Goal: Write 1 thought every day re: why I love The Legend of Korra until I finish rewatching the series.
#163: Korra loses to Kuvira in “The Battle of Zaofu.”
I really enjoyed “The Calling” because of Ikki and the interaction between the air kids. But on my first time through the season, I was annoyed at how quickly the show had seemingly resolved Korra’s PTSD. I thought it was unrealistic that removing the metal poison from her body – albeit in a nice emotional scene at the end of “The Calling” – would resolve her issues (particularly the mental ones). So when “The Battle of Zaofu” rolled around and it was clear Korra was not fully back on her feet, I was delighted to see that the show didn’t ignore the mental aspect of Korra’s recovery at all.
Of course, the fight between Kuvira and Korra was hard to watch. Korra basically gets her butt handed to her, and we can see that even in how she stands and prepares to fight:
Contrast Korra’s unkempt hair with how clean, polished, and comfortable Kuvira looks here with her smug face:
Speaking of Kuvira, I love when she turns to her army and says: “I want you all to know that I would never ask any of you to do something that I’m not willing to do myself. So rather than risk your lives, I will fight the Avatar one-on-one.” It’s another display of her charisma. It’s no surprise that she’s amassed a loyal following when she’s willing to walk to walk, rather than just talk the talk.
And walk the walk she does. Kuvira completely overwhelms Korra in their one-on-one, until the latter finally goes into the avatar state:
But Korra can’t finish the job, because Nega-Korra still haunts her:
Again, it’s hard to see Korra lose so badly. But for me, it was reassuring, because it meant the season still intended to address Korra’s mental recovery now that she has fully recovered physically.