The Legend of Korra: “Old Wounds” Book 3 Chapter 6 Review

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I really wanted to love this episode, but it just wasn’t in the cards. Lin Beifong’s sudden change of heart was just way too quick.

With Lin and Suyin unable to reconcile their differences, I can see why Opal wouldn’t want to leave Zaofu. But for some reason acupuncture is making Lin all nostalgic and revisiting her path. The reasons for the divide between Lin and Suyin worked though. With Lin as a police officer and Suyin driving getaway cars, their confrontation in the past was inevitable. It was great how it blew up in their faces so spectacularly. It turned out to be the reason Lin has her facial scars too.

Toph’s appearance in the flashbacks showed what kind of mother she is, but I can’t help but wonder if we needed it. We’ve gotten this from Katara to some degree, but Aang’s actual presence in Tenzin, Kya, and Bumi’s childhood has been left mostly ambiguous. But with Toph front and center for a scene, it removed that detachment that Aang’s children all have. They are all mature grown ups with family issues, but the show never tried to write off those issues with just a couple scenes. Here, we got several very good reasons for Lin and Suyin to hate each other, but I actually would have preferred the flashbacks if Toph hadn’t showed up, officially dumbing these adults down to kids. The most compelling thing about Aang’s kids’ problems was that they were shown to be established adults still dealing with old issues.

Their fight in the present, while grand, didn’t get much of a rise out of me because it felt like I was spoon fed too much information. Although I did love Bolin telling Korra that sometimes siblings just need to fight to hash things out. It was a great moment for humor, but also perfectly illustrated why this episode didn’t work: sibling rivalries, not matter how big the issue, are between siblings, not the rest of the world.

Lin’s recovery felt rushed too. She suddenly wakes up with a calm demeanor? Given the flashbacks, I now don’t think their issues were so easily fixable. The episode betrays itself with all the information it gives. When the point ends up being that sometimes sisters/brother just need to hash things out, there’s no need for us to know the specific reasons why.

At least Korra learned metal bending. Finally.

Meanwhile, I have to admit the slow arrival of Zaheer and his criminals into the main plot is a bit tiresome. With the gang leaving Republic City, we got a neat car chase and more reasons to love Ming Hua, but it mostly felt like wheel spinning. The final scene where Zaheer somehow finds out where the Avatar is doesn’t make much sense, since he thought she was at the Northern Air Temple last week. But I am intrigued about how he figured that out.

So Old Wounds was a pretty disappointing episode of The Legend of Korra. Lin and Suyin’s dynamic works really well, but by giving us too much information, we are robbed of some of the authenticity that Tenzin, Kya, and Bumi exhibit. But now the story can move forward, and hopefully Zaheer will finally catch up with the Avatar soon. Grade: C+

By Matt Dougherty

3 Responses to The Legend of Korra: “Old Wounds” Book 3 Chapter 6 Review

  1. Mitch says:

    A “C”??? That seems far too harsh. The episode didn’t work at times , but it still very much succeeded on the whole.

  2. James says:

    Lost me at “Lin Beifong’s SUDDEN change of heart was too quick.”

    That was kind of the point….

  3. SherryAva says:

    The episode pulled together the timeline for Lin and Suyin and showed the two women’s perspectives of the type of mother they had (Toph). The reviewer’s comment “But for some reason acupuncture is making Lin all nostalgic and revisiting her path” was explained when the acupuncturist warned that metal benders are deeply effected by acupuncture (with metal needles). Needless to say, if we accept the concept of metal bending then why should the reviewer balk at an emotional flashback to unclog repressed memories that are chi blockers? Overall, I found this episode to be a B+. I hope you agree.

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