More of a response than a review. Spoilers ahead.
I cried like a bitch. Like a BITCH. Uncontrollable sobbing throughout. I was terrified and genuinely concerned for the well being of my characters. The last 2 weeks had primed us to be a bit more accepting how far the writers were willing to go in terms of deaths. We went in believing “No one is safe”. I love what they did for the story, as well as the more subtle commentaries they broach.
I’m curious as to what the full extent Zaheer was truly willing to go in terms of harming the Airbenders. His orders to “wipe them out” were simply a baiting tactic. Would he have let them go in the end?
Bei Fong sisters throwin’ down the Bei Fong law. Korra still being awesome while cuffed. For a moment Tonraq was prime suspect for death #1. Lavabending rescue we all saw coming but loved anyway.
For a moment, my heart broke for Zaheer. Beautifully executed death scene. Those sound effects: Hollow, eerie, and conclusive. That grief on his face. Anarchist murderer or not, the thought of losing someone you love, whom with the relationships depth is predicated on the same passionate values you are presently fighting with your life over; it lays heavy on anyone. One of those subtle commentaries is the dynamic between Zaheer & P’Li. The scene in which the extent of their relationship is explicitly stated depicts a shorter man kissing up to a taller woman without making it appear comical. It was never a joke or notably compared, it just is.
"Empty, and become wind." He is truly liberated from earthly desires. And perhaps he actually is. But what of that which imprisons us and is not a desire? Is Zaheer not chained by his grief? His ideology? Or is he truly serving his words of "loyalty to the self" faithfully? And what does it say about a human, who is of the earth, severs himself from earthly desires?
The sight of the Northern Air Temple being melted right off the mountain. Damn.
Terrifying and unsettling. It’s always painful to watch your protagonist so vulnerable and so hurt. I don’t know why I didn’t see that as their ultimate goal in the first place. Makes perfect sense. But most of finale episode was really just hazy blur of terror, tears, and heartbreak. That moment when you realize they’re topping Season 2’s finale threw me over the edge. Studio Mir gets the shot right every time. I was in the middle of that throw down the entire time.
There was one particular aspect I felt made this fight fundamentally different and more exciting from the Unalaq and Korra throwdown. In Season 2 she wields the Avatar State pretty lucidly. But this…this was the wrathful Avatar’s unbridled rage, the likes of which we have not seen since Aang’s battle with the Fire Lord. I would not describe her as “in control” for most of this fight, if any. Though this is the first time we’ve seen her fight int he Avatar State since the severance of the past lives. Does that mean the Avatar State is weaker now, or does it not work like that?
A friend recently pointed out to me that Mako more or less executed someone. Deaths aren’t just things bad people do to other bad people, nor is killing someone necessarily in and of itself enough to make you a “bad person”. Mako was completely justified, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t weigh on you.
Zaheer always spoke of the power in freedom and chaos as the natural order. Yet he does not consider the strength held by those who, in their freedom, choose to act in concert within a system to achieve even greater accomplishments. There is an elegant irony that the element he mastered still over came him when faced with this principle. “We have power together”.
Last minute save by Jinora (again), but we’re totally cool with it. How did she know the poison was metal? Was it simply from her observations in Astral Form? Could she sense it in her aura? Spiritually enhanced perception?
The rest is just a sob fest. Korra, oh Korra. Appreciated Asami bein’ there for her girl. Defeat is a heavy burden to bare. Metal poisoning, I shutter just thinking about it. Not all victories are clean, and the aftermath can impact the rest of our lives. lol “Shoetrees”, Meelo. Jinora, I’m so proud, you beautiful fictional character you. That last frame…Korra. Hurt, loved, damaged, & hopeful, all at the same time. They say so much with so little.
Will they attempt to reconnect the past lives? Would Jinora be instrumental in that? Is going back to the status quo a possible goal?
Interesting about all our villains: their ideologies in their purest form, had a point. Inequality, imprisoning the spirits, and corrupt nations all impact the balance of the world.
Will Korra need to honestly reassess the Avatar’s place in the world? She’s already eliminated the need for “bridge between worlds” role. Is the era of the Avatar truly reaching its twilight and will it be Korra’s mission to responsibly lay that mantle to rest? If not, what is the role of the Avatar in this rapidly evolving world?