Right. So, when last we left our “heroes”, Korra shoved a judge into her polar bear’s mouth and happened to find out her uncle was evil afterward.
The narrator clarifies that the issue is the south has a smaller army. Then we cut to Korra returning to Republic City, where we see Lin’s people rounding up some people in the blue water tribe outfits. Lin then yells at Korra for starting a war. Dammit, Lin.
Also, there’s already a peace march scheduled. Korra intends to show up, and Mako’s all oh no.
“I just think having you there blatantly supporting one side will only make things worse. You could at least try to seem neutral.”
This after last episode which was nothing but THE NORTH ARE NOT-SO-SECRETLY-EVIL.
You know, it seemed like with the love triangle removed and Mako’s personality reset down to extra bland, he’d stop being so hateable. But no!
Korra, THAT BITCH, unreasonably points out that no shit she’s not neutral on the topic of people invading her home in a power grab.
We learn that Obviously Evil Guy actually is protecting the spirit portal and has most of his troops around there. Also, waterbender twins are ruined with the girl being still covered in teary mascara.
Also, her POV on this is that Korra stole her husband, so I’m still arguing no malice there. Bolin never said he didn’t want to marry her, he’s just dragged along by the avatar, no doubt against his will!
But totally not what they’re going for since her dad has to tell her that outright murdering the avatar would be bad.
Anyway, there’s all this tension, which seems hard to believe. The southern peace march seems like a minority compared to the northerners, who all support invading the south and blockading it. Really?
You know what’d help here? Demographics knowledge. We know the south was almost wiped out in Katara’s time, while the north was almost completely left alone. So maybe the north vastly outnumbers the southerners! That would also better explain why there’s so little respect for their sovereignty.
Even that wouldn’t really explain it, because these are all Republic citizens first. The southerners would easily be upset at their families being attacked, but the northerner’s only tie is the rule of some guy they’re no longer under.
Also, someone yells at Korra to get a real dog, which is both random and doesn’t make sense because all animals are fusions now.
Then, two fishy guys in red set off a bomb. Mako nicely firebends away the flames around him to nothing, so I guess firebenders are better firefighters than waterbenders (although then Korra deals with it by waterbending – maybe firebending can’t pull away heat as effectively from the coals?)
Korra assumes it was the work of the northerners. Mako corrects her by saying that no, it was a firebender running away. Korra does not slap him upside the head and point out that those guys were obviously hired so it doesn’t matter what their personal bending is, and moreover the very basis of crime in Republic City is mixed benders so firebenders being used by the water tribe is not a big deal.
But at least she sticks to her guns that no stupid it’s the northerners. Therefore fucking Mako will be right.
The worst part is that it’s not like this plot had to be stupid, or even like they had to think for more than five seconds to figure out how to do that given it’s a stock plot! The people conspicuously setting off the bomb dress in just as conspicuous northern water tribe outfits, but when Mako pursues them one of them firebends his blast away, giving away that they’re not water tribe members!
Then rich guy goes with Korra to see the president, where he explains he’s sure he’ll take them seriously because he gave the guy lots of money during the election. Yeah sure. We’ve been running on tribal bullshit for a while now, at least now it’s semi-merit based. Also, at least the president actually was elected! I wasn’t sure.
But obviously it’s going to be bad because he wants to take a photo of shaking her hand.
Anyway, he doesn’t wanna get involved in an internal dispute, and Korra just confirms that by saying that but the guy doing this isn’t the rightful ruler! Korra WTF do you think internal dispute means? Also, waiting for someone to assume this is just straight up power abuse from her given it’s her dad she thinks deserves to be ruler.
“Now, I know that when you’re young it’s hard to keep perspective…” he says, and I’m not even sure if he’s supposed to be evil given he’s right about the bombing not being northern water tribe.
Now Mako’s defending the action saying that Republic City’s people shouldn’t be involved in something that “has nothing to do with them” but minutes ago supposedly they have huge numbers of people who currently claim allegiance to one or the other water tribe. Is this an independent state or not?
Now Korra’s yelling at poor Mako just because her job is objectively more important than his and also her dad could be killed at any time, resulting in him saying it’s only because of her screwups the world’s always in peril in the first place.
So Varrik says they should bypass the president and just ask the troops to ignore their elected leader and just invade who they want. Great idea, Korra enthuses, she can use the fact the general is the kid of a friend of her previous incarnation! Also, propoganda films.
Bolin tells Mako, who says this is all stupid. Fuck you Mako. Meanwhile, Mako has continued to work on the correct thing, and in return his fuck with him and undermine him every way they can, which continues to mean that by extension, Lin is also incompetent since she can’t run this place properly.
Then Mako tells the president what the plan is.
Cut to Korra, and we learn General Iroh doesn’t believe in the chain of command either.
“Suppose I were to take the fleet south on some routine training maneuvers. And let’s say we were to accidentally run into a hostile northern blockage…We’d have no choice but to defend ourselves, wouldn’t we?”
No, you would be deliberately violating the sovereignty of another nation. Thank god probably going to be evil president guy shows up in time to evilly remind the general that Republic City’s standing army cannot just attack whoever the fuck they want.
Anyway, Iroh then suggests that hey, she’s still got plenty of other nepotism to fall back on! Go talk to his mom and dad and maybe they’ll lend troops just for knowing your previous reincarnation.
Then Korra goes to yell at Mako for warning their elected leader about her treasonous plan to get the military to go to war in the middle of the police station, then she smashes his desk. Lin pokes her head in to say that yeah, she was even more of a destructive hysterical harpy when Tenzin broke up with her! LOL BITCHES BE CRAZY
That’s seriously this season’s theme. Last season was YAY CHEATING and this is GIRLS ARE IRRATIONAL PSYCHO BITCHES.
In case you missed that, we immediately cut to Korra being attacked by the waterbender twins while the girl screams about how Korra ruined her wedding.
Then giant monster. Thank god, please, giant monster, suck less than the rest of this.
Korra attempts to purify it, and even uses the avatar state boost, and still can’t do it right, because Korra sucks. Fucking show. At least then it eats her, so maybe next episode will be interesting.
Tenzin’s plot has now gone to utter pointlessness. It’s all about teaching his son who already gets too much screentime about training lemur in ways that don’t fit at all with Aang’s behavior or airbender philosophy at large.
Good: Bolin’s sort of amusing as an announcer. And…that’s it.