WARNING: Possible spoilers for seasons one-three.
Story: After her climatic fight with Zaheer last season, Korra (Janet Varney) was left physically and emotionally damaged. For three years she’s been recovering at the South Pole with her family. In that time, people have learned to co-exist with the spirits, Mako (David Faustino) is the bodyguard for the new heir to the Earth Kingdom (Prince Wu as voiced by Sunil Malhotra), Asami (Seychelle Gabriel) is reconnecting with her father and maintaining her now flourishing business, Tenzin (J.K. Simmons) is taking care of his family (his kids now older and more experienced) and the young Air Nation as it tries to keep order in the world while Korra is gone, and Bolin (P.J. Bryne) is working for Kuvira (Zelda Williams). Kuvira is a metal-bender we met briefly last season. She is now the head of the Earth Kingdom’s army and has been working on bringing order and unity back to the Earth Kingdom after the events of last season. At this point, she’s brought together most of the Kingdom. She has done it, however, through questionable tactics, such as violence and throwing decenters into work camps. Kuvira will stop at nothing to get her way and will use her powerful metal-bending abilities and large army to pave down anyone who tries to stop her. With Korra having left the South Pole three months prior under the false intention of going back to Republic City, team Avatar must find her if they hope to stop Kuvira from enacting her destructive goals. With Korra still emotionally scarred, she is attempting to find herself again, but will she be able to do that and reunite with her friends before Kuvira obliterates everything she knows and loves?
Thoughts: This was a marked improvement over last season, and last season was still pretty good. Kuvira felt like a greater threat than Zaheer and his three partners. She’s determined to obtain unity for the Earth Kingdom (and God knows what she’ll do after that), is a master metal (and presumably earth) bender, has a whole army behind her, and is absolutely crazy to boot, making her a scary threat for our heroes. Korra’s PTSD is handled maturely and is yet another indicator of the high quality writing for this show. It brings together all the previous seasons into a final character arc that seems planned from the beginning. The music is, as ever, top-notch and the fight scenes are great.
I am disappointed that many of the air-benders we were introduced to last season are hardly seen this time around. They did very little with Kia last season and they didn’t do much with him this time around either, and, to my great disappointment, Bumi hardly appears, either. The fates of many of our main characters after the last episode aren’t terribly well suggested, but that was the case with Avatar, too. I thought it was fine then. So I can’t really complain about it here. Korra has a new romantic partner by the end of the last episode. While there is foreshadowing for it in season three and four, it feels a bit sudden and random. Her ultimate love interest is a progressive choice, especially for a kid’s show, but I wish more had been done with it. Maybe the writers were afraid if they did that then parents would get annoyed or maybe they simply didn’t have enough time to dedicate more pages of script to it. Whatever the reason, this was still a great end to a fantastic show. It’s a very different finale than Avatar but I like that, because it makes it its own thing. If you couldn’t tell already, I can’t recommend this show enough.