Imperfection has been a serious theme so far in The Legend of Korra season 2 – but here’s why it makes the show kind of perfect.

We are four episodes into The Legend of Korra season 2, and one thing any fan will be able to tell you is that it’s been a polarizing season. From the anti-Angry-Korra’s movement to the blood-sucking-leech controversy, the first two hours of Book 2: Spirits may have generated more meta-commentary than Miley Cyrus. (All of her. Put together.)

But one topic in particular has become an unhappy point of focus for many viewers of The Legend of Korra season 2 who have traveled over from the friendly shores of Avatar: The Last Airbender. That being, the less-than-happy relationship between Bumi, Kya, and Tenzin – and the insinuation that Aang’s skills as a father left something to be desired from his non-airbender children.

There is a lot to say on this issue, and I’m not going to delve into the potential reasons why Aang took Tenzin to ride the elephant-koi and not his other children. But I do want to explain why I feel this new revelation about Aang’s life is a brave storytelling decision, and why it fits perfectly into The Legend of Korra season 2.

It seems to me that a major motif of Book 2: Spirits so far has been human imperfection. Korra, coming off her triumph in Book 1, remains impatient, spiritually tone-deaf and desperate to prove herself. Tenzin is still overly rigid and clings to principle, rather than the practical. Varrick is loyal to his bank account, Senna is timid to a fault, and even the air acolytes are by turns obsequious and rude.

It is understandably upsetting to learn that loving, carefree Aang – whom many fans have known and loved since childhood – was an imperfect father to his children. It is legitimately painful to see his children bicker over the wounds he may have left them. But I think part of the reason for that is less about what Aang’s imperfections say about him, and more about what they say about us.

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In real life, people are not perfect; families aren’t perfect. (Not even families of adorable sky bison, alas.) In real life, we – the protagonists of our own stories – can be good people, a wonderful, well-intentioned people, and still might make mistakes. We might not fulfill our responsibilities, be they to the world, to our friends, or to our families. Other people might resent us, judge us, and even condemn us, even though we were trying our best. Sometimes our flaws might overshadow our goodness.

This is what has happened to Aang, and this is what can happen to us. It’s hard to come to terms with, but in its own way, it’s a beautiful thing, because it is universal. We all face this problem ourselves, and like Kya, Bumi, and Tenzin, we all perpetrate it in others.

But like Aang’s children in “Civil Wars, Part 2,” we also have the ability to step back and reflect on those around us. We can look at pictures of the past, consider the future, and reconsider the people we judge for their imperfections. This isn’t always revolutionary, and it isn’t always forgiveness. But it takes us a step closer to seeing the people who effect our lives as full and flawed and wonderful – like we see ourselves.

That’s what The Legend of Korra season 2 is trying to show us, and – as much as it can hurt – I think that’s a beautiful thing.

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Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?