Kuvira has come a-knockin at the gates of Zaofu, and she brought her entire frickin' army! How will Su greet the Great Uniter after her threatening words back in Republic City?
Korra reached a milestone on her road to recovery during her time with Toph in the Great Swamp. She removed the remains of the metallic poison Zaheer afflicted her with and she reconnected with Air Siblings that love her like a big sister. Ikki informed Korra of Kuvira's plans and they're making their way to Zaofu on the back of Pepper. How will the Avatar deal with her first major external conflict in over three years?
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Looks like Kuvira is going to be a generic villain with no real redeeming qualities after all. I also predict that Zhu Li will later return to Varric and Kuvira will somehow use the spirit weapon to be able to fight Korra because without it Korra will beat Kuvira in under a minute.
Also how was Suyin expecting Republic City to get their army to Zaofu when the only way to get there is through the Earth Empire? Was she really expecting the Earth Empire to just let another army march across their land?
Wonder if Asami will continue getting development. Kuvira seems to be on a path Similar to Revan started down the path because nobody else would act and then went too far.. Maybe Korra can bring her back from being to extreme.
I'm unsure at this juncture. The revelation that Su has raised her since she was a child leads me to believe that her family may have perished in a bandit raid of some sort and that fuels her want to institute the authority she wishes.
Bataar Jr. strikes me as a butthurt "YEAH TAKE THAT MOM. NEENER." guy with parental issues. He wound up being the biggest world-damaging faggot out of the litter of the Beifong clan. His brother Huan is an Emo metalbending sclutpist with green highlights in his hair and his head up his own ass, and even HE is not a fan of Bataar Jr.
>>118405 >>118407 Wonder if this is a result of Suyin's overly open approach to life and her parenting methods? Even if I'm not one of the people who ever thought she was actually evil in the previous season I'd consider myself one of many who thought the narrative was a little biased in letting her off easy versus Lin so it would be an interesting form of karma that avoids being too overhanded.
>>118407 >>118408 I have a feeling his attitude might be Kuvira's doing, in that she planted ideas in his mind that he'd never flourish in Zaofu, he was being intentionally held back by his parents, etc.
>>118409 I did appreciate how they developed her relationship with Korra at least. But true, something like this holds much more emotional gravitas. It was kind of a shocker to see Sato all aged in prison.
Welp. Kuvira went from being a realistic and solid character to blatantly evil in a matter of.. like, three minutes. That has to be a record.. behind Unalaq wanting to destroy the world and turning into a Power Rangers monster that is.
>>118418 She was having that problem earlier too. Unless they have a plot twist explaining her actions, if they wanted her to be a more convincing villain she should've been shown to at least believe in her actions like Zaheer and even Amon did, rather than being a "I'm aware that everything I'm doing is evil and admitting I'm lying to people like Bolin since all my claims of the higher moral ground are obviously bullshit".
I don't know, I thought that they showed, via flashback and from what little we saw in the previous season, that she started out with good intentions, but they quickly snowballed when it appeared that no one else was willing to step up and do something.
Could do with a touch more to fill in the gap between "I'm going to get rid of the bandits and make Ba Sing Se a beacon of progress like Zaofu!" to "Anything other than accepting my complete control will get you sent to a prison camp!" though.
Like, I can see someone going down this slope, but we need a touch more to go on than a fiance with issues with his mum and a bunch of rich assholes egging her on. Maybe the aforementioned theory of her parents getting killed by bandits giving her a some kind of complex where, to her, the only way people can be safe is if they do exactly what she says.
Y'know, like the Justice Lords over in the DCAU (not in Injustice though, those guys are psychos).
On a related note... how long until she fixes the "Secret Project" to an airship and decides to do her Ozai impression on those who'd oppose her?
>>118423 >I don't know, I thought that they showed, via flashback and from what little we saw in the previous season, that she started out with good intentions, but they quickly snowballed when it appeared that no one else was willing to step up and do something. Yeah this is why I'm so confused at people being like, "ugh of COURSE Kuvira is a shallow one-dimensional villain why did I expect anything different". In the flashback she came off as anything BUT power hungry and I hope they do explore where it all changed for her.
>>118426 I think part of that is that aside from whatever her past is that she ran into some really bad characters around the mid point of her mission and that is when she decided that stabilization wouldn't cut it. Hell epically true seeing they were planning on putting in a puppet government with Wu in charge.
That could be what did it. She was tasked on finding the heir and it turned out to be him. She argued that he was in no way fit to be king and her pleas were ignored in favor of reestablishing the royal line, with some "advising" by the United government.
I do like there is barely any counter to Kuvira's argument other than she might be a bit extreme. She's feeling a lot like Megatronus where the core argument was right but his want for power blinded him to a peaceful end. Lets hope Korra can help her see a path to peace and this conflict doesn't wage on for millennia.
>>118429 Kicking and punching and stuff, though when going up against a trained Bender shit got hard for them. Some still bitch that they've got Mechs yet still no firearms. I think it makes combat more interesting than them shooting that each other for most of a fight.
A lot of people seem to be viewing Su Lin negatively for refusing to help stabilise the Earth Kingdom and instead remaining safe in her city, then complaining when the new Earth Empire tries to invade her city. The argument seems to be that it was her own fault for not trying to gain influence in the new Earth Kingdom, which was intent on recapturing everywhere in the Earth Kingdom.
I felt that Su's claim that she didn't want to be a conqueror wasn't that valid given that she could have turned the Earth Kingdom over to the Earth King when she was done.
>>118445 I think it's actually pretty fair to call Su selfish in this case, tbh. Since we first met her in S3, she was a person completely stuck up her own ass and disconnected from the rest of the world in almost every sense. All she cared about was her city and her immediate family; it wasn't until Opal was in direct danger that she acted in some way.
She bitched and moaned about the Earth Queen and the unnecessity of monarchies, then as soon as the Earth Queen is gone and she has a real chance to prove her point, she once again does nothing. Even after Raiko, Tenzin and Kuvira herself plead with her to do something. Su is like one of those hypocrite rich elites who love to talk fireside politics but never lift a finger to do anything.
I dunno, her character's never really settled all too well with me and I'm glad she and her two hunky sons are getting captured next episode.
To be fair she did actually have a point regarding how anyone who sets out to enforce order from outside each individual province would just come off as being a conquerer or invader... Like, She had the right idea to a degree, the problem is that Kuvira had a point too, in that order HAD to be brought back in some manner.
I think that Su was just assuming it would sort itself out, with each state eventually stablising on their own... even though that's being more than a smidge overly optimistic. Not all the states in the former Earth Kingdom had the resources to rebuild themselves into seperate city states like Zaofu, so help from the outside was the ONLY option in a lot of cases...
So yeah, both Kuvira and Su had part of the right idea, but the situation was so complicated that neither is entirely right either.
>>118447 Hence Korra having to be brought back into the fray to sort out the mess and get some kinda balance going. I think Kuvira will survive and some kinda peace will be worked out. Also hope United Government gets an earful for thinking a puppet king and international advisers was a good idea.
Right. But I can assume an animated drama starring some 21 year olds that hasn't had a shit ton of comic and toy lines for decades can certainly not have the same impact for advertisers as much as a bunch of characters on an action show that does.
I keep thinking how it was the lack of advertisers that made them put it up online. They obviously knew it wasn't gonna attract their core demo and their Nick advertisers weren't gonna be going for that (and I'm sure it didn't have the lowest numbers on their network) so they weren't gonna take the hit money-wise.
I dunno. Does the show benefit from being Digital-Only?
>>118450 >>118451 >>118452 However, I believe that either Bryke or some other producer did say that Nickelodeon at one point had a rule that shows with human casts had to have the lead/viewpoint character be children themselves.
The unwritten rule for children's programming is that the cast should be a few years older than the target audience. So shows aimed at preteens should have teenage leads, shows aimed at eight year olds should have preteen leads, etc.
>>118456 Su and Sons attempt to take out Kuvira and fail and end up captured. I think Bataar Sr will then concede to Kuvira and join the Earth Empire in order to save Su and his sons. Korra will head back to Republic City near the end to find out what the hell is going on on their end and Bolin will escape and be on the run for a couple of episodes.
>>118461 Book 1 made Bank as soon at it was up on Itunes and Book 2 even with its split reception was no slouch in sales. So its got the ability to make a solid profit. Just advertisers and those that want the channel itself to thrive bitch about the lack of profit to them.
But now they've been going digital with '12 Turtles too now so maybe whomever was having it out during the Book 3 run with this erratic flipping from Digital and Cable to Cable only back to only Digital. Finally got a shot at doing what they've been attempting to do for years and that is get part of the older demographics that have been going with digital services last few years.
While maybe no more Avatar for a few years while they chill with other projects maybe we can get some action shows on a Digital Service.
>>118463 If they can make a profit without showing the show and just selling toys they will. Its on the Friday 8:00 Slot now are a premier. Though for some reason it went into Hiatus with like three more Horror episodes left to air. Their schedule is just as bad as Korra's.