Legend of Korra, The Peacekeepers

I have to be to be frank, I am loving this new season of Legend of Korra. It is not without it’s flaw, but what it’s doing right I feel it is doing VERY right. In tonight’s episode, “the peacekeepers,” we continue to see the prominent aspect of this show that distances Legend of Korra from it’s predecessor The Last Airbender: the emphasis on the politics of the progressing world of Avatar. While TLA was a grand fantasy epic following a messianic figure and his friends fight an oppressive empire, LOK shows the modernized world that followed and the politics of varying parties struggling to maintain the peace Aang (the previous avatar) worked so hard to establish.
Korra seeks the aid of the President of the United forces hoping to enlist the UF army, led by General Iroh, in the Southern Water Tribe’s war on the North. He declines, as he does not wish to get involved in an internal struggle between the water tribes. Mako finds himself torn between his duties as a Republic City police officer (and subsequent loyalties to the President of the United Forces) and his loyalty to Korra. Bolin continues to be mentored in the easy of comic relief by Varrick, who continues to be a tremendously entertaining new addition as Republic City’s resident Howard Hughes, while he and Asami make a business deal to have her father’s Mecha suits sold to the southern water tribe. Lin Bei Fong finally returns to the show to butt heads with Korra, accompanied by General Iroh, if only to briefly offer his support Korra’s cause only to be shut down by the President by threat of Court Marshal. Meanwhile Unalaq has dispatched his children Eska and Desna to bring Korra back by force, revealing that he does in fact still need her to open the North Pole Spirit gate. Eska continues to be a personal favorite of mine. Her distraught rage over losing Bolin is surprisingly endearing, and almost makes her sympathetic.
Tenzin’s Plot line of teaching his son Meelo how to train his pet lemur seemed a bit extraneous, as it had absolutely nothing to do with any other plot line, either directly or thematically, but it still granted us, as an audience, some thoughtful insight into Tenzin’s mentality as a leader and the sole Airbending master in the world and why he feels the need to be as strict as he is with his students. One thing I did find a distracting was the teen drama between Korra and Mako in the form of their break up towards the end of the episode. It seemed out of place in the grand scheme of what is going on in the show. Korra in general came off as frustratingly hard-headed and a little dense in this episode. I sincerely hope that the writers are building up a massive change in her attitude by the season’s end because as of now it’s starting to become difficult to route for such an irrational, misguided character.
What stole the episode for me, however, was Varrick’s proposed series of moving pictures, set to star Bolin as a scantily clad Southern Water tribe warrior accompanied by stock footage taken of the Northern Tribes forces taking siege of the harbor. The obvious parallels and allusions to WWII (i.e war propaganda films made to stir support for a war effort coupled with the United Force’s hesitation to get involved) is absolutely brilliant. The cliffhanger ending (a recurring motif this season) also proved thrilling, with Korra racing to the fire nation on Varrick’s speed boat to seek help only for Eska and Desna to finally catch up with her leading to a very well executed fight scene on the surface of the ocean. Things go from bad to worse for Korra when she is attacked by a massive dark water spirit and is dragged down into the depths right before the credits role. Whatever the writers have in store for Korra, I cannot wait to see it next week (though I certainly hope it knocks some sense into her).

2 comments

  1. Pingback: The Legend of Korra: Season 2 Ep 5 Peacekeepers Review | Gamers Therapy
  2. peejayhowland · October 7, 2013

    I know what you mean. This season has already had tons of cliff hangers. Hopefully the last scene of this last episode will knock some sense into Korra.
    Great post

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