The Legend Of Korra season 2 episode 5 review: Peacekeepers
The Legend Of Korra improves on its previous Book Two instalments. Here's Kaci's review of Peacekeepers...
This review contains spoilers.
If you had asked me last season if I'd ever get to a point where I'd see Mako break up with Korra and actually side with him, I'd have laughed in your face. Mako was infamously poorly received by the Korra fandom, and there was major backlash against his romance storylines. I still can't say I find him all that likeable of a character, but he was definitely in the right in this episode. Korra's brutish behavior and entitled attitude have reached a breaking point.
When Korra's attempt to get the President of the Republic to send troops into the Southern Water Tribe to defeat Unalaq's invasion fails, she tries to convince General Iroh to take his men there on his own. Realizing how bad a plan this is, Mako eventually tells the President of her intentions after the President asks him directly. Predictably, Korra is enraged and breaks up with him, but not before taking Iroh's advice to visit the Fire Lord and ask him for help instead.
On her way there, she is besieged first by her cousins and then by an angry spirit, which... swallows her whole at the very end of the episode. And if you came to this review for some kind of insight into what on earth just happened, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to you because I don't even know where to begin figuring that out. There are no pre-existing rules about spirits that I can draw on to figure out where the writers are going with this.
It's interesting, though, that during this episode I kept remembering the phrase, "then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked." In a way, Korra is almost a parallel universe, a what-if for a world where Aang didn't lock himself away in that iceberg and instead tried to rally support from the other nations in order to stop the Fire Lord. Only in Korra-land, the Avatar's first stop is the Fire Nation, thanks to the work of Aang and Zuko after the war.
Bolin's storyline so far makes me cringe more than anything. Watching him be mistreated by Eska wasn't funny and, while there's potential for his storyline with Varrick to become entertaining, right now it's just awkward. When we see him on set for Varrick's film, he's in a revealing outfit (he even notes that the attire is inappropriate for the cold setting of the film), as is his female co-star. Varrick insists that they're both fine as they are. I'm not sure I'm comfortable teaching the children in Korra's audience that "sexy sells" without commenting on the fact that this is bad and not something we should encourage or accept. I admit this is a personal preference and others might be fine with it, and if you disagree, that's totally okay. It just makes me uncomfortable.
I actually liked this episode more than I have the last few, thanks mostly to the focus on political dynamics (always a favorite of mine) and the inclusion of some of my favorite side characters (Lin! Iroh!). There's definitely still room for improvement, mostly with characterization, but this episode was definitely enjoyable.
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