The Legend of Korra: “In Harm’s Way” Book 3 Chapter 4 Review

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Well that was a high-octane episode. Book 3 reached a few small climaxes in its fourth episode, with more than one action scene leaving me absolutely breathless.

The first few episodes of the new season featured three prison breaks. In Harm’s Way starts with one more. Our new villains face off against Zuko, Tonraq, Desna, and Eska as they try to break out P’Li, a fire bender with explosive abilities. Zaheer and Ghazan distract Zuko and Tonraq while the seriously stunning Ming-Hua makes quick work of the twins and breaks out P’Li. Now they are a perfect bending foursome clearly capable of taking down powerful opposers. They also seem to have a fun team dynamic, Ghazan calling out the trope of evil lovers kissing in front of everyone as Zaheer and P’Li reunite.

Now back to Ba Sing Se. Just as Mako and Bolin return with information about the Earth Queen’s airbender army, Beifong shows up to take Korra to safety, Zuko having informed her of the criminals’ breakouts. But Korra refuses to leave before Kai and the others are out of Earth Kingdom custody.

Jinora gets some solid development as she tries to project her spirit consciousness to find Kai. Watching her expand her abilities actually makes the Book 2 finale feel less like a deus ex machina.

The rest of the episode is devoted to the awesome efforts of Team Avatar to free the airbenders. Confronted by Dai Li agents, the ensuing battle has a ton of great moments, like the airbenders pushing away their captors with their newfound bending abilites, Korra leading them in the front. Details like this show us what kind of Avatar Korra is becoming, one that guides not one that enforces.

Then you had to cheer when Tenzin and Korra jumped onto the air bison and eventually swung back to pick up Mako, Bolin, Jinora, and Kai. It was an escape right out of Avatar: The Last Airbender and a true highlight of the episode.

In Harm’s Way ended on a touching note, with the airbenders agreeing to go with Tenzin to the Northern Air Temple. He and Korra separate so she can be safe. Their separations continue to make it difficult to keep your eyes dry.

All in all, this was a stunning episode of The Legend of Korra, reaffirming that Book 3 is off to a great start. Keep ’em coming. Grade: A

By Matt Dougherty

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