Impression – Avatar: The Legend of Korra Book 2: Spirit, Episode 05

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Impression:

There is a lot of crazy stuff going on right now. A civil war is taking place at the South Pole, the President won’t help out Korra’s family, Mako is back on the job, and Bolin has become a movie star. At least everyone is getting exposure for the most part. Well, aside from Asami that is. What is going on with her?

That is one giant dark spirit.

If you missed the drama from the first season, then you came to the right place. Only, it was actually written well this time, but we will come back to that. First, everyone seems to have a job to do in this one. Asami disappeared in order to try to get Future Industries back on track. Korra is trying to find a way to get the United forces on the side of the South, but that is kind of difficult when you are dealing with that avatar neutrality. Mako has returned to the police force and is already caught up in a mess. A terrorist attack that took place during a peace march was made to look like it was set up by northern supporters. However, Mako knows better. What is Bolin doing during all of this? Not helping any of his friends. Instead, Bolin is enjoying the night life with Varrick. They attend a pro bending match where Bolin shows off his popularity and crowd pleasing capabilities. What does Varrick do when he sees this? Cast Bolin as the lead actor in a series of movers that is a bunch of pro southern water tribe propaganda. Amidst all of the chaos, Korra realizes that she has to go behind the President’s back in order to send troops to the south. She talks to General Iroh, but the president was tipped off. Mako is the culprit and this argument doesn’t end well. Mako just broke up with another lady.

There is pain on that face.

Current Opinion of the Show:

This is the quality of drama that I was looking for in the first season. It isn’t rushed, there is proper development, and the progression makes sense. The two are far two busy with their jobs to have time for each other. The relationship has been a little rocky for a while now and this last event was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It is truly dramatic because you know that the feelings are still there for both parties. This is definitely an improvement. It was interesting to see Mako tell the president about the secret plan. He takes that oath pretty seriously. I am a bit disappointed that we haven’t seen much of Lin though. Her comment about the breakup with Tenzin was funny, but she was one of my favorite parts of the first season. As for Bolin, this is not a bad move for his character. Capitalize on his real life popularity. People love Bolin and the guy is just goofy enough to be a star in this ridiculous production that Varrick has going. That Varrick is a pretty smart guy too. Definitely a favorite of mine in this season.

Aang would be proud.

I guess that we will be getting a lot of vacation Tenzin. This side story has been fairly interesting and I don’t mind the more light-hearted events that happened in this episode. Milo training the lemurs was fun and a nice change of pace from the intense stuff going on in the main story right now. I just wonder how long it will last. I can’t imagine this vacation lasting for the entire civil war arc because Tenzin should be a part of it. We are dealing with spirits here. Also, I think that a vacation thing would need to take less screen time as the action intensifies. It will go from a nice change of pace to a mood killer when we get into the crazy war stuff. Here is something that definitely matters. I do believe that Korra is on her way to see Zuko and his daughter. That is right people. General Iroh told Korra to visit his mother and grandfather for support because they are behind the avatar. I wonder why. That is going to be great. I can’t wait to see old Zuko. Maybe we will get an answer about his wife because we will also be seeing his daughter. I would discuss the possibilities, but it would mess with people who haven’t read The Search and The Promise.

Everyone loves Bolin.

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