book 3 spoilers

you should know that when the explosion at zaofu happens in book 3 and korra makes that air ball to defend everyone

everyone else like crouches on the ground

but Asami just gets.. like tackled to the floor and she is just laying in the dirT

everyone else is like STEALTH OPERATION and asami is just like flopped over on her side like a fish out of water and she looks up like..

“why me”

Why "Venom of the Red Lotus" Is the Cleverest LoK Title So Far

In a nutshell, it’s another great troll, and one of the best bits of Fridge Brilliance the show has given us. 

That’s because that stuff the Red Lotus uses to poison Korra…

…can’t possibly be the venom mentioned in the title.

It’s a major plot point that the substance in the bowl is a toxic liquid metal (mostly likely mercury, which can be absorbed through the skin). Venom, on the other hand, is by definition a toxin that comes from a living thing–a reptile, a spider, or anything else that can poison with a bite or sting. 

Although it could be blown off as a semantic quibble, I believe our creators are too sharp not to know the difference. Even Zaheer never uses the word “venom” in this episode or the previous one–he sticks with “poison,” as does everyone else who mentions the toxic metal, from Jinora to the guard who complains about being “stuck in daycare.”  

So if it’s not the actual poison, what is the “venom of the Red Lotus”?

I believe it’s the idea the Red Lotus implants in Korra’s mind, which she’s already heard (and hears again in this scene!) from other villains–that the Avatar is unnecessary, a throwback that should cease to exist.

It’s an idea that threatens her identity on an even deeper level than than losing her bending in Book 1, and we’ve all seen how violently Korra reacts to things that threaten her identity. In fact, everything else Korra does in this episode, from ripping her chains loose to knocking down Ghazan and Ming-Hua to trying to murder Zaheer in an extended fight scene, represents her attempt to fight off this threat. Sure, there’s some “you killed my father,” and some “how dare you do this to me” in there as well, but even those wouldn’t be enough to trigger the sort of rage she manifests in the fight with Zaheer. 

And it doesn’t stop working when the physical toxin is gone–Suyin bends out the poison, but she can’t do anything about the venom. Neither can Korra’s other loved ones, who think her disability and unresponsiveness stem from her physical injuries (or PTSD/residual effects of the poison/whatever), but can’t understand the real cause without knowing what she saw in those hallucinations and how it affected her. “What she’s been through” is only part of it; her spirit has been poisoned, and the idea that she’s not needed is what’s eating her from the inside out. (It only gets worse when Tenzin tries to help by announcing that the airbenders will take over her role of peacekeeper for the world; she’s already given up the role of the “great bridge” between the human and spirit worlds, and now he seems to be chipping away at what little relevance she has left.) 

It might have been unintentional (since Zaheer intended to destroy only her body), but by the end of Book 3 the Red Lotus's venom–the living, growing threat of an idea implanted in Korra’s mind–is more of a threat than their poison ever was. 

[Screenshots from dongbufeng.net.]

Watching the ultimatum through a kainora shippers' eyes

At first, I was overwhelmed by the kainora but then…*throws hands up in the air*

This was my process. Come join me:

Like wow, he’s in front of her in a defense stance; protecting the girl he loves. Cause he loves her.

Oh yeah! Jinora support the man you love. Comfort him too! Tell him he’s not alone. That you’re right here for him. You go girl!

Look at them trying to help defend their people. Look at that. Together. This is how you make a good impression on your soon to be father-in-law, Kai. Good job. Keep up the good work. 

But wait - what’s this?

Is there something wrong Kai? Where you going?

Wait, Kai. Don’t you dare do the thing, I think you might be doing. NO. THERE ARE OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT EVERYONE AND JINORA. PLEASE - 

NO-
NO
NOO
FUCK FUCK LOOK OUT 
DON’T YOU DARE

DON’T YOU DIE ON ME, THIEF BOY 
THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU HAVE WAITING FOR YOU ON THE GROUND WITH THE AIRBISON. DON’T YOU DARE GIVE UP ON ME

*SCREAMS* 

NOOOOoOoOO FUCK FFUCK NO KAI KAI KAI OMG OMG WHAT WHAT WHAT

KAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIi. THIS CANT GET ANY WORST WHAT IS GOING ON WHY WHYW HIM NO NO

THIS CAN’T GET ANY MORE WORST 

WAIT 
WAIT WAIT 
WAIT

IT HASSSSSSS

NOOOOOOO

Okay can I just take this moment to commend Kai. 

I was so impressed by his skills. Whereas everyone was wading in uncharted areas (falling, failing and totally understandable), he was a total natural. He was able to hold his own.

The strength that he unleashed when his girl was threatened just supports the guy’s devotion for the girl & everytime he was with her there was respect there. Total utter awe and respect.

He was just so cute, she has just enough seriousness to balance his goofiness. They just have enough differences to always spice up any situation. 

Like I can just see them growing up together, and just being so strong and supportive.

This is why I love them so much ok. 

Legend of Korra Book 3 Episode 4: In Harm's Way

So here we are! Episode 4!!

Lets do this!!!

ZUKO!!!!!!

Zaheer with the wicked cool snowstorm

MEGA EPIC BENDING BATTLE!!!!!

Combustion Women!!

Gahzan “Really? Right now?”

Bolin and Mako saying goodbye to their family

Korra and Asami sparing

Bolin’s recap

The Earth Queen

Jinora being concerned about Kai

Lake Laogai

The airbending military training

Jinora’s spirit projection

Kai and Jinora having a connection!!!!

Jinora finding Kai!

Bumi’s plan

Lin!?!?!?!

Korra deciding to stay and free the airbenders

Bumi’s code

Jinors kissed Kai’s check!!!

The Earth Queen…just…

Kai rescuing Jinora!

All the rescued airbenders joining Tenzin

Pretty much this episode was a mix of

About the Cloud Babies, though

((Can we talk about them for a minute? Can we?

You want to know the best part of the Cloud Babies relationship? About them as human-beings?

Tenzin never asked

In Book 2, Tenzin never asked his siblings to help him. He never asked Bumi and Kya to go to the Spirit World to save Jinora, to put their lives in danger. Did not ask them to follow him into the Spirit Fog, where they could be trapped FOREVER in their darkest, deepest despair. 

He never asked because he knew they would.

And Tenzin never asked them to fight the Red Lotus. He told them to stay and fight with him. Bumi can barely even air bend, but he stays. Kya got her butt kicked before, but she stayed. 

He didn’t ask them to fight and stand their ground, to protect a small group of innocents. To protect and fight for what the believe in, for what they love. 

To protect their family. Didn’t ask, because he knew they would. 

These are the men and the woman Katara and Aang raised. This is their legacy and the world is a better place for it. 

A Guide To The Newly Introduced Beifong Family:

Suyin “Su” Beifong: Daughter of Toph and half-sister to Lin,  metalbender, dancer and the leader of Zaofu. Married to Baatar and has 5 kids.

 

Baatar: Architect, husband of Su and has 5 kids.

No name yet: Eldest song of Su & Baatar

Huan SkrillexSecond child of Su & Baatar, metalbender and artist (sculptures)

Opal: Third child of Su & Baatar, airbender, possible love interest of Bolin

Wing & Wei: Fourth and fifth child of Su & Baatar, twin boys, both metalbenders, invented a game called “powerdisc”

***(will edit this when I can get more info and better pictures)

After this finale, I think I figured out what the thematic endgame of the series is – Korra’s going to teach the world to keep balance whether the Avatar is around or not.

As awful as Korra’s current situation is, I feel like it’s going to be something that she will end up learning from. And, if you consider her hallucinations – which suggest that obsolescence is her greatest fear – and the way those fears will inevitably interact with her extended convalescence (since she’ll have to watch as other people take over the job that should have been hers… or, worse, as a situation she could have handled with ease turns toxic without her around), it’s easy to see how the major takeaway could be that the Avatar can’t be the only force for balance anymore.

It’s easy to imagine that this will be Korra’s legend – she’ll be the Avatar who taught the world to take care of itself without an Avatar. And, considering what happened to the world due to Roku’s inaction and Aang’s hibernation, it’ll probably be the best legacy she could possibly leave.

The problem with Nick..
  • Nick: After three seasons a character who started out a shy bookworm progresses to a powerful and wise master and gets anointed in a beautiful ceremony marking the master of her element. Meanwhile, Korra, watching over, scarred both mentally and physically after a trying and haunting battle releases a single tear as she accepts the fact that she is no longer capable of doing what is expected of her.
  • Nick:
  • Nick: WHO LIVES IN A PINEAPPLE UNDER THE SEA