Favorite Moments from Legend of Korra: Book 3

Genre: Fantasy/steampunk

Synopsis: Korra is the Avatar, charged with bringing balance into the world, and she just made a huge decision that changed everyone’s reality. Now she and hers have to deal with the consequences of that decision, good and bad, before those consequences deal with them.

Series: Third season.

Watch: Here. (All episodes available temporarily.) 

Is it just me, or are the season finales getting better and better?

Despite Nickelodeon’s best efforts, this show is awesome. This season’s a little slow, but after watching the finale, I can’t bring myself to really complain about anything. I’m just too in awe of where it went. Book 3 was more of an ensemble show, with Korra sharing a lot more of the spotlight and the action. I don’t know how much I can talk about without spoilers, so I won’t even try (and if you’re in danger of being spoiled, you should probably just go watch the show. Every single episode is up on nick.com right now, and I don’t know how long it’ll last.)

So without further ado, some of my favorite moments from Book 3, big and small.

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Korra bleakly looks at the prospect of not recovering from this battle: Remember Book 1, when the writers didn’t even know if they were going to get a second season? Because of that, Korra ended up getting over a major hurdle way easier than she should have. Now, the writers know they’re getting a fourth season, so they’re unafraid of leaving Korra in a vulnerable position, where she’s paid a price for winning the day and she’s going to keep paying it into the next season. It’s amazing, and I can’t wait to see where they take her personal journey now.

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Jinora becomes an airbending master: Like almost everyone else, I love Jinora, and this was an incredibly heartwarming moment. For Jinora personally, and also for the way Tenzin declares the new mission of the air nomads. I’m glad Jinora got to shave and tattoo her head like she always wanted.

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Tenzin takes on Zahir and his people: Tenzin’s good. The whole fight was great.

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Zahir and P’Li: All season long, we get to know these two characters a bit, get to know what they’re capable of, and find out about their relationship. And the show waits until the end to show their height difference, and treat it like it doesn’t even matter. Which is perfect, and right, and makes for a nice moment.

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Mako being awkward around his exes: If any good came out of dreaded love triangle of season 1, it’s the stance that it allowed the show to take on friendship. Korra and Asami are great friends, despite having dated the same guy. And they’re both friends with Mako, and make sure to point out to him that he doesn’t have to be so awkward about it.

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Eska and Desna go visit their secret prisoner: Everything about this conversation was hilarious, including Zuko’s contribution. And Eska and Desna’s reaction to finding out they even had a secret prison.

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Meelo the drill sergeant–seriously, the kids are hilarious. (And Jinora just rocks, but the rest of the kids are really entertaining too.)

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Ming-Hua waterbends her arms: Because she doesn’t have any arms, so makes herself some water tentacles.

I can’t list every moment, but all of the characters are just awesome.

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Korra’s been very restrained this season, though she is pushed into breaking loose. Whenever she lets out her inner thug, I’m just like, there she is. That aggressiveness is always somewhere in there, even when she’s subduing it for a more effect strategy.

Lin Beifong and her sister both rock, in different ways. And make sure to get in on the action.

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Bolin is in fine form for comedy, but still always hold his own with the main cast in action scenes.

In short, while I might have complaints about the season, this show in general makes me happy enough that I’m just going to bask in its glory for this moment.

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