Reviews for 107 - The Aftermath
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AvtrSpirit graded B

Reviewed on: January 19, 2013
[Preface: These reviews are written after having seen the first season in its entirety. Down-the-road spoilers are avoided. My focus is on the writing, not music or animation.]

As both sides of the civil war ramp up their efforts, the loyalties of the Sato family are brought into close scrutiny.

I have mixed feelings about this episode. Whereas in the previous episodes the writing is excellent with perhaps a flaw here and there, in this episode I find that there are nearly as many hits as there are misses.

Hit: As its title suggests, the episode describes a realistic aftermath of the attack on the bending arena. The Metalbending Police is almost over-eager in its search for Amon. At the same time, Amon's side does what it can to lead the police astray with a red herring while getting ready to launch their mecha-tanks. The depiction of this course of events is laudable because it mirrors real-world responses to terrorist attacks.

Miss: Korra overhearing Hiroshi Sato is too serendipitous. If this was the only coincidence of the series, I would not begrudge its use. But Asami meets Mako via a street accident. Coincidences building on each other to drive the plot does not really appeal to me.

Hit: Asami is fleshed out as a character. She proves her chops as a high-speed driver, a martial artist and an all-around good person. The choice she makes at the end of the episode reminds me of Zuko's crossroads at the end of Season 2 of ATLA. Thankfully, unlike Zuko, Asami has high self-esteem.

Miss: Other character explorations are very shallow. Most of the pool scene as well as Korra in the powder room is mostly extraneous and could have been excised without much grief. They show familiar character quirks without adding to the characters' depths.

Hit: I like that the Previously On section tries to maintain its realism. Instead of the bending arena commentator, who is probably recovering after his electrocution, we get Tarrlok explaining the situation to reports.

Overall, despite all its misses, the episode shows how deeply entrenched and yet easily masked anti-bending sentiment can be. It tears apart the Sato family, perhaps foreshadowing what it could do to the entire Republic City.

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