The Legend of Korra: Endgame (Season Finale) Review

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Simply stunning. Endgame was one of the best endings in modern fiction.

It doesn’t get better than that folks, the final episode of this incredible show had everything and wrapped up this story beautifully, making for one of the single best episodes of television this writer has ever seen.

The stage was set in the episode prior as we learned the true nature behind Amon. All the theories and guessing came to an end once Tarrlok not only revealed that Amon was his brother, but was also a bender. So all that was left for the finale was for Korra to expose and defeat him.

Their early confrontation at the rally was excellent as Amon ripped off his mask to his Equalists when Korra tried to explain the truth. The ensuing battle was perfect as Tenzin, Korra, and Mako finally at least knocked Amon down. But the blood bender was hot on their tale.

Meanwhile, every other character not directly dealing with Amon had their moment to shine. Iroh was awesome as he used firebending to jet around and take down the Equalist’s planes. Naga and Bolin fought robots as Asami got into one of her father’s machines to destroy the Equalist’s equipment. The best moment came when she confronted her father as the two battled it out in the robots. Bolin’s rescue was perfect and Asami’s problems with her father got closure. This was probably the most meaty material for Asami all season. She has never been my favorite character but she rose to the occasion this time and proved herself as a worthy member of the cast.

Okay, back to the Avatar. The next confrontation with Amon was even better. Once Tenzin had escaped, Korra and Mako made their move, but the blood bender got the better of them and took Korra’s bending away. Luckily, Mako had an awesome moment and used lightning to temporarily subdue Amon. But before long, he was back in the villain’s blood bending clutches. Solution? In that moment Korra finally unlocked airbending in one of the most rewarding moments of the season. Amon flew out a window and used waterbending in front of enough people that the Equalist movement became a sham. At the moment his escape disappointed me, but what would come was far better than anything else that could have happened.

After that fantastic backstory about Amon and Tarrlok’s childhood the two rode off into the ocean. At first it seemed that the writers were setting up the pair as villains for next season. But then what was likely the darkest moment in Nickelodeon history happened. As a tear rolled down Amon’s cheek, it was almost like he knew what was about to happen. Tarrlok’s final act was darkly heroic and easily one of the best moments of the season.

The season ended where it began at the Southern Water Tribe. Katara tried to heal Korra to no avail, and in a fit of rage Korra left to be alone. As if her achieving airbending wasn’t enough to be proud of, she finally made full contact with the spirit world. Avatar Aang, our former hero, rescued Korra in her darkest time. It was the best moment of the series yet as the Avatars of the past including Roku and Kyoshi stood behind Aang as he gave her back her bending. Korra was even able to give Lin back her earthbending.

Now Korra is with Mako, and even Asami is okay with it. Amon is dealt with and Korra became a full fledged avatar. Everything was tied up in a nice little bow that left this viewer feeling all of the emotions. But what is left to do? Who cares, now is the time to celebrate this wonderful show that is every bit as good as Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and yes, Avatar: The Last Airbender. (10/10)

8 Responses to The Legend of Korra: Endgame (Season Finale) Review

  1. MP says:

    Disagree on 2 points. The last 2 minutes of the show felt incredibly deus ex machina to me (Lion Turtle anyone?) or as Tropes would put it, mood whiplash.

    “You are suddenly connected to spirit world.”
    “You now can return everything and everybody to the status quo.”

    It was neat, but didn’t feel fulfilling after all the setup, almost as if whoever was clearing the show to air said it was getting too dark and needed to be toned down so kids wouldn’t be traumatized for life. That’s acceptable, but things went “back to normal” way too fast in the end, almost unbelievably so. If the episode could have been extended by even 5 minutes it might have made more sense.

    Secondly, we don’t know how Asami is with MakoxKorra yet. That will be season 2 revealed I think 🙂

    • coolman229 says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more. I hated that last 2 minutes. If they had just ended it with Aang popping up and telling Korra that she has connected with her spiritual side, then that would have been great. They could have shown Korra getting used to being only an Airbender, and maybe regaining the use of the other elements. I think that would have been a great set up for the next seasons. Then she could have continued the cycle, relearning Water, Earth, and Fire. But when Aang restored her bending it seemed to cheapen the loss. I felt like they wasted a perfectly good plot right there. And then when Mako popped up and they kissed it pissed me off because as far as we know he still hasn’t broken up with Asami. I don’t like the idea of Mako and Korra together, because from what we’ve seen, Mako is fine with cheating as long as he really likes the girl he’s cheating with.

  2. Mitch says:

    Loved it!

  3. Prophet says:

    Was way to fast paced, it did not show any character development or shift as she’s still the exact same person as she was in episode one (still letting something she was born into define her rather than creating her own fate and she lost all self purpose without her position as the avatar), asami got fucked as she gave up everything to be with a guy that dumps her for a character with less personality just more power, too many new characters tossed in these episodes that had no interaction like aang’s other kid and zuko’s ?grandson?, everything was just brought back to the status quo after pretty much an entire city was ripped down the middle, lots of pointless events like the first and second waves of the entire united world’s fleets were so threatened by a couple planes and they didn’t even do anything, amon lost all credibility just because he was a bender and he had no closure seeing how he just lowkey dies in the middle of the ocean.. episodes 1-10 i give a 10/10 for the build up but the finale just made me regret watching the series in the first place.. 3/10 score because the animation and a few scenes were good.

  4. Trey says:

    I like the interpretation that Korra was contemplating Suicide at the end there, considering she just lost 3 bending arts. When she sat down, it means she overcame her feelings of inadequacy and decided to keep living. Aang appears and says “When we are at our lowest, we are most open to change.” He rewarded her with her old powers for keeping the will to live even when there was no hope for her being the Avatar again.

    And yes, the whole Super Bloodbending thing being as strong as Spiritbending is under explained, but it would have been good character development for Lin if Korra hadn’t gained the ability to Spiritbend Lin’s power back.

    Best way to see the Antagonists off in my opinion.

    • 34534534 says:

      actaully the blood bending was Not as powerful as spirit bending. spirit bending is what reverted it.

      it takes a bit of thinking here, but i know how amon used it. water benders heal by affecting certain pionts of energy in the body. amon, somehow, discovered a very special point in the bender’s body that pretty much allowed them to manipulate their energy and bend. by using blood bending to carefully affect this area, and sever it, he removed bending.

      spirit bending bypasses all the physical fetures of the body and affects the spirit, and thus can restore these damaged area by affecting the very spirit of the bender.

      the clever irony here is that it was aang spirit bending amon’s father that inspired amon to find a secondary method. or, perhaps, he thought he had discovered the secret behind it. he could not be more wrong.

  5. FlippyJ says:

    This finale nearly ruined what a very enthralling season. It really takes all of what made the last ten episodes spectacular and renders it mute. Amon, the incredibly intimidating, ruthless villain who actually had a semi-valid reason for his revolution was reduced to nothing more than a pity case. All it took for his entire army to crumble and turn against him was Korra pointing out that he was a waterbender. It was almost funny how he resorted to the classic “Shes making it up! Shes lying!” defense that is normally only used by comical villains that aren’t supposed to be treated seriously. Then he is defeated by a few puffs of air and runs away in a terrible anticlimax of the “final battle”. I admit that his backstory was interesting, however his connection to Tarlok and Yakone was not even hinted at previous and the story is thrown at the audience in one big flashback. As a villain, he is nothing compared to Azula from the original series who just as intimidating but also made frighteningly realistic through her mental instability.

    The last few minutes seemed terribly convenient for Korra: she got the guy, she got her bending back, and she even had a way to reverse Amon’s powers. She ended up learning nothing and did not deserve all of these rewards. The worst part about it is how the most beautifully symbolic and well done scene in the series, Lin losing her bending, was utterly ruined by this plot convenience.

    The only positive points of this finale are the stunning animation minus the excessive cgi and the two brother’s suicide at the end which was very unexpected and dark. Amon taking away Korra’s bending at first was also very well done if it wasn’t completely negated five minutes afterwards.

  6. Phil says:

    People who complain about the ending resolving all the plot points, including restoration of bending, in general don’t take one thing into account: this series was originally meant to be just those 12 episodes. From the get go, this would be it. When Nickelodeon asked for more episodes, they could no longer change the plot to give us an interesting cliffhanger. I’m certain that if the writers had known before hand that there would be more than one season, they would have delayed the restoration of bending well into the second book, maybe even up to its finale. Maybe the season would have ended on Korra seeing Aang there, hinting on some spiritual journey to restore bending or something along those lines. But the fact is, by the time they were asked for more episodes, they couldn’t change it. Regarding the Lion Turtle in the original, yes, that came out of nowhere, but I blame the writers for failing to hint at that, since DVD commentary reveals that the idea of having Aang strip Ozai’s bending came up very early in development. They simply failed to give proper hints. Korra receiving it though wasn’t that unexpected. Ever since the finale of ATLA people wondered if Energybending could give bending as well as take.

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