Let me make a brief confession. I downloaded and started watching episode 10 of Korra thinking I was on that episode, when in actuality the last episode I watched was episode 8, so basically, I managed to spoil an entire episode for myself! Therefore, the fact that I was still buzzed as hell watching the episode is a credit to it! Legend of Korra really is quite good at topping fantastic episodes with even greater episodes. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does! For most of this series I’ve remained adamant that the first series of Avatar is better (mainly because it managed to create a balance between hilarious and edge-of-set exciting), but now, I’m beginning to question this judgement- I’ve always valued a nice, meaty story that keeps you on your toes over comedy, which makes me think I may just be a teensy-tiny bit prejudiced against Korra (which has just a story) as Legend of Aang came first… I dunno, I guess I’ll wait to see how this finale plays out before making a firm decision!
As thrilled as I was to see the old Team Avatar again (and that Toph still called Aang twinkle-toes in his forties), I was even more thrilled that I called the whole Tarlokk being the guy in the flashback’s son, though it was kind of obvious really… I was also glad that Tarlokk’s motives were explained (Avatar, the franchise, has left a couple of gaping plot holes in its shows in the past, one of its few flaws), it’s not that he had a grudge against Amon, or non-benders, he was just so desperate to be seen as a hero that being compared to Amon was basically like slapping a big F for failure on his forehead. It’s a shame he’s been forcibly made to step down as a villain- he was fun to hate (and his knocking everyone out by blood bending – I guess he made all the blood rush to their heads- was pretty cool)- but I guess Republic city’s only big enough for the one super villain, and that just has to be Amon, who I’ve written a love letter to, by the way…
I just wanted to tell you how brilliant a villain you were. I think that other villains, in anime, manga or any kind of media really, should look to you for inspiration, because you certainly inspire awe within me! Every time you saunter on screen my heart stops in anticipation, because I know you’re about to do something utterly chilling. Even during episode 9 when I knew you’d appear to stop Tarlokk because I, stupidly, spoiled the episode for myself, you sent a chill down my spine when I first caught a glimpse of you waiting for him. It was beautiful. Like a spider sizing up a fly caught in its majestic web.
Even though I hate spiders. Even the Avatar, who wields all four elements, flees upon catching sight of you, your presence is that intimidating. Yet, even though your methods are brutal, at the end of the day all you are doing is fighting on behalf of the little guys out there, the underdogs. So, I guess you aren’t a villain after all, but a hero, my hero. Continue being brilliant Amon.
Now that I’ve got that silliness out of the way I guess I should make a few predictions for the finale that’s airing on the 23rd! 1. Asami will end up turning on Korra at some point (Bolin paved the way for that this episode by telling her that Mako and Korra kissed whilst Mako was dating her) however, they’ll end up making friends again and both vow against Mako. 2. For some reason Korra stops being scared of Amon (maybe his true face is revealed and she realises he’s just as much the victim) freeing up her chakra and enabling her to enter the Avatar state to subdue him. 3. Somebody dies. Somebody’s bound to die in a show this dramatic!
Can’t wait! But first, to watch and write about episode 10! Heh, I’m actually ready to watch it this time!