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This is by far the very best two-parter I've seen from Legend of Korra, and I am excluding the first season, as this had more of the mysticism of the Avatar Mythos. I'll also agree with DW AuZumzaq that Beginnings Pt. I had a ThunderCats 2011 feel to it, when Korra was in the spirit world, revisiting with her spirit self, Aang, Roku, Kyoshi and her previous lives.
Learning about how Pan became the first avatar, and bonding with Rava was very enlightening, and felt very much like an episode of Avatar should. I'll admit that I've casually watched Legend of Korra, and see it nothing more than a just followup to Avatar: The Last Airbender, and nothing more. However, I have high hopes for the second season after seeing these two episodes.
"Some people call it the Bhutan Lounge; I call it my home away from home!"
Outstanding stuff here. Glad I didn't give up on this show after the poor premiere.
Best episode of the season. Really enjoyed it. I had been looking forward to this two-parter, and it didn't disappoint.
I AM ASSUMING CONTROL OF THIS FORM.
My recap is up.
It's stupendous, it's fantastic, it's absolutely, positively gold. And I liked it, too.
Will have to plow through this thread later, but I'll add to the general chorus saying this was awesome, while also reiterating the disappointment Neo Yi had in the way Vaatu was imprisoned rather than reunified with Raava. The way Vaatu said that he couldn't be defeated because he fed on conflict itself, so the mere act of fighting him was making him stronger. Passive imprisonment is one solution, but the better, more permanent one is a true unity that can keep balance (and be more in keeping with the spiritual mission of the Avatar). So maybe this is Korra's ultimate destination -- being a true agent of balance, which would also make the darker, more conflict-driven aspects of herself in the first half of this season all part of a much, much larger arc (just as Zuko's path took 2.5 seasons, even though they knew where he was going from episode 1).
We'll see. I'm leaning towards "Anti-Avatar" for Unalaq's ultimate motives, also.
Other note: in addition to the woodblock print backgrounds for the Wan flashback (distinct from the watercolor washes they use primarily in LoK), did anyone else notice that the music shifts back to the more traditional sounds of the Avatar soundtrack over the Asian-inflected jazz in LoK?
Also, tying back to the color commentary I pointed out a long time ago back in Avatar, I think the Vaatu/Raava split kind of explains the way both blue and purple get associated with the Avatar, with "Avatar Blue" being linked with Raava and "Avatar Purple" being linked with Vaatu. It also hints that there's still a little bit of Vaatu left in Raava (and, therefore, probably a little bit of Raava left in Vaatu), since there were lots of scenes (and some even in this episode) where the Avatar (whether Korra or Aang) got those purple tones in them. I can't think the specific color palette is an accident, though my guesses as to meaning are purely speculative.
tumblr post I read that delved a bit deeper into this, too, comparing Wan's story to that of a Beijing Opera. I don't know much about that to confirm or deny, but it was a fun read nonetheless.
That was a really good write-up, Neo Yi. I loved the art style and backgrounds for this two parter. It works so well for the setting and especially for the Spirit World. Wan's story is engaging and he is likable. I still feel like they missed a big opportunity to do a series based on his journey. Personally, I'm leading towards the Anti-Avatar theory for Unalaq as well. It would kind of tie in with the backstory in this two-parter, although I don't know if the more recent episode brings anything that could make that theory less likely to happen.
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