I’ve always been a fan of dual stories being told at the same time and this episode did a great job at linking the past and the present. As predicted Amon got wind of Korra’s kidnapping and played a role in her rescue although it didn’t go exactly as planned and he left empty handed.
The two stories told this episode were essentially the same thing just with different characters in a different setting. The outcome isn’t important but the roles the characters take were. The main connection you should have made was between Tarllok and his father. Both played the role of the evil bloodbender out to rule the city and to most people that is where the connections stop. But I’d like to remind you that you missed a critical piece of story telling and that would be the person who defeated the evil bloodbender.
Amon is Avatar Aang. Well he takes his role in the story as the element which nullifies the evil bending. Both act quickly and remove the threat permanently which is a huge shock and in both cases will have huge consequences. Both Amon and Aang had some kind of resistance to blood bending. Aang has his Avatar state but Amon doesn’t which raises the question as to why he is still able to resist something so powerful and the only concussion I can come up with is that he lacks blood. I’d assume that he is at least partially robotic something which isn’t as far fetches as it sounds or is a direct descendant of Aang which could explain his power. I’m sure this will be revealed next episode which is a double episode finale by the way.
I’d also like to touch on just how happy I was to find out Sokka became the head councilman. I knew he was cool but he really matured in his adulthood and took up such a powerful position in the city. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if the city was his idea in the first place.
Lastly I’m going to go ahead and guess the huge cliff hanger the series leaves us on next episode. Korra will loses her bending. She won’t air bend just yet and I assume that is something that will come next season.