The Legend of Korra Recap: And The Winner Is…

16 May

Legend of Korra

Season 1, Episode 6

The Skinny: Korra, Bolin and Mako are ready to kick ass and take names in the Pro Bending Final against those HIDEOUS bending hipsters, the Wolf Bats, lead by he of the epic hair flip. (I seriously can’t remember his name. Only the hair.) OBVS there are shenanigans, Amon shows up in his FREAKY mask to ruin things, Mako is smoking hot, Bolin is lovable and hilarious, and Korra is BAMFy. 

Hair Flip = THIS loony toon.

The Setup: Last week was all “Republic City, 9021o.” Bolin decides that he wants to get all up in Korra’s biz, real PERSONAL-like, Korra realizes that Bolin is a SUPER awesome friend–as evidenced by their frat-party dinner date where they laughed and belched over noodles together–but she’s definitely got a THANG for Mako (GET IN LINE, SISTER FRIEND). Too bad for Korra that Mako and Hoe Cake are totally still together. BLAH. But what’s this? When Bolin broaches the topic of Korra as gf to Mako, and then proceeds to take her out, Mako gets a bit JEALOUS, y’all. And also confused about his feelings, because, all evidence to the contrary, he thinks Hoe Cake is something special. So leave it to our girl Korra to take the bull by the horns, confess her feelings to Mako, and go in for the smooch. BOOM. HE DIGS IT *fist pump*. But basically this puts a big, weird cramp on the Fire Ferrets chemistry as a team because Bolin still thinks Korra is the bees knees. They need to mend fences ASAP, though, because they are going up against the hipster benders, the Wolf Bats (THAT NAME. I don’t even know. Are Wolf Bats a thing? Like, howling, flying…rodents?), in the pro bending final. How did they get to the final, you ask? WELL. Korra opens one of the many cans of whoop-ass that she keeps hidden in her huge pants and wins it for the team. Korra, Mako, and Bolin decide to cool it with the kissy face business because they have some crazy hair-flipping dude to deal with in the final. ONTO THE NEXT ONE, FOLKS. 

The Breakdown: Things open up with a Fire Ferrets training session underway. Mako, Korra, and Bolin are gearing up to face the Wolf Bats in the Pro Bending Final by aiming their fire/water/earth at pictures of the Hair Flip. Korra’s feeling good about their chances even though they’re the underdogs. Just as she andthe boys are about to get really psyched up, though, their radio cuts out and Amon comes on and brings the cray cray. He says that everyone should enjoy the Pro Bending Final because–GASP!–he thinks Republic City should stop glorifying benders, and so wants the council to shut down the arena and cancel the finals. Then he brings the threats, saying there will be “severe consequences” if they don’t. Stunned faces all around.

Korra and the boys take this news and run to the council, where Tenzin, Tarlok, and the three mute members who only ever raise their hands while seated, tell them that they have caved to Amon’s threats and are going to cancel the final and stop pro bending FOREVAH. The Fire Ferrets are AGHAST, and Korra advocates keeping the finals on as scheduled because caving means that Amon wins. And we all know he MUST LOSE. While arguing their case, Chief Beifong shows up and surprisingly agrees with Korra. She thinks the benders need to stick up to the Equalists, and assures the council that her force of metal benders will have the arena locked up tighter than Fort Knox. Chi blockers can’t hurt metal benders, Beifong says. Then, Tarlock and his sneaky ass basically get Beifong to take personal responsibility for all the spectators. (DUN DUN DUNNNN!) So the council caves AGAIN, this time to the Fire Ferrets and Chief Beifong, and the Pro Bending Finals are a GO. Of course, they don’t realize at the time that Amon WANTED them to do this exact thing, so freaky face is all excited, although you would never know it because his only facial expression is over-botoxed blankness, what with the mask and all.

Apparently, Tenzin got the same vibes from Tarlock as I did because he warns Beifong that Tarlock is setting her up/being an asshat. Bei Fong is all, “bish please! I don’t need no babysitter!” Tenzin says he’s going to stay close to Beifong during the match anyway just in case. Korra butts in, Beifong makes tracks the minute Korra shows up to make nice, and THEN! Korra eventually realizes that the reason Beifong is basically a tightly wound ball of MEAN is because SHE used to be with Tenzin. Y’all, Beifong is a JILTED LOVER. SIGH. Even the adults bring the dramz. 

So, THE FINAL. FIRE FERRETS. WOLF BATS. I should have known it would end in disaster when Mako and Hoe Cake blew kisses to each other (UGH/GAG/VOM) before the match started. Hoe Cake is bad luck and I want her GONE, please and thank you. I prefer to remember Mako like THIS instead:

Lookin’ FINE, Mako. Lookin’ fine.

Anyway, the match is a doozy, but CLEARLY fixed from the first whistle. Hair Flip is a MAD CHEATER, guys. The Wolf Bats are pulling all kinds of illegal moves and the ref is, like, too busy counting his money to call any fouls. RIDICULOUS. Even though the Fire Ferrets bring it, and Korra is FILTHY, they are no match for the Wolf Bats’ dirty game. 

So, Hair Flip and his dirty, cheating cronies win the Pro Bending final. ALAS. But after the Wolf Bats are crowned champs, Amon makes good on his threats to drop the hammer on benders and people who support them. Remember how Chief Beifong was all, “my metal benders can take those wussy chi blockers any day, twice on Sunday?” Yeah, well, Amon’s soldiers, who have scattered themselves among the crowd, are sporting these electrical thingies in their hands, and they use them to shock Beifong and her crew out. PANIC!! MASS HYSTERIA!

And while this is going on, HOLY CRAP, Amon shows up in the ring and EFFING TAKES AWAY HAIR FLIP’S BENDING. He takes it all from ALL the Wolf Bats. BOOM! Amon then gets preachy about equality and how benders are THE WORST. But check it: While the Fire Ferrets are stuck tied to a pole underneath the ring, Amon is speachifying about how a new Equalist government will soon be in place in Republic City and how those electrical thingies are basically devices that allow ANYONE to possess the power of the chi blockers. GULP. Bigger gulp? Amon doesn’t just have his sights set on equalizing Republic City. He wants to eradicate bending from THE WHOLE WORLD. Dang. 

So, Korra finally gets free and goes after Amon and his cronies. Awesome bending is awesome, and Korra kills it, with some more help from Chief Beifong, her new bestie. They fight together, but of course, Amon gets away in his crazy zeppelin or whatever AIRSHIP of evil he flies around in and lives to flash his freaky face another day. 

The Last Word: I liked Korra teaming up with Chief Beifong, friends. I love how Beifong is a BADASS and Korra is a BADASS and they both have such strong personalities. They have so much more in common than they realize at first. Can’t wait to see how their relationship grows–or not–in the future. And also, Amon is NASTY. Like Tenzin said, “Republic City is at war.” Shizz is about to get REAL. I feel like Amon has moles everywhere and I’m suspicious of lots of people. (ahemTarlockcoughHoeCake’sDaddycoughahem). 

The Lines: “I am currently wetting my pants.” 

So, what did you guys think? How much did you throw up in your mouths when Mako and Hoe Cake were blowing kisses at each other? Do you think anything is going to come of all the reminiscing Tenzin and Bei Fong are getting up to? Maybe she won’t be so prickly or nasty to Korra anymore. And honestly: WHAT is up with Amon taking away bending abilities?! And where is he getting those chi blocker gloves?? (I have a theory about this last one, but since it’s probably hugely wrong, I might keep it to myself for now.)

Also, I have to give BIG hugs and props to Lisa from Lisa is Busy Nerding for doing such an ace job with these recaps. I’ve got BIG BIG shoes to fill! I hope I’m doing you proud, Lisa!! 

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7 Responses to “The Legend of Korra Recap: And The Winner Is…”

  1. a. knight @ paranormal indulgence May 17, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    “Mako and Hoe Cake blew kisses to each other (UGH/GAG/VOM) before the match started. Hoe Cake is bad luck and I want her GONE, please and thank you. ”

    YEEEEESS. Thank you! Oh my G, they were making me sick. Throw up in my mouth? I wanted to shove my fist in there TO STOP ALL THE NASTY coming out every time they did something horrendously saccharine.

    AND YOUR RECAP, BRO. I’m gonna miss LISA, but I’m happy these recaps won’t be neglected. Loved this week’s!

    We were totally on the same page with the Wolf Bats. Half of my brain dedicated itself to finding a suitable mental image to explain that name away. And the hair flipping? I want to chop his front – he he – off. And did you stand up and yell at the screen during the final? I’ve never seriously watched sports, and I hadn’t understood until that moment what it must be like for the peeps who do BECAUSE IT’S BRUTAL. AND, OMG, MAKO NEEDS TO STOP BEING AN INDECISIVE JERK and just PICK KORRA already. WE ALL KNOW Hoecake doesn’t stand a mother fryin’ chance in the lowest, darkest corners of hell with him for long. :PP

    • a. knight @ paranormal indulgence May 17, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

      Mako thinks just cuz he’s yummy and All That he can deny me my romance fix. Hmph.

    • trippingbooks May 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

      AH!! So glad you liked the recap!! I was nervous :-\ But it’s FUN! I can’t wait to see the new ep tomorrow!
      And seriously, who can blame Korra for gagging? UGH. But what really drove me nuts was the cheating! It was so bad!! When Amon was chiding the audience for cheering for and supporting a team of cheaters and bullies I was like, “CRAP. I’m conflicted now! Because he’s totally right, except he’s WRONG about ALL benders being that way. Also, HIS FACE. I CAN’T EVEN.”
      I’m totally on the same page with you when it comes to Mako and Korra, although all of this putting it off will make it better when they get their acts together. SIGH. Cartoon love. <33

  2. rubybastille May 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    OKAY. Since you mentioned it, I think their Iron Man Chi Blocker gloves are supplied by Mr. Sato, because what other major industrialists have we seen so far? And Mako’s piece on the side is gonna have to turn out to be a heinous bitch at some point, otherwise this story is just another basic love triangle and I HATE love triangles. Although, okay, here’s what should happen:

    1. Asami is supposed to get all cozy with Mako, on orders from her dad and Amon, since the Fire Ferrets are the best Benders in town.
    2. Whoops, she falls in love with him for real.
    3. Daddy and Amon bring the fight, but Asami sacrifices herself to save Mako.
    4. Mako and Korra realize they’re made for each other, but Bolin has to find his OTP somewhere in there because he’s completely adorable and deserves SOMEONE.

    Also, Hair Flip Guy was the best villain ever and I wish he’d been around longer.

    And finally, Cheif Beifong is an UTTER BADASS.

    • trippingbooks May 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

      OHMYGOD THAT IS TOTALLY MY THEORY. I so think that Mr. Sato supplies the gloves. Completely. I’ve been totally suspicious of both of them since we met them. I got that same vibe from Asami when she was all, “let me take you out to a fancy dinner and give you nice clothes and throw money at your pro bending team so that you’ll love me and not suspect me of REAL EVIL.” She probably will end up falling for Mako for real–understandable. But still…she needs to beat it.
      I also feel like Tarlock is going to wind up having something to do with the new Equalist government Amon was talking about. The way he reacted to Beifong’s statement about being able to handle the chi blockers made me really suspicious. And I feel like, as the head of the task force, he would be in a good position to direct said task force in the OPPOSITE direction from Amon. Plus the way he pursued/forced Korra to join the task force was shady too. Or maybe he’s just making power plays. But I get weird vibes from him.
      Bolin TOTALLY needs to find his OTP. He’s so awesome and funny and fantastic. He’ll find someone. Because obviously Korra + Mako 4 Eva.

      • rubybastille May 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

        Honestly, and here’s my crazy embarrassing theory, I think Tarlock IS Amon, and Amon is secretly a Bender himself, trying to clean out the competition. Mostly because I refuse to believe that anyone can go up against the Avatar without also being a Bender. But that is probably thoroughly wrong, because then all of his crazy chi-blocking followers would turn on him (unless THEY’RE all Benders too, in which case AWESOME), which means yeah, Tarlock is totally playing power games. He is super sketch.

  3. Lisa May 19, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Hoe cake continues to be the worst. Blowing kisses at a PROFESSIONAL GAME. Pleassssse.

    I was super duper glad to see Beifong and Korra working together. BAMFs gotta stick together, yo.

    TOTALLY the quote I would have picked!

    You knocked this review out of the damn bending arena, Amy! GET IT GIRL.

    Also I am totally in favor of your conspiracy theories re: Mr. Sato.

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