The Legend of Korra Book 4: Balance is turning out to be one of the best in the series. This week’s episode shone the spotlight on Tenzin’s three airbending kids, and Korra finally faced her fears and prepared to save the world from Kuvira.
This week’s episode, “The Calling,” was about the three young airbenders going out in the world in search of Korra, who has been missing for six months. With Kuvira growing as a threat to all nations, I was a bit worried about the kids getting captured before they could reach the Avatar. That didn’t happen, however, and the kids, even with their sibling rivalry, were able to find Korra and bring her back. I was glad the writers didn’t drag out their mission for more than one episode.
The best part of the episode was seeing the different personalities of the siblings. Jinora, being an Airbending Master, felt more mature than the two, while Ikki and Meelo butted heads over everything. Ever since the series started, Ikki’s character has been the one that got sidelined. It was nice to see the writers giving her more to do this week and demonstrating her caring personality. Even when she got captured by Kuvira’s followers, she was fully capable of escaping whenever she wanted but instead she talked the guards into giving her a hint where Korra might be.
I also liked Meelo’s portrayal this week. Since his debut, back in Book One: Air, it was obvious the writers loved him. He’s the character that provides comic relief in the show but can easily hold his own in front of enemies. He’s sassy, an excellent artist, an able fighter, and has impressive detective skills for a little boy. I can’t wait to see what kind of an individual he grows up into.
The episode also showed Korra finally facing her fears in the swamp and understanding that she needed to let go of her past enemies to take on the future ones. I liked how Toph didn’t take out the poison from Korra and advised the Avatar to do it herself. In the end, Korra succeeded and was able to reconnect with her Avatar self.
Toph also talked about the different philosophies Korra’s enemies followed. Amon wanted equality, Unalaq wanted to focus on spiritualty, and Zaheer wanted freedom. It was nice little reminder about Korra’s past enemies and how the new antagonist, Kuvira, was focused on bringing balance to the world. With the attack on Zao Fu coming nearer, I can’t wait to see Korra fight it out with Kuvira and her army. There’s a high possibility that Kuvira might end up using the new technology Varrick was working on in the previous episode, “The Coronation.”
Did you watch “The Calling”? What are your thoughts about The Legend of Korra Book 4: Balance? Let us know!
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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