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The Legend of Korra Season Finale – You Gotta Deal With It!

We have watched the Korra finale a few times now in these parts, and I love it.  There are many who don’t, and they would be wrong.  That is not to say that there weren’t problems or things that could’ve been tweaked, some silly choices, but you know what?  I didn’t even think of them while watching, too caught up in what was happening.  I was stifling cheers and “oh sh*t no!” and “I totally called that!” and everything else you say while watching a show that has gotten you emotionally invested.

My favorite parts (SPOILERS):

  • The Lieutenant (seems wrong he doesn’t have a name!) stomping on his mask after witnessing Amon bloodbending.
  • Naga again being the most effective member of Team Avatar.
  • Turning around all we know about Amon and Tarrlok, and showing how your past comes back to haunt you.  You actually come to feel…not sorry, maybe, but you understand how hard things were for Amon (I don’t have the right spelling for his real name yet).  The use of Aang’s voice actor was interesting.
  • When Korra announces that Amon is a waterbender in front of the Equalists, and we see his eyes narrow – FINALLY she’s gotten through his defenses.
  • Aang showing up at the end.  She made the spiritual connection – she’d been closer and closer over the past few episodes – and seeing Aang, and Kyoshi, and Roku…worked for me.
  • Lin Beifong getting her bending back.  YES.
  • Iroh Man flying around.

The meh:

  • Mako/Korra.  Just don’t like them together, and I really don’t like how Mako strung Asami along.
  • I can come up with an explanation for how Korra could still airbend after Amon de-bended her but it takes some work.  Eh.
  • The United Forces were pretty lame.  I realize they were fighting unknown weapons, but still.
  • When Korra was hiding and Amon walked past her spot, why didn’t she just trap him with earthbending?  Not enough room to move?
  • Tenzin and the family still being captured.  Got another Meelo line out of it, but…very plot-convenient.
Most of the complaints I’ve seen about the finale involve things feeling ‘rushed’.  I don’t feel that way, though.  This was intended from the start to be one 12 episode mini-series, and even once they knew they’d have another season, they wanted this to wrap up.  I know it’s hard to see where Korra goes from here, but that’s why I’m not writing extremely successful “kids” TV shows.  I do think they underestimated how much we’d dislike Mako for all that happened with the love triangles.  The plot moved.  There were no filler episodes, other than the ‘shipping’ episode.  But even that had a ton of bending, so it was fun enough.  You were left breathless after most episodes, wondering just how things got that bad, and how it could possibly be resolved.  I for one am interested to see what the adventures of a fully realized Avatar will be like, especially in the world as it is now.  Season 2, please!
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The Legend of Korra Season Finale Preview

Well, it seems like the show has barely started, and we are already at the season finale.  This Saturday at 11am, we see the endgame with Amon and Korra.  From the previews, it’s clear that there is a HUGE battle involving battleships, planes (launched from General Iroh’s ships?), airships, and who knows what else.  We see Mako being ridiculous again, having a deep, meaningful moment with Korra while I presume Asami is in the next room over stewing.  The hobo in the bush makes an appearance, sheltering Team Avatar and showing off a makeshift town under the city with benders and non-benders living together.

Here’s a recap of recent events:  Tarrlok’s bloodbending was found out, and Korra escaped when Amon and his thugs found Tarrlok and took his bending.  Amon and Sato attacked Republic City with airships and attempted to capture all of the remaining Council members, but Tenzin again fought off the chi-blockers sent to subdue him.  It seems airbending might be the best defense against the Equalists, as they have little information on how to fight back against it, and the blasts of air can keep them out of hand to hand range (where they could actually chi-block Tenzin).  All the more reason to hope Korra breaks through with that for the finale.

Lin Beifong, with the help of Tenzin and Team Avatar, rescued her de-bended metalbender cops, and then helped defend Air Temple Island during the attack by Amon.  The airbender kids helped ably, aiding my theory that the Equalist chi-blockers have no way information on dealing with airbenders.  Tenzin takes his family on Oogi and tries to escape, but is pursued by airships.  Lin Beifong, in a touching sacrifice, leaps off Oogi and begins wrecking the Equalist blimps (Beifongs hate airships!).  She is captured, and Amon takes her bending away.  I admit, this more than anything affected me.  Lin became one of my favorite characters these past few weeks, and seeing this hurt.

But they couldn’t leave fans with that heartbreak as the only thing to carry them forward to the finale, so there is one more scene.  A flotilla of ships, called in by Tenzin, and the general in charge…named Iroh.  Voiced by Dante Basco, Zuko’s grandson leads the fleet and will be key in helping to liberate Republic City.

My predictions for Saturday’s episode:  Team Avatar, after some relationship drama underground, perpetrates some guerilla attacks from within Republic City while Iroh’s ‘United Forces’ fleet attacks from the harbor.  Korra will break through with airbending, and faces off with Amon.  He attempts to take her bending, but she finally goes into the Avatar state and resists it.  There HAS to be a reveal here of who Amon is, as you don’t keep someone behind a mask for this long without it meaning something more than “I was burned by a firebender”.

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The Legend of Korra: WHOA

Note:  bigtime spoilers here, if you aren’t fully caught up.

I watched episode 8 today (both times it was on!) and am completely floored at what’s happening here.  The show is moving through plot at a breakneck pace, and just when you think they might take a breather, BOOM, Tarrlok and Korra fight.  And for Tarrlok to somehow bloodbend without a full moon, well, something is definitely up.  This page has a very interesting theory on what is happening in the flashbacks (though he extrapolates a bit much, and I don’t think everyone in the room is being bloodbended or is that bloodbent?).  My thought for the next episode is Beifong rescues Korra, but not until she finally gets some real meditating in, and gets some plot info from Aang in spirit form.  Or at the very least sees the whole picture of what she has seen only bits and pieces of so far in those flashbacks.

Other random thoughts:

  • I love the airbender kids.  The fartbending was a bit much, but Meelo and Ikki were both fun.
  • The Asami/Korra dynamic is great, though I would’ve thought Asami had noticed something between Korra and Mako earlier, so Ikki’s spillage wouldn’t be such a big reveal to her.
  • It was good to see Team Avatar be effective, seems so many times they’ve been disabled or defeated pretty easily.
  • Moving the show up to 20’s era society makes things quite interesting.  Will benders be like the samurai, with ever-dwindling prestige in society as it becomes more technologically based?
  • We need Katara back in the mix, I think.  Perhaps she will teach Korra how to defeat bloodbenders.
  • Is it Saturday yet?