Last Five Episodes of The Legend of Korra Season 3 Being Pulled Until Further Notice [UPDATE]

It’s no secret that The Legend of Korra hasn’t received the greatest of ratings over the past several weeks. The show has earned highs of 1.5 million viewers and lows of 1.1 million viewers this season, which is atrocious for a series that pulled in 4.5 million viewers during its premiere back in 2012. Thus, Nickelodeon has decided to take action. The last five episodes of the season – episodes 9 though 13 – have been pulled from the network’s schedule until further notice.

Episode 8 “The Terror Within” will still premiere this Friday at 8/7c as scheduled. However, it will not be followed up with episode 9 “The Stakeout” as originally planned. “The Terror Within” is currently scheduled to be the last Book 3 episode until further notice. Nickelodeon has yet to publicly comment on when the last five episodes of The Legend of Korra will premiere.

With The Legend of Korra’s Comic-Con panel scheduled for this Friday, the network will likely release more information on this unfortunate reschedule then. In the mean time, re-runs of Spongebob Squarepants will take over The Legend of Korra’s time slot once “The Terror Within” concludes.

The Legend of Korra Season 3, Episode 7 ‘Original Airbenders’ Review

The Legend of Korra updates us on Tenzin’s Airbender training with a humorous, and free-spirited adventure helmed rightfully by writer Tim Hedrick, who crafts the strangest episode of the series to date. I don’t typically praise writers in the introduction of my reviews, but Tim Hedrick has slowly become my favorite member of The Legend of Korra writing staff, and it’s his quality of writing that saves an otherwise “fillery” episode this week.

Hedrick seamlessly transitions between comedy and drama, although he deals in more comedy than drama in ‘Original Airbenders.’  It’s not an easy task to blend the two genres, yet the writers on The Legend of Korra accomplish it in every episode with ease.  So it’s no surprise that ‘Original Airbenders’ exhibits the same trend.  What makes the writing special though, and why I’ve decided to dwell on Tim Hedrick’s talent, is because this episode maintains a tight grasp of its characters.

Allow me to take a minor detour…

“Filler episodes” are episodes of a series which divert from the main story enough to be consider a separate entity.  Filler content is generally frowned upon for diluting a show’s plot, since filler doesn’t advance the story.  Granted, filler episodes can be entertaining, but they’re almost always burdensome in the end… Unless, they use the time outside of the story to develop characters.  ‘Original Airbenders’ falls into this exception.

The Legend of Korra Season 3, Episode 8 ‘The Terror Within’ Prediction

After two episodes that seemingly sidelined Team Avatar, the season’s eight episode, The Terror Within, will look to bring Korra and her friends back into the spotlight. Now that the family-related relationship-building theme has run its course, it’s time for Team Avatar to resume their hunt for more Airbenders. It’s also time for Zaheer and the Red Lotus to resume their hunt for Korra. The description for The Terror Within is as followed: “Zaheer and his gang try to kidnap Korra.”

After two story-centric episodes, I expect The Terror Within to kick it up a notch. Throughout Team Avatar’s stay at Zaofu, they were often reminded how safe the city was. Some residents went as far as to say that Zaofu was one of the safest places in the world. Never once did I believe that line; in fact, I always assumed that statement was a set-up. A set-up for what I expect to unfold during The Terror Within.

At the end of episode 6, Old Wounds, Zaheer successfully located Korra (astral projection?) and informed the rest of the Red Lotus members that Korra was in the Metal City. While Tenzin was busy training the Air Nomads in Original Airbenders, the Red Lotus was likely using the time to travel to Zaofu by truck.