So, I noticed that a lot of fans are insanely angry over episode 5 or are jumping ships or whatever. IMO it was a great episode, and I don’t think that people are looking at it correctly. So, I have decided to start posting my analysis of each episode every week u3u/ They’ll be long but worth the read.
I’ll start by analyzing each character in the episode.
I’ve noticed a lot of negative remarks on Korra in episode 5 by the fanbase. People calling her a bitch, slut, jerk and saying that she led Bolin on. I don’t think that any of these things are true.
Korra simply isn’t attracted to Bolin. Attraction isn’t something that can be forced. It’s a complex part of psychology. You do not simply decide who you are attracted to. She’s attracted to Mako and not to Bolin. It’s as simple as that. Just because Bolin is nice to Korra, it doesn’t mean that she needs to be attracted to him.
Also, she never led Bolin on. She went out with him simply to have a good time and to cheer herself up. She never showed any sign of being attracted to Bolin or implying to him that she wanted to be more than just friends. When she hurt his feelings, she did it unintentionally and unknowingly. She made it very clear that she was still attracted to Mako. Even when she talked to Mako after the date she said that they were just having fun as friends.
Not only all of this, but people are angry at Korra for friendzoning Bolin. Are you all forgetting that Korra was friendzoned too? She’s hurting just as much, if not WORSE than Bolin is. She ACTUALLY confessed her feelings to Mako and he shot her down for another girl.
All that happened with Korra on her date with Bolin was just two friends having a good time when she was feeling down. And just because Bolin was nice to her doesn’t mean that she should have to have romantic feelings for him. Why should she owe him dates and love simply for being nice to her anyways? Plus, can you honestly say you’ve never friendzoned a nice guy before? I know I have.
And about this slut thing. Keep in mind that it’s in Korra’s character to be impulsive and do things without thinking them through. Not only this, but Korra had every right to say what she said and to kiss Mako despite the fact that he had a girlfriend. She wanted to confirm whether or not her feelings were mutual and get it off her chest. And when Mako said that he did have feelings for her she, again, wanted to see what he would do.
Thus, in this situation, Korra did nothing wrong. She didn’t lead Bolin on and she wasn’t being a slut for her actions towards Mako.
Now that I’m away from that major arguement that’s been happening, I’ll move on to my own observations.
When Korra says to Mako “I think we were meant for each other”, a part of me wonders if this has to do with the Avatar’s sense of destiny. Let’s not forget that with the Avatars we’ve seen to have love interests (Aang, Korra, Roku and Kurik) they were always attracted to their partners first and felt as if they belonged with them. So a part of me is wondering if Korra’s strong feelings for Mako are connected to her sense of destiny.
Another thing, in the last episode, we saw Korra confront her fears. Many people have been complaining that that wasn’t carried on to the next episode. Well, what did you expect? She confronted her fears and let them out. Now that she’s done that she’s SUPPOSED to be better. Not only that, but we can see that a few weeks have passed since the last episode (late fall to early winter). Thus, she had even MORE time to get over them. So, her feelings of fear shouldn’t have been carried on into this episode. Especially since this episode had nothing to do with Amon or equalists.
On the same subject, we can see that Korra dealt with fear at the end of episode four. And that in this episode she dealt with feeling guilt. Even though Korra unintentionally hurt Bolin, she still felt guilty about it. (For example, let say you open a door, not knowing that there is a mirror leaning against it on the other side. When you open the door you break your roommate’s mirror. Even though the roommate tells you it was their own fault and you KNOW that you didn’t know the mirror was there, you still feel guilty for it.) Many have the theory that by doing, she is unblocking her chakras. I, again, believe this to be false. She isn’t unblocking these chakras because she isn’t overcoming them. She is simply experiencing them. I do believe, however, that all of these events are what is in fact BLOCKING her chakra. They are the things that she will need to let go of when she tries to access the Avatar State.
And her probending? TOTALLY BAD ASS. We could see as the matches progressed that they had a strong reflection of how she was feeling, which was neat. Nothing more to say on that.
I also feel like Mako is getting way too much shit from people.
Everyone is angry that he likes two girls at once. However, this is completely normal. Sorry but the reality of the fact is that you CAN have romantic feelings for more than one person at a time or in general. A friend of mine romantically liked 3 guys at once one time. It also explains why people get remarried after losing a spouse.
It’s normal teenage emotions and hormones for him to like 2 girls at the same time. I feel like the reason he likes Asami so much is because she is rich and beautiful. Now really. Think about Mako’s life for a moment.
He witnessed the murder of his parents at the age of 8. After that, he lived on the streets for around 10 years or so. He did whatever he could to protect and take care of his little brother. He had even gotten involved in criminal organizations. And god knows what else he’s had to do or what he’s seen.
Can you blame him if Asami, a girl who is nice, rich and beautiful appeals to him? He’s probably most likely attracted to her money. At one point he says it would “make more sense” for him to go for Asami. By making more sense he’s most likely talking about her money. While this seems selfish, think about it. He says that he’s always done whatever he could to protect his little brother. He’s probably going for her not for himself, but for Bolin. Whether he’s doing this consciously or subconsciously is hard to tell.
Meanwhile, Korra really has nothing to offer him. She even said herself that she was broke. So, because Asami richer and seems like she would better take care of Mako, I don’t blame him if she’s the one that he’s going for (for now). In though, Mako will most likely see that you can’t let true love slip away from you.
Going on with this Asami thing. Everyone believes that Mako jumped too quickly into this relationship. That isn’t true at all. Let’s not forget WEEKS have passed since episode 4. It’s why it feels quick when it really isn’t. Also, did Mako quickly develop feelings for Asami? Yes. But that’s what we call infatuation. A normal, teenage thing to do. Not only is Asami amazingly rich, but also amazingly beautiful. I don’t really blame the poor guy considering the life he’s had.
In this past episode he’s gotten a lot of shit for playing Bolin…. Mako hasn’t done anything wrong. Korra was the one who was making all of the moves on Mako. Even if Mako WAS jealous he was STILL trying to defend his little brother from getting hurt. Yes, he did tell Korra that he liked her. However, I think he had done that in order to make the ground between them a little calmer and more leveled. He didn’t want all of this awkwardness and anger going on leading into the tournament. And, he did NOT expect to gain a relationship with Korra out of it, or expect her to kiss him. Why did he kiss her back? Most likely because it felt right. And remember. HE. IS. CONFUSED.
Even after all of this was done and over and he was still confused and angry with Korra, he went and brought Bolin home from the noodle bar. He continued to act as a good brother to Bolin. I thought that really showed in that scene.
I see Mako as simply being very upset and confused. He wants to be with who he loves, but also wants to do what’s best for himself and his brother.
Everyone feels really bad for Bolin in this past episode. I feel close to no sympathy for him. I feel as if most of Bolin’s pain was self-inflicted.
Mako told him that it wasn’t a good idea to date a teammate, but he went and did it anyways.
Bolin was trying to force something on Korra that wasn’t there. He was pushing her to like him and kept INSISTING that they were perfect for each other, even though all of this went right over Korra’s head. It was almost as if he was telling himself that she liked him back, even though she gave no indication of such a feeling.
I’ve seen people complaining about Bolin’s reaction to Mako and Korra’s kiss. Well, what did you expect? Not only was this just about Korra not liking him back, but he was also hurt that his brother, someone he trusted more than anything “betrayed” him like that. Also, Bolin is most certainly not a fully grown adult. He’s extremely childish for his age. I found his reaction to be completely realistic for someone like him.
Now, in this episode I saw Bolin ad very childish and immature the whole time. When he was crying both after the kiss and in the bar he was acting like a child who’s favorite toy was taken from him. He can also be seen as being childish when Mako is trying to get him out of the bar. He says things like “put me down”, “you’re a bad idea” and “brother betrayer”. All the while, Mako is picking him up and carrying him back to their place in the dead of night. Almost like a parent dealing with their child having a fit.
It’s scenes like these where I feel worse for Mako than I do for Bolin. Mako didn’t do anything wrong, and after all that he’s done for Bolin, Bolin throws a tantrum and acts like a child when he didn’t get this one thing that he wanted.
He even expressed his childishness in how much he was pressing this relationship on Korra. Like how a child presses their parent when they want a toy.
Oh, and Bolin was a TOTAL bad ass in his probending tie breaker.
Didn’t do anything in this episode lol. I don’t know why everyone is giving her shit. After all, nothing is her fault. How was she supposed to know that Mako also likes Korra or whatever?
Basically, don’t be mad at Asami when she hasn’t done anything wrong. She’s been nothing but good so far. Helping all of the fire ferrets financially and making Mako happy.
Do I have my suspisons about her? Yeah. But that’s not really what’s important right now. Just calm yo tits about Asami. She’s just a nice rich girl who has no involvement in Mako’s feelings for Korra or Korra’s feelings for Mako.
I thought this was a great episode! I really enjoyed it! There was so much character development and teenage drama lol.
The probending was also AMAZING! There was so much badassness. And I loved how each match strongly reflected the drama that was going on between the three of them. All of them being pumped the first night, Mako and Korra struggling like they did with their fight the next night, and all three struggling over what had happened with the kiss the last night.
Oh and of course TAHNO!!! His voice is sex. He’s mah hawty. And seeing that hole in the guy’s helmet was possibly one of the coolest things.
I think everyone is just so used to stereotypical romance in TV where everything is really straight forward. However, this is reality. I’ve seen situations similar to this in my own life. Teenagers DO rush into relationships without thinking about it and have feelings for more than one person at once, and can even act childish about it all.
I think Bryke is capturing all of this really well. And I don’t think that ANYONE is at fault or should be attacked in this love drama. But, again, I DO feel worse for Korra and Mako than I do for Bolin. Mostly because I feel like Korra was shot down a lot harder than Bolin was, and Mako is just so confused about what to do. All the while Bolin is acting like a child who didn’t get what he wanted.
That’s all I have to say on episode 5.
Estoy más que de acuerdo con esta chica, vale la pena leer todo su psicoanálisis de los personajes en este capítulo, porque es verdad! por eso me gusta esta historia, tiene tanto trasfondo y tanto desarrollo emocional con todos y cada uno de sus personajes que vale la pena ver La Leyenda de Korra.
Es verdad que este capítulo 5 fue más que drama adolescente, pero yo si me puse en los zapatos de los personajes, quiza porque eh sentido un poco lo que sintieron los tres en este capítulo… Yo si me sentí peor por Bolin que por Mako y Korra, porque, pobrecito! se nota que es aún un niño y pues por lo mismo se ilusionó de más, pero me encantó la forma madura que tomó al final del capítulo cuando le sonríe a Korra y quedan como los buenos amigos que eran y seguirán siendo, sin rencores, (no como cierta persona que yo conozco u.u)…
Además se notó bastante lo maduro que es Mako, pues a pesar de todo el alboroto jamás dejó de preocuparse por su hermano… no creo del todo que estuviera celoso de que Korra saliera con Bolin, creo que fue más el sentimiento de impotencia al saber los sentimientos de ella y que estos no fueran hacia su hermano, además que debió sentir una pizca de culpa por ser el de quien Korra se siente interesada. Sin embargo, me gustaría que se decidiera en algún momento por Korra,pero en lo que eso pasa puede seguir con Asami, asumiendo que ella le dará dinero mientras XD …