If it's crap ... We'll tell you
After the introductory episodes that were aired last week, the show today moved up another gear and began to hint at the groundwork that will define this series. With large viewing numbers tuning in to watch it both on TV and the Internet, we're finally beginning to see now the dangers that reside in this new world. But first, I'll give a bit of info on how the episode plays out.
After their recent success at the arena, The Fire Ferrets (Mako, Bolin and Korra) are now busy preparing for their next tournament, when the owner of the arena demands 30,000 yuans for their entry fee, a price they see as impossible to bring together. While Mako finds some steady work on the side, Bolin is busking on the streets when he gets swindled in by a member of the Triple Threat Triad, Shady Shin. He simply asks for some security work, but after Bolin has been missing for the whole day, Mako and Korra grow increasingly worried.
Mako gains the location of Bolin from a street orphan, but they are too late to save him when they arrive. They are confronted by masked warriors that use Chi strikes to disable Bending, but Korra and Mako manage to fight them off. After many hours of fruitless searching, they meet one of the Anti-Bending protesters at the park and manage to squeeze some information from him about a meeting titled "The Revelation". As it is their strongest lead, they decide on sneaking in to the event under disguise.
They find that the event is being lead by Amon, a masked man who had been left scarred and destroyed from a Fire Bender attack in his youth. He proclaims that the Avatar has failed to bring peace to the world, and has only achieved in bring war and strife to all. His answer to this "problem" is his power to remove Bender's abilities, permanently. His support appears enormous from the crowd who have turned up to hear his words, and he proves his powers to them with kidnapped Benders, one of which is Bolin. Korra and Mako need to rescue him quickly, and escape the event without anyone realising Korra's identity.
So as you can see, we not only get the introduction of what appears to be the main antagonist, but also more proof that there have been very dark times since the demise of Aang. Rogue Fire Benders destroyed the families of Bolin, Mako, and Amon, so now we have a platform that holds the anger and resentment of the Equality groups quite well. No longer are things divided between the main army, and everyone else. We're seeing only one set of factions in one city, so the seeds of a Civil War are fast growing.
It's also interesting to see how the Chi techniques have developed to abilities that remove Bending powers, either temporarily or permanently. It's a really nice addition to the mythology and works very well in battles. From the many Kung Fu movies we have seen over the years, we know well that it is a very successful skill. Amon himself does not appear so far to have the same methods of revenge or glory as Prince Zuko from The Last Airbender. Although his reasons are just as personal, his outright goal is still unclear as to whether he just wishes to gain power, or wants to destroy all remaining aspects of Bending and the Avatar. It's an interesting character he has, and I like how they teased the audience with the information here.
The episode had its usual fill of amazing animation, good humour, and great action sequences; it's definitely worth seeing in high quality. The addition of technology (in this case introducing a full-on chase scene) continues to bring a new element of excitement to the familiar world we know. If I had one complaint so far to give, and it's a small one, it's that Korra's role as the Avatar feels as if it's not immediate. We see her continuing her practise with Tenzin, but her purpose isn't well defined, so at the moment it's almost as if her abilities are under disguise, or possibly not as important to Capital City, now that technology has gained such a grip there. It's not something I will delve upon, because her goal has not been laid before her feet just yet. And when it is, things are going to get very exciting indeed.
This was a great continuation of the opening two episodes, continuing to answer some burning questions, while giving us even more to chew on and think about. It's like the show is slow-boiling up to a major event, one that I'm very much looking forward to.
Thanks for reading! ^__^