Legend of Korra “Remembrances” Review

With the epic buildup to the final confrontation between Korra and Kuvira brewing, last week’s episode brings us one step, no, two steps backwards and frankly, completely away from the season’s clash. Remembrances was a sort of clip show essentially bringing us back up to speed. The episode mainly focused on retelling the past seasons through the point of views of Mako, Korra and Asami, and Varrick and Bolin.

 

Mako and Wu

“Wu down!!”

While teaching Wu how to protect himself in the event that he is attacked again, Mako makes note of how Wu knows very little of him so story time ensues. It was enjoyable to here Mako’s telling of his relationships with Korra and Asami respectively and even more enjoyable hearing Wu chime in. Wu was hitting many points the audience thought watching the previous seasons which I though was nice of the creators to take a jab at themselves with the audience’s feedback. The cartoony aspect of the segment made things a little more lighthearted in a more serious, darker season arc.

 

Korra and Asami

The episode then shifts to the two strong female leads of the show and fizzles here. Korra expresses her uncertainty and fear which she has fed us time and time again. It was redundant to hear her relay the same feelings. She has grown tremendously but her mindset has been stagnant in that sense.

 

Varrick and Bolin

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, kid!”

My favorite duo to watch so far throughout the season and episode would have to be Varrick and Bolin! While on the boat with the rebels heading North, the group is telling stories and Varrick pitches his new mover idea. The telling of Bolin’s life through the eyes of Varrick was hilarious! Bolin as Nuktuk or Nuktuk playing Bolin fighting Korra’s enemies was pretty funny and the tweaked animation and dialogue added some freshness to the flashbacks. The dialogue between Varrick and Bolin throughout definitely generated a few laughs and the fact that everyone loved the story except Bolin was pretty good too.

 

Overall

Co-creator Bryan Konietzko did release a statement via Tumblr explaining the reason for the oddly placed episode:

“We got the news from the higher-ups that our Book Four budget was getting slashed, almost to the tune of an entire episode’s budget,” he wrote. “We had two options: 1) let go a significant number of crew members several weeks early, or 2) make a clips episode. We never considered the first option.”

While the episode shifted focus completely, it did have its moments. We saw a lot of recap and the plot was not advanced much but there were many times that kept us laughing and interested.

 

7/10 Wu’s

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Fall Television Lineup Preview

This fall will have some great new seasons for some of our favorite shows and promising premieres as well. Check out some of the shows I’ll be looking out for!

Gotham

With Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy complete and Zack Snyder’s take on the Dark Knight a ways off, we’ll have to pass the time with this version of Bruce Wayne and Gotham. The show follows a Gotham before the time of the Batman and will focus mainly on a young Jim Gordon. This era in the Batman mythos has rarely been depicted across any medium so it’s exciting that we will get a look at some of the major characters before they become who they’re known as. “Gotham” stars Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, and Jada Pinkett Smith as a character known as Fish Mooney.

 

“Gotham” premieres September 22nd on FOX.

 

The Legend of Korra Book Four: Balance

Recently, the title of Book Four was released for the hit Nickelodeon show. What surprised fans most was how soon the new season would be airing since Book Three just finished a few weeks ago. Book Three featured some of the best bending, story lines, and character development throughout the entire series and the season finale was nothing but spectacular. Korra looks to restore balance to the world which was left in a chaotic state after Zaheer and the Red Lotus sought to end the world’s order.

 

You can find the new season of “The Legend of Korra” on nick.com and the first episode will air October 3rd.

 

The Flash

The CW seems to have replicated the formula used on “Arrow” and looks to start their fall lineup strong with the spinoff series “The Flash”. The show will follow one of the most popular Flash characters, Barry Allen as he defends Central City against evil. After a short stint on “Arrow”, Grant Gustin returns to the role as the speedster once again and will be given the chance to really shine in the role.

 

“The Flash” premieres October 7th on the CW.

 

Arrow Season 3

The fan favorite will be returning with this third much anticipated season. Oliver Queen looks to rebuild Starling City in the aftermath of Deathstroke’s attack. Stephen Amell returns as the Green Arrow and continues his crusade as the city’s infamous vigilante. We’ll also be introduced to the likes of Ra’s al Ghul and many other villains.

 

Catch “Arrow” on October 8th on the CW.

 

The Walking Dead Season 5

“The Walking Dead” has drawn quite the audience over the years for its action, character development, and well, zombies. The fifth season picks up right where the last left off. Rick and company are still being held in the mysterious Terminus. This season will definitely be entertaining as the group is no longer safe and are now at the mercy of these deadly people. Will everyone make it out alive?

 

You can catch “The Walking Dead” on AMC and the season five will premiere October 12th.

The Legend of Korra “The Ultimatum” Review

As Ba Sing Se falls into chaos after the Earth Queen’s demise, Mako and Bolin must find Korra to deliver a message from Zaheer.

Zaheer removed the Earth Queen from power in a pretty brutal way last episode and the aftermath resulted in the city rioting. Guards and citizens alike can be seen looting everywhere as Mako and Bolin search for a way out of Ba Sing Se. The duo makes a short stop to retrieve their family and head off to find Korra. Bolin is known for his humor and lightheartedness but relays some insight into what makes a home a home. It was a nice switch from his usual jokes.

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The gang reunites and heads to the Metal City to warn the Northern Air Temple that Zaheer is on his way. I thought it was cool how everyone contributed something to help stop Zaheer. Korra’s trip to the Spirit World was not what she intended but she did meet a special friend who pointed her in the right direction. Lord Zuko and Korra’s discussion on what Aang would do didn’t prove too helpful to me. He pretty much played both sides of the coin in his response. I really like that Korra is without her former lives advice. It makes all her decisions her decisions. She has to use her own judgment to solve the world’s problems. Once the Northern Air Temple was reached, Tenzin relays that it’s too late. Now the episode really gets good.

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Zaheer rounds up the Air Benders but Tenzin does everything in his power to save the day. There are some beautiful action sequences which really display the movements of each Bender. Tenzin moves like a leaf on the wind while battling Zaheer, who sort of airjumps from spot to spot. Kya and Boomi both try to hold their own against Zaheer’s companions but both prove outmatched.

Kai tries to distract Combustion Woman so the Air Bender could reach the bison but is unable to distract her long enough. I wondered who was steering the Air Ship since she was near the hangar door. Also, why didn’t the Air benders air bend to safety? They could have air jumped to the bison or split up to confuse her. At any rate, everyone is defeated but Tenzin, who had Zaheer on the ropes. If he wasn’t jumped, I think Tenzin would have been able to hold off Zaheer long enough, if not defeat him. He truly is an Air bending master although in the past I’ve questioned his abilities. I really enjoyed Tenzin’s “Til the last breath mentality”. He had no intentions of standing down.

Korra and Team Avatar will be heading to meet Zaheer in the Northern Air Temple and I can’t wait to see what Zaheer has in store for Korra.

 

Overall Points:

  • Some great dialogue from Bolin
  • Tenzin really proves his mastery of Air Bending
  • Beautiful fight scenes

 

8.5/10 Flying Bison

Injustice: Gods Among Us #18 Review

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After significantly weakening the Sinestro Corps., Batman and the Resistance look to push the ground assault into full effect.

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The Green Lanterns had a great plan to draw out the Sinestro Corps and Superman’s forces to meet on the outskirts of Earth. It served a great attack and distract as the ground forces moved into position. Commissioner Gordon’s team quickly gets into position to execute the next part of their plan. Harley Quinn really serves as a wild card who could make or break the operation. Luckily her actions didn’t foil their plans.

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I like that Luthor is always helping out the resistance. If it wasn’t for him, the resistance would have been defeated from the start. He secretly tries to manipulate Cyborg and influence the league members throughout the story and I love seeing Luthor doing something good for humanity’s sake.

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There was a great interaction between Robin and Catwoman as the two are finally reunited after Nightwing’s death. Robin tries to get into Catwoman’s head after she takes out the Flash but she responds well. Damian never truly was a good complimentary partner for Batman.

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After Luthor surrenders, He speaks with Gordon and reveals that he is the inside man along with his knowledge of Oracle’s identity. Gordon prepares for the Air Assault as he pretends to hold Luthor hostage to get aboard the watchtower. I’m really going to enjoy what happens next as Gordon looks to push the fight onto their home territory.

 

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Overall Highlights:

  • Nice consistent artwork
  • Luthor being the good guy!
  • Catwoman punishing Robin

 

8/10 Super Pills

Legend of Korra: “The Stakeout” Review

After leaving the Metal City, the group is hot on the trails of Aiwei as they look to understand why Zaheer is after Korra.

The team follows Aiwei to a small village called, Misty Palms Oasis. They learn of a planned meeting with Zaheer so they decide to tail Aiwei until Zaheer appears at the meeting. Mako’s police skills were in full effect as he quickly organized the group into teams and continued with plans accordingly. He and Korra have an interesting dynamic as she prefers to be direct and blunt while he is more reserved and patient.

 

Ting Ting

I love how Bolin always provides the comic relief throughout the episode. The undercover identities (Ting Ting), Pai Sho games with Assami, and signing autographs with fans make a less interesting plot bearable. Bolin said it best, “I thought stakeouts were supposed to be fun?” When the group discovers the meeting takes place in the Spirit World, Korra heads in to intercept.

After Zaheer disposes of the loose end, Aiwei, he tells Korra everything she wants to know. We find out Zaheer and his team, along with Unalaq are members of the Red Lotus, a rogue faction broken off from the White Lotus order. In cliche fashion, we learn the Red Lotus and Zaheer are out to restore the world to its natural state, chaos. While that is sort of cheesy, I was very impressed with Zaheer’s ability to not only navigate the Spirit World, but communicate in the Physical World simultaneously. Korra has much to learn if she wishes to combat such a skilled threat.

Zaheer sends “Lava Guy” and “Water Arms” to capture Korra as he distracts her. This provided the only action in the episode as we see Bolin and Mako go toe to toe with the Red Lotus members. They were clearly outmatched as the brothers were quickly knocked unconscious or incapacitated. Why would Bolin jump in a pool of water while battling a Water bender?! Assami appeared to escape with Korra’s body but they are captured by the Earth Queen’s men while Mako and Bolin are being held captive by Zaheer. Looks like the gang is heading back to Ba Sing Se.

Overall, the episode served as a means to push forth the plot. We learned a lot about Zaheer and the Red Lotus and what their plans are. I can’t wait for the next episode to be released!

 

7/10 Bolin Dolls

Nickelodeon Pulls Legend of Korra

Earlier today, co-creator Bryan Konietzko of Legend of Korra announced that the show will be moving completing to digital distribution. The show will air one episode Friday night and the remainder of the season will be available for viewing in the subsequent weeks through Nick.com, Amazon and various other online platforms. With this major shift for the series, many questions have risen revolving around how long the show will last.

The ratings for the Friday night slot weren’t very high which may have caused the shift. The low ratings may be in part to the fact that the only place to view the episodes was on Nick since the episodes weren’t being put on the website. Fewer and fewer people are actively watching television and watching when episodes first premiere so this shift may allow LOK to be more accessible and increase viewership.

I think the shift could be beneficial to the Legend of Korra. People are tending to prefer online video service sites like Netflix, Hulu Plus, or Amazon to consume media at any time and any where. The fact that Korra is moving to digital could improve ratings and increase popularity. Regardless of how the remainder of the season’s ratings turns out, the show will be returning for a fourth season.

 

More information will be revealed at San Diego Comic Con during the Legend of Korra panel.

Legend of Korra “Old Wounds” Review

“Old Wounds” picks up right where things left off in the Metal City. This episode really focused on Chief Beifong and what caused the strain in her relationship with her sister, Suyin.

We get many glimpses in the past through Beifong’s acupuncture therapy. I really enjoyed seeing the effects of Toph’s parenting style on the kids. Lin, seeking attention and acceptance from her mother, follows a similar path and heads into law enforcement. Contrastingly, her sister, Suyin, seeks attention by acting out, which leads to her skipping school and hanging out with criminals. As time progressed, they ended up meeting on opposites sides of the law in Republic City. We find out how Lin gets her scar and why Suyin ended up traveling the world.

Young Lin

 

Back in the present, we see the effects the therapy is having on Lin as she tries to fight her past’s emergence and bury her feelings. Her delusional state causes her to have hallucinations and eventually leads to a sister-sister fight we’ve been waiting for. I loved seeing Beifong pushed over the edge. (Pulled the Tenzin bit out which was a low blow!) There was a lot of great action between the metalbending and earthbending in the courtyard. After it was stopped by the voice of reason, Opal, and Beifong rests for 16 hours(!!) she comes to her senses and squashes her issues with Suyin. It was a nice heart to heart moment and now they’re almost BFF’s.

Round One: FIGHT

Another highlight of the episode was Korra learning to metalbend. THE first Avatar to metalbend! Maybe she’ll learn to bloodbend or the lightning technique. Anyway, she picked it up extremely fast, which really bothered Bolin, who’s tried many times before with no success. I like how Opal and Bolin’s relationship arc is improving as they grow closer and reveal deeper aspirations. I’m sure Bolin will master the techniques soon enough.

 

Achievement unlocked

 

ALSO HOW DID ZAHEER LOCATE KORRA? He knows a lot more than he appears and is capable of a great deal. Can’t wait to find out how!

Highlights

  • Korra Metalbending
  • Sister Sister Fight
  • Bolin and Opal being all cute
  • Zaheer Zen Abilities

 

9/10 Metalbenders