Confession: I think after a bumpy start, “Legend of Korra” became a better overall series than “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” For the record, I think both shows are the pinnacle of animated television in terms of visuals, storytelling and character development. But there’s one thing that “Avatar” never would have dreamed to do that “Korra” went for with almost reckless abandon in its finale. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Korrasami.
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.
Korra is back! Or should I say, the old badass Korra has returned. It took nine episodes and more spiritual journeys than it probably should have, but Korra finally seems to be over the mental block that was holding her back from being the avatar. With Kuvira gaining power and harvesting spirit vines to create her ultimate weapon, the world has never needed Korra to be at full strength more.
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.