Book 2 has only gotten better and better with each new episode. Characters have evolved, the plot has progressed and the season is beginning to reach those high expectations fans set for it. While I enjoyed seeing Lin in the first scene, I was a bit confused as to why she showed such a bad attitude towards Korra. The two obviously had a bit of a rocky relationship in the beginning, but they seemed to have put their differences aside as the season progressed – especially when Korra returned Lin’s bending. But I suppose that’s just Lin’s personality; there aren’t too many people she’s consistently friendly with.
I really enjoyed the story arc they created for Republic City in regards to the bombing. Everyone assumed it was done by the Northern Water Tribe, but Mako had his suspicions and rightfully so. That story arc also increased the tension between Mako and Korra which led to the inevitable break up. It was a bit odd to see so many people booing Korra as she rode Naga through the hall, but that’s just another conflict Korra will have to overcome.
Speaking of conflicts, I think it’s safe to say that Eska and Desna won’t be joining Team Avatar. Unalaq had asked them to bring Korra back alive, so I don’t think they’re on speaking terms anymore. I thought this was an excellent shift in the plot because Unalaq is just not that scary, in my opinion. Eska and Desna, on the other hand, yeah – they’re a bit creepy.
I thought the subplot between Tenzin and Meelo was well done. While it may have seemed boring at times, it showed a growth in Meelo’s character that was much needed. I understand he’s just a child, but at some point, he needs a bit more maturity. This father-son scene helped mature Meelo’s character and it really demonstrated the bond Tenzin has with his son.
I also like how the writers are developing Tenzin’s character. Last week, he had some bonding with his daughter Ikki; this week, he bonded with Meelo. If this trend continues, perhaps Jinora will get some screen time next week? Or maybe Korra will visit Tenzin next week and apologize for her attitude in the first episode? The Book 2 trailer shows that the two eventually make up, so we’ll just have to play the waiting game there.
The duo of Bolin and Varrick is brilliant. Now that Eska is effectively an antagonist, we don’t have to see Bolin complain about their relationship every five minutes. I said Varrick was a bit annoying last week, but I was wrong. I really like his character and it seems as though he’ll help Bolin develop more. He’s already integrated Bolin into the plot through the propaganda videos and I’m excited to see how their friendship develops.
I didn’t like the President one bit, but I suppose that hatred is expected. He rejected Korra’s request to have the United Republic on her side which forced her to take matters into her own hand.
After Korra’s encounter with General Iroh II, she adopted the idea of asking the Fire Nation for help. As she rode a speed boat to the Fire Nation, Eska and Desna interfered and we finally got a bit of action in the episode. The fight scene was quick, but things escalate quickly when a Spirit came up and attacked Korra. The episode ends with the Spirit seemingly eating Korra while she’s bending fire at it.
All in all, I thought ‘Peacekeepers’ was another excellent episode. The break up between Korra and Mako was tragic mostly because it opens up another subplot that I could honestly care less about. Mako and Korra were both at fault so it’s unfair to put the blame on one or the other. Mako was just doing his job, but he didn’t have to rat out Korra. Korra was also doing her job, but she doesn’t have flip out on Mako every time she sees him.
A few friends and I actually played a drinking game to this episode last night. One of the rules was that we had to drink every time Mako and Korra argued. That definitely did a number on us, and so did the rule about drinking every time someone said “Republic City.”