The Legend of Korra Season 2 Ep 3-4 Civil Wars Parts 1 & 2 Review

Civil Wars Part 1

OK, so since Korra opened up the southern portal, her Uncle Unalaq is sending in his water tribe troops from the north to the south in order to protect the portal in case someone means to harm the spirits.  According to Unalaq, this is a great way to unite both northern and southern tribes.  Unfortunately it causes a lot of friction between the two regions and quickly escalates into the beginnings of a…yes you guessed it, a civil war.  The northern and southern tribes are literally starting to pick fights with each other in the middle of the streets forcing Korra to intervene which obviously makes her an enemy as well.  Being the Avatar is not easy.  Tenzin has decided to go on his vacation and it really was interesting to learn about the history of Tenzin and his brother and sister and what kind of father Aang was.  Apparently not the greatest because his brother and sister never went on vacations with their Dad like Tenzin did which then causes a bit of tension between the siblings.

As aggression builds between the two water tribes some of the southern members have created a rebellion and decide to kidnap Unalaq in order to get rid of the Northern tribe.  However, Korra finds out and rushes to her Uncle’s side.  What  ensues is an epic ass kicking from Korra’s side and the way she water bended at the end of the battle causing the snow vehicle to fall was an awesome finishing move.  There was a touching moment when Korra got back home after this whole ordeal and found her parents about to eat a meal.  With tears in Korra’s eyes she reveals how happy she was that her father was not part of the attempted kidnapping.  It really was heart warming.  But, drama has to ensue.  Just as Korra’s family has made up, Unalaq bursts in and puts her Mom and Dad on trial for attempting to assassinate him.


Civil Wars Part 2

The trial goes pear shaped though, with most of the questions being asked, deliberately sounding like a guilty enticement  and all members including Korra’s Dad are found guilty.  For some strange reason though Korra’s mom was let off.  Things start to become pretty obvious at this point, all evidence pointing to what a lying, manipulative prick Unalaq really is.  Korra then decides to break her Father and other members out of prison and an epic battle ensues between Unalaq and Korra.  Luckily they all manage to escape.

With Unalaq partially showing his hand my interest has risen but still not quite where i would like it be.

On the negative side these episodes were alright but to be very honest, I’m still not feeling it.  So far it’s still not as entertaining as the first season.  There are quite a few good moments and the chuckles are there but it’s still missing something.  It’s just not grabbing me and I really wish i knew why.  That said there are still a few things worth mentioning which allow both episodes to be redeemed.  First of all Korra can kick some serious ass.  I honestly think she could kick Aang’s ass any day of the week.  She is so aggressive and I love the fact that she attacks first at one point in the episodes.

Not a bad continuation.  Some things do feel rushed but otherwise OK.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.




Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Episode 01-02 Review

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Sometimes, I love not knowing anything about a series, not watching a trailer, reading a tidbit online because just sometimes when you don’t look at something to closely you might just stumble onto an idea which has great potential.

The new Sleepy Hollow series is one that caught my attention rather early in the first couple of minutes of the first episode and managed to hold my interest until the end of the second episode.  Not an easy feat I can assure you.

For those of you who don’t know, Sleepy Hollow is a fictional town plagued by witchcraft, demons, spirits, haunted forests and lest I forget The Headless Horseman.  Find the movie Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp and you’ll get a crash course on the lore in no time.  Fun fact is that Sleepy Hollow was originally written as a short story by Washington Irving a long, long time ago.

Anyway, Sleepy Hollow starts with a battle during the American Revolution in the 1800’s.  An epic war rages and one man with a shaved head and wearing a mask over his face enters the battle and makes a direct line to our main protagonist Ichabod Crane played by Tom Mison.  A clash of steel between them and the masked man makes one swift clean cut across Ichabod’s chest but before he falls to the ground he manages to behead this stranger and they both collapse dead…

Fast forward two hundred plus years and Ichabod awakens in a cave totally confused.  He manages to free himself and upon exiting the cave Ichabod finds that he is standing, slap, bang in the 21st century and thanks to a certain lieutenant, discovers that the Headless Horseman has also coincidentally returned at the same time. Lieutenant Abbie Mills played by Nicole Beharie witnesses the murder of her partner by the Headless Horseman and obviously can’t explain it.  However, having Ichabod arrested at the same time provides a great opportunity for these two to get together and do some detective work.  Since when can a American revolutionary war soldier not team up with a 21st century detective?  During their investigation, Ichabod gets strange visions or dreams from his dead, ex-wife who happened to be a witch and explains that there is far more going on than meets the eye and no…’s not a transformer.  Que awesome judgement day drama and we are ready to party.  That’s all I’m saying.

I’m not going to spoil anything more.  The actors were good, the script was decent, the pacing was perfect and the general feel of the first two episodes were surprisingly captivating. It almost has a Supernatural vibe to it which I really enjoy.   The plot is very interesting and I’m quite curious to see how this whole thing pans out.

There were a few little things that I had problems with though. The most obvious is that everybody seems rather accepting of Ichabod being over two hundred years old, hardly any detective work is done to prove him wrong or right and seeing the headless horseman with a shotgun and an assault rifle is going to take some getting used to.

If you enjoyed Supernatural, I would recommend this as it isn’t to hard to imagine Sam and Dean Winchester rocking up on the porch of Sleepy Hollow wanting to put a bullet in the Headless Horseman’s ass.