“The Legend of Korra” “Book Four: Balance” Episode 1 “After All These Years” aired on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, on the Nickelodeon website and the Nickelodeon application. This episode was set three whole years after the events in the third book. Here, Asami Sato (Seychelle Gabriel) and Mako (David Faustino) reunited as they await the return of Avatar Korra (Janet Varney) to Republic City for the coronation of the new king of the Earth Kingdom, Prince Wu (Sunil Malhotra). Meanwhile, in the Earth Kingdom, Kuvira (Zelda Williams), with the aid of Bolin, (P.J. Byrne) continued their work to reunite the chaotic Earth Kingdom, while airbenders Kai (Skyler Brigmann) and Opal (Alyson Stoner) did their best to maintain order and balance in the Earth Kingdom State of Yai. However, things came to a head when the Governor of Yai did not want to surrender to Kuvira in exchange for supplies, food, and military bandits to protect themselves against the roving bandits that plague their state. Read on to learn more about this episode.
Three years have passed since Avatar Korra almost perished at the hands of the criminal Zaheer and the members of the Red Lotus. During that time, the Air Nation dedicated themselves to restoring order and balance to the world while she recuperated from her physical and psychological wounds. Among the many changes and improvements they had undergone were that they have traded in their robes and gliders for a more aerodynamic suit, with cloth in between their bodies and their arms, like wings, which enabled them to glide across the air. In Republic City, spirits and humans were able to co-exist peacefully with each other, and the “spirit wilds” borne out of the spirit vines, which had engulfed the city during Korra’s fight with the ancient evil spirit Vatu, have become a place where humans and spirits co-exist.
In Republic City, President Raiko and Asami Sato cut the ceremonial red ribbon, inaugurating Future Industries’ newest railway project — modernizing the city’s Central Terminal so that Republic City and the Earth Kingdom would be connected to each other. Present in the ceremony was the crown prince of the Earth Kingdom, Prince Wu, who was going to be crowned in the next couple of days. With him was his bodyguard, former Republic City Police Detective Mako. After the prince went off to talk to President Raiko, Tenzin (J.K. Simmons), and Chief Lin Beifong (Mindy Sterling) about his itinerary, Mako and Asami took the chance to catch up on each other, as it had been several years since the entire Team Avatar was together. Mako revealed that he and Bolin still keep in touch with each other and that Bolin was coming in for the coronation of Prince Wu. He also revealed that Korra was coming in that night from the South Pole.
Meanwhile, the Earth Kingdom was still being ravaged by bandits. This was due to the chaos and confusion that Zaheer had begun, as he had started his revolution in the Earth Kingdom. Airbenders Kai and Opal arrived at the State of Yai to help, but the governor was less than thrilled to see that only two airbenders had arrived to help them.
While the two airbenders started to help Yai recover and fight bandits who threatened their state, Kuvira, now called “The Great Uniter,” together with Varrick (John Michael Higgins), Zhu Li, Bataar (Jr.) and Bolin worked together to unite the Earth Kingdom. However, on their way to Yai, they were attacked by several bandits. Kuvira dealt with them forcefully and had them pledged their allegiance to her.
When they arrived at Yai, Bolin was greeted warmly by Kai and by his girlfriend Opal. However, she was not thrilled to see Kuvira and her older brother as they had run away from her mother Suyin Beifong (Anne Heche) three years ago. She was even less thrilled to learn that the two were engaged to each other.
Kuvira and the governor of Yai had a private meeting in which Kuvira told him that if he pledged allegiance to her, she would protect the state with the full support of the military and that his people would be able to get much needed food and supplies. However, the governor refused as he knew that Kuvira, even if she was uniting the Earth Kingdom, manipulated state leaders and was only interested in Yai because it was rich in ore. She then gave him a contract to sign and gave him until the next day to think about things.
Kai and Opal tried to take matters into their own hands by flying over to a nearby village to gather food and supplies for them. However, as they were attacked by bandits, they lost all of their cargo, leaving the governor no choice but to sign the contract, so that they would have military backing, food and supplies.
However, as Kuvira’s men and Bolin handed out food and supplies to the grateful people of Yai, Opal looked sad. She looked away from Bolin when he looked and smiled at her.
Back in Republic City, Prince Wu started out his day by going to the spa. Exiting the hotel he was staying in, he was greeted warmly by a crowd of supporters. However, some of Kuvira’s supporters threw strawberry pie at him, and Mako was able to get him into his satomobile without much damage.
At Air Temple Island, Lin, Mako and Asami were reunited with Tenzin and his family — airbending master Jinora (Kiernan Shipka), Ikki (Darcy Rose Byrne), and Meelo (Logan Wells), as they, the prince, and the President were going to have dinner with the Avatar as she was coming in that very same night. While waiting, Lin revealed to Mako that he would be accompanying the new Earth King to Ba Sing Se even if he wanted to go back being a detective. She revealed that as it was a diplomatic move by the president. Since Mako had accompanied the Avatar in her adventures, it would be hard to convince him to return to the Republic City Police Department.
Everyone rushed down to the docks when a Southern Water Tribe ship came in. However, only Korra’s father and Southern Water Tribe Chief Tonraq (James Remar), and her polar bear dog Naga came down from the ship. Surprised, Tenzin asked Tonraq where Korra was. Tonraq, also surprised, thought that Tenzin knew where she was, as she had claimed that she was in Republic City. Tonraq then revealed that Korra had left the South Pole six months ago. The entire group was then left wondering where Korra was.
Somewhere outside the city, Korra, sporting a new short hairdo, battled another earthbender in a fight. However, she was easily beaten up by her opponent. After the match, she was given her pay as a participant in the fight despite her performance. The game master then commented that she looked very much like the Avatar and wondered what had happened to her. To this, Korra simply walked away and told him that she did not know what happened or where the Avatar was.
What do you think of this episode? When will Korra finally heal and become stronger again? What do you think of Mako, Bolin, and Asami’s new roles in the world? What do you think Kuvira is really up to? Will Mako, Bolin and Asami reunite with Korra someday? Let us know by posting your comments below!
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