I really loved this scene, although I would have loved it even more if it had been used to teach Korra a lesson about how yes, she IS also the non-bender’s Avatar too, and she needs to protect them from tyrannical benders (ie. Tarrklok, criminal bender gangs, etc.) and not just focus on Amon taking everyone’d bending.
I feel like the Equalists had a really legitimate foundation for their revolution, and the resolution to this conflict was not a resolution at all. The same inequalities that tore apart the city are STILL THERE. But now the non-benders have no leader or hope anymore.
I would really like Korra to have had some serious introspection after losing her bending… she should have lost ALL of it, and then used that downtime to get in touch with her spiritual side and gain each element back one at a time. And during this struggle, she should learn what it’s like to live as a non-bender, talk to both the under privileged ones (the types who get harassed the most by the bender gangs) as well as those like Asami who can get around it by protecting/empowering themselves with technology.
I’d have liked Korra to have realized that as a non-bender, the world isn’t designed for you. Technology relies on bending. There are jobs only benders can have. You are constantly under threat by people who may or may not have invisible power over you. There are places that as a non-bender, you will never have access to. (Like airbender temples, which require airbending to enter.) Benders see non-benders as handicapped, and when they lose their bending, it’s treated like a death. There’s bound to be an element of elitism and segregation that went largely unmentioned in the entire season.
These are all themes that would have been extremely interesting to explore… far more than some terrible romance sub-plot.
Yes, this is one of my favorite scenes for these reasons. Though going back and looking at how they went absolutely nowhere with it, it makes me more disappointed in retrospect. There was so much potential, sigh. If they drop the bender/non-bender conflict just because Amon was a fraud… I’m gonna set myself on fire.
oh god that’s beautiful
Mm, I agree. Just because I didn’t agree with all of Amon’s methods and ‘lets wipe out all benders’ attitude, it doesn’t mean the equalists didn’t make entirely legitimate points about the mistreatment of non-benders. I had actually hoped this would be addressed, that Korra would take up a new cause to help non-benders due to this scene. Because that cause was valid too. But… x.x
I’m still hoping for better in season 2, and that includes hoping this is actually looked at.
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