Great episode! Nice action!
We're back in Zaofu, as Korra and Bolin continue to learn Metal Bending, and Opal leaves for the Air Temple. In the night, Zaheer and his comrades try to kidnap Korra! The combined efforts of Bolin, Mako, Lin, Suyin, and the rest of the guards are enough to rescue Korra, but only barely. They determine that it must have been an inside job, and try to learn who could have helped the criminals. Aiwei, Suyin's adviser who can sense lies, questions the guards and says that one guard is guilty. However, the kids are not convinced. When Mako, Bolin, Asami, and Korra investigate, they find out that Aiwei was the guilty party.
Lin demands that Korra come back to Republic City, where she can be better protected. Suyin agrees that this is best, but then later helps Korra and her friends to get away without Lin's knowledge. They want to folow Aiwei and get to the bottom of this business with Zaheer once and for all.
This was a really succinct summary, and part of that is because the episode was so well-focused, and spent such a long time on action scenes that there really isn't a lot of detailed plot, or subplot, to account for. I really don't have a lot to complain about, though...
The one thing I'll say is this: I think it's time that Asami found a purpose again. I really like her character, and she's one of the very few non-benders in this entire show. However, unlike Sokka from ATLA, who had a lot of character development and real importance to the plot, Asami has been fairly useless all season. I really hope we can give her something to do soon!
Oh, and I should mention Varrick. I really do love Varrick from last season, but in this one, he just keeps popping up for an occasional joke. I hope that they're building to something with him... otherwise it feels very strange and pointless, like they just brought the character back because he got a positive fan reaction. I hope that's not the case.
But then there are the good things about this episode.
First of all: hot damn that was an impressive fight sequence. You have Zaheer and gang taking Korra, then Bolin, Mako, et al trying to rescue her... all the effects, all the cool and creative ways to use Metal, Fire, Earth, Water, Air, and Combustion Bending!
Another highlight in this episode is Mako's character. This season, he's been much less annoying than in the past two seasons, but he hasn't had all that much to do. This episode showed his character off at his best. He was supportive of his brother, encouraging Bolin and congratulating him for his great Earth Bending skills in knocking out the Combustion Bender, P'Li. He was using his detective skills to figure out the truth about Aiwei, and he was communicating with the other characters in order to come to the correct conclusion. He even had a few moments of great humor!
I also like the fact that Lin and Suyin aren't suddenly getting along perfectly. Even after last week, where they agreed to try and move on from the past, they can't just be instantly better. Their relationship will take time to heal and grow. We didn't get a lot of that here, but we can see the continued distrust and unease between them, even if they have turned over a new page.
I could keep going, but I'll leave it there. I was very impressed with the focus of this episode, and its impressive action and great character development!