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Our The Legend of Korra season 2, episode 3 ‘Civil Wars, Part 1′ recap goes in depth of all of the details of tonight’s exciting episode!

The Legend of Korra season 2, episode 3 ‘Civil Wars, Part 1′

The episode opens up as the Northern Water Tribe troops tell the Southern Water Tribe residents to get into their homes, using forcful bending to move the people out of the way. A giant wall of ice is made on the shore, as Unalaq tells Korra that this is happeneing to protect the portal that was just opened. He also tells her that she has to go and open up the Northern Water Tribe’s portal to further untie the world.

Cut to the Southern Air Temple with Tenzin and his family. Kya and Bumi tell Tenzin that the family vacations he’s thinking of as group events were just with Aang and Tenzin. Meelo comically asks Bumi if “he has a baby in there?” referencing Bumi’s belly.

Pema notices that Ikki is gone, and Meelo explains that the shark squid almost attacked them, exciting Bumi. Pema calls out the two airkids for teasing their sister, to which Meelo responds that she ran away. The group decides that they’re going to go find her.

Back at the Southern Water Tribe, Tonraq holds a meeting in his house. Varrick speaks out at the meeting, complaining about his cargo that’s rotting due to the embargo. Korra explains Unalaq’s reasoning, to which Varrick responds that he is just looking to gain the wealth of the Sothern Water Tribe. Varrick riles the group up into wanting a war.

Tonraq asks Korra to try and reason with Unalaq, after which she leaves to do so. Varrick reiterates that war is coming.

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Bolin is carrying the twins on a carriage as they jokingly reflect that they will miss the Southern Water Tribe. Bolin thinks that he won’t be with Eska anymore, but she states that they’ll “live the rest of their lives together in icy bliss.” Mako arrives and tells an upset Bolin to break up with her. “Just tell her that you’re not that into her anymore,” he says. “Ending a relationship is kinda like pulling off a blood-sucking leech.” Bolin comments that Mako’s good at breaking girls’ hearts.

Korra approaches Unalaq at his throne and tells him that his troops are sending the wrong message. She relates that the Southern Water Tribe is looking to cause war, to which Unalaq states that this would cause a world-wide war, which would then lead to upsetting spirits, and end in catastrophic results.

Korra is confused as to how she is to remain neutral in the coming war, to which Unalaq tells her it’s her duty as the Avatar.

Back on the streets of the Southern Water Tribe, snowballs are thrown by children at patrolling soldiers. The soldiers attack the children, leading to a standoff between the adults of both tribes. Korra arrives on Naga and tells them to stop the battling. A young girl angrily throws a snowball at Korra and calls her the worst Avatar ever. Korra’s father breaks up the fighting by telling his friends that the fight isn’t worth the trouble. Korra exits the scene without saying anything.

Tenzin is then shown shouting for Ikki, while Bumi angers him by pretending to be her. The Kataang kids begin to talk, in which Kya states Tenzin isn’t being a good father. Kya says that Tenzin is too much like their father in that he’s too invested in saving the world to raise his kids properly. Tenzin blows her off, leading to Kya stating that he’s avoiding conflict.

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Korra arrives home to Mako. “How’s your day sweetie?” and “Do you want advice or am I supposed to listen? Still not clear on that,” come out of Mako’s reluctant mouth. Mako suggests that they go out to dinner to relax, leading to an awkward situation with the twins and Bolin at the dinner. When the twins get up to get more food, Bolin states that he needs to be saved, in that Eska is threatening him whenever he tries to talk about breaking up.

It’s now nighttime, and Bumi relates of a Ba Sing Sei mission with grandiose lathered on. Tenzin explodes on him in the middle of his story, and Bumi calls him out for having “the Avatar abandon him.” Kya calls off their argument to state that she has found footprints. Bumi takes a dangerous path near a waterfall, and Kya and Tenzin reluctantly follow. They arrive at the base faster than Bumi via their bending powers, to which they tease Bumi. Bumi falls to the bottom of the waterfall in a crash.

Korra rushes into her mother’s house, and the two start to talk about their family being torn apart. Korra states that she feels hurt because of how her father lied to her for her whole life. Her mother relates that they were only trying to give her a normal childhood, to which Korra responds that Unalaq is the only one still on her side. Her mom states that the Southern and Northern Water Tribes’ fight has been going since before she was born, with Varrick planning the battle for a while with Korra’s father.

Korra angrily runs off to Unalaq upon hearing this news, and finds his guards knocked out. Korra’s father is shown carrying off Unalaq, the latter being unconscious.

Kora tells her father to not do this, while another Southern Tribe member fends off Korra by telling her to quit. Korra retaliates by saying that she doesn’t want to hurt them. She tries to run away, but is eventually forced to disable all of the benders by using things like cloth and rope. She runs outside to see her dad trying to escape on a snowmobile, leading to her Waterbending to stop the vehicle. It’s then revealed that the man holding her uncle isn’t her father.

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The captors are arrested, and Korra states that all of the men that attacked her should stand trial. Unalaq says that he will honor the Avatar’s wishes.

Back at the waterfall, Kya lectures Bumi that he shouldn’t have tried to take the path he did as a non-bender, all while water-healing him. When he offends her, Tenzin takes Kya’s side in saying that Bumi’s immature. Kya turns Tenzin and verbally attacks him, stating that he wasn’t around when Aang died to take care of Katara. The three fight over who should’ve been the ones training Korra, ending when Tenzin tells them to go back home so he can continue to look for Ikki himself.

The day after, Korra rushes to her parent’s house and begins to cry when her mom asks if she’s okay. She relates that she is really happy that her parents didn’t have anything to do with the previous day’s criminal activities. Korra and her father apologize to each other, while her mother explains that their simple life ended when Korra was discovered as being the Avatar.

The episode ends as Unalaq arrives at their home to tell her parents that they are under arrest for conspiring to assassinate the Southern Water Tribe’s leader.

“Civil Wars, Part 2″ will air next Friday at 7 pm on Nickelodeon. In the meantime, check out SeptBender, Hypable’s celebration of all things Legend of Korra, which carries on through the month of September!

  • Charlie

    I really liked the episode! It was cool to hear a bit about Kya, Bumi, and Tenzin’s childhoods, and it was interesting how they all felt victimized for different reasons. I liked the interactions between Korra and her parents, especially at the end of the episode. And it was nice seeing Korra attempting to remain neutral in the whole thing. The animation seemed to drop in quality from time-to-time, but I can’t really blame the showrunners for that.

    That said, I wonder if it would have been better to air both parts of the Civil War episode together? (At the expense of showing the premiere episode on separate weeks.)

  • http://drukeeble.tumblr.com/ Sasha

    I really think Aang might have not been as neglectful to Kya and Bumi as they made it sound. I think it has something to do with the spirits being rampant and that’s intensifying emotions and making them run high. I mean, what reason is there for making such a beloved character look so bad?

    I mean, I do think Tenzin was favored in some ways, but I can’t imagine Aang totally ignoring Kya and Bumi.

    • Charlie

      Yeah, I get the impression all of the Kataang kids were exaggerating to some degree. I bet that in the next episode (or later) they’ll reconcile with each other, and will remember the good times they had with their parents. In this episode they kept ganging up on each other, so they probably weren’t being fair.

      That said, I think it’s at least slightly true that Aang accidentally favored Tenzin. But he was in a pretty awkward situation, to be fair.

      I’d like to see some flashbacks of Aang with his kids.

      • KayJayGee

        I totally agree. I’ve seen so many people losing their heads about the fact that “Aang was such a bad father” when we, technically speaking, don’t know the wole story yet. Well done on phrasing this brilliantly. And I really do hope that we see a flashback. I think that might calm the fire a bit too.

        • Charlie

          Yeah, I don’t like how people have been jumping to conclusions before even the second half of the episode has aired. And I think that even if Bryke acknowledge that Aang might not have always been a great dad, they probably wouldn’t make him a terrible one.

          • Wilks

            Why can’t it be true? Is it really that hard to believe he was neglectful? They’re probably trying to humanize him. Nobody is perfect. Hard to be a good dad and a leader of the world and the last o your people and the avatar all at once.

          • Charlie

            That’s why I said he might not have been a great dad but not a terrible one. It makes sense that Aang would have flaws we wouldn’t have seen in ATLA- by the end of that he was only 12/13 years old. I didn’t think it wouldn’t be true, just that people seemed to be jumping to the conclusion that the show was going to outright demonize him.

    • Caroline J.

      of course we all want to think the best of Aang but i think it’s a really valid suggestion to make at this point, given the evidence (i’m sure much more will be revealed in the future), that Aang, due to his position as Avatar AND the last airbender AND father of 3 unique & individual children (and maintaining peace in Republic City, etc), between all those duties, he might not have been able to give all his children equal 1-on-1 time during their more formative years. does this make Aang a bad father or person? i dont think so. i think it makes him more sympathetic. that’s a heavy load to bear. but i also think it’s ok to admit that Aang might not have lived the flawless life we all imagine he did after the A:TLA series ended. i also don’t think it’s fair to kya and bumi to assume they’re just being over-dramatic. i mean, they are the kids of aang and katara. no parent is perfect, but with those two i’d assume that all the kataang kids were pretty thoughtful and intelligent, given in their own totally disparate ways.

      • asdf

        I agree but based on all the evidence that we have, we must assume that to some extent Kya and Bumi are exaggerating the extent to which they were neglected, if at all.

    • Rosalie David

      I think in general this episode, and probably the next, are meant to reflect on the fact that the Avatar is put in a very difficult position. They have to “save the world” and restore balance but that comes at the price of leaving and neglecting your family and loved ones. Korra is realizing that she’s been rude and judgmental of her parents when they’ve been put in the difficult position of raising an Avatar. I’m sure once Aang and Katara had kids it became difficult for Aang to be the doting father while he was building and maintaining Republic City. He probably only found the time to teach Tenzin because Aang knew that Tenzin would be the one to reestablish the Air Nation and wanted Tenzin to not only master air bending, but learn the culture.
      I’m not saying Aang was a terrible father on purpose, I think he was probably torn and it was Katara who ended up raising the children while Aang was off being the Avatar.
      I really hope this story line is explored more, preferably with flashbacks, because I think it was the most compelling part of the episode (the stuff with Korra and Bolin was also pretty good though).

      • Rasheeda J.

        Sometimes I think that a lot of people are blaming Korra a bit too
        much for things that happened in her life that were beyond her control (Not really directed at anyone here just noticing this in some of the reviews I’ve read on other sites). I’m not saying that she is completely blameless or anything either, but it isn’t fair to just completely pass off her lack of maturity to her being a teenager or a bratty person or even saying that she’s being rude and judgmental towards her family without reason either. Some people seem to forget that Aang didn’t start out as being the cool avatar that he became and that it took him almost a whole season and a half before he began to seriously realize that he couldn’t keep running away from his destiny.

        But the main difference between Aang’s Journey and Korra’s journey is that Aang was granted the chance to choose his own path as the avatar by journeying around the world to grow and change as both the avatar and a human being. Thanks to Korra’s family smoldering her, holding her back and trying to do the impossible (living a simple and normal life with their daughter who was the “chosen one”) they played a part in seriously hampering her development as the avatar and a human being. I’m not saying that they didn’t have their reasons for that (being parents and all of course they would want to keep their child safe and give her a shot at being “normal” and all that ) but it still doesn’t change the fact that because of being held back and told what to do all the time she lacks the independence and true confidence in her own decisions she needs in order to be a successful avatar.

        I personally think that Korra is developing more than some are giving credit for. Just because character development is subtle doesn’t mean it’s not there. In this episode we witness (for the first time since this entire series started) Korra fighting EVASIVELY and DEFENSIVELY against people rather than offensively and trying to make peace as best she can. To me this is the first step in her realizing that brute strength alone won’t solve every problem that’s presented to her and just because she can bend the four elements doesn’t automatically make her a fully realized avatar. I think if given the chance to have true independence and getting more in touch with the Avatar Spirit (which seems to be what this season is all about) she will become a great avatar in her own right. That’s why I personally enjoy her character so much. I like the fact that this isn’t a repeat of Aang’s story (Even though I’m a major fan of AtLA too). Anyway, just my two cents. I love TLoK and I can’t wait to see more of it.

        • Rasheeda J.

          Sorry, wasn’t trying to reply to anyone. I was trying to post my own comment.

    • Helen

      I actually found that the suggestion/revelation that Aang was not the perfect father to be rather refreshing for the show and adds some depth the show really could need. I think the writers are doing too good of a job with writing Korra as an angsty, over-dramatic teenager.

    • ericamitchdoyle

      that was terrible, new episode…http://tiny.cc/LEGENDOFKORRA-S020E4

  • lela

    I thought the episode was everything I missed from Avatar: the Last Airbender. The characters were multi-sided and made hard decision and felt resonating emotions. Along with awesome character development, there was awesome action!

    I don’t like the way the faces are animated, however. They’re more stoic–not as fluid as in Book 1.

    • Charlie

      Yeah, I liked the other studio’s animation better. I expect the crew did what they could to improve it (they were doing retakes for ages), but couldn’t do much without having to postpone the series for a ridiculous amount of time. Hopefully we’ll have the old guys back for good in Books 3/4.

      The animation was especially glaring to me in the restaurant scene. Mako and Korra were just sat there blandly while Bolin was talking. I feel like if it had been Book 1, they would at least have been posed a bit more interestingly.

      • Stephen Knox

        Yes so true. For some reason These episodes just don’t feel like the same cartoon any more and the camera cuts are uninteresting. It feels kinda boring and the faces look strange.

    • Kristina Heman-Ackah

      Yeah, same here. The parts with Bumi, Kya, and Tenzin just took me back to ATLA so much and I really hope they give Tenzin’s siblings a bigger part in this season. Kya is becoming one of my favorites.

  • asdf

    I still find Korra pretty annoying in this season, wish I didn’t but it’s true.

    • Rosalie David

      Agreed, I hope she realizes that she needs Tenzin, apologizes to him, and realizes how unfair she’s treating Mako. They need to make her more sympathetic.

    • Shadis

      I find Bumi unbearable.

    • Steelsong

      Korra is my least favorite character. I think she’s immature. Any time she becomes angry of frustrated, she storms off.

      I love Unalaq as a villain. And I love Asami, Bolin, Eska, Desna, Tenzin and all his children…. but I don’t like Korra. I don’t like Mako either. Which is odd because he’s the “typical” character I would like… I mean, Zuko is my favorite character from ATLA and Mako and Zuko are a bit similar, but something about Mako annoys me.

    • Vserp

      I agree with you. It’s stunning that someone this immature and unlikable would be looked to as a leader.

      We have plenty of Korras in the real world in the sports world. They are the Ryan Leafs and other failures. Since this is fictional and Korra is an avatar for female empowerment, she is going to continue to be upheld on a pedestal with constant excuses made for her and guaranteed good outcomes.

      What a sad and pathetic end for what should have been a great franchise. I hope this show gets cancelled before too much damage is done.

  • Sofia Malik

    I really need to see a flashback of Aang with his kids

  • Gary65

    I’m sorry but how stupid is Korra? A bunch of random rebels overpowered the leader of the Northern Tribe!?! So obviously staged. I don’t know what opening the Northern Portal is going to do but it sure as hell isn’t going to calm the spirits like Unalaq says it is. “I know you’re going to be the most respected Avatar ever” *Snort* Is she really buying this? I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Tarrlok was from the Northern Tribe. Clearly, violence in the name of peace is a valid ideology there.

    • Carilyn

      Considering it was a bunch of rebels (albeit, organized ones) who nearly took down Republic City six months ago, I think she deserves a bit more credit. And don’t forget, this is the girl who not too long ago thought it bizarre to see homeless people in a city – that’s naivete, not stupidity, to me. But yeah, it probably was staged and I’m worried to see Unalaq get his way this easily.

  • Eduardo A Pazos

    I see plenty of recap in this article, but not a whole lot of analysis.

    • Renjick

      Actually performing critical thinking on this show would expose how laughably awful the writing is.

      • Eduardo A Pazos

        Well then, at least talking about how bad the writing is would be analysis. I don’t understand the purpose of the episode recap. If you haven’t seen the episode, why would you read the recap, and if you have seen it why would you need to read it? I suppose you might want to read a recap a week later before catching the new episode as a refresher. Otherwise, you should only recap so much as is needed to frame an analysis.

        • Renjick

          Recaps are the “filler” of site articles. They don’t have the analysis of a review, or the amusement of a reaction piece. It’s just there to fill space.

        • Vserp

          If you post anything critical the fans become hysterical and flood the comments sections and article writer’s inboxes with nasty hateful insults. I think people are just giving up on trying to discuss this show intelligently.

  • BendersandNonbendersUnite!

    Korra is Awesome!
    I agree I liked how her parents were more involved and supporting.
    Can’t wait for the next episode :-)

  • ChoOhana

    Awesome recap I can’t wait til the next episode!!!! I don’t think Aang left Bumi and Kya to favor Tenzin Like Tenzin said “Our father loved us equally” And I wander if Bolin will break up with Eska….. Hmmmm………
    Man can’t wait til next episode!!!^_^

  • psyche60

    I wish to see in Korra some more depth and emotions. Being a strong character is good and appealing. But it seems they put a man brain in a female body.

    • Guest99

      I can’t help but feel that saying she does not seem like a woman because she is not an emotional geyser is a little secist. Also a little odd of you to say when at the moment she is making the stupid decision of trusting Unaloq and pushing away Tenzin and her father because of her emotions.

    • Steelsong

      I like to play a drinking game. “any time Korra storms out in anger, you take a drink”

  • jrubizov

    I really think that Aang was a decent father but did anyone notice did not mention how Katara was as a mother.

  • Shadis

    I feel like there will be a lot more to the whole series than just spirits. I hope this civil war storyline expands into something that can last seasons. Just as Unalaq says that in a Civil War the other nations would pick sides. This could mean potentially another war between the nations, which makes sense since Korra has been green lit for a fourth season.
    The Civil War will be a big part of the series.

  • Raiden

    If I do have one complaint, the animation seems a bit rough here and there. . . but Mir is coming back for the last Six episodes.

  • Avatarfan1

    I do like the series but I don’t like that there isn’t enough character development. In ATLA everyone had character development even minor characters like Mai who couldn’t express her emotions enough to Zuko’s desmay and Ty lee who didn’t see herself as a indivdual.

    I feel like main characters like Bolin and Mako are really flat. Mako is just a love interest and nothing more I feel they should of left him in Republic City for more longer to be a cop so we can see his character development but hey who knows. Bolin’s relationship with Eska could of built his character development but I honesly think that not everyone needs to be paired up. Toph for example didn’t have a love interest in the whole ATLA series but only after and people could relate to her character.

    I’m very disappointed that Asami hasn’t been shown for two episodes it’s like she’s not really important anymore how is she going to fit in with the storyline. She’s the only person who had some character development since we’ve seen her in akward situations like her father’s betrayal, Mako cheating on her and her thoughts on the anti-bending revolution.

    I feel as if asami should have been the avatar and not korra. I like Korra but she’s always angry I know how she feels but none of the other avatars seemed this way or maybe it’s just me.

    Kaatangs children are the only interesting thing about the last episodes seening how Bumi and mainly Kya believe aang is a bad dad. I don’t think that this is all too it I mean aang had a lot of responsiblity on his shoulders. No ones perfect and what are Katara’s views on this did she just stand by and let this happen?

    I really hope something interesting happens soon because I really like this show and I don’t want it to ruin the legacy of ATLA.

    • TheLogicalResult .

      Bolin is a bad stereotype. His character design is the standard comic relief beta-male loser. The worst part is that they fulfill that with the writing. Yea, he pulls out some nice earth-bending once in a while, but he’s mostly a joke.

  • SonghackerMLP

    I personally think the level of discussion this episode is promoting reflects well on its content and the direction it could be taking with the series.

    Although it’s clear that Korra’s group currently serves as little more than a weak echo of the dynamic Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph had and could use a considerable amount of work, it’s made up for by the attention paid out to the world dynamic. The last series was just as strong when it was world-building as when it was focused on interpersonal relations, so it’s okay to put those guys on the back burner for just a little bit. Airbender was a road trip through almost the entire affair and effortlessly set the stage while making us love the core cast as they traveled together…Korra has the unenviable task of elevating that world’s complexity while still finding time to flesh out a (mostly…everyone knows season 1 was shaky on the elaboration) brand new cast. This episode does both, even if not everyone can get a slice of the developmental pie.

    My only serious quibble with this episode is the potential turn being taken with Unalaq. He was starting out as an enjoyably complicated, conflicted antagonist (sharing the role with his brother, even)…sort of like Tony Stark’s position in Marvel’s own Civil War. I don’t want to see him turn into an actual power monger (“he manipulated events from the beginning; he was the bad guy the whole time!), since that strikes me as beneath the storytelling goals Bryan and Mike seem to have for Korra. They gave themselves a solid, straightforward terrorist with Amon…hopefully they stick to the world, and ideally the spirits, as the core problem, not just one individual person.

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