“What Are You?” That’s the question Tarlok asked Amon.
SPOILERS BABY!… SPOILERS
“WHEN EXTREMES MEET”
Let’s rewind a little, and go back to the last two episodes of Korra. In light of Amon’s terrorist assault on the Bending Stadium, Tarlok replaces the retired BeiFong with his own lackie. He calls for a curfew for all non-bending citizens. With the power of the police force behind him, his actions are swift. Korra and her friends form their own group to patrol for Amon’s equalists. But when they come across Tarlock harassing innocent demonstrators, she tries to intervene. Tarlok arrests Korra’s friends. Tenzin sees the injustice but can do little against his fellow counselor.
In the last 5 minutes of the episode Korra confronts Tarlok, and when she compares him to Amon, he attacks Korra. She thought she bested him, by taking away all the water around them, but Tarlok reveals that he’s a Blood-Bender. Not just any Blood-Bender, but one that can bend without a Full Moon.
I thought there was a chance that Tarlok might be Amon, but to me he wasn’t cool enough. Amon is too cool for words. So when Korra told Tarlok that he was no better than Amon, and he kind of freaked out, I knew he was just some nut. But that blood-bending was totally unexpected. The twists in this show are crazy. I like that Korra is getting more powerful too, at least before Tarlok bent her into a pretzel.
Let’s not forget Korra’s ‘other’ worst moment, when Ikki told Asami that Korra liked Mako.
“OUT OF THE PAST”
The episode picks up with Korra still being trapped by Tarlok. Evidently, she can’t bend metal still, because she couldn’t break out of that thin metal box for nothin’.
Tarlok tells everyone that the Equalists attacked them and took Korra. Beifong breaks Mako, Bolin and Asami out of prison. She gets Tenzin, and they go searching for Korra in the Equalist’s lair. They don’t find Korra (because Tarlok was lying), but they do rescue police officers that were captured.
Meanwhile, Korra, instead of beating against the metal walls of her prison box to no avail, decides to meditate and try to connect with her previous incarnation, Ang. This was the first episode that gave us a clear vision of Ang’s message, and not just a quick flashback. Ang shows Korra a criminal named Yacone who could also Blood-bend without the full moon. He also shows Korra how he was able to stop Yacone.
Beifong, Tenzin and the others confront Tarlok, but he’s too powerful with his blood-bending. He escapes and figures he will take Korra and hold her hostage while he finds another place to gain power and take over. Korra tells Tarlok that his father was Yacone. He says his father tried to take over the wrong way; he will do it as a political leader, but now he has to do it somewhere else. But life’s best laid plans of mice and waters-benders often go awry. Amon was waiting for Tarlok, and he didn’t appreciate being framed for Korra’s kidnapping (even though that’s what he planned to do after). Tarlok blood-bends, and Amon’s henchmen fall, but Amon shrugs it off like a warm summer breeze. Tarlok asks “What Are You?” Amon answers with a little thumb-to-the-forehead action, and takes Tarlok’s bending away. Korra escapes, and everyone is back together.
I’m thinking from Korra’s vision of Ang being able to fight off Yacone’s blood-bending, and Amon fighting off Tarlok’s, and the way Ang and Amon take bending away… Amon may actually be one of Tenzin’s brothers, Ang’s sons. I know it’s a stretch. It’s just my hypothesis (and others as well). Check out the preview trailer for the season finale…
Make sure you tune in next week for episode 10 – “Turning The Tides”. The the season will finish with 1 hour of two back-to-back episodes “Skeletons in the Closet” and “Endgame”.