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Nickelodeon’s new animated series, ‘The Legend of Korra’ (2012), the sequel to ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ (2005), continued Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. EST with its third episode, “The Revelation.”
For the new viewers out there, ‘Korra’ begins 70 years after the events of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and picks up with the new Avatar, Korra (Janet Varney). She is a Water Bender from the Southern Water Tribe who has come to Republic City to train with Tenzin (J.K. Simmons), son of Aang and Katara, to learn air bending after having mastered the other three elements (earth, water, and fire).
She meets two brothers, Mako (David Faustino), a Firebender, and Bolin (P.J. Byrne), an Earthbender, and joins their pro-bending team, the Fire Ferrets, a group who participates in competitive bending matches in an arena.
In “The Revelation,” Mako and Bolin are approached by the seedy owner of the pro-bending arena who says they have to come up with a large amount of money to pay for their expenses and stay at the arena, or they will be disqualified for the championship pro-bending game. Bolin suggests taking his pet, Pabu, out to the time square to perform for money, but Mako declines, choosing to work at a lightning bending factory.
Bolin proceeds to the square anyway and meets a shifty member of the Triple Triads, a criminal organization in Republic City. The man offers Bolin a huge amount of money for a bodyguard job, and Bolin agrees. After he comes home from work, Mako realizes Bolin is missing and seeks out Korra. The two ride into town looking for him and find out he is mixed up with the Triads, who are holding an underground meeting alongside Amon (Steve Blum), the mysterious leader of the anti-bending movement in Republic City.
Mako and Korra disguise themselves and make their way in. At the rally, Amon reveals he had been a victim of an unknown Firebender’s wrath. He wears a mask because his face has been badly burnt, but that is not the only information he leaks. Amon has figured out a way to take away a bender’s powers permanently, which he demonstrates on three different benders. He is about to do the same to the captured Bolin, but Korra and Mako work together to save him and manage to escape unscathed. Korra returns to Tenzin and tells him what she saw.
Much like the previous episodes, ‘Korra’ showcases beautiful animation, vibrant characters, and a strong plotline. The fight scenes are especially engrossing this time around because Mako, Korra, and Bolin are in real danger of losing their powers as well as their lives. The events of the episode are expertly paced and executed with plenty of tension to keep the audience’s attention.
One of the best elements of this episode is the dynamic between Mako and Korra. It has been implied that Korra is developing a crush on Mako, who butts heads with her on occasion because of his usually stoic personality. However, in this episode, some of the friction between them started to crumble.
Mako reveals how he and Bolin became orphans. An unknown Firebender killed their parents in front of him, so he feels intensely responsible for his younger brother. Despite his hard exterior, he cares deeply for his brother and learned to trust Korra as they worked to rescue Bolin. Makorra fans, those who are in favor of a relationship between the two, were ecstatic to see them sharing intimate moments that hint at a future romance.
‘The Legend of Korra’ is an outstanding show thus far and continues hinting at exciting new episodes for the future. It airs Saturdays at 11:00 A.M. EST on Nickelodeon. Be there. You won’t regret it.