Seriously though, I was kinda disappointed with those first three episodes but I thought this was the first really good episode this season. Bolin brought the comedy and Korra channeled her inner Jack Bauer ("It isn't what I want, it's what Nagga wants"). I guess I've got some hope for the rest of the season now. I don't think anyone is surprised that Unalaq is evil though...
Edit: Also, the Kataang family picture near the end was adorable.
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I really enjoyed this episode. I'm so glad that Korra figured out the truth about Unalaq and began standing up for her tribe. I was getting angry that she was just going to let the north take over the south without any fight. This will be an interesting fight for sure. I look forward to seeing how the negotiations with the president of the United Republic go. While I was not surprised to see that Unalaq was evil and had a devious scheme, I wasn't expecting him to be behind Tonraq's banishment. I assumed that he just used the circumstances in his favor.
It was nice to see the gang all fighting together again. I had missed that. While the fighting was somewhat fast I liked the whole escape plan story. I like Barrik and his crazy plans. As a side note I'm still a little disturbed at how easily Korra is able to access the Avatar state. Even Aang had a hard time with the Avatar state. Of course Korra has had better Avatar training but it still shouldn't be quite that easy.
The Bolin/Eska relationship is truly entertaining without feeling forced. I can not get over how adorable Pabu was in his Eska get up. The final scene was just golden. Can't wait to see how this turns out.
It was a nice contrast to see Tenzin's family coming together as Korra's was falling apart. Reminded me a little of the days of the separate Aang/Zuko story lines. I liked that Ikki and Tenzin learned a lesson together. This episode really showcased the human side of Tenzin for me. He's always kinda seemed a little too robotic. But how could you not love him and Ikki having a tea party with cute little flying bisons?
Seeing Bumi interact with Aang's statue was heartwarming. Even though Aang might have made him and Kya feel a little less than Tenzin, it is clear that Bumi loved him and wants to make him proud and that's good to see. And that picture of the young family was just too precious. (I feel like this episode had a lot of "aw" moments xD )
Post by Paraiba Ocean on Sept 28, 2013 2:03:57 GMT -5
Bah, I'm starting to get tired of the sibling rivalry storylines. I think they can exist in a really frustrating capacity, but so far we have Iroh and Ozai, Zuko and Azula, Tarrlok and Noatak/Amon, and now we have Tonraq and Unalaq (and even some tension with Tenzin and his siblings, though that seems somewhat resolved). It makes for an interesting storyline to see how family can be on opposite ends of the morality spectrum and what to do when you're betrayed by your own flesh and blood, but grrrrr, I just want something else.
That being said, I am finally glad Korra started standing up for her people. She was way too keen to let Unalaq do as he pleased in the first few episodes; to be honest, I'm hoping we can start seeing more of the Avatar world and how it's changed now as well. Not just Republic City (though I'm sure the political environment is quite interesting), but now we've seen the Southern Water Tribe, the Southern Air Temple (wondering when this storyline with Wan and/or Jinora is going to pick up), and it'd be interesting to see what places like the Fire Nation (perhaps a reappearance of General Iroh 2.0 and his family), some of the Earth Kingdom cities, and I can imagine we're going to definitely get a good look at the North. I'm also keen to see what the Spirit World looks like; I bet with so many dark/angry spirits, the world is in disarray.
I can't lie either though, I am hoping that Unalaq is a puppet of someone on the side of the Spirit World. I guess it could be a little excessive to go back all the way to before Korra was even a thought to her parents but I guess I just want a dramatic plot twist lol.
Ooh, I like the idea of Unalaq being a puppet for a spirit. Perhaps the spirits know beforehand which family line an Avatar will come from. Of course they wouldn't know when the previous Avatar was going to die, but it would still be an interesting plot twist like you said.