So the season one finale is in about twelve hours from now. Nothing like procrastinating, is there? Anyhow, since I still have to do my weekly writing report on top of all this, you’re only going to get the highlights tonight.
First off, Tarrlok was an awesome mini villain and I adore him. He’s right up there with Long Feng in my book so far as secondary ATLA villains go. I was completely floored when he revealed himself as a bloodbender, and doubly thrilled when he kidnapped Korra and carted her off to his
serial killer political prisoner basement. Though seriously, who really has a special box like that just ready and waiting? My personal theory: it was meant for Lin, if she ever seriously got in Tarrlok’s way.
I will always have a soft spot for a clever villain, and Tarrlok did an amazing job at being clever. He was brilliant at planning his cover up. His attention to detail was spot-on, though I wonder how he managed to get conscious again after electrocuting himself and take the glove off. We shall assume that he just played dead until someone else found him.
Actually, Long Feng and Tarrlok are quite similar now that I think about it. Theirs is a more banal, self-serving evil. It’s fun to remember that not all the people who will oppose your heroes are total psychos set on destroying the world/current society—and that’s just what makes Tarrlok even more frightening. He is the kind of evil that could/does/has cropped up before in this world, and it’s terrifying to realize how familiar he is. Indefinite detention, curfews, rounding up of peaceful protestors, etc.
Which reminds me, when Team Korra has their act together, they are awesome. It has been so much fun seeing them all fight together, and I love it whenever Asami is their driver. (She does an excellent job of calling commands to Bolin while they’re racing through Republic City, and he is brilliant at creating track/ramps/whatever it is she needs to do amazing things with the car.) Even though they’ve never fought like this before together, they meshed so well. Absolutely loved their patrolling and when they came to save Tenzin at the headquarters. Competence is sexy, folks, and Team Korra has it in spades. <3
Did anyone else jump for joy when we finally got the full flashback with our previous set of heroes? It seems as if all of fandom called the whole bloodbending thing and even correctly hypothesized that Tarrlok was Yakone’s son, so I don’t have a ton to say about that. I loved that we got to see Sokka, Toph, and Aang as adults, even though it left me craving the sight of Zuko, Katara, and Suki. Maybe the next time there’s a flashback?
(And it seems a bit weird to me that Aang would have been so desperate to let Korra know that Tarrlok was Yakone’s son. Why didn’t he expend his spiritual energy on helping her out with the whole Amon thing? Korra didn’t even end up having to face Tarrlok in the end, so that seems like kind of a waste. Perhaps the important part of that flashback wasn’t the Tarrlok-Yakone connection—maybe it was Sokka’s speech about how bending feats that were previous considered impossible don’t always stay impossible.
Also, huzzah for the shout-out to Combustion Man and Sokka’s boomerang.)
And speaking of the impossible, it’s about time that Korra came up with an anti-electricity tactic. Even if it’s unlikely she’ll be able to use that exact same trick again—hanging by some bars via cloth and pretending to be electrocuted by the Lieutenant—I was thrilled that she came up with it. Way to be smart, Korra!
Guys, the Equalists have precisely two tactics: chi-blocking and zapping. PLEASE STOP WEARING METAL ARMOR. I’m looking at you, metalbending police force. Please consider it now that the Equalists are officially armed with magnet-wielding mecha. Which I loved, not going to lie. I spent the first half of episode ten begging for the mecha to show up, and I about died of happiness when they did.
One thing that’s causing me equal frustration and happiness is the whole Korra/Mako/Asami love triangle fiasco. I’ve stated it numerous times before that I am not a shipper, but these last three episodes have made me rather anti-Mako. He’s being a jerk, and I don’t think he’s good enough for either Asami or Korra.
That said? Major points to Asami for not taking out her anger on jealousy on Korra. I’ve been anxious ever since Asami started giving suspicious looks at Mako and Korra, and I cannot tell you how relieved I am that she isn’t blaming Korra for this mess. Mako should not have started dating her if he had dubious/unresolved feelings for Korra, or at the very least he should have been honest about them. So, points to the show for not having the girls fight over a boy.
If you disappoint me in this during the finale, we are going to have words, show.
I’m secretly hoping both girls dump Mako—or at least that they don’t resolve things during the finale. There are more interesting things that need to be dealt with besides teenage hormones.
I love Amon and the start of his coup. He did an amazing job of targeting strategic locations, and watching the city and its leadership fall apart was chilling and amazing. (I have always had a soft spot for a good fictional coup/terrorism plot, which is probably something I shouldn’t admit on the internet. Too late!) Once again, competence and smarts are sexy, and Amon and the Equalists have both of those things in spades. The finale should be awesome.
Tenzin was one of the stars of episode ten. He evaded his attackers with some insanely awesome skills. It was fun seeing Aang do airbending in ATLA, but Tenzin seemed a whole lot more dangerous than Aang did outside of his Avatar State. It was so very satisfying, watching him take down the Equalists, airbend a safe pocket of air during the gas attack, etc. And I loved seeing his leadership skills after the rest of the council members are taken down—he’s been appointed/elected to the council for a reason, folks.
And let’s not forget his family. Actually, we are going to forget Pema’s impeccably timed and speedy delivery (as my roommate said, no one on tv ever has 36-hour labor). Jenora, Ikki, and Melo were a delight to watch, and I cheered them on when they took out the Equalists to save Lin. It was a nice reminder that children can fight, too, even if I could have lived without the fartbending.
Also? Major points to Tenzin for realizing he needed to get his family out of the war zone ASAP. I’m glad he was self-aware enough to know that they would be targets and that he wouldn’t be able to split his focus on protecting him and on fighting the Equalists at the same time.
Which, of course, brings us directly to Lin’s sacrifice. It was pretty obvious from the start that Amon was going to have to strip a beloved character’s bending away in order for the show to take things to a much higher and more personal level, but still. I loved watching Lin take down one of the airships, but even more than that I loved her loyalty. She knew that getting the last airbenders away safely was more important than herself—and even if they hadn’t been the last airbenders I’m pretty sure she would have done it anyone simply because Tenzin was her lover and is her friend.
And I especially love that she rejected Amon’s offer to keep her bending in exchange for
Tenzin’s family Korra. (Thank you, Pam. I am not allowed to blog after my normal bedtime.) Lin, you are amazing. And while I’m torn on whether or not I want you to get your bending back, I know you will still be amazing either way. Please show up again in the finale and join Asami in the ranks of the Badass Normal.
Oh, and then there was this nice little stinger about a General Iroh that apparently
I everyone went crazy over. Here’s hoping that he and the United Nations Forces will be able to do some good in the finale.
Right, time to stop now considering how long I’ve already gone. Here’s what I’m hoping for in the finale:
- I need one of our heroes to legitimize some of the Equalists’ complaints. They have some very valid arguments, and I’m concerned that it’s all going to get lose in Amon and his extremism. This was particularly driven home for me when Mako was threatening a downed Equalist with a fistful of fire if he didn’t tell him where Korra was. Why didn’t Lin or Tenzin call him on his bullying, huh?
- Will a reconciliation between Asami and her father be possible? Also, can we please not have Asami driven away by this whole love triangle thing? I’d really rather she stay on the side of good than jump ship for team evil because of a boy. Really.
- What really is up with Amon? How can he resist bloodbending? (Which was awesome, by the way.) Is his equalizing trick permanent? How did he learn it? Will we ever see him without the mask?
- Will Korra finally reach the Avatar State? And/or will she get her bending stripped by Amon?
So what were your favorite parts that I missed? Please, share! I love geeking out with people. ^-^
(Please note, if you spoil the season finale for me, you will face my wrath.)