The Legend of Korra: “Darkness Falls” Book 2 Episode 13 Review

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The stakes have never been higher in the Avatar universe as Vaatu and Unalaq create the Dark Avatar.

I’m starting to understand why Nickelodeon chose to stack all these episodes together. The flow from Harmonic Convergence to Darkness Falls is so continuous that the week between them would have broken the tension.

Immediately the penultimate episode of Book 2 starts with a bang as Korra knocks Unalaq out of the Spirit World and battles Vaatu. The epic showdown felt 10,000 years in the making.

Meanwhile, Mako and Bolin intend on keeping Unalaq out of the Spirit World, but Eska and Desna intervene.

Unalaq manages to stop Korra from retrapping Vaatu, allowing them to merge, forming the Dark Avatar.

This lead to what was simply the best bending battle since Aang fought Fire Lord Ozai in the Last Airbender finale. The two Avatars trade blows with all four elements for just long enough before Vaatu somehow sucks Raava out of Korra.

Unalaq goes on to beat the sh*t out of Raava, effectively destroying the Avatar all the way down to Wan.

Luckily, Eska and Desna appear to be coming to their senses, letting Mako and Bolin go and save Korra. The Unalaq/Vaatu combination transforms into a demonic monstrosity that plans to darken the world forever. How freaking epic!

On the smaller side, Tenzin, Kya, and Bumi search for Jinora, leading to a bunch of Last Airbender callbacks. Iroh had a quick cameo as their brief spirit guide, before they were thrown into the foggy prison that destroys your mind (got to love the Admiral Zhao cameo, once again voiced by the great Jason Isaacs).

Bumi breaks down over cannibals, while Kya claims she has no family. It was pretty heart breaking stuff. Tenzin, on the other hand, has to face himself. He’s been trying to live in his father’s shadow this whole season, and who better to tell him to be himself than Aang. It was a tender scene, one that made me wish for a interquel series between Last Airbender and Korra. The fog lifts as Tenzin believes in himself, and he calmly takes his family, including Jinora, out of the prison. Jinora can sense the darkness at hand, disappearing off to help Korra.

Onto the finale. Grade: A

By Matt Dougherty

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