The Legend of Korra: “The Sting” Book 2 Episode 6 Review

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The Avatar took the week off for the most part as Mako, Bolin, and Asami move the season along wonderfully in Republic City.

As far as the characters go, putting Mako on the police force and having him break up with Korra seem to be the two best decisions the writers made this season. Mako continues to intrigue as he investigates the bombing in last week’s episode. He’s no longer just the Avatar’s girlfriend. Since he’s not even that anymore, he can get back together with Asami, who actually have a stronger chemistry than Mako and Korra.

Anyway, this episode saw Mako digging deeper into what have supposedly been Northern Water Tribe attacks in Republic City. Asami plans to sell her father’s mecha-tanks to the South for military support. But the transport ship is attacked and the shipment is stolen. So Mako and Asami join forces once again to solve this mystery. They enlist the Triple Threat Triads for some extra muscle on a sting operation. But the Triads appear to have been hired by someone else. This led to the exhilarating boat chase that gave Mako and Asami their best action moments of the season thus far. Too bad about Asami’s shipment though. She’s really the most together character on the show so it’s sad to see her in such an unfortunate situation.

Meanwhile, Bolin is starring in Varrick’s over-the-top propaganda film about the war between the North and the South. This subplot really could have fallen flat. But I do remember the surprise joy of the very late Ember Island Players episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Bolin letting stardom go to his head has been hilarious as well.

But the smartest thing about this subplot was how it connected to Mako’s investigation. Mako visits his brother on set who’s about to shoot a big pyrotechnic sequence. Mako notices the controlled explosions and asks how they set them up. What do you know? The same device Mako caught the bomber at the parade using is what they use on a film set. Which means that (SPOILER!) Varrick is behind everything. While Unalaq has been the obvious villain from the start, Varrick slipped right in without anyone noticing. What a strong twist.

The episode ended with Korra waking up on a beach in the Fire Nation with no memory. This was the only scene of the episode I didn’t like. She should have just not been in the episode at all. Also, amnesia? Really writers? That’s so ’80s TV.

But we’ll see how it’s handled next week. Maybe it was just for cliffhanger purposes. Otherwise, this was one of my favorite episodes of the season. It wonderfully gave Mako and Asami more to do and perfectly planted a surprise twist. Next week we get to meet the first Avatar in a two-part special. Can’t. Wait. Grade: A-

By Matt Dougherty

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