After the epicness of episode six, I honestly didn’t think the show could even come close for episode seven.
I had completely forgotten that Mako and Bolin lived above the pro-bending arena, so the start of this episode was unexpected for me. It was really sweet that Korra went ahead and prepared places for them on Air Temple Island. She gets major friend points for that.
Bolin was hilarious in this episode, especially with his enthusiasm over living at Asami’s house and his talking for Pabu bit. It’s refreshing to have a male character who is enthusiastic and emotional and totally okay with being a complete goof. I can’t help but compare him to Sokka—but where Sokka was the universe’s chew toy and unluckiest person ever, Bolin is the joke. And it’s absolutely endearing.
I’ve been worried about Korra and Asami, mostly because I didn’t want our only female teenagers to be at each other’s throats for the series. (Women are, in fact, capable of being friends without romantic rivalry. Just in case you were wondering.) Honestly, Korra’s attitude worried me most as Asami was pleasant and accommodating consistently. I cringed when Korra asked if they were going shopping or getting makeovers, not because they’re stereotypically girl things to do but because how dismissive/condescending she was about it. Major points to Korra for apologizing for her attitude and to Asami for not getting upset over it.
You know who else gets major points? Tenzin and Lin. When Korra came to them with her story about what she overheard, they didn’t dismiss her out of hand for being a kid or not having enough proof. They took her story seriously and supplied additional information/motivation that they knew of.
(Quick side note: We have yet another firebender responsible for murdering folks and providing main characters with angsty backstories. Come on, show. Why couldn’t Asami’s mom have been killed by an earthbender or a waterbender? It would have given Hiroshi his anti-bending sentiments and it wouldn’t make her history a repeat of Mako and Bolin’s and Amon’s. Firebenders shouldn’t still be the only people responsible for tragedy in this world.)
That said, I wish Korra still had additional proof so I could root for her more in her confrontations with Asami and Mako (who were entirely right to be angry at her and the new line of questioning based on what they knew).
Hiroshi was very smart in this episode, and I loved that he set up a trap for Korra, Lin, and Tenzin. He played them perfectly, and if his daughter hadn’t intervened, he very well could have won. I had forgotten that Toph was only able to bend metal because of the impurities (earth) that was in it, so it was a delightful surprise when that fact was brought up again. I would never have thought of that, and the platinum just serves as a reminder that Hiroshi is loaded. He had a giant wall and half a dozen mecha made from the stuff.
Of course, the one thing Hiroshi screwed up was thinking his daughter hated benders as much as he did. The scene between Hiroshi and Asami was heartbreaking and horribly in all the right ways. I was scared for a moment that she would join her father—but Asami is not, apparently, in need of a redemption arc.
It was a beautiful character moment for Asami to tell her father that she loves him right before she turned the glove on him. I can believe she loves her father and deeply, but she isn’t the kind of person to abandon her sense of right and wrong for her father’s approval. (Which puts her one up on Zuko.) Huzzah for her line about learning self-defense becoming helpful, too. I believe we’ve found our Badass Normal for the series.
I was happy to see Mako and Korra reconcile immediately afterwards and that Korra didn’t pull the “I told you so” card. What made me even happier for her—in a “aw, you’ve grown up!” way—was when she told Mako to go to Asami because Asami would need him after all that happened. That is what friends do, even if you’re wanting to be more than friends. As painful as it might be, you did the right thing, Korra.
Speaking of who else has done the right thing? Lin. Come on, tell me you aren’t also looking forward to a vigilante justice!Lin Beifong. I really hope she gets her people back, but I’m not putting too much stake in the safety/well-being of the redshirts.
- I was really alarmed when Tarrlok gave the opening narration. Don’t get me wrong—it totally fits with the world vibe and was an excellent bit of recap, but it made me worry about the announcer! I hope he was okay after he got electrified by the Equalists.
- Tahno was rather pathetic, and I felt bad for him. At least until I remembered how much of a cheating cheater he was.
- I loved that 1) Cabbage Corp exists and 2) that it got framed for being having Equalist sympathies. So much laughter.
- Lin was a treat to watch in this episode. We got to see her use Toph’s seismic sense ability, and I was absolutely delighted when that happened.
- Mako and Bolin’s little take down routine was awesome. I wonder when they learned it (probably while under the streets) and what sorts of dubious things they used it for.
- Even though we only got a few seconds of Tenzin fighting, it was awesome. I appreciated that he was the last bender to go down, too. We’ve already seen Korra and Lin be amazing—yay for Tenzin’s five seconds of martial powress!
So I think I’ve babbled enough about this episode. Was there anything I missed? What did you like best about the episode?