The Legend of Korra: “Day of the Colossus” Book 4 Chapter 12 Review

The first part of Korra‘s two-part finale was suitably action-packed, but also started tying loose ends in an effective and emotional manner.

With Books 3 and 4 of Korra, it’s become clear that these writers have perfected how to structure a season. All the little plot threads introduced throughout Balance start coming into play here, including Asami’s father and a potential romance between Varrick and Zhu Li.

But first, Kuvira’s super weapon is no longer standing at the borders of Republic City. With Team Avatar recovering from the blast that ended last week’s episode, they have to act quickly to get the injured (so just Bataar Jr.) to safety while also preparing to fight the colossus.

This episode made great use of the entirety of Team Avatar. Meelo first led the airbenders to blind Kuvira with paint, all while Lin and Bolin take out the legs. With the ties around the colossus, I was ready for some Empire Strikes Back style toppling, but not even airbending from practically the entire Air Nation and the Avatar were enough to bring the weapon down. The shot of Korra narrowly evading a blast that hits a line of building in the background was horrific. It becomes a game of stalling as Asami, Varrick, and Zhu Li find a way to get their hummingbird mechs running with the ability to cut platinum.

Enter Hiroshi Sato, Asami’s father. Seen earlier this season reconciling with his daughter after his devious actions in Book 1, Hiroshi has a way to cut platinum that can be installed on the mechs. This allowed Asami and her father to properly make up before heading to battle. Conveniently, it also left just enough time for Varrick to propose to Zhu Li. “Zhu Li Moon, will you do the thing with me for the rest of our lives?” Awww.

The high-flying fight against the colossus was awesome. Asami and Zhu Lie piloted while Hiroshi and Varrick manned the platinum cutters. It was thrilling, and gave Asami something more to do in a finale for once than shock somebody. But Hiroshi’s sacrifice was surprisingly effective. If there was somebody to kill, it was him. Now Korra, Mako, Bolin, Lin, and Suyin are inside the colossus. It’s time for The Last Stand.

One small subplot this episode had Prince Wu evacuating the remaining citizens out of Republic City. His own brand of leadership was fun to watch, even if these scenes didn’t quite match the dire tone of the rest of the episode. The use of badgermoles was clever though.

Day of the Colossus was a more than effective primer for what will surely be an epic final battle. Team Avatar’s fight against Kuvira’s weapon offered a lot of new types of action, rather than simple bender vs. bender. As some plot points tied up, the series is ready for its end. Grade: A

By Matt Dougherty

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