Legend of Korra: Dueling Benders

Mike Hoffman | 10 Nov 2014 00:00
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Korra faces off with Kuvira while Varrick builds a super-weapon. What could possibly go wrong?

We're just about halfway through the last season of Legend of Korra, and the "The Battle of Zaofu" is the end result of Kuvira's seizure of the Earth Kingdom Empire. When last episode left off, it was Suyin that broke the temporary truce between her city and Kuvira's forces, and it's down to Korra to clean up the mess. Meanwhile, Varrick and Bolin are forced to build weapons for the Earth Empire's "Great Uniter".

It's another fantastic episode for Book Four, delivering brilliantly choreographed fight sequences, gorgeous music, hilarious jokes, and major story developments. All of that is used to support themes and dialogue that contradicts the "Nick" logo on screen. Seriously, if you're not watching Legend of Korra: Book Four, you're missing out on some of the best episodes of the LoK series and Avatar.

Korra carries herself differently now, reluctant to fight, but when no options are left, she's ready to throw down with "a lot of pent up rage." She's definitely not Aang, but she is managing the responsibility of being the Avatar better than we might have predicted at the beginning of the series.

One of the best parts of this season is how carefully the writer's are conveying Korra's internal struggle. Instead of showing the audience what Korra is thinking, we are left to ask what's going through her head. Disappointingly, it looked like the show was ready to move on from Korra's physical and emotional recovery after removal of metal poison. By the end of this episode, though, it's clear that Korra still has more work to do to overcome her trauma.

Episodes of Legend of Korra: Book Four are released on Nick's website on Friday mornings, with all of the previous episodes available to view now. The first two seasons are available on Amazon, with Book Three on Vudu.

Spoilers follow.

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