Episode 2 ‘The Southern Lights’ starts off with a scene of a Spirit overlooking the Southern Watertribe Festival. Korra visits Unalaq so she can begin her training on how to defeat Spirits – or so she thinks. Unalaq informs Korra that he has no plans of teaching her to fight Spirits; rather he will help her with her spiritual training. Unalaq tells Korra that they will be journeying to the spiritual center of her tribe: The South Pole. He also informs her that the South brought darkness upon themselves when they cut of their connection to Spirits.
Meanwhile, Tenzin, his family and siblings take a journey of their own to the Southern Air Temple. The monks present them with peculiar gifts and Meelo finds a Lemur who he names Poky. Back in the Southern Watertribe, Mako is helping Korra pack for her journey to the South Pole.
Things begin to get a bit dicey when Korra’s father, Tonraq, makes an unexpected visit.
Tonraq demands to come with Korra to the South Pole but Unalaq rejects the idea and says that he’d be a distraction to Korra and a hindrance for what needs to be done. Tonraq begins to retaliate, but Korra comes in and asks her father why he keeps interfering.
Unalaq tells Korra that her father is misguided and that men like him are the reason the Spirit World is so out of balance. Tonraq makes a reference to the ‘Everstorm’ which is a massive storm that has battered the South Pole for decades. He then forces himself into coming along and Unalaq can’t do anything about it.
Bolin makes his grand arrival and ultimately takes Eska and Desna with him on the journey to the South Pole.
Korra asks Unalaq what will happen when she reaches the South Pole and Unalaq responds by saying that she’ll open an ancient spirit portal. The spirit portal is a portal in the South Pole that connects the Spirit World and the Material World.
Unalaq then explains that there are no evil Spirits. There is Light and Dark in them all and when they are unbalanced, the darkness takes over. Unalaq tells Korra that balance will be restored when she opens the portal.
The team has a small run in with Dark Spirits and decides to stop and set up camp in order to avoid them.
At camp, Unalaq forces Tonraq to spill the beans and reveal that he was banished from the Northern Water Tribe. The gist of the story was that Tonraq destroyed a sacred forest in the process of capturing bandits. This disrupted the balance of the Tribe and ultimately ended in Spirits attacking the North.
Unalaq moved to the South to live a normal life while his brother, Unalaq, took over a leadership role over both Tribes. Korra is visibly upset that her father keeps hiding things from her and then storms off.
Back at the Southern Air Temples, Tenzin and Jinora visit the statues of past Avatars. When Tenzin goes to look after Meelo, Jinora confronts the statue of Aang and stares at it.
Back at the South Pole, Unalaq begins to talk about the Southern Lights. He says that the Northern Lights have always been visible, but the Southern Lights disappeared when the Southern Watertribe lost balance. Spirits now dance in the ‘Everstorm’ rather than the skies of the South.
When the gang officially reaches the South Pole, Spirits begin to attack them. Unalaq ultimately saves the day and makes them all disappear. Tonraq suggests that they all leave, but Korra asks him to leave.
Korra ventures off to open the portal on her own even though Mako suggests that someone accompany her. Korra is quickly attacked by a multitude of Spirits. After a bit of trouble, Korra enters the Avatar State and opens the portal. Spirits begin to dance in the sky and Avatar Wan’s statue at the Southern Air Temple begins to glow.
Korra gains a lot of trust in Unalaq and then apologizes for being rude on so many occasions. The episode ends with Northern Troops making its way to the Southern Watertribe. Unalaq suggests that the deed is not yet complete.
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