WATCH OUT! There be spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen the new episode of Korra: The Coronation, you can watch it here on Nick
I’ve been waiting for this moment all week.
Kuvira and Republic City
Raise your hand if you didn’t see Kuvira taking the power from Prince Wu… anybody… anybody? Nope, I didn’t think so. But, I was a little surprised at just how simple it was. I thought that was going to be the big conflict this season, but it seems like something else is coming. I really liked how they foreshadowed it with Kuvira taking the Presidential suite.
The twins are back! I loved Jeska’s comment “Boss, Girlfriend, same thing.” But, I doubt they’re coming back again… unless the nations join against Kuvira at the finale. It was mostly just a funny aside.
I think it’s interesting to point out that there was a second Kyoshi reference for the season. Last episode the fish shop guy said “if I could meet any Avatar, it would be Kyoshi.” And the highest honor in the Earth Kingdom is the Kyoshi Medal of Freedom. Is this just a coincidence, or is Korra going to need to connect with Kyoshi’s spirit to fix this problem? The last time there was an Earth Emperor, it was Kyoshi that put an end to his rule.
“I have created an empire, and I will lead it into the future.”
Wow. Kuvira is really playing two people. To her supporters she’s “The Great Uniter.” She protects the cities under her rule, she sends them food, defends their borders. To Bolin she says, “Conflict is the last thing I want. Will you help me make history…?” Then to Suyin, to anyone who stands up to her… she’s a ruthless tyrant. She threatened Zhou-Foo, and “crushes” opposition. It’s an interesting edge to walk, and I think it’s what’s going to make it all unravel.
Poor Bolin. She really has him under her thumb. It was tough seeing him argue with his brother. Neither of them is right really. I loved Mako’s face when Bolin said “Kuvira is basically just like Korra.” It was about the same face I made. Bolin is such a pure-hearted kid… I just hope he sees what’s going on soon L
Between the imbecile would-be King and a Tyrant… the options for the future of the Earth Kingdom are not that great. Where is that headed? I thought it was interesting learning the source for the conflict between Kuvira and Suyin. Su was asked to help rebuild the Earth Kingdom… but in her indecision, Kuvira stepped in.
Toph and Korra
“If you want to hug something, hug a tree.” Yep, Toph is back! I feel like being chief really bogged her down, and now that she’s let it go she’s become herself again. But, she’s a lot wiser than before. I loved the little nuggets of wisdom hidden in the Avatar butt kicking she loves so much! Also, Toph teaching Korra was so much like when she taught Aang Earthbending in the Foo-Foo-Cuddly-Poops episode. Tough love… or should I say Toph love (because it sounds like Tough!).
They also referenced the spirit roots in the swamp. Just like Aang used them for a moment, Toph has connected with them to see the world. And where can you find another large outcropping of roots? Republic City. I’m sure she’s very connected to it. She can see her daughters, and probably everything that’s going on with Kuvira.
We learned that there is still a little poison in Korra’s system (and Toph took that moment to insult her daughters dedication again). But, Korra cannot relax enough to let Toph take the rest of it out. I think it’s a little unfair of Toph to blame her for not being able to relax (as it’s not her fault she was poisoned), but then again… that’s just Toph.
There's still room for my Vaatu spirit theory (check out my last review for reference)
I was wondering how Tenzen’s kids were going to fit into the story. I’m so happy they get a big role this season, and it makes sense. If anyone can find Korra I think it’s Jinora.
Finally, the big question at the end what is the root for? Are they tapping it for energy? Are they trying to connect to the spirit world?
Last time we had wisdom from Katara, and this week we get Toph's version. Do we get a Zuko episode next?
I really enjoyed this episode. There’s a lot going on this season, and I’m not sure exactly where it’s going… but I’m liking the direction. I’m always impressed with Bryke’s forward thinking, they don’t get stuck in story ruts. I’m optimistic this is going to be the best season yet!
Thanks for reading!
PS. I've got a few days off for Fall Break, so I'm going to try and do some art for this season.