...which is exactly what they don't tell us in the first book of Korra.
Think of it as sort of a clogged artery or a blood clot which permanently blocks chi,...
Which brings me back to what we've both said: if Amon takes away bending in a manner like this, then shouldn't any healer be able to undo it? Certainly Katara could defeat a blod clot, she was practicing resurrecting animals in the first series. If she can bring the dead to life, then there's no reason she couldn't break up a blood clot. Yet Katara couldn't do jack to restore benidng taken by Amon.
Ending the first series without even attempting to explain Amon's power was ridiculous, as was Amon as a character. A villain who was "evil for evil's sake"; unlike his second-in-command/chief supporter, he didn't have any respectable or logical motivation. He had a kick-ass power, sure, but in the end he was just a punk with some sort of (again, unexplained) god-complex. That, of course, was a total let-down IMO.
Speaking of Amon's power, I found it interesting that in the flashback to his father they
had testimony in the court room that his father could bloodbend at will, and only did not do so when it was a full moon, yet his kids do not have that restriction, and he was able to show his kids how to bloodbend both with and without a full moon. That raises some serious, though not too consequential, questions.
It's also sketchy that no one else knew about his power, and few believed it could exist (namely Sokka), when it seems obvious that there are other people with that power, in even greater versions. Amon didn't learn his bending removal from his father, so unless another lion turtle decided to be a jerk and gave him the power (or he figured it out himself) the only explanation seems to be that Amon learned his bending removal from someone else. Could that mysterious mentor really not be known to the bending world? I know that [spoiler]water-benders[/spoilers] have always had their head buried in the sand, pretending that their "dark arts" don't exist, but still...
I guess a lack of logical explanations runs in the family as they
didn't have any explanation as to why Amon's brother went from being a peaceable guy who hated violence and manipulating people to a power-hungry, crazed, manipulative nutcase. He went from not even wanting to bloodbend animals to bloodbending anyone who opposed him.
IMO it was good, but it could have been so much better.
Paramount Opens the Door for a "Legend of Korra" Animated Movie
Paramount Pictures looks to Nickelodeon to stock up animation schedule
Entertainment industry trade magazine Variety recently profiled Paramount Pictures' efforts to ramp up their animation division. In addition to new projects from producers Mary Parent and J.J. Abrams, the studio is looking to fill up their pipeline with IPs from sister division Nickelodeon. While Paramount didn't name names, Variety identifies the list as potentially including Dora the Explorer, Monkey Quest, and... wait for it.... The Legend of Korra.
Though Paramount's animation slate is currently a bit empty, with 2014's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2 dominating the focus, new attention is being paid to filling in features for summer 2013 and beyond.
Viacom president-CEO Philippe Dauman has backed the effort to produce more animated features, with the guide of keeping budgets around $100 million or less, along the lines of Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me ($69 million), and the fourth Ice Age ($90 million). Headcount will be 30-40 people. Paramount Pictures considers their previous big budget effort, Rango, to be only a modest success since it took in $245 million worldwide on a hefty 135 million budget.