After leaving the metal city of Zaofu, Team Avatar will follow the Aiwei’s trail to the Misty Palms Oasis. Comprised mostly of Earth Kingdom citizens, the Misty Palms Oasis borders the Si Wong Desert and hosts traders, soldiers and wanderers of the Si Wong Desert. It’s often the final rest stop to gather supplies before venturing off into desert. “The Stakeout” will open with Team Avatar arriving at the Oasis in hopes of finding and capturing Zaofu’s traitor, Aiwei.
Upon arriving, Team Avatar will scour the city for Aiwei, looking through all public locations in hopes of finding him. As confirmed by episode’s official clip, Team Avatar will enter a pub-like location to check for Aiwei only to find wanted posters of them distributed by the Earth Queen. The locals at the pub immediately recognize Team Avatar as wanted criminals and draw their swords. Korra tries not to make a scene and exits the pub immediately after. Unfortunately for Team Avatar, this confrontation likely won’t blow over. For the time being, however, Team Avatar will ignore possible consequences of being wanted and focus on finding Aiwei.
While searching through the city, Team Avatar will be approached by four men who claim to know where Aiwei went. The four men will reveal themselves to be Airbenders and Korra agrees to escort them to the Northern Airtemple if they help her track down Aiwei. They four men agree and inform Korra that Aiwei went off into the Si Wong Desert several hours ago.
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After a dizzying amount of changes hit The Legend of Korra’s schedule recently, including a SDCC panel and the announcement that the remainder of Book 3 post-episode 8 will be released digitally, this week’s entry in the series is a welcome return to form. ’The Terror Within,’ a Zaofu-centric episode, continues the season’s proverbial formula of thrills, laughs, and emotional resonance with another great installment for Team Avatar.
The episode opens with Korra and Bolin practicing their metalbending during a combat lesson taught by Su’s twin sons Wei and Wing. Aside from Korra’s sparring session, metalbending comes in handy throughout the episode to get Team Avatar into and out of tight situations. It’s cool to see “the first metalbending Avatar” develop her skills in the field, and it becomes especially apparent how important it is for her to harness the ability when Team Avatar is confronted by the truth seer Aei Wei. You read correctly.
If you’ve managed to avoid spoilers leading up to ‘The Terror Within,’ then you might have been surprised by Aei Wei’s treachery (emphasis on “might”). Aside from a dinner scene early in the episode, Zaofu’s respected truth seer is a little suspicious in accordance to resolving the mystery behind the Red Lotus’s attempted kidnapping. The writers try to distract you from Aei Wei’s potential deceit, but without any other prominent character suspects, it becomes pretty clear midway through the investigation that he’s the missing link. As a result, the middle of the episode is a tad too slow for its own good, and it doesn’t help that the investigation follows one of the best action sequences of the season.
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Nickelodeon has finally granted the Korra community their wish. After days of harassment and pleading, Nickelodeon has released the official Book 3 trailer that was played at Comic-Con this past Friday. Part of the trailer was viewable through a recording of the panel, but now we have the entire trailer in HD. Based on how Hiro Shinobi narrates the trailer, it appears to depict scenes exclusively from this week’s episode, “The Stakeout”.
The trailer confirms that Team Avatar’s tracking of Aiwei will lead them to the Misty Palms Oasis, the town Aang and the original Team Avatar visited before venturing out to Wan Shi Tong’s library. Mako and Bolin will wear some sort of disguise during the episode, which effectively makes them look like Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. After an intense Pai Sho match between Asami and Bolin, Korra is shown held captive in a very Hannibal Lector-styled manner. Don’t worry, Zaheer, she doesn’t bite!
The trailer is just over 80 seconds long, and it acts as a good preview of what’s to come this week. Per usual, I will be releasing my prediction for “The Stakeout” later today, so stay tuned for that.
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