Legend of Korra 4×2: Korra Alone
Legend of Korra
4×2: Korra Alone
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Episode Summary (from the Avatar Wiki): While being haunted by a shadow of herself in the Avatar State, Korra reminisces about the hardships she went to in the course of three years. In 171 AG, she retreated to the Southern Water Tribe in an attempt to heal her body and her mind. After two years and with Katara’s help, she was able to recover physically, though continued to have visions about Zaheer and the attempt on her life. In 173 AG, she set out on a journey across the world to reconnect with Raava, though to no avail. In 174 AG, while wandering through a small Earth Kingdom town, she decides to confront the vision of herself and ends up losing. However, when a small dog begs her to follow it, she does so and after passing out in a swamp after a new confrontation with her Avatar self, she wakes up in the home of Toph.
The first episode of season four was good, but I got caught up in other stuff, and basically stopped watching Legend of Korra. And then I heard about the series finale, and decided I had to catch up RIGHT NOW!
It was interesting to watch this episode having been spoiled for The Thing that happens in the last episode. Especially Korra’s interactions with Asami, both when she’s leaving Republic City and when they’re writing back and forth. I don’t know if I would have picked up on it if I didn’t know where the show was going, but with that knowledge, it’s definitely there. Korra’s comment about being able to talk to Asami more easily than the others. The way Asami grasps Korra’s shoulders before she leaves.
Basically, I think they’re amazing together, and I’m still in happy shock that The Show did The Thing.
But even without that piece, this was a powerful episode. Korra is suffering physically, mentally, and spiritually from everything Zaheer did to her. She’s suffering from PTSD, which slows her physical recovery. She has flashbacks to fighting Zaheer, and to being imprisoned and poisoned.
Then when she tries to go out into the real world, she hallucinates? herself in the Avatar state. She turns away from Republic City to go elsewhere, but she’s quickly recognized as the Avatar by a seafood vendor dude who wants to take her picture for his Avatar Wall. (I loved his picture of Aang and the seafood wraps!)
When a convenient pair of thieves rob a nearby woman, the vendor shoos Korra into action … and the fighting triggers another flashback, leaving Korra beaten on the sand.
There’s an ongoing theme of people and spirits questioning if she’s the Avatar — it’s the same thing Korra’s struggling with inside. She can’t go into the Avatar state anymore. She can’t find Raava. There’s so much despair, but she keeps trying. She travels all over the world. She goes to the spirit world. She finally tries to face her hallucination, which leads her to the arena, where she keeps fighting (and losing), until a spirit comes along to lead her into the swamp, where she fights her hallucination one last time, only to find TOPH!!!
Yeah, I was very happy with this episode. It had heart that some of the earlier seasons seemed to lack. It had real consequences for everything Korra has been through.
If I didn’t have to get ready for the holidays, I would probably pull an all-nighter and watch the rest of this season tonight!
December 23, 2014 @ 10:15 pm
I’m so far behind, I watched the first season and then a friend said the second season wasn’t that good so I never watched it, although I own them on Amazon streaming, might have to remedy not watching it very soon.
Jim C. Hines
December 23, 2014 @ 10:22 pm
Season two was not good. I thought season three was a bit better, but it still didn’t have the magic of Avatar: TLA.
I’ve only seen two episodes of season four so far, but I’ve been really happy with them both. I’m hoping they pulled things together for this last season.
Mason T. Matchak
December 24, 2014 @ 1:05 am
Glad to see you’re getting back into this, especially after the sheer unbridled awesomeness that is the series finale. ^_^ Season four is really good, lots of buildup and development in the first half and then it all comes together very, very well in the second half.
And keep an eye on Korra and Asami’s interactions in ep.7, that’s all I’m going to say. Bwa ha ha.
December 24, 2014 @ 3:46 am
Man, I still have such a love-hate relationship with Korra.
When it’s good it’s REALLY good, but when it’s bad.
December 24, 2014 @ 5:16 am
I liked the whole First Avatar part of the second season a lot. The animation was gorgeous too.
December 24, 2014 @ 9:30 am
Note: I am very happily one of the Korra-proselytizers among my group of friends, and the last two seasons have made me SO HAPPY. That said! I think Korra is the wrong place to be looking for “the magic of A:TLA”. A:TLA’s charm is in optimism and childlike joy and hope while also dealing with tough things. But the nature of the show is much more lighthearted. Aang’s struggle is with reconciling his playful, innocent nature with the responsibilities of being the Avatar. It’s appropriate for a show aimed at pre-teens.
Korra, on the other hand, is aimed a little bit older, and is correspondingly darker. The themes are more mature (family, complicated feelings, PTSD), and the tone is therefore a little bit less bright. So while it’s still very very good and I am extremely fond of it, I don’t think it has the exact same magic of A:TLA. It’s got a magic of its own.
Jim C. Hines
December 24, 2014 @ 10:52 am
A lot of Avatar’s magic came from having complex characters, stories that struggled in a world where there were no simple answers, avoiding the easy and overdone storylines, portraying a beautifully developed world, etc. It’s not going to have Aang’s childlike charm and joy, but while I think Korra has been an above-average show compared to everything else out there, I also think it’s fallen short in a lot of those other areas.
December 28, 2014 @ 2:22 am
I’ve loved Season 1 and 3 and 4 of Korra…. I think for me, S2 had many of the rough spots. But considering that they’ve worked hard to make things that happened in S2 (even if it’s just characters) MATTER in later seasons…. I love it. As a complete whole, and I think — when binge-watching — it’s a lot easier to really gel everything together. Sort of like these were chapters in a book, or something! 😀