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The Legend of Korra – “Beyond The Wilds” – Episode 48 Recap

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Korra must regain the trust of her friends. Bolin tries to win back Opal.

“Beyond the Wilds” is yet another slow episode in Book 4, albeit a necessary one. Korra’s back in action and she’s ready to take on whatever is needed, but unfortunately her closest companions are not convinced she’s prepared. Korra is hurt when Tenzin didn’t invite her to the world leader meeting about how to deal with Kuvira, but they might be more wise about that than she thinks. Zaheer is still fresh on her mind and recovery is not a quick fix. This reality manifests when the spirit vines in Republic City aggressively respond to Kuvira’s army chopping down the large tree in the swamps. Jinora and nearby civilians get captured and Korra’s efforts to save them are stalled until she can finally get past her mental blocks. Her solution? Confront Zaheer face-to-face.

To Zaheer’s credit, he’s more than willing to lend a hand once he realizes Kuvira is actively reaching for power. Since her goals go against what he believed in and fought for, he and Korra have a shared objective. There’s something trippy about Korra talking to one of the Big Bads. All other antagonists have were defeated by her outright, so her decision to communicate with Zaheer is an interesting distinction and a novel way to go about conquering her demons. The only way to get over her issue is to directly play out her worst nightmare, specifically her near demise at Zaheer’s hands. After some initial struggle, Korra reconnects with Raava and returns to the spirit world after years of absence. “Beyond the Wilds” serves as a final step for Korra to take in order to fully realize her potential. Her journey isn’t over, as an inevitable Round 2 with Kuvira is in order and how prepared she’ll be to handle it both physically and mentally will likely be her final test. While Book 4 has been a slog to sit through, it feels particularly appropriate to Korra’s experience. It is a gradual healing process and one that needed careful pacing and a gentle touch. Korra’s issue has been a unique component rarely seen in American cartoons aimed at an all-age audience, and the show treats it with respect and integrity. It’s good to see Korra back.

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Bolin’s story is a bit of a mixed bag. His naivety and inexperience were cute traits back at the start of the show and more or less fitting for Books 2 and 3. However, seeing him this way under Kuvira three years later really rubs me the wrong way ; I find it unbelievable that he’d be this grossly ignorant and oblivious to his surroundings unless reality smacks him upside the head.

I say this because his pursuit of Opal tiptoed the line of acceptability. She’s angry with him and worries about her family, so Bolin tries to patch up their relationship and relentlessly hounds her in the hope that she’ll give in. I get his intent and I see Bolin as a fool in love that just doesn’t know any better. At multiple points in this episode he shows that he’s repenting for his mistakes and geuinely loves his friends and family, and it’s very like him to cling to what he cares about. Even so, the more he pursued Opal the less sympathy I felt for him. If Bolin cared a lick for Opal, the least he could do is give her space. It’s especially frustrating when you remember the way Bolin treated Korra back in Book 1 with considerable respect. It’s an interesting conflict brought forth from competing political stances, but I think their subplot would have worked better if Bolin wasn’t such an ignorant buffoon this late in the show. If the next episode handles their relationship better, then I’m for it. Otherwise, this left me feeling a smidge perplexed.

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The scene with the world leaders is a minor noteworthy addition. Prince Wu’s plans are silly and nonsensical, but he’s actually making an attempt to deal with the Kuvira situation and do his job. The highlight is finally hearing Fire Lord Izumi speaking for the first time, and it’s glorious. She refuses to go on the offensive with her army due to the Fire Nation’s past history as an invader of lands that she doesn’t want to repeat, which are concerns I consider justified. But she does lend her aid to taking a defensive and prepared stance and being ready to act if the need arises, which I appreciate. It looks like Zuko taught her well; Izumi sounds like a capable leader and it’s criminal we haven’t seen much of her yet.

“Beyond the Wilds” is generally a standard Book 4 episode, slow paced and deliberate in how it plays out. Something drastic has to happen soon for this series on a high note. I have faith they can do it, but with just four episodes left I hope they won’t wind up rushing a conclusion.