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Monday, September 23, 2013

REVIEW: Legend of Korra 2x3 Civil Wars Part One

Unrest settles in the South as the Northern Water Tribe invades

Well here we are again with chapter three of Legend of Korra book two, Civil Wars Part One. Although it’s only the third episode in the season, things are already starting to amp up as the Southern Water Tribe feels distressed by the arrival of their sister tribe, the Northern Water Tribe. We have a lot of ground to cover in only thirty minutes, so let’s get to it!

To start us off the Northern Tribe have already taken authority of the South Pole, and although Unalaq’s plans seem to be just to unify the two tribes, the South isn’t so happy about it. What I want to know is why? What happened between the tribes that is causing so much contention? In Aang’s time they were very friendly with each other. Is it really so bad that the South has to rebel?

Meanwhile at the Western Air Temple we have a different kind of contention. After Jinora and Meelo tease Ikki about something she suddenly goes missing and it’s up to Tenzin, Kya, and Bumi to go looking for her. Unfortunately as they search the mood starts to sour. The three siblings get into a really heated argument, mostly about their own father. The oldest siblings aren't too happy as it seemed as if Aang favored Tenzin. I doubt Aang was a perfect parent but I can’t help thinking there’s more to this. We all know Aang, I’m sure that despite his duties, he truly tried his best as a father.

I also can’t help but think there’s more going on than just Ikki running off. A little teasing shouldn’t be so bad that she would run away. Personally I suspect a spirit may have taken and kidnapped her. As to why, I have no idea, but it’s the only explanation that makes sense at this moment. It would show that it isn't just the North Pole that’s in danger of the dark spirits.

Back at the South Pole, things are only getting worse. The two tribes almost get into a quarrel and Korra has to intervene. Unfortunately despite her best efforts no one is listening to her, and someone else has to stop the fight. Still, the rebellion against the North is firing up in thanks to Varrick. I can’t say I’m surprised. He’s strongly pushing them to fight back. It gets so extreme that they even go as far to kidnap, and even attempt to assassinate Unalaq. Luckily Korra stopped them before they could but I’m sure it left a bad taste in Unalaq’s mouth and will only escalate from there.

After all that, the episode concludes at a rather big cliffhanger. Korra reconciles with her parents but all is not well. Unalaq bursts in and officially arrests Tonraq and Senna for conspiring to try and kill him. Here’s the thing though, Tonraq refused to go with Varrick’s plans. He wasn’t part of it. Unalaq even witnessed Korra discovering that neither of the kidnappers were her father. Are they being falsely accused? Or is this some clever scheme by Unalaq to get rid of his brother? I guess we’ll have to wait until Civil Wars Part Two airs next Friday! 

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