December 13, 2014
The Legend of Korra: “Kuvira’s Gambit” Review
Well guys here we are: the freaking penultimate installment of The Legend of Korra. Sure it’s technically the third to last episode but, since next week’s will be a special hour long finale, I’m considering it one episode. And either way, this is the second to last time I will be writing one of these reviews, which is certainly bittersweet: I’ve been covering Korra since it’s very beginning, and it will be weird to say goodbye to it come next week. But for now let’s not dwell on that: “Kuvira’s Gambit” was a very busy episode as it set the stage for what’s to come in the finale but, considering some of the lulls this season has unfortunately had, I”m actually kind of glad about that.
Finally it seems like some forward momentum is being made in this story, kicked off by the new knowledge we learned about Kuvira’s plans from last week’s excellent “Operation Bei Fong.” Yes, Kuvira has her sights set on taking out Republic City, a predictable but stellar move on the show’s part. The series began with Republic City and, though it has spread its wings since then to other parts of the world (primarily the Earth Kingdom), it makes sense for the series to end there. And the battle that’s set up in “Kuvira’s Gambit” does seem to be pretty epic…once we get to it of course.
Because yes, though there’s a lot of setting the stage in “Kuvira’s Gambit,” that’s definitely all it was: table setting for the hopefully stellar battle that’s to come. But honestly that’s okay, since this table setting actually felt really essential to the overall storyline, and had enough forward momentum and tension to overcome a lack of real action. I’ve been critical of this season because there’s been so little action (especially compared to last book) but “Kuvira’s Gambit” is strong evidence that this show doesn’t need massive bender on bender fights to make a compelling half hour of television.
All it needs is gigantic skyscraper sized motherfucking mecha machines! Yes, that reveal was pretty damn glorious and shocking to boot — it was a gambit that I don’t think anyone saw coming, and a terrific one at that. Kuvira’s Jaegar makes this whole entire operation much more complicated, and it’s going to be fascinating in the final two episode to see how Team Avatar (now working together and being awesome) take the beast down. Considering some of the cost saving measures that have been utilized in recent episodes (a lot of single shots in this episode), I’m hoping for something pretty amazing.
But “Kuvira’s Gambit” is certainly a good start to this surely big bang. Honestly I would have preferred if these final three episodes were released as one big final set (ala the final FOUR episodes of The Last Airbender), but that’s simply because the final moments of this episode had me itching for more. And next week, for the last time, we shall get it.
- Speaking of the final moments of the episode, was I the only one who believes NO ONE died in the explosion? At this point in the Korra game I’m just not banking on anyone dying. But I guess next week’s episode will clear things up.
- Really enjoyed seeing Kuvira speak to her troops…the shot was classic Fire Nation army.
- “I said it could be better.”
- “What’s with you interrupting my important meetings all the time?” Bolin DOES have a bad habit of doing that…
- “Way too close.”
- “I’m just going to let her explain the whole thing — Zhu Li!” Bolin is also bad at telling stories.
- “I’m busy inspiring my workers!”
- “I used to not be able to go by the bathroom by myself.” Wu’s little speech was pretty nice I thought. What a surprise.
- “I’m in.” Finally, Tenzin took some initiative this season. And him in one of the Airbending suits was pretty cool.
- “Your farts are just too much of a wild card.” Could have done without the fart at the end, but a cute and funny little moment. I hope next episode ends with Meelo farting into frame while yelling “WILD CARD BITCHES!”