Isn’t it funny how the elements that once brought them freedom led to their ultimate demise?
I never thought about it that way! I think, though, that with benders that powerful, the only way to defeat them is to twist their bending against them. iruka-2013 should see this.
It’s nice that you thought of me. :-)
Yeah, the way this franchise exhibits things like character, philosophy, and worldview through people’s use of their bending abilities is one of my favorite things about it—because it’s so subtle, and yet it stands up to the closest analysis. The Red Lotus as group has unmatched bending abilities, but like other villains, they wind up relying on them too heavily. It’s like Korra vs. Amon and Unalaq in Books 1 and 2—each of them also counted too much on a single special bending skill (bloodbending and spiritbending), and once Korra learned to overcome and/or imitate it, they were toast.
This time Korra’s friends get in on the act as well, but the principle of turning the villain’s greatest strength against them remains the same. What Iroh said back in “Bitter Work” is still true: “It is important to draw wisdom from many different places. If we take it from only one place, it becomes rigid and stale… It is the combination of the four elements in once person that makes the Avatar so powerful.”