At the rally, Korra and Mako try to expose Amon as a waterbender by telling the entire crowd the truth. Amon, being one of the only competent characters in this series, has unfortunately planned for this and reveals his burned face. As Korra and Mako, shocked their plan did not work, start to escape, Amon reveals that he has captured Tenzin and his family.
Iroh shoots down the other planes, as they are on their way to destroy Bumi's forces, and has to bail out when he himself is hit by a bomb, catching onto the statue of Aang, and knocking Amon's mask off it. Asami fights her father in a mechatank, while the latter decides to kill her after she refuses to join him. With the help of Bolin she is able to subdue her father.
Korra and Mako help Tenzin and the children escape, and face off against Amon. With his bloodbending Amon defeats the two easily, and steals Korra's bending. Lieutenant, who saw the whole thing, turns on Amon after he outs himself as a bender. This goes as well as expected. Mako manages to lightning Amon before he can steal his bending, and he manages to escape with Korra.
Amon catches them, and before he is able to steal Mako's bending, Korra attacks him using airbending. She knocks him out of the window and he falls in the water. His scar washes off, and in a panic he waterbends himself out of the water, revealing himself as a bender in front of many of his supporters. Mako tries to stop him, forgetting that he has a certain ability that might work better than fire against water, but Amon escapes.
Amon frees Tarrlok and the two escape on a boat. Tarrlok, in a surprisingly dark scene, uses one of the electric gloves, and blows up the boat's fuel tank.
Korra and her friends go to the north pole, where Katara is unable to heal her bending. After a confession from Mako, Korra goes to a cliff, in a scene with some dark implications of its own, where she is able to make a connection with Aang. He heals her bending, unlocking the avatar state, Korra and Mako kiss, and then Korra heals Lin's bending.
|If it seems like a lot happened in that last sentence, that's because a lot happened in the last three minutes of this episode.|
I suppose I should complain about how much I hate the relationship between Korra and Mako. After all, I did promise in my last review that I would do so. The thing is, I don't actually care anymore. Sure it's poorly written, involving at least one character I find detestable. But it's there, and I tend to pride myself on accepting what the writers declare canon.
What I will say is that the romance was unnecessary. After the success of the romance in AtLA I bet Bryke (Mike and Brian for those not in the know) decided romance was a key part of a show's success. And for a certain demographic they are right. But I'm not a part of that demographic, and from a somewhat objective standpoint I can say that romance was not needed in this show.
|Truly, a timeless romance.|
Of course this does not happen, and instead everything is resolved, leaving me hungry for more, but wondering what on earth book two will be about.
The finale didn't quite live up to my expectations. There was a lot to love here, but there was also an equal amount of lingering problems. Problems that have been plaguing Korra for the past twelve episodes.
Allow me to make a quick tangent before I finish up with this review. With the focus of "modern styles of fighting" in this series, while the action scenes have been beautiful, they've also lost some of the feeling that the fighting in the original series. Gone are the varied martial arts styles, replaced by kickboxing. Which seems a bit odd. Suddenly the specific styles aren't what matter anymore? Why does Korra's airbending look suspiciously like firebending? In the move towards a more modern sentiment, a lot of the charm of AtLA was lost.
This show was an ambitious project, attempting to build upon an established world, while moving away from the fantasy roots the franchise was steeped in. As I said, a lot of the charm of AtLA was in fact lost, and that means there will always be something for the fans to complain about.
People often ask me why I watch anime so much when I claim to be a fan of all animation. My answer is usually that despite its faults, there are more anime that take me seriously, rather than speaking down to me. Essentially, anime isn't just kid's crap. Korra is showing that there is an audience for a more mature form of animation in the United States. And that opens the floodgates for more shows like it, leading to a future where fans of animation can watch shows without having to ever say, "I know it's for kids, but it's really, really good!"
|STOP JUDGING ME!!!|