Recently I’ve been addicted to the Makorra-tag on tumblr and I’f liek to talk about the 3 big shipping-moments in episode. Or at least what some of the makorra-shippers seem to see as the 3 big shipping-moments of the episode. You see, episode 6 is nowhere near as much of a shipping-episode as episode 5 was, so it takes some creativity to see real ship-tease there. From what I’ve read, there are 3 scenes the shipping-community focusses on:
- Mako protects Korra in the ring, they both fall, but Korra rescues Mako and throws him back into the ring
- Mako says “Take care!” when Korra goes after Amon
- Mako hugging Korra first, aber she’s back from her little fun trip after Amon and tells her he’s gald that she’s safe.
So… fist of all, the second point is pretty much rediculous. I mean, yeah, it shows he cares about her, but it’s not as if we didn’t know before. They’re teammates, friends and he told her last episode that he likes her, so of course he cares for her. I don’t really see why anyone would need to go crazy over this. This doesn’t even have to be meant in a romantic way, he could have also just said it from friend to friend. I’m all in for Makorra, but this goes a bit too far. I know that Korra has been shipped with pretty much every male (or female…) she looked at, but just because it’s Mako who tells her to take her, doesn’t mean it has to be taken as ship-tease.
About the hug, ok, this… I can somewhat understand, but it’s also something that doesn’t have to be taken as an indication for Mako’s love. He could’ve just run a bit faster than Bolin? Gotten back up faster than Bolin? Bolin hugged Mako and Korra as well… oh wait, I’m pretty sure the Borra-shippers are going crazy over this szene as well… Ok, my point is: hugging might be physical contact, but it’s completely common between friends and doesn’t have to show the persons in question as (potential) lovers. And of course Mako is glad that she’s safe, they’re friends. Isn’t he allowed to be worried about her as a friend? Well, duh, of course not, because he told her that he likes her. Ehm… sure, yeah, whatever you say.
The rescue during the match is something completely different, because his attempt to save Korra was downright stupid. He’s an amazing pro-bender and should have known that the best solution would’ve been to sit back and let Korra get kicked off of the platform and safely survive the round. Instead, Mako jumped between Korra and the attacks, got both of them knocked down, what would have resulted into their loss, if Korra wasn’t strong as a bear. And Korra? Yeah, lifting herself up and surviving the round on her own would’ve been the best choice and much easier than lifting Mako up, but come on, she’s head over heels for Mako, I’m not even going to talk about this. So, to sum it up, both Mako and Korra acted absolutely stupid and I have no other explanation to their dumb behavior in the ring (Mako tries to protect the Avatar… THE AVATAR!) than romantic feelings that got in their way of thinking like a professional. This was, from my point of view, the only real ship-tease in this episode.