As I’ve said many times now, tomorrow’s episode ‘A New Spiritual Age’ just may have the most potential out of any episode aired thus far this season. Korra & Jinora are the focus of the episode, most of the episode will take place in the Spirit World, Tenzin and his siblings will likely be the subplot discussed and the trio of Mako, Bolin and Asami may not even have a role. The stars have aligned for what could be the best episode of Book 2 thus far.
I understand how bold of a statement that is considering ‘Beginnings – Part 1 & 2’ may have been the best Avatar episode ever, but I have faith in ‘A New Spiritual Age’ to deliver. Perhaps I’ve let my craving for the Spirit World get to my head? Or maybe the Spirit World was the only intriguing thing about this season in the first place?
Tomorrow’s episode has high expectations in my book and I expect it fire on all cylinders considering the fact that Studio Mir is back. As we wait for the clock to role another 24+ hours, let’s take a look at 4 questions we as fans may have for tomorrow’s episode.
Why will Wan Shi Tong’s library be visited?
At the end of the Avatar: The Last Airbender episode ‘The Spirit Library’, Wan Shi Tong took his library back to the Spirit World where humans could not abuse his abundance of knowledge. Now that Korra has made her way into the Spirit World, it’s only rational that she revisits one of the most mysterious structures in the Avatar universe – right?
Seeing Wan Shi Tong make an appearance in the Comic Con trailer was exciting but it was borderline terrifying to see him swoop in and confront Jinora with such authority. But what about Korra? During the scenes depicting Wan Shi Tong and his library, we saw Jinora fly in on her bunny Spirit and we saw Wan Shi Tong immediately confront her.
At no time is Korra visibly with Jinora in the Spirit Library.
You could put little stock in this evaluation and just assume that the trailer didn’t show Korra in the library, or you could come to the vastly viewed conclusion that Jinora enters the Spirit Library alone. My personal view matches the latter statement which forces me to question why Jinora was left alone in the Spirit World in the first place.
Were the two separated at one point? Did they split up on purpose?
Another viable question is why Jinora decides to enter the Spirit Library in the first place? Was she looking for information on the whereabouts of the Southern Portal? That was, in fact, their very purpose of entering the Spirit World in the first place
What is the significance of Korra & Jinora being swallowed up by the giant sea spirit?
At some point during Korra & Jinora’s journey into the Spirit World, they will be swallowed up by what looks like a giant sea spirit. At face value, you’d assume this is just another conflict keeping Korra & Jinora from accomplishing their goal. At that point, the duo would need to find a way to get out of the Spirit’s stomach; they could resort to a Finding Nemo-esque solution if the Spirit was a whale, but I’m not quite sure that’ll the case.
The interesting thing about the Spirit World is not everything is always as it seems.
Rather than being swallowed by a Spirit, I think Korra & Jinora will be transported or teleported to another region of the Spirit World. Keep in mind that their ultimate goal is to close the Southern Portal; perhaps this seemingly negative event will turn out to be a positive solution?
Regardless, this is still very much another question that remains in regards to Korra & Jinora’s journey into the Spirit World. What is the significance of this sea spirit and how will it affect the duo’s chances of accomplishing their goal?
What will happen when Korra meets the Golden Dragon Spirit?
At some point in one of the Book 2 trailers, we see Korra riding a Golden Dragon Spirit. I suppose the first question would be whether or not this scene will even take place in the Spirit World? Assuming that it does, what would the significance of this scene be?
For starters, Jinora is absent from the scene which further supports the idea that the duo actually do split up in the Spirit World. Aside from that, perhaps Korra’s meet with this Spirit induces her to do the Dragon Dance?
In ‘Beginnings – Part 1 & 2’, we witnessed Wan do the Dragon Dance. At this point we know of two Avatars who have performed this “ritual” and Korra is not one of them. Perhaps Korra, too, learns the true meaning of fire at some point in the episode? I understand that Korra wouldn’t be able to bend in the Spirit World, but Aang and Zuko didn’t have to bend when they initially did the Dragon Dance.
I suppose it’s just food for thought, but it’ll certainly be interesting to see what the significance of the Golden Dragon Spirit is. That particular scene has always caught my eye in the trailer and I’m anxious to find out how it develops.
Will Korra finally confront Unalaq just as the ending of ‘The Guide’ tipped off?
The showdown between hero and villain is always eminent in a series like The Legend of Korra – the only question regarding the showdown is when? Ever since Korra turned her back on Tenzin and joined forces with Unalaq, you knew Korra had made the wrong decisions.
Optimism may have influenced you into believing that Unalaq would turn a corner and join forces with Korra, but it was never a possibility to begin with.
Ever since Korra left Unalaq to rejoin with Tenzin, Unalaq has slowly become even more twisted. The way he treated Desna in ‘The Guide’ did justice in conveying just that. Now it will be up to Korra to set him straight. Will their eminent showdown take place at the end of ‘A New Spiritual Age’ just as the ending of ‘The Guide’ tipped off? Or will we be forced to wait another week to see Korra get some sweet revenge?
Just like all the other questions, we’ll find out tomorrow.
This particular episode has had me more excited than any other episode this season – including ‘Beginnings’. Hopefully my judgment does not deceive me.Pre-order a DVD copy of Book 2: Spirits: