That’s it. The Legend of Korra has come to an end. Friday morning, the world got its last two episodes – “Day of the Colossus” and “The Last Stand” – of the Nickelodeon show.
Because this episode is so long and writing a normal recap just seems kind of insurmountable, especially considering how much I’m shaking at this point, I’ve decided to break from tradition and recap the finale in a different way:
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Day of the Colossus
Bolin uses his earthbending to lift the collapsed building off of everyone, giving them all a chance to escape unharmed.
Korra and her friends decide to stand and fight Kuvira and her giant mecha suit, despite the overwhelming odds. Varrick and Asami get to work on their hummingbird suits.
Meelo comes up with the idea for the airbenders to pelt the mecha suit’s windows with pain balloons in order to obstruct Kuvira’s vision.
Despite everyone giving it their all, Kuvira is still able to overwhelm them and they end up retreating back to Asami’s office.
While the fighting is going on outside, an injured and heartbroken Baatar Jr. apologizes to his mother, Suyin, for everything that he’s done. He worries that his family won’t forgive him, but Suyin tells him that they’ll come around in time.
Zhu Li and Varrick head to the roof of Asami’s office and use a large electromagnetic wave to disable the approaching mecha suits. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to shut down Kuvira’s mammoth mecha suit.
Lin arrives at Asami’s office to rejoin the group, but she’s not alone. She’s brought along Asami’s father, Hiroshi, telling the group that they need all the geniuses they can get.
Meanwhile, Pema is trying desperately to calm down the evacuees who haven’t managed to escape. Wu surprises everyone when he shows up with two badger moles from the zoo who then proceed to earthbend a tunnel under the city so that they can all escape safely.
Asami and Hiroshi decide to attach small plasma beams to their hummingbird suits so that they can cut through the platinum of Kuvira’s mecha suit. While they get to work on that, Korra and the rest of the group get ready to stall Kuvira.
They onslaught Kuvira with a series of attacks in an attempt to keep her busy and away from Asami’s office. Meelo lands on Kuvira’s window and taunts her with his own unique brand of Meelo humour. Lin, Suyin, and Bolin work together to tip a building over on her suit. But, that doesn’t keep her down for long.
Back in the badger moles tunnels, three of Kuvira’s henchmen try and stop the evacuees from leaving. Wu uses his singing to get the badger moles to crush their suits.
As the hummingbird suits near completion, Varrick makes the ultimate gesture and proposes to Zhu Li. She gleefully accepts before the two rush off to battle with Hiroshi and Asami.
Asami and her father share a hummingbird suit and Hiroshi manages to cut through the platinum “skin” of the giant mecha suit. However, in the process, he sacrifices himself for the mission, launching Asami from the suit just in time to save her life.
Thanks to Hiroshi’s ultimate sacrifice, Korra, Bolin, Mako, Lin, and Suyin are able to get inside of Kuvira’s mecha suit.
The Last Stand
Now inside, the team splits up. Bolin and Mako head for the engine room, Suyin and Lin plan to take down the weapon, and Korra goes to confront Kuvira directly.
Suyin disables Kuvira’s weapon and a large burst of energy is released that she narrowly avoids. She and Lin then proceed to destroy the rest.
No longer able to use her weapon, Kuvira detaches the weapon and hurls it across the city. The arm that Lin and Suyin are inside breaks off and Lin manages to metalbend them large harnesses to protect them during the fall.
Korra infiltrates the control center and a fierce battle between her and Kuvira ensues.
Mako and Bolin try to shut down the power but soon realize that Kuvira has already enabled back up energy. Mako decides to destroy the source of the power with lightning, much to Bolin’s disapproval. Bolin evacuates but comes back for Mako just in time.
Her entire mecha suit destroyed, Kuvira, injured, rushes into the spirit wilds and finds her weapon. As Korra approaches, Kuvira fires the cannon at Korra. The vines holding the weapon in the air react to Kuvira and cause her weapon to lose control.
Kuvira is unable to stop the weapon and falls to the ground. As the energy beam is about to hit her, Korra steps in, goes into the Avatar State, and creates some sort of forcefield.
The release of energy causes a massive explosion that Tenzin, Jinora, Ikki, Meelo, and Asami narrowly avoid.
However, what’s left standing in its wake is a brand new spirit portal, right in the heart of Republic City.
Korra and Kuvira are blasted into the Spirit World where Kuvira explains to Korra about how she did what she did because she was abandoned by her parents as a child. Korra deduces that Kuvira only wanted to create a place where her and her people wouldn’t be vulnerable again.
The spirits return to Republic City.
Korra and Kuvira emerge from the portal and Kuvira tells her army to stand down. She then surrenders and says that she’ll accept any punishment that the world sees fit. She owes Korra her life.
When Lin handcuffs her, Kuvira apologizes to Suyin for the anguish she caused her and her family.
What I’m assuming is a few weeks later, Varrick and Zhu Li finally get married at a wedding officiated by Bolin.
During the reception, Wu tells Mako and Korra that he’s stepping down from the throne and abolishing the monarchy all together. He wants to implement a system where leaders are elected.
Mako tells Korra that he’ll follow her into battle anytime. Tenzin tells Korra how happy he is that she’s full of hope again. Korra and Asami share a special moment, with Asami expressing her relief that she was at least able to forgive her father before he died. She tells Korra that she wants a vacation and Korra responds by telling her that they should go on one together – just the two of them.
Korra and Asami decide to take a trip to the Spirit World. At the very end of the episode, they step into the portal, hand-in-hand. At the very last moment, they turn to each other and stare affectionately into each other’s eyes.
Hold on while I shake uncontrollably for the next 6 weeks. This two-part finale was the absolute perfect ending to an incredible series. For four seasons, Korra and her friends have marveled us with their strength, their courage, and their heart. But, more importantly, they’ve faced real life struggles that ground them in an otherwise magical world.
Plus, the fact that Korra and Asami seemingly ended up together is just the icing on the cake. Korrasami everywhere are hyperventilating at this very moment!
What did you think of “The Legend of Korra” series finale?