The Legend of Korra – 1.04: The Voice in the Night
There are moments when you are not sure if something will live up to your expectation, The Legend of Korra gives me no such moments.
This episode gets to why the whole Last Airbender franchise is so popular. Korra is freaked out about Amon and his ability to permanently take away a bender’s ability to bend. She has never had this sense of fear. Meanwhile Mako is almost run over by a very rich hottie who just happens to be the daughter of the guy who invented the Satomobile AKA automobile. So while Korra is being pressured by a persistent councilman to take on the Equalists with a special task force, the guy she’s interested in is being dazzled by a rich fan of the Fire Ferrets. At least Mako gets dinner and sponsorship money out of his hard work.
Korra originally turned down the offer to lead a crusade against underground Equalist chi blocking training camps, but in a party thrown for her she is ambushed and badgered into taking on what she truly fears… for all the wrong reasons. She calls out Amon for a one-on-one battle on the island dedicated to the last avatar Aang, where she waits and waits and… is ambushed by chi blockers and the hooded one himself. Amon tells her he won’t take her bending yet as it would only make her a world-wide martyr, but instead she will be last. The Equalists disappear and Korra sees an adult Aang, in his prime, before Tenzin wakes and comforts her. Korra breaks down and admits her greatest fear almost came to be. Korra defines herself by being the avatar and without her bending she would be nothing. And there Legend of Korra lays it on the line, that its titular character needs real growth to understand that one thing we do should not define who we are.
This is going to get real interesting.