-law called the courthouse today, and while the judge hasn't filed the paperwork yet, he apparently ruled in out favor.

Now realize, we filed for eviction in the first week of June.  It is now the first week of July, and do you think this woman has paid a dime for June's rent?  This thing just dragged on and on, and we got totally screwed for another long month.  Her ex-roommate has also warned us she's very likely to destroy whatever she can just to be vindictive as she moves out, ie holes in the walls, broken doors, trashed carpet, etc.  She has officially become "worst tenant ever" in our mental record, and that's saying something.  

Anyway, best I can say is it's finally over, and I can't wait to see the back of her.  Also, my f-in-law is back, and that means he can deal with any personal confrontations that might have to happen to actually remove her from the unit.  Yay.

In the meantime, I am enjoying having the husband back, and looking forward to being able to write again now that I have some down time. In fact, for the first time in a really long time, he and I will be writing together!  Separate projects, but still.  It'll be nice.

In other news, I'm eating lettuce out of my garden, and the tomatoes have flowers but no fruit yet.  :)  And my green beans are growing!  

Oh, a book rec: while trying to take my mind off stressful things, I recently read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  I gather this new series has been getting a certain amount of acclaim and hype, although I had no idea until I was already reading it.  It's a very interesting first person narrative in something of a post-apocalyptic future, in which children between the ages of 12 and 18 are forced to participate in a lottery each year for a reality show called the Hunger Games.  It's sort of like Survivor, if instead of voting and eliminations, the contestants are literally vying to be the last person standing and thus attempting to kill one another.  

I absolutely loved it!  A very gripping voice in the MC, Katniss, great characters (Peeta!  Cinna!  Rue!) good writing, and a rather different sort of book than a lot of what's out there right now.  It also ends on something of a cliffhanger...okay, maybe not a cliffhanger, but when I reached the last page, I actually let out a small scream and said to no one in particular "No!  You can't end it there!"  Lucky for me, book 2, Catching Fire, was already out.  Alas, the third and final book doesn't hit shelves until August, which can't get here soon enough for me.  Another sort-of cliffhanger!  I must know what happens!  Gah!

Saw Knight and Day.  It was totally unbelievable and all kinds of awesome and fun.  In a Mr. and Mrs. Smith sort of way.  I would see it again, and I don't even like Cameron Diaz, normally.  

I also saw - and yes, I know this is dangerous ground, but I just couldn't not see it - The Last Airbender.  What to say?  Non-spoilery thoughts behind the cut, but even so, kistha and dthon don't read until after you've seen it. ) 

AVATAR

Jul. 19th, 2008 10:17 pm
rhienelleth: (aang - kelpchen)
Now THAT'S how you end a series. 

Fantastic.  Absolutely fantastic.
rhienelleth: (aang - kelpchen)
So, I've been wary ever since the announcement that M. Night Shyamalan would be directing the Avatar: The Last Airbender live action movies. Firstly, they do not follow the very obvious pattern of all his previous work. Second, I have personally not been impressed with a single thing he's done since The Sixth Sense.

But then I found and watched this interview today, and I have to say, most of my fears have been laid to rest:



He sounds very much like he loves the show, the material, the characters (Zuko is his favorite! Hee!), and he's working closely with the show's writers/creators to develop the movies. This sounds like it could almost be his LOTR, which would make me very happy, indeed. July 2nd, 2010 seems very far away, but I suppose 2 years will go by in the blink of an eye.
rhienelleth: (maiko)
I seem to be the last to know, but it appears that after stringing us along for months, Nick is finally airing the last half of Avatar, S3. Not only that, new episodes begin July 14th and the final ten episodes marathon to a finale in something like a week. (!!) I'm sort of wondering what the point of making us wait so long was, given this suddenly rapid schedule to the finale.

But hey, I don't want to complain!

Here's the trailer for the last half of S3 - it gave me actual chills, and then at the very end, made me laugh. What more could one ask?



If you're new to my f-list and wondering what this "Avatar" show is, I have a post all about it here.

Also, it seems the box set of the complete S3 will be mine in September. :D

Avatar!

Apr. 28th, 2008 09:33 am
rhienelleth: (maiko)
All weekend on my MacBook, I could see no LJ icons, period. The little 'page loading' circle kept spinning, like it was trying to load them, and all other graphics displayed just fine, but not LJ icons. I tried clearing my cache, to no effect. Up until then, I'd only had this problem occur - much more sporadically - on my work PC. I'd sort of half been wondering if our work firewalls were somehow blocking all the little LJ icons for some reason.

Turns out, that's not the case. I can only imagine this must be some problem specific to LJ, somehow, and now, this morning at work, I am viewing icons just damn fine. I wish I could check my laptop and find out if it's now allowing view of them as well. It's really distracting and all kinds of annoying when I see a bunch of blank squares on my f-list, I've discovered. Userpics/icons are one of the chief things I love about LJ, so this has been annoying, to say the least. I did turn in a question about it to LJ support yesterday, so maybe this morning's reappearance means the icons are back for good, I don't know. *hopes*

I saw new Avatar over the weekend. DUDE! Cut for spoilers re: The Boiling Rock )

I did some jewelry stuff over the weekend, but nothing I'm ready to post about yet. And some writing, which is what I need to get cracking at now.

ETA: W.T.F. livejournal?? Now my icons have all disappeared again. *hates*
rhienelleth: (aang - kelpchen)
This week, one of my longtime LJ peeps, [personal profile] trixalicious , posted about her discovery and newfound love for the show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Maybe you've heard of it, and maybe you haven't. If you have, you might be thinking "Oh, that's that cartoon on Nickelodeon, right? The one that looks kind of like japanese anime? Eh, I'm not into cartoons/anime/shows that look like pokemon."

But it isn't really any of those things! The animation actually really, really rocks, and it's not an amine, with their often confusing storylines or strange visuals, and it's so much more than just a cartoon. In fact, I'd have to say it's probably the best show you're not watching, and I'm going to tell you why, with pictures and minimal spoilers, so when you capitulate and decide to give it a chance, you can go into it and still be surprised.



Avatar

Dec. 30th, 2007 06:35 pm
rhienelleth: (zechs wt)
I had grand ideas for what I was going to get accomplished today.

They did not include mainlining marathoning Avatar: The Last Airbender S2, or going online to catch up on S3 and watch *cough* leaked videos of the as-yet-unaired episodes of S3 that Nick is going to air....who knows when, since my Tivo doesn't even have record of it as a show to season pass.

I haven't done something like this since discovering Farscape and watching all of S3 in one day....a mistake, since S3 is known as the Season of Death. I sobbed for most of the day. Thankfully, Avatar hasn't been as traumatic.

Some thoughts: spoilers through 3.12: The Western Air Temple )

There is more, but my mind is now mush after approximately eight hours of Avatar watching. Where is the fic? There's got to be great fic, right? No need to point me towards horrible stuff. Also, I need icons.

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