Korra departs the Southern Water Tribe for a journey of spiritual healing in the second installment of The Legend of Korra’s fourth and final season, which aims to fill in the three-year gap between Korra’s fight with Zaheer and the Book 4 premiere (unintentional rhyme). I should mention that this week’s episode is an episode I’ve been asking for since the beginning of Book 2, and ‘Zuko Alone,’ the Avatar: The Last Airbender episode from which ‘Korra Alone’ derives its name, is one of my favorite episodes in the entire Avatar franchise. Unconsciously, I had already set my expectations quite high for ‘Korra Alone.’ I wanted it to be just as emotional and character driven, and pack an equally engaging story into the allotted 23 minutes, which is a lot to expect from any television series. The problem with expecting so much is that, as often is the case, we wind up disappointing ourselves. ‘Korra Alone’ is not one of these cases.
Talk about “feels…” This episode’s got them front to back. More formally speaking, the episode carries a great deal of emotional weight, with Korra driving the episode nearly exclusively (some side characters make fun appearances, but I’ll get into that later on in the review). Putting Korra at the core of the episode’s entire plot means there are absolutely no distractions from her journey, which creates a far more intimate experience than the show typically caters. And when it comes to episodes starring a specific character, intimacy is exactly the feeling I want to have.
I want to be in the same room as Korra rooting for her when she’s learning to walk. I want to witness her struggle alongside her. I want to experience the terrifying visions of herself in the Avatar State. Actually, I take that last one back… Korra’s visions are pretty freaky, but that’s beside the point, which is this: When you (the viewer) are given a perspective in the story that is near equivalent to a character (everything you see and know is the same as Korra), it’s easier to become immersed in what’s happening on screen. In my opinion, emotions are more real and the character of subject is more believable, which in turn encourages a more believable plot since the plot revolves around the character in this instance.