TV Review: The Legend of Korra – 7
“Uh, sorry! I forgot I’m supposed to airsit…I mean babybend…I mean babysit the airbender kids! See ya later!”
The seventh episode of The Legend of Korra, “The Aftermath,” deals with Korra’s relationship with Asami and with secrets involving Asami’s father, Hiroshi Sato, and his business. The episode starts off with Korra offering Mako and Bolin to come live on Air Temple Island after what happened at the arena in the previous episode, but they tell her that they have already agreed to live with Asami in her father’s mansion.
Meanwhile, Chief Lin and her Metalbending police Force raid the Cabbage Corp, a rival company to Sato’s Future Industries, find Equalist posters and weapons. The writers threw all the Avatar: The Last Airbender fans a bone by having the Cabbage Corp. owner, a decedent of the hilarious Cabbage merchant of the first series, say “NOT MY CABBAGE CORP!”
As the police continue to question all persons involved with the attack on the pro-bending arena, Korra talks to Tahno, the former Wolf Bats leader who lost his bending due to Amon in the previous episode. Korra feels bad that he lost his bending and Tahno asks her to defeat Amon.
Korra then goes to the Sato estate to join Mako, Bolin and Asami, where she overhears a suspicious phone conversation with Hiroshi Sato claiming that it was the right moment to strike. Korra, suspecting that Sato is working with the Equalists, quickly informs Tenzin and Lin of this, who claim that his support of the Equalists might be caused by the fact that his wife was killed by the fire-bending Agni Kai gang that raided his home twelve years earlier.
Despite Bolin, Mako and Asami’s annoyance with Korra’s accusations, they do receive information from one of his workers that Sato has a secret factory hidden under his home that he uses to create weapons for the Equalists. They return to the estate and Lin discovers the underground factory.
There, they meet Hiroshi and other Equalist fighters and are trapped in the factory. Hiroshi shows them the newest invention for the Equalists: large, mechanical suits that are unaffected by metalbending due to the pure platinum alloy and will give Equalists a huge advantage in battle.
Korra, Tenzin, Lin and the metalbending police are all quickly defeated by the machines, but Mako and Bolin arrive and attempt to rescue Korra, Tenzin and Lin. However, as they are spotted and threatened by Hiroshi, Asami arrives to witness everything her father has been doing behind her back. Hiroshi apologizes to her and asks her to join the Equalists, but Asami attacks her father and helps Mako and Bolin rescue Korra, Tenzin and Lin.
The episode ends with Korra inviting Mako, Bolin and Asami to Air Temple Island, as well as Lin telling Tenzin that she would resign and look for the men she lost to Amon “outside the law.”
Overall, the episode did an excellent job of giving us background on Asami and establishing her relationship with Korra, Mako and Bolin. While Korra is originally hostile towards Asami due to her feelings for Mako, Korra begins to warm up to her and feels sorry for her when she discovers the truth about Hiroshi’s actions. It also gives us an insight on Asami’s character development and the conflicts she will face regarding her father’s betrayal.
While Asami has had little dialogue and screen time compared to everyone else, the episodes still made a point of showing her importance and inclusion to the main group. This is similar how the original series handled characters like Suki, who did not have much screen time or dialogue as the main characters but was still an essential part of the Aang Gang. So, I hope that with the improved relationship with Korra, the group dynamic and friendships will improve as they continue to face problems.
Also, the plot twist involving Hiroshi creating metal machines for the Equalists seems like the final build-up for the rest of the series.
With the pro-bending championships completed and the battle against the Equalists solidified, most of the build-up for the series is mostly done as Mako, Bolin and Asami move to Air Temple Island and Korra hopes to resume her airbending training. Hopefully, the show will put the focus back on Korra training to become a better Avatar in order to help Republic City and that Mako, Bolin and Asami help her along the way.
This episode brought back another set of amazing, not pro-bending fight and action scenes towards the end, featuring nearly all types of bending and fighting styles. One of the most amazing parts was seeing Lin using “seismic sense,” or the “seeing with your feet” technique that Toph was used in the original series.
This showed that Lin really learned everything from Toph and showed her do a different move from her usual metalbending, which was also obvious throughout the rest of the series.
Also, it was the first time we get to see Tenzin’s airbending in action, even though it was very brief. However, his airbending was very great to see, especially since I noticed it was different from Aang’s style; while obviously following the basic tenants and peaceful of airbending shown by Aang, Aang’s movements were more quick and unpredictable but Tenzin’s movements seem much more fluid and focused, which might reflect his upbringing with Katara and her waterbending.
From what we have seen of airbending, it will be obvious that both Tenzin and Korra will treat it differently from each other and different from Aang; Tenzin will be much more decisive with his airbending than Aang was while Korra, being the aggressive character that she is, will focus her airbending in both offense and defense. However, the airbending has been very limited in the series so far, and I hope we get to see more training and actual airbending from Tenzin and Korra soon.
However, the episode did seem very forced and all over the place throughout the whole thing, making it feel slightly unfocused. Since it did seem to serve as build-up for the next few episodes, it still threw the entire Sato plotline and Asami character development in our face. While her character was done really well, it still felt as if there was not proper set-up and background from previous episodes, rather it was all given to us at one go. While this happened to other characters in the original series, I was hoping that the series would take its time in providing background and character development.
Finally, I think that the entire love triangle between Korra, Mako and Asami is getting overplayed and is overshadowing other major aspects of the plot in a way that did not happen in the original series. In the original series, while the romance played a part throughout the whole show, it was never something that took away from the main story. However, in Korra, especially in this episode, it seemed to be unnecessarily made obvious by Korra’s actions and Mako’s comments. Also, it has made Mako slightly unlikeable, for me at least; while he is still a great character, his hostility and mistrust of Korra in this episode was annoying and his accusations of jealousy seemed unfair and petty, especially since he should have been able to trust Korra as a teammate and friend.
In the end, I still think it was a good episode but not the greatest episode of the series; it was rather forced and the plot was slightly unimpressive compared to previous episodes. It served more as build-up for upcoming episodes, rather than acting as a great stand-alone episode.
GO Rating: 3/5