The Legend of Korra: “Light in the Dark” Book 2 Finale Review

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I know what you’re thinking. I can’t believe Bolin and Eska aren’t going to work things out!

Oh, not to mention the epic, Pacific Rim style battle for the world and the drastic changes made to this universe we’ve grown to love so much.

So where do we start?

Korra’s connection to Raava has been severed. The new Unalaq/Vaatu monster is destroying Republic City. That pesky Jinora was found only to missing again!

Honestly, the best moments from this grand finale were the quiet ones in the beginning where Tenzin helped guide Korra to her inner spirit, much as the guru tried to do for Aang. With her memories flashing the background, she makes the connection, becoming the light in the dark.

Transporting herself to Republic City, Korra faces the Dark Avatar alone. Meanwhile, the rest of Team Avatar protects her body from dark spirits trying to stop Korra. Going back and forth between the two once again invoked the madness of the Last Airbender finale.

But as Korra remembered, Vaatu simply cannot exist without Raava. Jinora, the tiny savior of the universe forces what’s left of her into Vaatu, allowing Korra to reinstate light in the world. Unalaq is defeated, perhaps a bit too easily.

Luckily, the rest of the finale still had major changes to come. Korra is the Avatar once again, but her connection with the past Avatars is gone forever it seems. She also acknowledges that Wan may have made a mistake separating the Spirit World from the physical. So Korra leaves the portal open, starting a new age. I can’t wait to see what this means for Book 3.

Some other loose ends: Tonraq is now leader of the Southern Water Tribe, Bolin and Eska will not be getting together, and neither will Korra and Mako.

All in all, it was a great finale that means a ton of different things for the universe as a whole. While it is a shame that Unalaq was dealt with so quickly, especially with the rip-your-heart-out way the writers dealt with Amon last season, this season was much more about Korra’s struggle to find inner peace. And found it she has. Can’t complain with those results. Grade: A-

By Matt Dougherty

 

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