MD: I always enjoy it when TV shows jump ahead between seasons. It makes me feel like the characters and the world have a life of their own while I’m not watching. So with Book Two, we jumped ahead six months. Mako is now a cop, Asami runs Future Industries, Bolin’s trying to keep the Pro-bending dream alive, and Korra’s growing more frustrated with Tenzin’s airbending training. And with a new season come new outfits!
BK: Once the looks of the main characters are well established, I like to vary them with costume and hair changes where it makes sense. These variations often end up being production headaches, as we try to keep track of which outfit is supposed to be worn in each sequence. I am quite pleased with how Korra’s long-sleeved outfit turned out; it was meant to be a colder-weather outfit for her time back in the Southern Water Tribe. In hindsight, I wish we had just used it for all of Book two, but that was my bad call not to do so. Korra outfit design and color by Bryan Konietzko. Below: Korra expressions by Ki-Hyun Ryu. Cleanup by Studio Pierrot. Color by Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf.
JDS: Mako’s police uniform went through a couple rounds of concepts before we settled on this final design, above. Oddly enough, all the concepts had him wearing his red scarf neatly tucked into his jacket. For the record, I was all for it, but Bryan made a last-minute decision to remove it from his final design. Looking back, I suppose it would be strange if a police officer showed up at a crime scene wearing a ratty red scarf. Mako winter coat design by Bryan Konietzko. Mako police uniform design by Christie Tseng. Color by Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf.
There’s something I’d like to point out here:
"I always enjoy it when TV shows jump ahead between seasons. It makes me feel like the characters and the world have a life of their own while I’m not watching."
That seems pretty important, given that we’re looking at our biggest time skip ever!
A lot of people have been assuming that Korra’s either been healing in the Southern Water Tribe or on a journey of self-discovery for three years. But I don’t think that fits with Mike’s philosophy of time jumps — Korra would have essentially been static for three years and only start moving forward when we see her.
Instead, I think that, when we see Korra again, she’s going to have built herself a new normal that she’s convinced herself she’s okay with (until the Book 4 threats shatter that illusion and force her to confront her past). It’s been three years; she should have found some sort of stability in her life.
It’s hard to say where the time skip will leave Korra given the dearth of information, but I doubt it’s going to be a case of her life finally starting to move once the camera comes back on.