Gonna talk a bit about well what I thought of the most recent Legend of Korra episode "The Coronation". But first let me direct you to my tumblr which I've learned to use a bit better and functional with. Here at theamazingflyinglion
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Now for Korra... wow it played out way differently. I'll start with Korra herself. Unlike what we thought Toph really isn't keen on training Korra a la Yoda. Rather she's more intent on kicking her ass a bit first. She's been living in isolation for a long time so I'd imagine wise cracking Toph needs to let off some steam. She still kind of trains her and reveals to Korra just what the problem with her is. Her fighting sucks because Korra still has metal in her body (in Toph's own words "My daughters never got the hang of Metalbending" O_o) and reveals that Korra has it still because she doesn't want to risk being the Avatar and nearly dying again. Korra argues that's not the case but Toph puts it in such wry terms and not in a spiritual wisdom way that it's probably true. Toph's never been a spiritual character but has always been completely honest so I wouldn't say she's incorrect.
Also Toph reveals she actually has a grasp of "sight" via the vines in the swamp. The vines are connected all around the world and Toph through that can see Republic City, Zaofu, and much more. Toph has a lot of great scenes by the way, lot of fun quotes, lot of great moments.Fans of Toph/ATLA will really be pleased.
For what's going on in Republic City, Wu is to be coronated but nothing really is going as planned. Also Kuvira arrives with Bolin and kicks Wu out of his suite. Suyin appears as well as other leaders like Zuko, his daughter, Tonraq, Raiko, Tenzin, and Desna and Eska. And Bolin has a little reunion with Eska too. No she doesn't try to kill him but she's still awesomely creepy (and assumes Kuvira is Bolin's girlfriend which for the rest of the episode makes Bolin and Kuvira's shared scenes all the more weirder for me now).
And Kuvira does what I didn't expect: she peacefully announces that she won't hand the Earth Kingdom to Wu. Rather it'll be reorganized into the "Earth Empire" and that the world leaders who stand in her way will be "crushed". Pretty aggressive on her part and it's interesting but even before that Tenzin and Raiko suspect Kuvira is up to no good. People bitch about Raiko a bit much because he sticks to his guns but he's really the first major elected leader of Avatar and has to run things a certain way. I like that Raiko is one of the first that's wary of Kuvira and seems to be taking action in order to deal with her-or at least he get's Suyin to talk to Kuvira. And Kuvira basically threatens Zaofu (via the way she's done to cities that have not bowed to her...).
Then we get some really great moments with Wu. Wu... yeah I get why he's not everyone's favorite. But it's nice that he himself after going through kind of a crappy day-losing his suite, put on blast by Kuvira in front of everyone, and losing authority of his kingdom-acknowledges that he really isn't fit to be Earth King. Mako's the one who tells him straight up and Wu is the one to admit that he's right. He hasn't done anything to earn his title or accept the responsibility of ruling a large nation unlike Kuvira-who also probably isn't a good fit to rule but has done her part to earn her right. I think that's why I like Mako sticking around Wu, Mako's had his ups and downs but he's a good guy at the end of the day and probably the best influence on him. That's why I don't mind Raiko assigning Mako to Wu, there's more to it than just a political ploy, Mako really is the best person to save Wu's neck and teach him sensibility.
I also wanted to mention that it's not bad if people feel like rooting for Kuvira. A large portion of the fandom does. And that's the intention. Because while her methods might be aggressive and questionable Kuvira is striving for something good. But then again many villains past-Amon, Unalaq, Zaheer-viewed themselves as trying to do good when labeled as villains. What'll make Kuvira truly a villain and kinda has is that she has yet to openly admit to not being the perfect fit to rule. She just says whoever doesn't agree with me will be crushed-either you're with me or against me. Once again bringing it back to Star Wars (Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith to be exact) but then also to real life. Don't know? Well to go contemporary George W. Bush. His exact quote being "If you're not with us then you're with the terrorists". Now Bush wasn't a tyrant but it's interesting how that view has affected popular culture and the stories we find as of now.
If I would compare the Kuvira,Wu, Earth Empire situation to another story and a contemporary event it'd probably be Animal Farm
. One of my favorite books it was written by George Orwell who's famed for writing Nineteen Eighty-Four
(which is way over hyped and not as good as Animal Farm
). Orwell wrote Animal Farm
telling the story of animals on an English farm who "revolt" against their Farmer creating their own new farm, one that's fair to it's animals and supposedly "better" than when humans ran it. Only thing is in Animal Farm the animals become ruled by a tyrant, Napoleon the boar, who becomes mad with power and control and makes things very harsh, only claiming his rule because life is better than it was before. The book however was a critique of the then Soviet Union which controlled Russia. Orwell could not openly critique the Soviets/Communists because they were allies of the British (after helping to stop the Nazis in WWII) so instead wrote Animal Farm
with the animals in place of the Russian people and the Farm in place of the Russian Empire/Soviet Union.
Why Animal Farm
and the real world history of the rise of the Soviet Union plays a part to Korra is because it's very similar to Kuvira and the Earth Empire. It comes into play with Kuvira because she has argued that her rule is better than the prior monarchy. And the monarchy did indeed kinda suck. But really would having someone so aggressive and willing to commit evil acts to secure her power really be that much better? Fans who find themselves agreeing with Kuvira and immediately hating Prince Wu should think about that when watching the show because it leads one to a whole new perspective. With Kuvira I won't be able to truly acknowledge her as a good leader or even a great one until she herself is able to "bow" and lower herself rather than put herself on a pedestal above the kingdom and people she tries to rule in the show.