Summary: Korra warms to Asami. Korra suspects Asami’s father of being an Equalist collaborator. The Fire Ferrets are cheated out of winning the pro bending final. Asami’s father almost defeats abiding and Tensen, but Asami refuses to join her father and throws her lot in with the Fire Ferrets.

Wow a lot of character development happens in this episode. We get a red herring that isn’t a red herring in Asami’s father and things are getting real… fast. All the previous episodes I’ve really liked, but this on I love because it gets back to the heart of the original series of the character’s personal growth in a very unforgiving world.

Korra admits she was wrong about Asami when she finds out the rich girl is also into things like racing cars and isn’t afraid to play a bit dirty. She plays a hunch that Asami’s dad may be involved with Amon and the Equalists. Even though her friends start to turn on her and the evidence is missing, she just knows that the head of Future Industries isn’t on the level. Korra’s real showing of what a great avatar she could make is when she tell Mako, who she is very much in love with, to comfort Asami who has effectively lost everything. That level of compassion is probably only matched by Asami choosing the right thing to do rather than join her father and the Equalist’s crusade.

Asami is an interesting character. Originally coming across as too cool for school and a bit of an enigma. Obviously a foil for Korra, the Fire nation girl is moneyed and sophisticated. Like Korra, when she knows what she wants she relentlessly pursues it. I have to admit I’ve been waiting for this episode since Asami was introduced and wondered how she and Korra would come together and bond. The car racing scene really shows how much the two girls have in common. Asami has never mistreated the avatar, but is oblivious they want the same guy, Mako.

Mako spends much of the episode as he has since Asami was introduced, waffling between two different but equally enticing girls. And maybe the reason Mako has a problem choosing is because the girls are actually more alike than different. The show is playing with fire though. While Mako’s position is a real one faced my many people in the world, it doesn’t make him a sympathetic character and the schtick gets old. It’s hard to portray being into more than one person at the same time. While Mako sides with Korra and Asami’s father’s actions pushes him closer to Korra, Korra pushes him towards Asami.

The last few episodes have been really good at pushing the story and character development.  I’m hoping this is the start of a rollercoaster ride, which in its predecessor took a couple of years to get going.  Like The Last Airbender though the build up was still entertaining.

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Summary: Korra warms to Asami. Korra suspects Asami's father of being an Equalist collaborator. The Fire Ferrets are cheated out of winning the pro bending final. Asami's father almost defeats abiding and Tensen, but Asami refuses to join her father and throws her lot in with the Fire Ferrets. Wow a...