[This is a review for The Legend of Korra season 2, episodes 11 and 12. It contains SPOILERS.]
The Legend of Korra sprints toward the finish with this exciting penultimate two-part epic, entitled 'Night of a Thousand Stars' and 'Harmonic Convergence.' Team Avatar is finally reunited as Vaatu, Unalaq, and their legions of soldiers attempt to end the world as we know it.
'Book 2: Spirits' has struggled at times to find its footing, especially through the first handful of episodes; however, over the last few weeks, the show has rebounded spectacularly. The spirit world has been a magical place to visit, and it now looks to be the epicenter of the final battle between Korra and Unalaq.
Before looking ahead to next week's finale, let's first focus on Bolin. Our young "mover" hero's story dominates most of 'Night of a Thousand Stars,' bringing with it that wonderful blend of comedy and drama that The Last Airbender franchise is known for. Bolin's film career aside, it was nice to see him stick up for his wrongly imprisoned brother. Mako has been extra gloomy throughout this season, so a joyful moment of laughter between siblings was welcome. With Korra making an appearance in Republic City towards the end of the episode, Team Avatar could begin again.
For those of us wondering what the Southern Water Tribe has been up to, the fight between Tonraq and Unalaq gave us a glimpse as to how dire the situation has become. Tonraq fought valiantly, but only Korra will be able to defeat a villain like her uncle. After Unalaq's mistreatment of his son, it was surprising to see Eska and Densa still believing their father will do the right thing. Perhaps the "evil" twins will have a change of heart during next week's finale?
While 'Night of a Thousand Stars' was another strong entry in the series, 'Harmonic Convergence' was a cut above by showcasing the long-awaited return of Team Avatar. Since the premiere, this season has felt like it was missing something. With all of our heroes off pursuing ventures in film and business, The Legend of Korra was a disjointed piece of art work looking for the right canvas. All of the important pieces in terms of setting and characters were in place, but until the introduction of Wan, Korra and the rest of the ensemble were lost.
Fortunately, the team has never looked better, as their assault on the spirit-guarded portal was one of the best action sequences in the series. Even Bumi had his time to shine, proving that he's not all talk (overly lucky perhaps, but not useless). The question now is: What can we expect from the finale? Many of you have theorized that if Unalaq merged with Vaatu, then a "Dark Avatar" would be born, and it looks like your theories are correct. Stay tuned to see how it all ends.
The Legend of Korra season 2 concludes with 'Darkness Falls' and 'Light in the Dark' next Friday @8pm on Nickelodeon. Also, the Network has made the season finale available on their site - WATCH IT HERE.