“The Legend of Korra” Book 4, Episode 3 Recap: “The Coronation”

"The Legend of Korra" Book 4, Episode 3 Recap: "The Coronation"
"The Legend of Korra" Book 4, episode 3 "The Coronation" premiered today. Korra trains with Toph while Republic City preps for Prince Wu's coronation.

The Legend of Korra Book 4, episode 2 “The Coronation” aired today on Nick.com. Prince Wu is finally crowned as the king, but Kuvira has other plans for the future of the Earth Kingdom. Meanwhile, Korra trains with Toph.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Crowned & Crushed

It’s almost time for Prince Wu’s coronation in Republic City. Wu is clearly excited to be crowned King as he brags to Mako about the performances and extravagances that they’ll see at his coronation.

Tenzin worries about Kuvira and whether or not she’ll step down when Wu is crowned. Reiko assures him that Kuvira gave him his word.

In the swamp, Korra begs Toph to help her get back into fighting shape because the world needs her. Toph tells her to get over herself because the world doesn’t need her one bit. She tells Korra that even when she was Chief of Police, working her butt of busting criminals, crime still existed.

"The Legend of Korra" Book 4, Episode 3 Recap: "The Coronation"

Toph agrees to train Korra, in a backhanded way, by pointing out how pathetic she is.

World leaders are beginning to arrive in Republic City for Prince Wu’s coronation. Bolin runs into Desna and Eska who mistake Kuvira for Bolin’s new girlfriend. Prince Wu brags to Kuvira about his presidential suite, only to have Kuvira tell him that she had him moved out to a Junior Suite and that she’ll be taking the presidential.

Back in the swamp, Toph begins to kick Korra’s butt and encourages the Avatar to stop thinking when she attacks. Korra asks Toph what made her want to come here and disconnect from the world, but Toph insists that she’s never been more connected. The roots and vines of the swamp lead all over the world and, by using them, Toph is able to see her daughters and Republic City.

At the coronation, Prince Wu presents Kuvira with the Kyoshi Medal of Freedom for her work in the Earth Kingdom. Kuvira taks the microphone and tells the crowd that she has no intention of giving up the new Earth Empire and that any world leader who decides to cross their borders will be crushed. She then metalbends her award into scrap.

Back in their room, Bolin is worried about what Kuvira has planned, but seems reluctant to throw in the towel at this point. Zhu Li brings in a giant chunk of spirit root and Varrick tells her to take it to the lab for further testing.

Lin, as a representative for the world leaders, later confronts Kuvira, telling her that no good can come from what she’s doing. She also tells Kuvira that she knows exactly what she does to towns who don’t want to hand over control to her. Kuvira responds by remarking that Suyin now knows what’s coming for Zaofu.

Mako and Bolin do not agree on Kuvira’s method, though it would seem that Bolin has his own misgivings about Kuvira’s plans. However, the earthbender doesn’t seem to be able to come to terms with it and leaves Mako behind.

"The Legend of Korra" Book 4, Episode 3 Recap: "The Coronation"

In the swamp, Toph tells Korra that there is still a small amount of poison left in her system, which could easily explain the hallucinations that she’s been having. Toph tells Korra that her daughters never really truly got the hang of metalbending. Toph tries to get the rest of the poison out, but tells Korra that she clearly wants the poison left in her body when Korra reacts negatively to the treatment. As Toph points out, if Korra keeps the poison in her system, then she doesn’t have to go back to her duties as the Avatar. Korra denies this insinuation, but you can tell that there may be some truth to what Toph is saying.

After Prince Wu angers some local Kuvira supporters in Little Ba Sing Se, he and Mako run into a small restaurant whose exterior has been made to look like the Ba Sing Se royal palace. Inside, Prince Wu “claims his throne,” which is actually small chair for birthday parties. He tells Mako that this has been the worst day of his life and Mako can’t help but point out why no one likes him. He hasn’t exactly done anything for the people he’s going to rule. Why should they like him?

"The Legend of Korra" Book 4, Episode 3 Recap: "The Coronation"

Desperate to find the Avatar, Tenzin enlists the help of this three oldest children. Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo have been tasked with venturing into the “Earth Empire” and bringing Korra back.

Meanwhile, back on the train, Kuvira instructs Varrick to continue his work on developing a new technology. Varrick stands over a large piece of machinery which holds a large glass tube. Inside the tube is the piece of spirit root that Varrick had found earlier in the episode. What could Kuvira possibly want with a piece of spirit root?

Final Thoughts

– Toph continues to be her amazing self, constantly criticizing Korra for being the worst Avatar ever. While many people would see this as mean, us true Korra fans know that that’s just Toph being Toph. Plus, it was amazing to see that Toph still has such power, even in her old age.
– Where the heck was Asami? Don’t think we didn’t notice her abscene, Bryke!
– It’ll be interesting to see how Bolin will leave Kuvira’s group, if he ever does. Will Kuvira turn against him?
– Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo are the perfect team to find Korra!

The Legend of Korra Book 4, episode 4 “The Calling” will premiere on Friday, October 24 on Nick.com!

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