The situation at Zaofu is in danger of going pear-shaped between Suyin and Kuvira's factions. With Korra's arrival, Kuvira gave the Avatar a 24 hour grace period to talk Su into a accepting diplomatic solution (aka, fucking surrender). When Korra arrived in the city, she was too late, as Su took her twin sons on an night time assassination mission!
After Bolin, Varrick, and Zhu Li's attempted defections, Kuvira sent Bolin off to the prison camps and forced Varrick to continue his spirit vines research under lock and key while Zhu Li pledged her undying allegiance to Kuvira. What's the play here? And what fate awaits Bolin at Kuvira's Super Happy Re-eduction Camp?
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I expected more from the fight, though it was nice to see Korra shine again (even if it was short-lived) but otherwise, this episode was pretty predictable if you've put together the pieces from the book 4 trailer. Suyin was being dumb and reckless. Given her situation, now I wonder if Bryke are actually going to through with it and kill her. Her execution will make for great dramatic moments. It would be shocking and give Korra even more of a motive to kill Kuvira in return. And now everyone assumes Kuvira's going after Wu, but she's actually going to take Mako.
I literally groaned out loud when Korra hallucinated and ended up losing the fight. It's not her fault at all but this is starting to get very, very frustrating. I guess Kuvira's attitude didn't help things either.
Thought that it was an okay episode, showed Korra's recovery wasn't just handwaved away in just a "few" episodes. Meelo was pretty tiresome, but Varrick was actually both entertaining and important to the plot, so his getting a larger share I didn't particularly mind.
Su's reaction was understandable, considering she knows exactly what kind of person Kuvira's morphed into since she left the city, though openly attacking her was kind of reckless.
Find it kind of hilarious that Bataar Jr. seems to have sided with Kuvira due to feeling he was overshadowed by his parents... only to get engaged to a woman who willingly wants to overshadow EVERYONE.
Also, Kuvira telling Korra to keep out of Earth Empire affairs would have worked better if she wasn't, you know, the Avatar. Her jurisdiction is pretty much international and spans both the spirit and regular worlds.
So, /co/ bitched for weeks about Korra's recovery being rushed, and now they'll probably keep whining anyway. Personally, I'm happy that evil spirit korra si back, I really thought they were gonna forget it, but I agree the situation is getting a little frustrating. I think she needs to face Zaheer again. I also loved that little painting moment.
Also, I think keeping team avatar separated for so long is hurting the show a bit. I know they're not ad essential to each other as the gaang, but season 3 finally managed to show them as a grioup of people working well together and caring for each other (especially in The Stakeout).
>>118477 I agree. I think season 4's villain is fantastic, but as far as plot goes, it's making the same mistake as season 2: separating the characters, several flimsily-intertwined plotlines, and a lot more dialogue than action. It doesn't help that dialogue isn't exactly the strong point of the series (I detest it when characters talk about people interfering in their "business" all the time). But at this point onward, the viewers are flying blind and all the pieces have been set. I have a feeling Bryke saved all the meatier stuff for the latter half of the season.
Loved the juxtaposition between the fight and the calm(er) music. I remember back in season one people being all like "man, I'd love to enjoy the fight but there's just horns blaring all over it" and... guess this is the result!
>>118483 It'll definitely be an interesting development for her character! Going from Always Ready To Fight mode to no longer being able to do so at the drop of a hat, it makes more a fascinating bit, don't you think?
Hm, it occurs to me that it really would be in Kuvira's best interests to kill Korra at the first opportunity at this point, as chances are the new Avatar (who would be of Earth Kingdom descent) would likely be one of her citizens... and with an entire continent at her disposal now, I doubt she'd let the Order of the White Lotus get into a position to raise the new one in a neutral setting.
We're 6 episodes in and I've found the series to be somewhat confusing with no real idea where it's meant to be going. Korra had arc about being ill, shes was cured, then started having the same problems again so we're going to have to have another healing arc. It just feels like Bryke is dragging this out because they don't have enough plot for a full series.
You know, given that Jinora expressed confusion on seeing Korra suddenly relapse...I get the feeling that...perhaps...something else is going on? That we're supposed to be wondering "hey, what happened, the poison was gone, why's she acting that way?" Like, intentionally? This is only the halfway point, and a fully okay Korra killing Kuvira would be the definition of anti-climactic.
>>118492 I think people were hoping Korra would win and kick Kuvira out and in a sort of out of character for her rage she'd turn her army on Republic City. Which would have been okay but I think Korra would have had to deliver a particularly embarrassing beating for Kuvira to do something like that.
>>118494 There is a bit of that, but from what I've read it mostly seems to be that they thought that the pre-avatar state phase of the fight was too one sided, that Korra should have, while remaining on the defensive, at least gotten a few good shots in. And honestly I can see being annoyed by that, but when you compound the fact that she hasn't properly fought or even practiced bending in three years with the fact that deep down she probably still doesn't really want to fight Kuvira, I think it made sense.