“And the Winner Is…” was a vast improvement over last week’s love-traingle-centric episode, and it seems like Korra and her companions finally have a mission to focus on. Even Tenzin understands that war has come to Republic City, as Amon and his miscreants attempt to destroy everything that Avatar Aang stood for. Speaking of the old Avatar troupe, how cool was it seeing older versions of Toph and Aang? These visions that Korra’s been receiving are still vague, yet it appears that Toph and Aang had some kind of disagreement in the past. There are several theories floating around the web about what the significance of her visions are, but I’d like to know what you all think? Why is Korra seeing these images now, and do they point to the origins of Amon and his hatred of benders?
One of the aspects of this episode that I enjoyed the most, was the final battle between Amon, Korra and Chief Lin Beifong. It was interesting to discover that her hatred of Amon is as strong as Korra’s. Chief Beifong never vocalizes her feelings directly, but you can tell by the way she fights and how after Korra nearly fell to her death, she considered pursing Amon alone. Fortunately, she chose to save Korra in one of the best action sequences I’ve seen in an animated television show. As some of you already know, I’m currently making my way through season two of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I’ve been fascinated with the differences between Aang and Korra as the season progresses. When Aang first discovers how to fire bend, he is reluctant after hurting Katara, yet Korra is much different. Have you noticed how violently she uses fire, and with such reckless abandon? Part of Aang resides in Korra, but she is not as gentle hearted as he was. For those of you who’ve seen the original series, do you think that Korra’s visions are due to her ability to tap into the spirit world? I hope we learn sooner than later what these glimpses into the past signify. Let me know your thoughts and theories in the comments section below.
-David Griffin (Follow @griffinde on Twitter)