Post by Munchkinator on Apr 26, 2012 20:29:39 GMT -5
The Voice in the Night
Book 1, Chapter 4 Released: April 28th, 2012
I'm not sure if anyone realized or not, but Episode 4 happened to leak not too long ago and I definitely couldn't help myself Anyone else get a chance to watch it? I'm not sure if we're allowed to discuss leaked episodes so I won't say too much, but... I just love how the series is moving along almost seamlessly, so rapidly. It takes full advantage of each episode - no filling, or fluff whatsoever!
You're in the Korra threads...you've clearly marked the thread [leaked] so anyone coming in here will know what to expect...or possibly what to expect. I can't see that there would be a problem discussing it with others who've seen it.
Post by Munchkinator on Apr 26, 2012 22:51:24 GMT -5
Thanks for the green light!
Anybody else get a weird vibe from Asami? I just feel as if she's too good to be true... Not that I don't like her (she's sizing up to be one of my more liked characters) but it just seems as if she's got everything going for her. She's gorgeous, rich, has such a nice personality from what I can tell; she's perfect. I wouldn't be surprised if she turned out to be associated with Amon or the resistance in some way, just saying.
I'm interested in what her relationship with Korra will turn out to be though. Some friction between them is inevitable due to the whole Mako situation, but if Asami ends up being on the good side like she's portrayed to be I could see them being rivals at worst. Other than that, I'm liking what the team is looking like so far - Korra, Bolin, Mako, possibly Asami - such a diverse group of characters! I'm looking forward to seeing how each one will grow and change throughout the series ;D
Post by Nashk Tategami on Apr 27, 2012 10:53:44 GMT -5
Well I finished watching the episode last night, and boy there was some excitement!
I agree with you Munchkinator. Asami does seem to good to be true... The way she is portrayed currently is just far too flat to be a main character in an avatar series. There is something up with her, or My avatar isn't the Gunbuster.
However I was very surprised at Amon's intelligence in this episode. Korra issued a challenge that he had to answer. If he just ignored the duel he would weaken his powerbase and add fuel to the politicol fire, but if he fought the avatar head on he would defeat her and make her a martyr.
So what does he do? He breaks Korra's will, and scare the living spirit out of her. Just look at korra's face while Amon is talking to her... Whether or not Amon really can take her bending away (and this fuels the theory that he might not be able to) Amon fed into Korra's fear and broke her.
Korra was not a character I expected to burst out bawling after a fight. This really fleshed her out some.
Also did anyone else enjoy the fancy clothes korra and the tenzin family wore to that gala?
"There are few wars between good and evil: most are between one good and another good."
Concerning Asami we haven't seen her skillset and what she will be like when the tournament starts. So she stills has a chance of being multi-demensional. The problem with her as of now is that she doesn't have any flaws yet. She metioned something about her mother dying which means on the shipping side of things that there is no real problem with Mako and Asami being together.
Nooo...nobody threw up, tch. [keeper of Katara's sarcasm] [keeper of Mai's emoness] [keeper of Zuko's humor] [keeper of Ty Lee's intelligence]
Great episode! I loved the action fight with Korra in the Equalist training camp. As for Asami and Hiroshi Sato, I don't truly trust them. I would not be surprised if Hiroshi is working with the Equalists.
The final scenes with Korra and Amon were quite suspenseful. Amon really knows how to mess with Korra. It will be interesting to see how the Equalists act in future episodes.
Keeper of the keys to Iroh's Jail (as if he needs them) Owner of Aang's and Katara's dance moves. Keeper of Sokka's White Lotus tile. Owner of Bloodbending.
Just saw the episode, and WOW. Dark, dark stuff. I'm loving it.
First off, the jazz music. MORE PLEASE. It really set the tone for the 1920s-inspired setting of the show.
Second, BORRA. Korra's obviously still interested in Mako, but it looks like Mako doesn't have any interest in her right now. Then again, Asami is drop-dead gorgeous. But I don't trust Asami, she seems to be putting on an act. I wouldn't be surprised if she's involved with the Equalists somehow, especially considering that she and her father are both likely non-benders. If there is no bending, there won't be faster ways of travel (Korra waterbending on the boat for example), and more people will be in need of Satomobiles and other similar locomotives. It would be a wise decision business-wise for them to wipe out bending. (And imagine if they expanded outside of locomotives...)
And Amon is becoming quite the little villain. I was terrified for Korra at the ending. There were definitely some, and forgive me if this is too adult for DH, rape overtones there.
On a sidenote, did anyone else find Tarlok (sp?) to be a tad overbearing and maybe even a little creepy?
EDIT: Two more things!
Asami's introduction reminded me of Haruko's from FLCL. Seeing as FLCL was a huge inspiration for the original series, did anyone get the vibe that was a shoutout?
For Chief Bei Fong's reappearance, I immediately had to google who voiced her. It's Mindy Sterling, but her line sounded so much like GLaDOS from Portal that I was sure that Ellen McLain was voicing her.
Perhaps Future Industries was funded by the Equalists? Wouldn't be the first time people used soul money to benefit.
I have to say, I love the recaps. They're so vintage and chic.
I figured Amon was going to be there, to let her know he is serious. But the visions she had after that were a surprise. Hopefully Korra opened her first chakra. I think it's going to be as much about airbending as it is about chakras and her embracing the spirit of bending.
I agree Asami really does seem a little too perfect. I was a little disappointed that Mako jumped on the bandwagon so fast. I would have expected him to be a little more skeptical of her and her father's generosity. But it was cute to see him get all flustered.
I could definitely see the Sato's being involved with the Equalists. Someone gave him a loan to start his company and perhaps that person was an Equalist and naturally he would still be indebted to their cause. It will be interesting to see how Asami and her father work into the dynamic. I agree though that I hope they develop her a little more if she does indeed become a prominent character.
I liked seeing Korra as more human in this episode. It really wouldn't be believable if the threat of Amon didn't get to her. Tarlok really seemed like a shady character to me. He clearly recognized that Korra was scared and he used that knowledge against her to guilt her into joining his task force.
Amon is clearly a formidable opponent. He had a clear plan, and he isn't driven by impulses, he is going to stick to the plan that will accomplish his goals.
I'm still really wondering what the meaning behind her visions after the encounter with Amon meant.
Ohh Korra I felt so attached to her in this episode, especially with her internal fear of facing Amon. I'm glad that I got to see the side of her that wasn't so headstrong. The part that made me feel emotional (yes, I admit it ^-^") was when she broke down out of her fear of not knowing what to do after her intervention with him. Augh. Feels.
Tarlok! I agree that he presents himself as a shady character. Especially when he pinned Korra against a corner with the press in her business to guilt her into joining his task force. I like the fact that he might play a far more serious role in the series. Aside from hunting down secret Equalist training rooms, I'm assuming that he's onto something more devious. I don't think that he'll stick to hunting down secret training rooms for long.
I love the moments of humor, despite the seriousness of the episode. Bolin is such a sweetheart <3, Ikki's curiosity is so adorable! Especially when Tarlok makes an uninvited visit, Korra's hint of jealousy at Mako and Asami, & of course, Meelo's weewee incident at the gala.
As for Korra's flashback, I wonder if it has anything to do with what Tarlok said at the council meeting when he mentioned a man named Yukon (not sure if that's how it's spelled).
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Did anyone notice that the title screen used the old logo, with The Last Airbender in it? That was kind of weird.
Tarrlok is definitely a slippery character; the way he used the press to force Korra into joining the task force was... dirty, but well played. Korra will need to be more cautious of his tricks in the future though, if he has more power-play plans down the line.
After seeing Asami in action, I kind of want to take my earlier thoughts on her back. She seems nice, and doesn't come off as spoiled or condescending even though she's a wealthy heiress. I'm a little less suspicious of her since her and Mako's meeting was so coincidental, but having the Sato loaner be an equalist (or at least someone who would later join the revolution since that was so many years ago) certainly sounds intriguing. Maybe when the tabloids pick up the story that those two are going around together, the loaner will call on that debt?
Amon was way scary in this episode, even the radio that was playing his broadcast became ominous. I'm glad he's sticking to his plan though, it'll be interesting to see how they deal with such a savvy and calculating enemy. And Esile, I saw the overtones in there too, but I also wonder if that's unavoidable, just because of the gender dynamics at play. (DH-wise, it's a fuzzy line. I think as long as any discussion outside of the Critical Thinking board stays respectful and vague/brief, it should be okay?) My heart was breaking for Korra the whole episode, but I'm glad that they showed her being scared. Like those above have said, it makes her more human, and that she's not just a one-dimensional bull-headed character. I look forward to seeing where she goes from here and how she will deal with this fear/prepare against Amon, and I love how supportive Tenzin is being.
Only a little bit of Bolin in this episode, but at least his scenes were cute. <3 The love triangles are starting to look more clearly defined now, so that should be interesting. It's nice to see Mako being more emotive as well, and some history on his scarf. I'm glad he stuck to his guns so to speak and didn't let the dress-guy (what are those jobs called?) take it away.
Still no context on the Team Avatar flashback, but I guess that will be properly addressed later. I don't quite understand whose flashback that was though -- I thought maybe Korra was seeing it through Aang's eyes as a past Avatar thing, but then Aang was in the flashback too. @_@ whatever.
Nashk Tategami, I loved the gala outfits, they all looked so pretty/handsome! The little capes that the kids were wearing were adorable too.
Esile, It's been too long since I last saw FLCL, but Bryan is such a big fan, I don't think he'd be able to resist doing a shout-out. ^^
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Post by MasterEcabob on Apr 28, 2012 14:35:40 GMT -5
They weren't kidding when they said no filler. Overall, I like the pace for the most part, I feel like the Amon challenge needed more build up. Obviously, Korra was just venting at the press, but it was a bit jarring to see her freaking out over just a picture of Amon one second and then acting all smug towards him the next. That said, I'm really glad we got to see some more of Mako and Bolin just being themselves, rather than focused on a match or captured by equalists. "The scarf stays" and "Who's this Tarlok guy? I can have a talki with him if you need me to..." was great. Can't wait to see what they end up doing next!
Speaking of Tarlok, I have to admit he wasn't what I expected. I had him pegged a s a more sleazy type of guy, one who set up plans but never got his hands dirty, a deeper voice, etc. Well, at least I got the ambitions, arrogant, and manipulative parts right. His visit to Air Temple Island reminded me a lot of Scrimgour's visit to the Burrow in Half Blood Prince, and that's not a bad thing at all.
Who am I forgetting again? Oh right, KORRA! I really liked her this episode, her calm denial of Tarlok's offer was great, as was her heart to heart with Tenzin. And man, that's got to be the worst party ever for her! First, her bf is hanging out with some chick he never told her about, then she gets the honor of being yelled at by Chief Bei Fong, and finally, she gets roped into signing up for Tarlok's task force after all.
Hmm, you know, they did say that everyone important would be at thar party. I wonder if Zuko was somewhere. You'd think he'd at least be a bit interested in the next Avatar. Hmmm.
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