The Legend Of Korra season 2 episode 6 review: The Sting
This week's Legend Of Korra shows a significant improvement upon its preceding instalments. Here's Kaci's review...
This review contains spoilers.
2.6 The Sting
I don't know what it says about this show that my favourite episode this season is one that entirely lacked the main character until the final moments, but here we are. While not flawless, this episode is such a vast improvement on the general quality of this season that it's almost like a new show.
It helps that Asami plays such a large role in the episode - I've never made it a secret that she's my favorite character and her presence has been sadly minimal until now. But what's really great is that, barring two unfortunate choices (which I'll get to in a minute), the writers steered clear of focusing on distractions and instead got down to the heart of the plot. Throughout the course of the episode, Mako is on a singular mission to figure out who really bombed the cultural centre, eventually leading him to the discovery that the perpetrator is in fact Varrick. Maybe some of you figured that out already, but I'll be honest: I didn't. And boy was I kicking myself at the reveal, because there I was planning on coming here to talk about war propaganda thanks to Varrick's "movers." How it didn't occur to me to connect that to his motivation is beyond me, but here you go.
Also at the heart of the episode is Asami's struggle to keep her company together. I really like that the writers haven't pretended that running a company as large as the one she's been handed would some how be easy for a person her age. It would be incredibly hard and it would make someone incredibly desperate. It's easy to see why she'd take Varrick up on his offer at the end of the episode, and even though it's the wrong choice, I can't fault her for making it. I just hope that Mako is honest with her and that they plan their next move together. I also hope that the kiss the two of them shared was a one-time thing and we're not headed back into love triangle land. I really enjoyed seeing the two of them work together as friends; while the kiss was probably understandable, I honestly wish it hadn't happened.
Elsewhere, Bolin is becoming increasingly spoiled thanks to his life as a "mover star." It's a funny enough plotline, but I was really bothered by the moment when he takes advantage of being in a scene to kiss his co-star Ginger, despite the fact that she has rebuffed him every single time he's tried to flirt with her. No means no, and for him to kiss her without her permission is wrong. Furthermore, it's completely out of character for the Bolin we saw last season who, though he was heartbroken about not being chosen by Korra, he was always polite and friendly while also respecting her boundaries. I suppose this change in personality could be attributed to the fame getting to his head, but it really did bother me that he did it.
And finally we come to the big reveal at the end of the episode: Korra survived her battle against the spirit at the end of the previous episode only to wash up on a beach... without her memory. I honestly don't know how that happened or where they're going with it, but I will say that I found it interesting that when she woke up and lashed out at the men gathered around her, she used airbending to attack them, which is her weakest element. Maybe that's just an inconsequential detail, but I did find it an interesting choice.
Overall, I really enjoyed this episode of Legend of Korra and I really hope this marks a turning point in the season. Nothing would make me happier to see future episodes rise (or exceed!) to this level of quality.
Read Kaci's review of the previous episode, Peacekeepers, here.
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