This episode we finally got the crossover between the two storylines of Korra’s return to strength and Kuvira’s quest for world domination. And I liked this episode, but it really felt like it was setting up the next one and not in a way that the past few episodes have been. More that this was the first of a two parter. We finally got to see Korra back in the thick of things, though she is taking a bit more of a pacifist approach now, an approach which Suyin has no interest in, instead she wanted Korra to go into Avatar mode and take out all of Kuvira’s troops. Why not?
When Korra does go to speak to Kuvira, Kuvira does not seem phased by Korra’s presence, instead of giving in she tells Korra to convince Suyin into giving up Zaofu. Kuvira managed to continue her terrifying streak by holding up Varrick, Darth Vader style, over train tracks while on a moving train. Oh yes Varrick, Varrick had some of my favourite moments in this episode, including his units of measurement of weight and power. Instead of kilograms or pounds we got Zhu Li’s and instead of volts we got Varricks. Varrick found out how crazy Kuvira is after he gains a conscience, finally, will it last, doubt it. After he protested over the continued production of the spirit vine technology, Kuvira insists that he carry on, after some convincing, such as a threat of death.
Kuvira decides that Bolin will be the go between between her and Suyin and at first Bolin tries to go ahead with it in a hilarious reconciliation scene between Kuvira and Baatar JR. and the Suyin family. But after the confrontation between the two clans, Bolin also realises that Kuvira and goes to visit Varrick. The two bond over their revelation and decide to try to escape with Zhu Li. The three attempt this by getting in Mecha suits but are stopped by Baatar JR. and we get a fun mecha fight scene. Upon being brought back to Kuvira, they are all sent to be punished and then the biggest betrayal of the century, I didn’t see it coming, Zhu Li reveals that she agrees with Kuvira and joins her, it was like WrestleMania 17 all over again. I hope it’s a ruse, it has to be a ruse right, please be a ruse. Varrick was then sent back to work on the spirit vine technology while Bolin was sent to a reeducation camp which scares me.
One part of this episode was completely away from the action, but I’m sure there was a reason for it and that was the reconciliation of Asami with her father. Asami went to go visit him to return letters, unopened to him, Hiroshi seemed hurt but then told Asami she was the greatest thing he ever created which brought tears to my eyes . After seeing a daughter and her father playing in a park, Asami went back to the prison to give her father another chance. I wonder what this means for the wider storyline? Could Hiroshi help invent something to defeat Kuvira.
All in all, this was an action light episode but with the ending revealing that Suyin and the twins have gone to confront Kuvira, we’re sure to have an action packed episode next week.