“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 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.
Book Four’s conflicts kicked into high gear on this week’s “Legend of Korra.” The first episode established Kuvira as a potential troublemaker, and the second showed us a weakened Korra who somehow found her way to Toph Beifong (!!!) for guidance. This week, we got to see both storylines establish what the main problems going forward will be for Team Avatar.