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The Legend of Korra 1.08: When Extremes Meet

Tarrlok uses his new-found political powers to lay the hammer down on bender and non-bender alike. However, Korra has some words to say about that.



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Korrang gets to live in its new digs and situation as they hit the streets to deal with the Equalists, but a new threat arises when they witness non-benders being branded as Pro-Equalist and arrested. With Beifong out as chief of police, Tarrlok now has an open door policy to go after anyone who dares question his rule.

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This episode confounds me, but in a good way. There's so much to like about it yet also so much to scratch my head at. We get answers at long last, such as Tarrlok's true motives and finally an answer to why Korra's been having visions, which ironically ties in to how Aang first met the spirit of Roku, the previous Avatar.

On the other end, Korra comes full circle in her anti-Aang nature. It is interesting to see how frustrated she is on not being able to air bend and the comparisons to the previous Avatar just overshadow her, given how legendary Aang was. This is a nice flip from the previous show, which had Aang trying to correct the mistakes of the previous Avatar, Roku. Even though she has all three of the four elements mastered, Korra is such a newbie compared to Aang and she knows it. She struggles hard against Tarrlok until she uses words to get under his skin to get an edge in. However, it's then that rookie nature kicks in and she easily walks into Tarrlok's trump card.

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Speaking of that, it's very tricky that he uses against Korra that beguiles me. So just to give you a heads up, I'm going into the big spoiler of the episode. How the heck is Tarrlok able to blood bend?! For that matter how does he do it without a full moon?! Furthermore, how does his father or grandfather blood bend so many people (I lost count at over twenty) with just a gesture of his eyes?! Given the establishment of the previous series, this was another technique only two knew, one being Katara and the other being the crazy witch water bender who she learned it from near the beginning of Book Three. Of all the new bending techniques shown throughout the old series (metal bending, electric, and energy being the other three), this one above all else I never expected to be seen again, and at this many victims to use it on simultaneously was awesome.

I knew the series would get dark, but to see how far the series is going down on its protagonists. All I can say is wow. Though I get this will probably be the lowest our heroes will get. Korra is just utterly broken at this point and of all times needs Aang's guidance to understand the events of the past that are shaping the present. The episode's beginning showcased whatever light we got and of course it focused on Tenzin and his kids, who provided the comic relief. The jokes are very much needed because this episode takes the turn it does. Boy did I have to go back to certain scenes just to get a laugh again because this is some dark topics this cartoon is covering.

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Of course, that's the greatest problem of all in the episode. The questions of the past and how they relate to the present are now completely overshadow everything. We're so involved we want answers the moment the episode ends. Hopefully in the next episode we get those answers. After all these little glimpses, we now have the first true link between the past/present with certain moves being used. To the show's credit, that's what it makes it so good. We're aching now for that next new episode for those answers.

5 out of 5





Review by: Zechs
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Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Character Spotlight, and Cartoon Reviews. He's also an aspiring comic book writer trying to get some of his works published on the Outhouse. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.

 


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