Movie Review: the Legend of Korra Book Four: Balance

I recently picked up the entire Legend of Korra series because I’d read so many good reviews about the series as a whole. So while I might have purchased them a long time ago, I only recently started taking the time to watch these. Obviously, I started with the Legend of Korra: Book One: Air, and then I moved on to the Legend of Korra: Book Two: Spirits, and then I watched the Legend of Korra: Book Three: Change today, and I followed it with the Legend of Korra: Book Four: Balance.

“To save the world, Avatar Korra endured her most intense battle yet. Now broken and bruised, Korra begins a journey of self-discovery and survival as the strong prey upon the weak. When an aggressive military force rises up, led by the power-hungry Kuvira, the fate of the Earth Kingdom hangs in the balance, and only the Avatar can set things right.”

The third season of this series has thirteen episodes, After All These Years, Korra Alone, the Coronation, the Calling, Enemy At the Gates, Battle Zaofu, Reunion, Remembrances, Beyond the Wilds, Operation: Beifong, Kuvira’s Gambit, Day of the Colossus, and the Last Stand.

Holy buckets, the season starts out in a very dark place. Wow. This season definitely brings up a lot of my very own unpleasant memories of being alone and on my own and having to learn how to walk again and how hard everything was last year. And it wasn’t just battling my physical injury and learning to walk, but also having to deal with everything that fell apart in my personal life. So the first couple episodes of this season were really hard for me and brought up a lot of things that still hurt. Especially since so many people tried to help Korra and she meant so much to so many, and still she had to do everything to heal on her own. Korra’s battle against her zombie-looking Avatar self is a lot like facing your own demons and learning to take back your life.

I am struck again by the percussion music during the fight scenes. I need like several hours worth of music like that for my collection.

I feel like I have a lot of the same characteristics as Korra. She doesn’t back down and fights until the very last no matter what. She’s willing to stand alone in order to protect the lives of others. She is brave and loyal. And everything that I would want to be if I were a hero.

The new Airbender suits are really fascinating and very nicely done. They also make a lot of sense because the suits allow them to actually use the wind currents to glide and it’s fantastic.

The series talks about post traumatic stress, terrorism, interpersonal relationships, redemption, team work, and so many other big pictures topics about how some things get so confusing with the lines between right and wrong. While there were romantic interests, none of them interfered with the plot or the storyline, and all of them were realistic.

Overall, this is a fantastic end to the series with a lot of great action and character development. This season was very tense and a lot happened. I think this season is a low four on my rating scale. I liked season three better for the well-roundedness, but this season was such a huge development that I had to watch the whole thing all at once.

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About C.A. Jacobs

Just another crazy person, masquerading as a writer.
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One Response to Movie Review: the Legend of Korra Book Four: Balance

  1. Todd Moody says:

    I loved the whole steampunk vibe of the new Avatar. Strangely I liked season 3 the least probably. She just seemed very whiny and childish, but I liked the way she grew up in the last season.

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