‘The Legend of Korra’ Takes the Avatar on a Spiritual Quest

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[This is a review of The Legend of Korra season 2, episode 10. It contains SPOILERS]


The Legend of Korra takes on a kind of Alice in Wonderland vibe this week, filled with tea parties and magical spirit-creatures. More importantly, ‘A New Spiritual Age’ reacquaints us with some old friends from The Last Airbender years.

General Iroh, who served as the “Yoda” role for the hotheaded Prince Zuko, is back to help Korra rediscover herself. The former fire nation general is one of the most beloved characters from TLA, due to his uncompromising belief that Zuko could one day be a great man. Like Korra, Zuko was a passionate individual, who let his stubbornness get in the way of thinking clearly. Iroh is the perfect choice to help Korra on her journey.

Throughout ‘Book 2: Spirits,’ Korra has been a difficult character to embrace. Her strength and determination that made her so likable in season 1 has turned into mistrust and arrogance. With Iroh’s help in the spirit world, Korra is now able to see the ramifications of her anger and the effect they have on the world around her. The temper-tantrum she has at the tea party showed her the outcome of her uncontrollable emotions. Korra needed to understand that her quest was not all about her.

Korra’s journey to the top of that ominous mountain with the dragon-bird may have been the most important endeavor of her life. The fate of the entire world may not have been at stake, but that act of selflessness transformed her into a woman (literally). She needed that lesson in order to tackle her next obstacle, as Jinora must face a test all her own.

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Since the introduction of Wan (the first Avatar), the spirit world has been one of the highlights from season 2. The insane amount of creative technique that goes into the creature and scenic designs deserve the utmost respect. Jinora’s journey was no less troublesome than Korra’s, as the seemingly trustworthy “Furry-foot” turned into one of the scariest rabbits ever seen on television. The great owl, Wan Shi Tong, was another culprit in Unalaq’s plot to unleash Vaatu. Can anyone other than Iroh be trusted in the spirit world?

After Korra’s failed attempt to save Jinora takes her back to Tenzin and his family, one has to wonder what the Avatar will do next? With the Harmonic Convergence on its way, Korra must journey to one of the poles to enter back into the spirit world.

Unalaq made it clear that to keep your bending powers, you have to enter one of the portals. There are only a handful of episodes left and still questions remain concerning the rest of the team. Mako, Bolin, and Asami are handling the domestic troubles, but we still haven’t heard from Korra’s family for some time. Hopefully, there will be an explanation as to what her parents have been up to in the South Pole.

Korra’s journey this season has been uneven, but there is no denying the strength of these last few episodes. Perhaps the writers should have started with Wan’s introduction towards the beginning of the season?

No offense to the rest of the team, but local wars pale in comparison to an ultra evil dark spirit and the potential for warfare on a spiritual level. Korra would be nothing without her team though, so let’s hope her friends get their time to shine as well. Keep watching to find out.


The Legend of Korra continues with an epic two-part event next Friday: ‘Night of a Thousand Stars’ and ‘Harmonic Convergence’ @8pm on Nickelodeon.

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  1. Great episode! Was close to tears when Iroh appeared. As for Unalaq, how low can he possibly go? I’m really hoping to see a Unalaq vs. Tenzin bending battle now.

  2. I thought this was a solid episode. Tons of stuff happening…reallly well executed animation..and nice themes explored. The beginning of the end has certainly started…hoping for a good final run of episodes to close out this season strongly

  3. Loved it. Last week I hadn’t heard of Korra before seeing it here on Screenrant. Went and checked out a fight scene on youtube which convinced me to watch it. Now I absolutely love it and had caught up with it lol. Haven’t watched an animated show since I was a kid, but this… this is too good.

    • If you just started watching Korra, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do my friend. If you really want to enjoy this series you’ve got to start not from season one, but from Avatar: The Last Airbender!

      • I know I can’t wait. I’m assuming the animation won’t be as good.. but its got enough of a following to surmise that the whole package is something special :)

        • Dude the animation is just as good and sometimes better!

        • Crazyman…you are IN FOR A RIDE!! I’m a lifelong lover of cartoons….which is crazy to think about I did not watch any of Avatar during it’s original run also. In 2010 I found out about the movie…which I was iffy about already since I can’t stand Shamalamadingdong. Anyhoo before watching the movie, I check out the Avatar series at my local library…I FELL IN LOVE!!! The animation, the story, the choreography (the fights are phenomenal) This was easily in my opinion the BEST original cartoon series of the 2000s (at least in America), not counting remake cartoons like comic based cartoons or 80 franchises (JLU the best of those last decade) Anyhoo…saw the movie…NEVER WATCH IT. If I saw that movie FIRST, I wouldn’t even think about this series anymore…and to my amazement, I came on just in time because two years later, we got Korra. Sadly my mom not here to see it all, she passed last November…she and my dad loved it too. Without further ado, welcome aboard…great series you have come into…

  4. THE General Iroh

  5. Love the TLA and this show is growing on me since the Wan episode..but Daaamnn this part of the Avatar story should IMHO be expanding over at least a couple of seasons maybe more – it has great writing and characters but it just seems a little bit too pushed and face paced.

    I would love to see a whole season just dedicated to Jinora

    Iroh …nice, loved it

  6. The general Iroh didn’t say he died. He said, he left his body. Which means he is in an Inception state and his body is still in the real world. Hopefully we’ll be able to see an appearance (if my theory is right)

    • no…his body has probably rotted away by now.

  7. God her uncle is a dick , I love it hahaha

  8. Did they change voice actor for Iroh? He jusr sounded like someone doing a bad Iroh impression. Bummed me out.

    • The original voice actor died halfway through season 2 of the last airbender. I don’t remember his full name but his first name is mako. That is why iroh’s son’s name was mako and where the character in this series gets his name.

    • The original actor sadly died during the second season his name was Mako (who the character Mako is named for).

  9. There should be an Ikki and Meelo episode! Just sayin’…

    Nice episode. I especially liked Korra’s facial expression upon returning from spiritual world.

  11. LOL

    Season Two Episode 14. What happened? (Seriously, She did what?)
    Are we stealing Ideas From DBZ? (Bryan, Michael)

    Since the ‘motion picture’ ‘The Avatar’ franchise has lost ground with fans.

    (I hope you are ‘really’ reading)

    Nothing beats Book 2 Earth. (Witness the full stop)
    The layers were there. (Observation)

    The ending to THIS season IS Garbage. (.)

    The best idea from the bubbling pot that IS but some how LOST the plot in the Korra season 2 finale is the presence of the spirit world in the physical world and its good and bad effect and pressure put on the population, not the views and stand points of main characters.

    Any good fight scenes? (We all witnessed the LOL)


    RE DO The motion picture. Not the parallel smurf action flick.
    ( I hope you were reading )
    Compress trilogy, to comprise of two books per picture.

    Boy trapped in iceberg freed by star crossed love, grows and frees the world. ( Or just ba-sing se.)

    If you can’t get that film approved your a ducebag.
    The Avatar production teams needs a Varrick to spur things on.

    A Blind girl protected from the outside world by her parents in the upper society of ba-sing se, learns to use her earth-bending abilities in her few hours she is outside a day, to sense vibrations of the earth beneath her to see her surroundings.

    Writing like that is what we expect.nothing less.

    What in the last two seasons compares to the scene where Toph was kidnapped and locked in a metal box on the back of a wagon with no sight and no connection to the ground, became the first metal bender.

    The story of the first blood bender imprisoned by the dictators of the fire nation, with nothing but the rats she was imprisoned with learnt to bend the water in blood to secure her freedom.

    The best thing about the transition to the future (Korra Saga) is the politics of the new age, the fact that Aang lived a full life and the presence of his legacy in this new age. The advancements of technology and the adaptations of the world population due to his legacy and the characters of the time.

    I personally really like the pro-bendng championship but the fire ferrets is not a cool name. Chi blockers. Cool.

    The introduction states Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

    My conclusion is Book Air was a lose avatar remake to please fans and push for more motions pictures when a simple motion picture redo is needed.

    Spirits tries to please fans more. Ario. But falls short of the layers of intricacy needed to form a leading character. Even now I doubt the new Team Avatar can, in an opening scene, ride into a fortified ba sing sa military compound, outnumbered and out gunned, fend off the occupying army untill face to face with the president himself.


    Or is it….