[This is a review of The Legend of Korra season 4, episode 11. There will be SPOILERS.]
In the first of its final three episodes, The Legend of Korra aggressively demonstrates exactly what it's willing to sacrifice in order to get what it wants. This week's outing, entitled 'Kuvira's Gambit', gives Team Avatar one of their toughest opponents yet.
The "Great Uniter" is proving her indomitable ferocity to do what needs to be done more and more with each new episode. Kuvira claims she is doing this to bring together something that Avatar Aang and former Fire Lord Zuko stole from the Earth Kingdom. Her goals could almost seem admirable if it wasn't for that one small factor she's missing - love.
Korra and Aang, respectively, have always had the love of their friends and family guiding their actions. Sure, each Avatar has to make quick decisions while alone, yet their strength comes from those around them. Every step they take is carefully placed, knowing that their actions can either save, or place those they care about in danger. So, what is Kuvira holding onto?
Unfortunately, Kuvira proved she is loyal to no one but herself this week, as she used her fiance to strike an opportune blow on Team Avatar. In chess, the gambit is sacrificed in order to serve the greater good, which will hopefully win you the game. Kuvira's war against the people of Republic City is nothing more to her than a game, which Baatar jr. learned the hard way. We still do not know the fate of Suyin's son, but suffice it say, their betrothal is at an end.
Kuvira has pawns, while Korra has friends and family. Creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have proven time and time again that comradery is essential in any battle plan. If Korra is going to use a gambit, then it will be her life that she sacrifices and not those of her family. Will our Avatar survive the finale battle?
After the spirit vine weapon was fired upon Team Avatar, the big question has to be whether or not Baatar jr. survived? If he did, it would seem likely that he'd be willing to give up all the information about Kuvira's weaponry. She and Korra are most assuredly due for a rematch. Kuvira is a tough opponent, but Korra has her mojo back after her encounter with Zaheer. Besides Korra and the gang, there doesn't appear to be much outside help coming. Toph admitted that she and Katara will sit this one out due to their bad backs. It appears that saving the world takes a tole on you after so many years.
The Legend of Korra is almost at an end, but fortunately for all of us, it looks like the final two episodes should deliver a compelling conclusion. What are you most looking forward to seeing? Keep watching to see what happens next.
The Legend of Korra concludes with 'Day of the Colossus' and 'The Last Stand' next Friday on various streaming services.