[This is a review of The Legend of Korra season 4, episode 2. There will be SPOILERS.]
The Legend of Korra takes us to the darkest of places in this week’s episode, entitled ‘Korra Alone,’ as we follow the Avatar on her three year quest to reclaim the spiritual side that Zaheer violently stole from her during the season three finale. Is it merely a mental blockage, or is Korra suffering from a more sinister ailment?
Korra’s adventures through her “Avatar 12-Step Program” took her to some interesting places. For a thirty-minute episode, Michael Dante DiMartino’s script provided enough space for this beautifully dark tale to run its course. Seeing Katara again was a pleasant surprise, as the veteran waterbender did her best to literally get Korra on her feet again. Hopefully this is not the last time we’ll see her. Some of you mentioned that you’d like to see an old school Team Avatar reunion and this reviewer wholeheartedly agrees with you.
The dark Avatar spirit that haunts and eventually guides Korra’s steps had a Jacob Marley feel to it from Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. Those chains that the dark creature wears like jewelry are a harsh reminder that Korra is still holding on too strongly to the past. Our heroine must find a way to break those bonds of spiritual servitude if she’s ever going to reclaim her Avatar prowess. So, whose going to guide her out of this mess?
Well, Toph living in a darkened cavern by herself gives her a Yoda-like mystique, which would indicate she is the salvation Korra has been seeking. It will be interesting to learn more about Toph’s journey as well and why she was such a distant mother. Sure, our favorite earthbending lady was always a stubborn warrior, but she had love from the rest of Team Avatar, so why couldn’t she show that same affection to her daughters (Suyin and Lin)?
There is still plenty of mystery shrouding this final season, which is not a bad thing, since it’s still unclear who will be Korra’s main opposition. Currently all signs point to a showdown with Kuvira, but what of the Red Lotus and Zaheer? Perhaps its’s too early to start making predictions, yet one has to wonder what legacy DiMartino and Konietzko want to leave behind, as far as their television series go? Will both shows somehow come full circle by the end, or will there be some kind of ambiguity that will leave fans scratching their heads in confusion? Only time will tell.
Either way you want to break Korra’s journey down, this series has rarely faltered, except for a less than spectacular few episodes during its second season. The creators have given us one of the best animated series in recent memory for over a decade now. They have definitely earned our trust.
What are your thoughts on this emotionally gripping episode? Were you happy to see Katara back in “medical-healing” action? Stay tuned to see how Toph and Korra work things out in the coming episodes.
The Legend of Korra continues next Friday on various streaming services.