(he has a very pretty face)
And the fight scene with Lin Bei Fong was also quite powerful (until the finale wiped her sacrifice completely pointless and rather irrelevant).
But even the conflict was Asami and her father was so rushed and patchy that when I re-watch the scene, while I do feel something, it’s not even on the same level as what I feel when watching the Zuko/Azula conflict in the finale. Or even something like the Aang and Zuko’s fight in 1x13 where they help each other.
The relationship and conflict between Hiroshi and Asami was one of my favourite dynamics in LOK. It had the potential to be absolutely amazing. You have the issue of a father and daughter being diametrically opposed in the issue of non-benders and benders when they have gone through the same events. But instead of really exploring their relationship, what made them think differently or any sort of foreshadowing I think we get about 10 minutes of screentime before Asami betrays her father. And then probably another 15 minutes of screentime of them before they have their big showdown. While for incredibly skilled writers that may be enough to develop a compelling narrative for these characters, for me their arc fell rather flat. Asami has a couple of lines about how her father betrayed her, but none of the characters ever talk to her about it. In fact twice I think people just stare at her and then the conversation moves on. I find it difficult to really get involved in the emotion of a fight scene when the narrative of the show can’t be bothered to set up the stakes. The fight scenes were pretty, but they were also pretty flat.
“Want me to take you for a spin?”
That’s a possibility, but the idea of that happening just makes me sigh. It’s inevitable that if Asami is an Equalist, it will have shipping ramifications. But I’m honestly not interested in Asami being an equalist for what will happen with Makorra. I like the theory because it opens up the opportunity for Korra to properly interact with someone that has a diametric opinion to her.
That being said, if they are giving away in the preview that someone is connected possibly with the Equalists. I’m gonna call a double bluff, I’m gonna predict Asami is innocent but they will be able to use her to infiltrate the organization. It just seems strange that they would give away a major turning point in the ep, when until now all the episode descriptions have been rather bland.
just some quick thoughts on the asami = equalist theory