The Legend of Korra: “Remembrances” Book 4 Chapter 8 Review

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This is really unfortunate. With six episodes left, Nickelodeon gets one last major dig at what is clearly its least favorite show.

For those blissfully unaware of the behind the scenes drama that led to this clip show episode, Legend of Korra co-creator Bryan Konietzko gave us the low-down on his tumblr page. Apparently, Nickelodeon cut the show’s budget for Book 4 giving the bosses two options: lay off people who have worked hard on the show from the beginning or use archive footage to create a clip show. They chose the latter to preserve talented people’s jobs. Who can blame them.

Given the situation, they do what they can with the episode, borrowing from the outstanding Avatar: The Last Airbender recap just before the finale The Ember Island PlayersRemembrances is broken up into three parts.

The first has Mako explaining his love life with Korra and Asami to Prince Wu. The highlight here was some meta-commentary on how Mako and Asami broke up, or the lack of any definitive resolution, back in Book 1. The rest was a typical clip show, though I am concerned about this being one of the major three topics. Will romance play a part in the final hours of the series? Book 3 and 4 have been better for keeping the Avatar’s love life out of the picture, a trend I hope not to see broken with the series finale on the horizon.

The second part had Asami and Tenzin building Korra’s spirit by reminding her of all she’s accomplished over the years. This was the most relevant part of the episode to what’s happening in Book 4 right now. Korra is still broken, and I’m sure these two helped lift her ego a little closer tow here it needs to be to defeat Kuvira. But it was still a clip show.

The final bit was where the writers finally got a chance to be a little creative. Varrick retells the story of The Legend of Korra as if Bolin, or Nuktuk, was the true hero. It involves a phone conference between Zaheer, Vaatu, Amon, and Unalaq. The sight of Vaatu holding a phone is hysterical, and the fact that all the voice actors returned really sold the joke. This segment felt like less of a clip show and more like a YouTube parody of the series, which is way more in line with Ember Island Players.

The episode ends with Varrick looking into the camera and saying, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, kid!” It’s a perfect Varrick line that sort of sums up the existence of The Legend of Korra itself. Despite the truth of Nickelodeon doing some serious damage to this show’s viewership, and now its creativity, Korra has been one hell of a good story. Clip show and all, I’m glad it was told. Grade: C

By Matt Dougherty

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