Well… I would like to be more enthusiastic about the season finale and especially over Makorra, but I don’t think things were handled so well. The past 3 or so episodes were beyond awesome and while the finale was good, it was “only” good and left me a bit disappointed. General Iroh was one of the highlights, I thought he was pretty badass, not as badass as Lin though, she’s in her own league. I do disapprove of the fact, that he didn’t say “honor” even once. That would’ve killed me. XD
So, what do I begin with? Let’s talk about Amon. I was pretty sure he had to be somehow related to Yakone, or maybe even was Yakone, but it turned out he was his son and I’m not even the slightest bit surprised. Tarrlok was his brother, ok, not that much of a surprise either and we get some background information. Thanks to that, Amon now is even less unlikable and his motives are actually very noble, he’s just too extreme in the way he tries to reach his goal. I guess they wanted to turn him into a tragic villain, especially with his death, I mean: he knew that Tarrlok was going to blow up the ship and I’m pretty sure he wanted it, because he knew that what he had done, was wrong. The “If I have to die, I want to die by my brother’s hand.”- style. All in all, I don’t think he worked that well as a villain. Of course, he was more complicated than Firelord Ozai and not just the pure evil that Ozai was, but the main probelm is, that what he wanted to achieve, equalitiy between everyone, is actually very noble and something they all should try to reach. This makes the good guys seem like the bad ones and Amon didin’t even kill anyone, he “just” took their bending.
About the ability to take bending away: this would have needed a lot more explanation. How can he use bloodbending to cut off the bender from his element? Bloodbending is nothing else than bending the blood that flows through the body, so it’s entirely physical. Bending depends on chi, energy that flows through the body, so how in the world can Amon take someones bending away by controlling the person’s blood? I’m sorry, but this makes no freaking sense.
One part that diappointed me a lot, was when Korra got her bending taken away. This should have been a huge deal and portayed as one, but it just… happend and was over. Just as unspectacular as her bending was taken away from her, it was given back to her. Hello Aang, nice to see you and spoil the fun for season 2 where she could have had to relearn how to bend her elements, but who cares? It was much too fast. Amon: “Btw, your bending is gone now.” and then 10 minutes later. Aang: “Btw, your bending is back now.” Really? It had to be done this way? Seriously? I mean, it was nice to see that Korra finally unlocked her Airbending, because that was the only way she was able to rescue Mako’s bending and this this was all nice, but still… it should have been a big moment, but it wasn’t and the way Korra got her bending back also wasn’t. The Avatar state falls into this cathegory as well.
The Avtaar state was something the entire fandom was really looking forward to, because the friendly Aang repeatedly went nuts when he entered it. Korra already being insanly strong the way she is, everyone expected her to explode and this also should have been a huge szene, actually, it should have gotten it’s own episode. Instead, she gets her bending back, goes into the avatar state, uses the elements once, goes back to normal. That was it? That was what all of us were dying to see the entire time? Mastering the avatar state was so hard for Aang and Korra just… did it? I’m sorry, but this could’ve been handled a lot better as well, but I guess then main problem here was that there were not enough episodes so they had to somehow squeeze it into the finale and didn’t have the time to fully explore the avatar state for Korra. It used to be a big part of the previous Avatar-series, so it’s a bit disappointing it’s so unimportant now.
Makorra, yeah, it’s endgame, great. Excuse me for not being overly exited, but the only really cool moment was the conversation that was already shown in one of the promos and I’ve fangirled more than enough over it. Other than that, Mako was being all worried and “I won’t leave your side.”, he was pretty much acting like her boyfriend the entire time already, so when he told Korra that he loves her it was only natural, but it happend so quietly. He tried to cheer her up by telling her that he indeed loves her and she runs away, because he has too much other stuff to deal with right now. If you ask me, the way Korra reacted was totally understandable. Mako might’ve only meant to cheer her up, but it wasn’t really the right time for this kind of conversation. Then after she got her bending back, she’s immediately all good again, runs into Mako’s arms, they kiss and Makorra is endgame. I’m sorry, but… what? We had so much drama over the love-triangle and it ended so fast and quietly, we’ve only barely had something that indicated the end of the relationship between Asami and Mako. I only realised later that the “I will always care for you”- szene was supposed to be the break-up. No drama, nothing, just quietly sailing into the harbor. I thought that was very underwhelming.
It was pretty cool to see Bumi at the end, though. I love Tenzins comment that he has to entertain his brother now, I’m sure we’ll see more of him in season 2, or at least I hope so. Hiroshi Sato is now officially the worst dad ever and pretty likely to be the villain in season 2, because even though many fans believe Amon is not dead… be fucking blew up with a ship. He’s gone and we need a new villain. The szene when Lin got her bending back and lifted the stones up was so much cooler than any of the Makorra-szenes in episode 11 and 12 together (I can’t believe I just wrote that). She’s just instant badassery. And Bolin finally had some more lines! Naga still outshined him though… xD She was the true hero, I’m telling you, I absolutely loved her. Like, when Lin lifted the stones, she began waving her tail, I totally loved that. And she was pretty badass as well when she got the others out of prison for example. Bolin and Naga do make a really good team, we should’ve seen some more of them from the start.