The Legend of Korra IV.5

The Enemy at the Gate brings Kuvira to Zaofu, the last city in what was the Earth Kingdom still holding out against her.

It also brings Asami to the Republic City prison to meet her father for the first time since he betrayed her by joining the terrorist Amon back in the first series.

Their first meeting is a bitter one. Asami hasn’t forgiven her father for what he did. She has simply come to return his unopened letters to her and tell him never to contact her again.

Familial betrayal is at the heart of this episode. Upon her arrival at Zaofu, Kuvira meets her former guardian, Suying Beifong, and demands her submission. When Suying refuses, Kuvira gets ready to attack the city.

Back in Republic City, things work out differently.

At the end of their meeting, Asami’s father tells her she was the best thing he ever created. This may sound odd but he is an inventor so the language makes sense.

Anyway, we next see Asami pondering his words in a park underneath a statue of Korra. When she sees a father playing with his daughter, she decides to effect a reconciliation even though she has not yet fully forgiven him.

Asami’s first visit to her father felt very random. I can’t think of anything in the last three series that tended towards it.

I assume that the storyline has been included in order to provide a counterpoint to the outcome of Kuvira and Suying’s reunion. It’s possible, of course, that I missed the signs, but assuming I haven’t it would have been better, I think, if the writers had prepared us for Asami’s entry into the prison.

The Enemy at the Gate sees a third betrayal – Zhou Li turns against her master, the eccentric inventor, Varrick. If that betrayal is real, though, then I’m a Dutchman. Varrick and Zhou Li are part of the story’s comic element. Their actions would not, I think, take the form of tragedy.

 

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