Just saw this episode!
Yeah, only just now even though the show is already over
. I have had the (mis)fortune to be so busy the last 4 weeks that I didn’t watch the episodes as they aired.
Yay part : Now I can watch each episode back to back without agonizing for a week of wait every time. And the fact that this episode ended on an interesting cliffhanger makes me feel even better about that.
Non-yay part: I didn’t get to neurotically speculate and obsess over every detail and debate about character flanderizations, inaccurate portrayals of mental illnesses and all those other fun topics with you guys. =(
Ah, making painful, painful choices, that’s what life is all about.
This episode was pretty good, especially compared to the one that came before it.
Honora was named! Honora SPOKE! AND she said very wise things as she did so. I liked her design, I liked her voice, I liked her everything.
Now, I know that Bryke said that they would avoid giving special attention to the gaang’s kids just because they’re the gaang’s kids, and right now nothing makes it necessary for Honora to be thrust into the foreground, but I can’t help but feel disappointed with the fact that she probably won't get a bigger role in the future, apparently. I kinda want my fanservice
. Too bad, but I can live with it, I guess.
What I wouldn’t be able to live with is not getting a glimpse of the Fire Nation. Something. Anything. Please
I liked seeing Prince Wu try
to be less of a frivolous ignoramus by performing his political duties as a prince. His ideas were silly, but I still believe that he’d be a decent guy if he just spent some more time in touch with the real world that he’s always been so cruelly sheltered from. Either that or he is just stupid, but I don't want
this character to be that simple. =/ I liked the prospect of seeing him learn what reality is really like and grow into a more astute person because of it.
Korra’s running joke-esque “him, not me?” line made me lol. It's a little cruel how blunt she is about the poor guy's ineptitude, but then again she's just being honest.
“Okay, I guess we should open with that line.”
Oh Varrick. Still just as much fun. I prepare myself to laugh as soon as he appears on the screen and then he doesn’t disappoint.
“I own that building! A man has the right to blow up his own property!”
I liked Bolin too in this episode. He’s just so adorable (“I really wanna hug again” Aw
) and even though his voice actor didn’t perform better than usual, for some reason, I really noticed how great a job his actor does with him in general, as I watched this episode.
I’m not super engaged by his conflict with Opal to be honest. He only did what he thought was right, like everyone else. And he didn’t let some rumors undermine his faith in someone he trusted a lot, like so many other people would. And once he had conclusive evidence that his trust was misplaced, he immediately did the right thing. And he apologized already. Like, he did everything he could at this point and all that’s left is for Opal to just get some time to simmer down. Those are all understandable reactions, but they don’t make for very captivating drama, I think.
Part of the reason is probably the fact that Bolin had pretty understandable reasons for doing what he did, so I don't really feel any satisfaction from seeing him being snarked at and ignored by Opal (whereas I was perfectly fine with Katara doing it with Zuko). And then there's also the fact that it’s so obvious that they’ll get back together in the end that there isn't any suspense or anything that makes it more intense.
Bolin’s love confession was cute though. Opal’s reaction to it felt a little weird. “Thank you” in general, is an odd reply to “I love you”. And the way she said that he could “win me back” by doing something for her also felt a little emotionless and… transactional. Like, “You owe me, pay me back this way”. I don’t know, but helping her on her secret mission to save her family (why is it even secret? Everyone is against Kuvira, who would stop them if they knew anyway?) doesn’t erase his past mistakes. She should be able to forgive his past mistakes no matter whether he helps her on their mission or not. Maybe she’s just reserved about her feelings and that’s what’s making her come across as cold, but… Yeah, she comes across as a little cold to me.
Jinora got captured again. Nothing new under the sun. But the action scene where she gets captured was really well done. I loved watching it.
Same for the Makorra vs vines fight sene. Really pretty.
And I’m enjoying the Makorra hints. The foundation for a Makorra revival still seems a little weak for now though, I hope there will be more bonding scenes between them to build up to their reunion as a couple, if it ever happens.
Zaheer came back, as predicted by just about everyone alive. I liked how he was talking to her so casually without any remorse whatsoever about the way he tried to murderkill her to death the other day and yet it didn’t feel off at all. They were enemies, but it made sense for them to be helping each other out in that moment. I also like that he didn’t come across as a crazy guy without credibility who needed to be shut up with a sock in his mouth (ugh), he’s calm and principled and feels like an authentic human being, not just a mustache twirly villain.
Asami (who is still wearing that outfit that I hate, by the way) has been given something to do. Great. I’ll mourn the comedic Bovarrick twosome, but surely her and Varrick will incite some laughter too.
Her "don't even think of double-crossing me" line paired with the hand wrenching felt so Suki-esque. She's pretty much her LOK equivalent.
Kai is still MIA. Mmm… Okay?
So is Toph apparently? Am I really supposed to believe that she’s letting Kuvira pulverize her sacred home without any protest? I'm curious as to why that is.
I wasn’t very on board with the weird humor at the beginning where the guy’s like “Oh, slithering spirit vine. Lemme not run for my life and poke it with a stick instead.” *pokes it with stick*
(No, really, why would
you do that?)
But overall, even though nothing particularly struck me, it was a good episode.
On to the next one!