Of the two series finales I watched this week, there’s really no question about which one provided the more satisfying ending. “The Newsroom” had kind of a blah finale, which I already wrote about in detail. “Legend of Korra,” on the other hand, closed out Book Four on a strong and kind of shocking note. I’ll give “Korra” the series retrospective it deserves some other time, but for now let’s just dive into the satisfying and action-packed two-part finale.
“Korra” has taken a different path with each of its villains. Amon almost escaped before being killed in Tarloq’s noble murder-suicide (that’s a weird sentence). Unaloq was just power-hungry and needed to be killed in order to stop his reign as the Dark Avatar. Zaheer did the most damage to Korra, yet he was kept alive and even helped Korra reconnect with the spirit world.
As we near the end of Book Four and the series itself (tears), it appears “Legend of Korra” is making it a point to tie up some loose ends and answer questions that have perplexed fans since “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” At least, that’s what this episode did for the Beifong clan. Hopefully they FINALLY tell us what happened to Zuko’s mother before Book Four closes.
As blatant filler episodes go, this one wasn’t so bad. Nothing of earth-shattering importance happened, though a lot of earth was shattered (earthbending jokes, deal with it). But there was an amusing side adventure involving Bolin and Varrick, as well as Korra’s reunion with Asami and Mako in Republic City.
Well, looks like Kuvira has the upper hand for now. She has complete control of the Earth Kingdom, including Zaofu. How did we get to this point? A lot of useless negotiations, a failed assassination plot and a duel between Kuvira and Korra that went pretty badly for our still ailing avatar.