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Legend Of Korra Review: Book 3 Episode 10 (Long Live The Queen)

Airbending just got a whole lot more interesting.

The Plot

Korra and Asami are imprisoned on an Earth Kingdom airship and are being taken into the Earth Queen’s custody; Mako and Bolin are imprisoned by the Red Lotus and are being taken into the Earth Queen’s custody. To put it simply, things aren’t looking up for Team Avatar.

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Spoilers from here onwards…

Well, I think we all know why Nick pulled Korra off the air now. Yup. That happened. We saw a villain die a rather violent death on screen. Sure, the Earth Queen is a real ding dong, but you gotta admit, that death was just screwed up.

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Not to mention the fact that every young, innocent child who saw that is probably gonna have nightmares for the remainder of their lifespan.

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So yeah, Zaheer dethroned the Earth Queen, spreading anarchy throughout Ba Sing Se, with riots, looters, you know, the whole kazoo. Obviously, the Earth Queen’s rather disturbing death is the talk of the episode, and I really don’t know what else to say about it. The rest of the episode is really just the characters trying to escape their imprisonment only to find Ba Sing Se in crisis.

Nonetheless, the episode was very enjoyable, but not to the point where I feel the need to write pages and pages of analysis and opinions.

What did you think of the episode? Did it leave you breathless? Or did it actually, like, rip the air out of your lungs and leave you twitching on the floor? Let me know!

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Legend of Korra Review: Book 3 Episode 9 (The Stakeout)

God, this season has been so great. Like, why did it take 3 seasons for them to get it right?

The Plot

Korra and the gang travel Misty Palms in search of the treacherous Aiwie, but no matter where they go, Zaheer will always be waiting.

Spoilers From Here Onwards

The Krew’s search for Aiwie takes them to the Misty Palms Oasis, and what’s a stakeout without sneaky disguises and intense chase scenes? Yes, The Stakeout, has all of these things, but most surprising is the information gained in just the third act alone. I’m talking a massive info dump.

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Turns out our prisoner friends are really an organization called The Red Lotus. They desire absolute anarchy; a world free of kings, queens, and government as a whole. The belief that the natural order is disorder drives these people, and they want Korra to aid them in achieving their goals.

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However, the best thing about their intentions is this:

They kinda make sense.

Korra and her friends have dealt with some awful monarchs throughout the show. Some desire power so much that they’d be willing to do anything to seize it.

But this philosophy is not without flaws. One must consider that without law, people would be free to commit much worse crimes than before and not be punished. Zaheer strongly believes that disorder will bring the world balance, but such beliefs put the strong ones at the top, and weak ones at the bottom. Would it really be any better than the way things already are? Of course, his intentions are evil, but the fact that it leaves you thinking about it is a good thing.

Oh yeah, and that Pai-shodown was flamio, hotman.

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Bolin and Mako are taken by The Red Lotus, while Korra and Asami are taken by the Earth Queen. What will become of our heroes?!

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So what did you think of the episode? Did you love it? Hate it? Let me know!

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Legend of Korra Review: Book 3 Episode 8 (The Terror Within)

My Korra reviews have returned!

The Plot

Korra and the gang continue to chill in Zaofu to celebrate Opal going to the air temple to learn with Tenzin. However, there may be a few dangers lurking in the city that no one could ever suspect.

My Verdict (Spoiler Free)

A very good, action-heavy episode. It manages to fit in a few good laughs too, and they never feel like they detract from the drama. There’s no reason for you to skip over this one.

My Final Verdict (With Spoilers)

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So yes, the impossible becomes possible and the Red Lotus manage to break into Zaofu and kidnap Korra. This episode succeeds in building suspense during these scenes and you really see just how dangerous these criminals are.

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However, the action simmers down a bit in the second half, changing the focus from the Red Lotus breaking in to how the Red Lotus succeeded in doing so. It still manages to end with a bang though. Like really. There’s actually a bang. Like an explosion bang. From a bomb. It blows up. You know, bang!

The fact that the secret keeper was the traitor caught me by surprise originally, but honestly, who the hell else would it be? And seriously, that nose-to-ear piercing really is creepy.

I really enjoyed this episode, just as I have this entire season so far! I mean, this Book has really impressed me! I feel it’s what Korra should’ve been like this whole time!

So what did you think of the episode? Did it leave you on the edge of your seat? Or perhaps it left you popping more Z’s than Korra full of sleeping darts? Let me know!

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Legend Of Korra Review: Book 3 Episode 6-7 (Old Wounds; Original Airbenders)

Do you seek answers regarding Lin and Su’s past? Or perhaps you feel a nagging curiosity towards what’s going on with Tenzin and the new airbenders? If so, these episodes will likely satisfy. Here we go, one episode at a time:

Old Wounds

The Plot

Lin seems to be under a dangerous amount of stress and is recommended to an acupuncturist to help sort things out. Meanwhile, Su decides to teach Korra metalbending, and Bolin wants in on the action. Will Lin and Su get over their complicated past and become one again? Will Bolin be one of those earthbenders out of a hundred that can metalbend?
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My Verdict (Spoiler Free)

This is a very good episode. Once again, this season shows its amazing mix of drama, action, and comedy, all sprinkled with that Avatar charm. This one is a must see.

My Final Verdict (With Spoilers)

I was really anticipating learning more about Lin and Su’s past after the last episode, and fortunately, I didn’t have to wait very long to get answers. I thought it was really clever to use acupuncture to show us flashbacks, and honestly, the second I heard the word, this was all I could think of:

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Fans of the original series will get that, but anyway, moving on!

Although I felt that Lin and Su’s past could’ve been a bit more tragic, I could still see how the events that did happen would leave emotional, and physical, scars. Seeing the two of them duke it out in the end was pretty badass too.

Also, Bolin and Opal are turning out to be quite the couple, if you can call them that. Seeing them support each other was very sweet, and well, Opal is still really freaking hot. Is it the eyes, the voice, the hair, the personality? Perhaps all of those things? I dunno, but let’s just say that I’m quite envious of Bolin, that magnificent bastard.

It also seems that the Red Lotus (our prisoner friends) are getting closer to their objective, and apparently they were even planning on assassinating President Raiko at some point too! Drop the mic! Then again, that guy does suck air bison balls.

Overall, this episode was a great continuation, and possible conclusion, to the Lin and Su story arch. Of course, I wouldn’t mind seeing this story go even further, but, seeing as how we’re already about halfway through the season, it seems unlikely. Oh well. It gets two thumbs and a few big toes up from me.

Original Airbenders

The Plot

The focus strays from Korra and the gang to focus on Tenzin and his new airbender acolytes. Tenzin thinks that he’s not doing all that great with the new members and decides that drastic measures might need to be taken. Meanwhile, Jinora and Kai continue to be adorable and bask in tweenager angst. Will Tenzin succeed in creating the perfect group of airbenders? Will Jinora ever get her tattoos?

My Verdict (Spoiler Free)

While episodes like this could simply be wrote off as filler, straying away from the main plot to focus on side characters is rarely a bad thing in a show like Avatar. It’s still got the action, charm, humor, and character that you would expect. Here’s to more airbender antics in the future.

My Final Verdict (With Spoilers)

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There isn’t too much to say about this episode, other than that it was your practical Avatar filler episode. Tenzin is still funny, Bumi is still entertaining, and Jinora and Kai are still really freaking adorable.

They still managed to fit in a few action sequences, with the airbender obstacle course and the Bison Rustlers (By the way, that guy better have been kidding about the Earth Queen eating her dad’s pet bear!).

Honestly, I really don’t have much to say about this episode. In no way am I saying it was bad, in fact, I still really liked it, but it’s nothing to prattle on about.

So what did you think of the episodes? Did you love them? Hate them? Let me know!

Okay, so wow, lots of stuff has gone down this week. First of all, I sincerely apologize for being so slow on the review. My only legit excuse is that I’ve been relatively busy, but other than that, it was really just me taking my time. Second of all, tonight’s Legend of Korra episode is the last one that will air on television from what I know. Note, this does not mean the show is canceled. Instead, Nickelodeon has decided that they want Korra to be a strictly digital program, being uploaded weekly on their website, the official Nick app, Amazon, iTunes, and Hulu, among others. This isn’t the end of the world, but I will miss watching Korra in full HD on my big tv. Ah well. Oh, and don’t worry, I’ll still be reviewing new episodes.

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Legend of Korra Review: Book 3 Episode 4-5 (In Harm’s Way; The Metal Clan)

So it has been announced that Nick will be airing 60 minutes worth of Korra every Friday from now on! That’s really awesome, however, it makes my job a bit more complicated. I now have to review two episodes in one blog post, which can get pretty messy. However, through the power of organization, I will overcome this, one episode at a time.

In Harm’s Way

The Plot

Mako and Bolin return to Korra to tell her about the Earth Queen’s dirty deeds; how she’s been snatching up all the new airbenders to build the ultimate line of defense. Korra finds this unjust, and decides to locate these airbenders and free them with help from the whole gang.

My Final Verdict (With Spoilers)

I haven’t mentioned this yet, but the fight scenes in this season have looked amazing so far. The animation is just too great, and it makes the whole thing look really awesome. Speaking of which, there have been loads of fights so far, and we’ve only seen 5 episodes! There’s been at least one in each episode.

The story here is cool too. The Dai Lee are awesome villains (however, I don’t feel they are quite as intimidating as they were in The Last Airbender) and Kai is much more like able than he was when we first met him.

It was really cool hearing Mako state what all TLA fans were thinking: “What about Lake Logai?” However, I kinda hoped it wouldn’t be Logai, because honestly, it just seemed a bit too obvious. So it was pleasantly surprising to learn that the Dai Lee’s old headquarters are now deserted, and the airbenders weren’t taken there.

I must say that my favorite part of the episode is when the airbenders accept Tenzin’s offer to stay at the Air Temple. His tears of joy and the way the TLA theme kicks in had me feeling emotional immediately. I’m so happy with how this season is playing out. It’s topping the previous seasons by far.

Overall, it was a really fun and action-packed episode. I liked how Kai was portrayed and how he helped the weaker airbender (the first noble thing he’s ever done in his life!).

Anyhoo, on to the next episode! Possibly my favorite so far!

The Metal Clan

The Plot

Team Avatar travels to a city made entirely of metal by the name of Zaofu, in order to locate another new airbender. Lin Beifong, however, isn’t too happy about it.

My Final Verdict (With Spoilers)

I absolutely love this new city! I absolutely love this episode! And holy hell, I need to know what happened to Lin to make her the way she is now! I need answers. Thanks to Nick deciding to air 2 episodes every Friday instead of just one, I can hopefully get those answers even quicker now.

Quick side note:
Opal is one of the most attractive pieces of animated work I’ve ever seen. Moving on

After meeting up with Lin’s half-sister, Korra is introduced to the new airbender (and also Lin’s niece), Opal! Okay, so yeah, Toph apparently got around in regards to her sex life as an adult, and ended up with two daughters, each from different men. My question is, who were her partners? Were they characters we knew in TLA? And also, it never clarified whether she even married these people. Her not wanting to get married is such a part of her character that I could see; not wanting to be tied down and all.

The whole thing with Lin is very tragic, and adds a whole new layer to her character. I’m really interested in learning what has Lin tangled up in emotional knots. I’m also hoping for a Toph appearance later in the season. That would just blow my socks off.

By the way, that guy’s banana sculpture touched me in a way only art can. Bravo, my dear boy.

Overall, I really enjoyed this episode. Zaofu is an extremely awesome city, and it’s really cool to learn more about the Beifong family.

So what did you think of these episodes? Did it leave you feeling as bubbly as Opal? Or perhaps as broken as Lin? Let me know!

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Legend of Korra Review: Book 3 Episode 3 (The Earth Queen)

The premiere consisted of 3 parts: A Breath Of Fresh Air, Rebirth Of A Nation, and The Earth Queen. I’ve already covered the first two, so now it’s time to wrap it up with the third part, which is probably my favorite out of the three.

The Plot

Team Avatar travels to Ba Sing Se to search for new airbenders, and as is the Ba Sing way, they can’t do anything without the Earth King’s, or in this case, Queen’s consent. While Korra is licking the Queen’s boot, Bolin and Mako try to hunt down a rogue Kai. Will Korra get what she wants by helping the Earth Queen get what she wants? Will Kai ever shape up? Absolutely! How could anything go wrong in such a marvelous city?!

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Is This A Good Place To Start?

Nope. There is a “previously on” sequence in the beginning, but it won’t give you a full understanding of what’s going on. With a show like this, it’s recommended that you start from the beginning.

My (Spoiler Free) Verdict

A great episode that brings us back to the oh so bittersweet city of Ba Sing Se (so beautiful, yet so cruel). Fans of the original series will swoon over the music that just screams nostalgia. Action and comedy are well balanced yet again. This 3-episode premiere should be enough to hold us over until July 11th.

My Final Verdict (With Spoilers)

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Holy poop. Just that one scene of Bolin and Mako’s grandmother bowing to the portrait of the Earth Queen has me believing that Ba Sing Se has become a sort of totalitarian society. I thought Ba Sing Se was creepy in The Last Airbender, and I have a feeling I’m gonna be getting similar vibes in The Legend of Korra.

Kai seemed to be doing pretty well for himself, showing off just how his airbending was quite the upgrade to his thieving abilities.

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That is until the Dai Lee showed up.

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And forced him to be a part of some secret airbender army. Gotta hate those f***ing Dai Lee.

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On another note, we had a group of barbarians who claimed to be trying to reclaim the taxes for the people. Geez, the Earth Queen doesn’t seem to be a very nice lady. You know, I think she just needs some advice from the former Earth King. Get a bear. They solve everything.

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Also, this fruit stand lad who looks like he belongs in Street Fighter kept cracking me up. Is this our new Cabbage Guy?

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Zuko’s line about how he once hired “Combustion Man” to kill Aang was probably the most satisfying reference to the original series, by the way.

So I thought this was a really good episode. I’m very interested in this “secret airbender army”, and I really hope it leads to Korra and the gang ending the Dai Lee once and for all.

What did you think of the episode? Did it leave you looking like you just came back from a relaxing stay at Lake Logai? Or perhaps it made you feel crummier than a rotten fruit stand? Let me know!

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Legend of Korra Review: Book 3 Episodes 1-2 (A Breath Of Fresh Air/Rebirth Of A Nation)

Holy boomerang! This was one large premiere! In fact, it was pretty daunting to imagine having to cover all of the information in review form. We’re talking a whole 60 minutes or so of Korra. However, I’ve been really busy, so for my own sake, I’ll only be cover 2 out of 3 parts of the premiere in this post. I plan on writing the 3rd part’s review tomorrow. Anyhow, let’s do this!

The Plot

Things have really changed since Harmonic Convergence, and surprisingly enough, most of these changes don’t seem to be very good. Certain non-benders are suddenly able to airbend, icky spirit vines are devouring Republic City, and Korra has an 8% approval rating among the citizens. 8%! Is there anything good that has come out of Korra’s decision to release spirits into the world? Will Mako get over his break-up with Korra and move in to Air Temple Island instead of sleeping under a desk at the Police Force office? Both are a strong maybe.

Is This A Good Place To Start?

Even though this is the start of a new “Book” or season, it continually references events from the past seasons, and even the original series, The Last Airbender. I’d say the necessary place to begin if hoping to get a full experience would be Book 2.

My (Spoiler Free) Verdict

These episodes were fantastic! It had the action we love, the comedy we love, and the characters are becoming more and more fleshed out as the series continues. I definitely recommend it if you loved the original series, the past seasons, or animation in general. Also, it is appropriate for the whole family.

My Final Verdict (With Spoilers)

This season is definitely shaping up to be my favorite so far. Seeing Zuko again is amazing, and those prisoners look like some bad-ass villains. I mean, the designs on those guys is awesome, especially the armless one that uses waterbending to form tentacles that allow her to swing around and stuff. It’s just too cool!

We also see Korra and Asami bonding together, which is something we haven’t seen much of, what with Mako always being in between them. Speaking of Mako, the way he acts around Korra and Asami in these episodes is just too funny. He’s had romantic affiliations with both of them, all of which have gone to hell, and he’d rather spend nights under his desk than be in the same location as either of them.

The whole “Reviving the Air Nomads” story arch is just way too cool, and it’s nothing like anything we’ve seen out of the Avatar series before. I’m really looking forward to seeing how that plays out.

We also get a new character! A young and mischievous thief boy named Kai, who just happens to be one of the lucky non-benders who has picked up airbending. He’s very Toph-ish, which definitely isn’t a bad thing. I’m looking forward to seeing how his character evolves.

Oh yeah, and I almost forgot! Bumi can airbend now too! I’m just kinda hoping that he doesn’t go bald in the process…

So what did you think of the premiere? Did it leave you breathless (with Wind!)? Or perhaps you just don’t care? Let me know!

Expect my review of The Earth Queen tomorrow!

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