The Legend of Korra is back, but without Korra? Except for the last minute or so of the episode, Korra is fully absent. Whether you will enjoy such a bold move on the writer’s part is up to how invested you were in Korra’s side of the story. Personally, I think this week’s episode was handled fine without its lead character, letting the sub-plots take over for what is a mostly good outing for Korra, or should I say Mako?
Whereas, “Peacekeepers” focused equally on Korra and Mako, “The Sting” puts Mako in the central role and almost entirely excludes Korra. Fortunately, we are treated to an exciting, noire-style crime-thriller, as Mako and Asami, who is always fun to see involved, attempt to unveil the truth behind a conspiracy. Needless to say, problems unfold.
Having been denied the use of the police by Cheif Beifong, Mako decides to take matters into his own hands, enlisting the help of the Triple Threat Triads to support a sting operation. However, things don’t go according to plan when Mako discovers that the Triple Threat members are only stalling so that the rest of the triads can steal Asami’s whole inventory. The discovery leads to a boat chase and a possibly revived Mako-Asami romance story arc (What?). Hopefully, it will be more bearable to see their relationship pan out than in Book 1, as long as it doesn’t evolve into the two getting back together. We wouldn’t want another love-triangle, now would we?