.......and Aww, Crud at the same time.
Either I should be cursing Bryke for upping the ante so much with each finale that I was too apprehensive to bring myself to watch this one weeks ago, or I should be kicking my own brass for hesitating as long as I did and hampering my own chances for a really gripping run with Book 4 later.
That's already turning into a personal regret of mine, even with my love-ish/hate relationship with this show.
Alright, well with that being said, I hate to admit it; but the finale to Book 3: Change of The Legend of Korra was incredible. This was a highly climactic finish to what was a much more solid season than the previous two, one that still had its flaws on top of its really unfortunate short length but on a whole still a much more ironclad and smoothrunning season, and now I've come to understand why it's come to be considered the strongest and best of Korra's four seasons among its fans.
This one really did up the ante, and the stakes were actually quite high with the Avatar Spirit, the Air Nomads, and Korra's life all at risk, a triple blow that would've all but doomed the world to the Red Lotus' insane revolution. And the scenes of her being subjected to the poison are quite chilling, and the pain looks and feels very real. And this is perhaps Korra's best show of strength and determination up to this point from what I personally have seen, wasting away under the effects of the poison but still giving herself a fighting chance through her hardened resolve to overcome the odds. And holy freaking hell, she was incredible as she continued to fight onward.
And getting into that, the fight sequences? STELLAR. Some of the best bending action since Sozin's Comet. Bolin, Mako, Asami, Korra, Tonraq, the Airbenders, the Red Lotus, and the Metalbenders? Absolutely phenomenal in battle, all of them. Which probably makes that the highlight of both episodes. Man, am I glad Studio Mir came back into the fold, because they really mastered these battle sequences down to a science.
And the ending? Surprisingly emotional and meaningful. I thought I was gonna have a much more "Oh Brother" reaction to it because like a few of my friends, I'm not so sure how I feel about Jinora's anointing to Master status, either. Or even the fact that she did shave all her hair off. But the ceremony is actually choreographed quite beautiful and the entire sequence very genuine. And yeah, you can definitely see the effects of the battle on Korra all over her face. If there was a Hell in the Avatarverse, she fell into it. And fought through to live to tell about it.
And the Northern Air Temple is destroyed now? Not going to lie, that really sucks. Tell me some future spinoff material will make mention of a possible rebuilding someday. Can't have the Air Temples without all four in place. Seriously.
But all in all, that finale was much more satisfying than I thought. Definitely a step up from anything beforehand. I was surprised at how much it ended up engaging me, even with my lingering apprehensiveness towards the series, which let's face it, is not going to go away no matter what I do.
For me Korra is destined to remain a mixed bag. But as for this finale and this season, it's pretty well done and makes for a mostly solid ride. Yes, there are still things about Book 3 I definitely dislike, and I still think the short length of these seasons was a misguided call.
But enough 'buts', the finale to Book 3 of The Legend of Korra was an excellent ride and I can now be content in saying I FINALLY worked up the nerve and desire to watch it. Now I feel really foolish for not just doing it weeks ago while Book 4 was not quite done.
And speaking of which, now it's time for me to catch up on Book 4. Unfortunately I feel like that won't be the fulfilling experience it would've been if I had been watching it when everyone else was in the Fall. But I'm going to try to get what I can out of it. I mean if I liked the Book 3 finale this much months after it aired, I should be able to get something out of it still, right?
But please, do not plague me with questions about the obvious twist ending of that season until I see it for myself, alright? I'm still not even sure I approve of how that came about or if it really was planned from the start or just fanservice. Let's just say that it's hard to look at any scene with Korra and Asami the same way anymore now that we know that twist ending. And the hints of it suddenly seem a little more obvious now that I've seen a few more of them from Book 3. That's all I'm going to say about that ending until I see Book 4 okay? So as a Korrasami fan, I ask that you do not be getting all crazy with the Korrasami chatter on me, okay?
Alright, that's enough out of me for now. Final consensus, I give Book 3 of The Legend of Korra a Thumbs Up. :thumbup: And the finale of Book 3 of Korra Two Thumbs Up.