Recap: The Legend Of Korra S 2 E 10 A New Spiritual Age

Korra enters the Spirit World and struggles with the Avatar's relationship with the spirits.


  • Absentee Actors: Mako, Bolin, and Asami don't appear in this episode.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Jinora is trapped in the spirit world, apparently still held hostage by Unalaq or some corrupted spirit.
    • Earlier, we have Korra, reduced to about the age she was when the White Lotus came to her home, lost in a part of the spirit world that looks like it came out of a horror film.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Iroh now lives in the Spirit World. The nature of his "death" is unclear, but he did state that when his work was done in the material world he chose to let his soul depart and live in the Spirit World. In any case, his body is certainly long dead by now.
  • Androcles' Lion: The dragon-bird that Korra helps get back to its nest, helps her get to the portals and rescues her from Unalaq.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The dragon-bird saves Korra moments before Unalaq can kill her.
  • Black Magic: Unalaq reveals a dark version of his spirit bending which can kill a spirit or a human soul in the spirit world.
  • The Bus Came Back: Iroh the first and Wan Shi Tong, the latter of whom came back from an especially Long Bus Trip.
  • Bus Crash: Remember Professor Zei, the guy that stayed in the spirit library? Yeah, 70 years is a long time and now he's dead.
  • Continuity Nod: Korra recognizes Iroh's teapot as the one Wan put Raava in before the battle with Vaatu.
  • Downer Ending: Both spirit portals are now open and Jinora is trapped in the spirit world.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Korra is beaten soundly by Unalaq, since he went through the spirit portal and can bend but she used Astral Projection and can't. The only reason she survives is because the dragon-bird saves her.
  • Eldritch Location: The spirit world changes according to the emotions of those present and has areas which do not obey normal physical laws.
  • Fisher King: The spirit world reacts to the emotions of those inside it, particularly Korra, since she's the Avatar. Korra gets aged down to a child when she feels lost and hopeless, and her negative emotions cause the spirits and the landscape to darken. Conversely, when she gets over her fear, the light comes back, and she returns to her original age once she's regained her confidence. This also works against Jinora, as Unalaq's mere presence is enough to turn the bunny-dragonfly spirit against her.
  • Fountain of Youth: Korra is briefly aged down into a child while in the Spirit World.
  • Fusion Dance: When Korra delivers the baby dragon-bird to its nest, it fuses with the other three already there to become an adult.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Granted, Wan Shi Tong doesn't have the best experience with the Avatar, but trusting Unalaq instead when he's trying to free Vaatu?
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: Humans come from a different universe with different laws of physics, and can alter both reality and the minds of spirits quite literally on a whim.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Korra calls Unalaq out on how he claims to want to bring balance to humans and spirits, but is planning to release Vaatu.
    • Similarly he calls Tenzin a bad father for Jinora acting as Korra's guide instead of him. Given how he treated the twins last episode...
  • Irony: Iroh says that spirits are supposed to have created Pai Sho, yet the spirit he was trying to play with didn't seem very good at it.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Korra helped a little dragon-bird chick get back to its nest, and it not only took her to the portals, it helped her escape from Unalaq, giving the creep a very well-deserved smack-down (that is, it uses its tail to smack him away).
  • Multiple Head Case: The heads of the two-headed frog spirit have distinct genders and minds.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Jinora thanks one of Wan Shi Tong's fox spirit servants after it fetches a book she was looking for, even giving it a brief rub on the head.
  • Screw Yourself: Korra briefly comments on the oddity of a two-headed frog spirit marrying itself. Based on their dialogue, they may have been originally two distinct frog spirits who literally grew together.
  • Reality Ensues: See Bus Crash.
  • Tail Slap: How the dragon bird spirit deals with Unalaq while saving Korra.
  • Unexpected Character: It's safe to say Iroh showing up surprised many a viewer.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Unalaq outright threatens and attempts to snuff out Jinora's soul.