The Legend of Korra

Season 1 Episode 18

The Sting

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 2013 on Nickelodeon
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The Republic City police force investigates ship bombings near the Southern Water Tribe, including ships with shipments from Varrick. Despite finding out how the bombings are happening, no suspects can be pinpointed. This leads Mako, Asami, and Varrick to organize a sting operation to capture the culprits. However, things are not what they seem and soon Mako and Asami find themselves the very target of their own operation. Back in Republic City, Bolin's new fame in movies causes him to ignore his brother and friend's request for help. Meanwhile, following the attack by the Dark Spirit, Korra wakes up on a seemingly deserted island with no memory of who she is.


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  • Getting Stung

    This was a soild episode and personally this is something I'm hopping this show will do a bit more, where the focus is shifted to the supporting characters sometimes. My main problem with the season so far has been the fact that Mako, Asami, and Bolin haven't had enough to do, and has been overly focused on Korra whom has been kinda unlikable so far (hopefully that will change once she learns her lesson).

    This episode we actually see all three in action as well as slight development in there lives. The sub plot with Bolin as usual is funny as we see Bolin is on a power trip. It was funny seeing Bolin act in that action serial which really isn't very good and looks like another film ripe for schewering for Rifftrax. Some of the effects aren't very good, you can easily most of the scenery are props, fight chorigraphy is off, dialogue is terrible, acting isn't very good (even Bolin needs to take some acting classes); all this made the film so bad it was good. I like how there is some suttle satire on the issue of fame.

    In one scene we see Bolin try to interact with Ginger, but Ginger is completely rude to him. I feel that little moment just goes to show that looks really aren't everything, Ginger so far comes off as being really shallow, rude, let alone that damn voice of her's really grates my nerves; Bolin deserves someone better hopefully he'll start setting his sights higher and not just go for the first girl he sees or looks alone. The whole fame thing really isn't healthy for him as we see it's obviously gotten to his head, when he acts like a complete jack ass toward his brother, just as his brother was asking him for help on a serious matter; that's not cool let alone breaches ethics on the hero's code. Bolin needs to take a long serious look in the mirror before things get worse, I know fame isn't what he really wants, what he really wants is to be a hero. He's misguiding into thinking this fictional hero he plays is the hero he wants to be, but I'm thinking "look in the mirror Boilin you already are a hero". Hopefully he'll come to his senses latter on, and do what he's suppose to do.

    The plot with Mako and Asami is soild if nothing really great. Both character you really feel sympathetic for, because both are getting crap canned left and right. For Mako it's unfortunately LIn Befong not giving him the time of day even though she really should (what her deal and what's else is she really doing anyway) and those two so called detectives being complete blowholes toward him for no good reason (what the hell is there problem anyway). And Asami's company starting to go under. I really like the interaction between the two both do make a good team, even that little moment when Asami kisses him though he doesn't kiss back. I'll admit at that moment I was beginning to rethink about those two getting back together, ok not completely but after the way Korra has been treating Mako thoughout the season, I'm just getting there.

    There is some soild action as we see a soild boat chase, with Asami behind the wheel and Mako shooting them down with his powers. I liked the reveal which I actually figured out before Mako found the evidence to make the link, truth be told I never did like Varrick. When you think about it more we really don't know anything about the guy, since thoughout most of the episodes he's been pouring out a bunch of bullwater, which was not just an act but dirty rotten dishonesty and treason.

    Hopefully Mako will bring justice one way or another.moreless
  • Personality Reboot

    I rather enjoyed that this episode wasn't carried by Korra, though the revelation at the end was certainly a hook for the rest of the season. The pacing is still a little wonky, but taking Korra out of the picture for most of an episode really helped to slow down and take a look at the other characters and the bigger picture of what was happening in the world. While on the surface, it might not seem like Bolin, Mako and Asami's stories are nearly as interesting or important as Korra's, they're actually the puppet strings of the civil war. This episode was absolutely necessary in revealing who the real threat is and it pulled it off with a decent amount of grace.moreless
  • The countless subplots of this series are becoming a major issue

    I love legend of Korra, and it saddens me greatly to have to give this episode such a low score.

    To start off with I DON'T CARE about 'Nantuck: whatever' and it took up way too much of this episode.

    Lin Beifong is behaving intolerably incompetent this series. If they weren't going to have her do something useful, don't have her at all. I'm no detective, but if the Northern tribe were to attack ships, why do it in Republic city waters, surely that would just set the united forces against them.

    Poor Asami but unfortunately I don't particularly care about the fate of Future Industries.

    Varrick: Tell me you didn't see this coming, the business man is a shady dealer, willing to pay people off to get what he wants.

    Bolin: Celebrity changes people, can you get a more cliche sub-plot for him? Seriously though, I want to see him in on the action.

    It does seem like they're setting Mako up to feel bad about dumping the Avatar, despite the fact he was fully justified in his actions (in my opinion anyway)

    And we see next to no Korra whatsoever. The last episode I know of from the Avatar series to barely feature the Avatar was Zuko alone, and that had character development, this didn't.

    Oh yeah, Tenzin and co's sub-plot is also absent from this episode (not that it's important or anything, but it's just another sub-plot)

    Please, tie up all the pointless sub-plots, add character yes, but these sub-plots are becoming a cliche, tie them up and make a story that's worthwhile.moreless
  • The Lame Adventures of Mako and Asami

    I'm at a loss for words with Book 2 and not in a good way. The ending for 'Peacekeepers' last week put me on edge naturally so I didn't expect to see the resolution right away to keep us the viewers in suspense of what happened to Korra but really to have a freaking filler episode with Mako and Asami setting up a sting on the bombers from last week then to only see a glimpse of Korra and to be left with yet another cliffhanger that I have to wait another week to have resolved?! Could have did without thanks!

    Too much time was also spent on Varrick's movers with 'Nantuck: The Southern blah blah blah' I'm sorry but Bolin is no where even close to the humor that Sokka provided to A:TLA heck I can't even really think of a favorite character in this series and I had many in Avatar.

    I thought this Book was about Spirits but the subject of this Book has taken a backseat to the Korra & Mako drama (bleu), the complete waste of time on the movers and Bolin's purpose in the grand scheme of things (at least Sokka learned sword fighting and contributed to the gang) and with 'The Sting' setting up a obvious betrayal by Varrick and the eventual reveal that he's teamed up with Unalok.

    I was really excited about Book 2 but with the lack of any sort of direction, blahzey animation and character progression I can't help but feel very underwhelmed. Supposedly the first Avatar is going to show up but I won't hold my breath. Also why haven't we found out the meaning of Aang's statue illuminating when Jinora was in the Avatar room?

    There's a lack of narrative in Book 2 and I'm running out of steam with this show, might as well re-watch Avatar:TLA which is a series that eclipses Korra 100 times over.moreless
Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Juji, Pyrotechnics director

Guest Star

Rick Zieff

Rick Zieff


Guest Star

Mark Allan Stewart

Mark Allan Stewart


Guest Star

Adrian LaTourelle

Adrian LaTourelle


Recurring Role

Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza


Recurring Role

Aaron Himelstein

Aaron Himelstein


Recurring Role

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