After ‘Civil Wars – Part 1’ finished, I felt as though the show had lost its touch. I didn’t like the way the writers was portraying the characters and because of that the show seemingly fell flat. In ‘Civil Wars – Part 2’ all of these issues are fixed and the show delivers much more then I expected. Episode 4 starts up directly after the conclusion of Episode 3: Unalaq has arrested Korra’s parents and they will stand trial and be judged “fairly.”
The episode continues the relationship between Bolin and Eska, but Asami is finally there to put a rational perspective on the matter. She urges Bolin to stand up for himself, and this is a huge reason why this episode succeeds. While Bolin is not completely a part of the plot (he will be in time), this episode shows his character taking steps in the right direction.
Varrick’s character has become a tad bit annoying, but I enjoy the fact that he is so plot-centered. He is always developing the story and he provides some welcomed entertainment at points in the episode.
I think the biggest reason why this episode was so good was the development of Tenzin. I loved how the episode showed Ikki and Tenzin’s similarities in their sibling troubles. It gave the characters more of a bond and it really developed Tenzin into more of a dynamic character. He’s come a long way since Book 1 and the introduction of his sibling has made a positive impact on his character.
Seeing Bumi apologize to the statue of Aang tugged my heart a bit and it really made me connect with his character emotionally. ‘Civil Wars – Part 1’ really set the stage for this phenomenal sibling scene and I can’t wait to see it all progress further next week.
I thought the trial scene in this episode was very well done. It added more of a mature feeling to the episode and it really showed Unalaq’s brilliance when he was able to frame Tonraq for treason. When Tonraq was sentenced to death, Korra showed how different she was from Aang. She threatened to kill the judge and I thought that was well played on her part. It portrayed the hot-headedness trait that defined her character for so long.
When the judge later told Korra that Unalaq was in on the rigging of the trial and the banishment of Tonraq, I was a little upset. I thought it was well played from a plot stand-point, but I really thought Unalaq would end up being a good character that was just misunderstood.
I suppose Book 2 now has a villain.
The final scene where Korra confronts Unalaq and tries to save her father was also great. It set the stage for the eventual final showdown between the two and it really got the action going in the episode.
My one complaint is that I don’t really understand why Korra relies on the Avatar State so much. Aang only used it when he was in genuine danger, but Korra seems to use it whenever it is convenient to her. I suppose that’s just a showing of the difference between Aang and Korra.
The episode ends with Eska blazing across the ocean towards Varrick’s yacht, but Team Avatar safely gets away and avoids the confrontation that we’ll likely see next week.
General Iroh II didn’t come in this episode, so perhaps Dante Basco was mistaken when he said he had a role in episode 3 or 4? Tonraq did mention that he wanted to get the United Republic involved in the war, so I’m sure we’ll see him at some point.
I’m still amazed at how good that episode really was. The character development was spot on, I enjoyed the higher maturity level, and the action sequences were nice. The animation was still a little iffy but it’s just something to get used to until we get to episode 7 (when Mir takes over). It was easily the best episode of the season so far, and perhaps the best episode of the series.