While the last two back to back episodes were very good, the season finale was either 5 minutes too long or 6 hours too short.
Korra saves General Iroh who was supposed to be saving her from the Equalists. Team Avatar splits up with Korra and Mako sneaking to the Air Temple island to confront Amon; while Asami, Bolin and Iroh go to destroy a hidden air base in the mountains that will attack the seconf fleet headed to Republic City. While on the Air temple island Korra finds Tarrlok in a cell who tells her Amon is his brother. Dun dun DUN DAA! Amon is from the water tribe and also a blood bender. Amon is equalizing benders because their father abused his powers and the boys.
Korra and Mako sneak into a big Equalist rally to unmask Amon as a fraud and a bender. The people don’t listen as Amon takes off his mask to show his burn marks from the fire bender who killed his family. Also Amon happened to grab Tenzin and his family and intends to wipe out the last of the air benders at the rally. Korra and Mako attack Amon on his stage and release Tenzin and his kids. At the airfield Asami comes face to face with her father who now knows she will never leave the avatar’s side and would rather have his daughter dead than be with benders. Bolin help Asami defeat her father in mechatanks before pronouncing Hiroshi Sato the worst father ever, to which Asami has to agree. In the hallways of the rally Korra and Mako must confront Amon so that Tenzin’s family can escape. Even though they put up a good fight Amon blood bends the young avatar and her friend. Amon strips Korra of her bending powers, but as he is about the strip Mako the young avatar starts to air bend. She blows him out a window and his followers see him water bend after falling into the harbour. Amon escapes, but he is now exposed as a hypocrite and stripped of his political power. Amon pick up his brother and as they speed away in a small boat Tarrlok blows up the small craft presumibibly killing them both. At the south water tribe village even the greatest healer in the world, Kitara, can’t restore the avatar’s other bending abilities. Despondent, Korra runs out of the camp even after Mako confesses he loves her. Alone on an icy cliff Korra cries for herself and her lost bending skills. Then avatar Aang appears to comfort her.
And that’s where the book should have stopped. Instead we get Aang and past incarnations out in full force to restore Korra’s bending powers. Holy anti-climatic! The fact that the avatar crew went down the strip Korra of bending path was awesome. The reveal that until she lost her other bending powers she couldn’t connect with air bending was great. At this point you have a broken avatar and a really great set up to an epic adventure… how to restore the power back to the avatar. Instead of a cool adventure where Korra can only use air bending and slowly re-enable her other elements we get deus ex machinegunned with a couple of minutes of “gee you suffered a lot, so here’s your powers back”.
So, the last two episodes were all that I had hoped for, but the last few minutes cheapened the whole season for me. A don’t know if it was network meddling, “you can’t have the title character end like that… we need it wrapped up with a pretty little bow” or if it was just lazy writing. Either way it feels like a cop-out or a lost opportunity. It’ll be a long wait until the next book arrives on Nickelodeon, but I think my expectations will be tempered by the fact that this arc was so epic and the ending was weak.