The Legend of Korra (Book 3)

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Book Three: Change
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Broadcast
Original channelNickelodeon (episode 1-8)
Nick.com (Nick Video) (episode 9-13)
Original runJune 27, 2014 (2014-06-27) – August 22, 2014 (2014-08-22)
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Book Three: Change
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Broadcast
Original channelNickelodeon (episode 1-8)
Nick.com (Nick Video) (episode 9-13)
Original runJune 27, 2014 (2014-06-27) – August 22, 2014 (2014-08-22)
Season chronology
← Previous
Book 2: Spirits
Next →
Book 4
List of The Legend of Korra episodes

Book Three: Change is the third season of the animated TV series The Legend of Korra by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.[1] It consisted of thirteen episodes ("chapters"),[2] all animated by Studio Mir.

The season began airing on Nickelodeon in the U.S. on June 27, 2014. Following declining ratings, the series stopped airing on Nickelodeon after episode 8 on July 25, 2014.[3] Episodes 9 to 13 of Book Three were made available on the Internet weekly after July 25, 2014. According to Nickelodeon, they will be viewable through their website and app, as well as on digital download platforms such as Amazon, Google Play, Xbox, and Hulu.[4]

The season takes place largely in the Earth Kingdom, one of the four major nations in the setting of the series, and also depicts the re-emergence of airbending among people of other nations. Toph's eldest daughter, Lin Beifong, and the now elderly Zuko, a character from the original series, are among the season's supporting characters, as are "the Red Lotus", a group of dangerous benders led by the new airbender Zaheer who want to overthrow the world's governments and the Avatar.

Episodes[edit]

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271"A Breath of Fresh Air"Studio MirMelchior ZwyerTim HedrickJune 27, 2014 (2014-06-27)2011.50[5]
Two weeks after Harmonic Convergence, Republic City is still covered in spirit vines, and after Korra can't remove them, President Raiko expels her from the city. When people all over the world, including Bumi, suddenly discover their ability to bend air, Tenzin, Korra, and her friends embark on an airship trip to recruit them for the Air Nomads. Meanwhile, the dangerous criminal Zaheer (Henry Rollins) escapes from a remote prison thanks to his new airbending skills.
282"Rebirth"Studio MirColin HeckJoshua HamiltonJune 27, 2014 (2014-06-27)2021.50[5]
Traveling across the Earth Kingdom with Team Avatar and Jinora, Tenzin finds that most of the new airbenders are not willing to uproot their lives to join them, save for a young thief, Kai (Skyler Brigmann). Meanwhile, Zaheer liberates the lavabender Ghazan (Peter Giles) and the armless waterbender Ming Hua (Grey DeLisle) from their respective prisons and is apparently intent on killing the Avatar. The elderly Zuko (Bruce Davison) travels to the North Pole, where the last member of Zaheer's band is being kept.
293"The Earth Queen"Studio MirIan GrahamTim HedrickJune 27, 2014 (2014-06-27)2031.29[5]
After arriving in the Earth Kingdom capital of Ba Sing Se, Korra collects a shipment of tax money at the request of Earth Queen Hou-Ting (Jayne Taini), fighting off bandits with Asami. But the queen claims that there are no airbenders in the city. Meanwhile, Kai absconds from the group to pickpocket, and while looking for him, Mako and Bolin meet the family of their late father. They learn that the Queen's secret police, the Dai Li, are capturing new airbenders, and indeed Kai is arrested and told he'll have to serve in the army. At the North Pole, Zuko, the new chiefs Desna and Eska, and Korra's father Tonraq visit Zaheer's last imprisoned comrade, his girlfriend P'Li (Kristy Wu), a dangerous firebender.
304"In Harm's Way"Studio MirMelchior ZwyerJoshua HamiltonJuly 11, 2014 (2014-07-11)2041.19[6]
At the North Pole, Zaheer and his team free P'Li from her icy prison. In Ba Sing Se, Lin Beifong arrives to warn Korra about the threat to her life. With her and Jinora's aid, Korra and her friends liberate the press-ganged airbenders. After escaping the Dai Li and the Earth Queen's wrath, Tenzin takes the airbenders to the Northern Air Temple, while Lin, Korra, and her friends search for more airbenders.
315"The Metal Clan"Studio MirColin HeckMichael Dante DiMartinoJuly 11, 2014 (2014-07-11)2051.18[6]
Team Avatar arrive in Zaofu, a metal city led by Suyin Beifong (Anne Heche). She is Lin's estranged half-sister and the mother of Opal (Alyson Stoner), a new airbender. Korra begins training Opal, but cannot get Lin to mend the rift with Suyin. In Republic City, Zaheer infiltrates Air Temple Island in an attempt to find Korra but escapes after he is identified and attacked by Kya.
326"Old Wounds"Studio MirIan GrahamKatie MattilaJuly 18, 2014 (2014-07-18)2061.28[7]
While Korra learns metalbending from Suyin, Lin confronts the memories of her youth: as a young police officer (Grey DeLisle), she was scarred by Suyin (Jessie Flower) while apprehending her at a crime scene, and their mother Toph covered up the incident before sending Suyin away and resigning as police chief. After a violent confrontation, the sisters reconcile with one another. Meanwhile, Zaheer and his crew escape Republic City after a car chase with police and ascertain the Avatar's whereabouts.
337"Original Airbenders"Studio MirMelchior ZwyerTim HedrickJuly 18, 2014 (2014-07-18)2071.33[7]
At the Northern Air Temple, Tenzin finds it difficult to teach the new airbenders about Air Nomad culture. At Bumi's suggestion, he imposes a strict training regime, causing more stress and exhaustion. Jinora and Kai discover a herd of young sky bison and are abducted by poachers. With Jinora calling on the aid of spirits, they call to the other airbenders for help who easily overwhelm the criminals. Tenzin promises to consider granting Jinora her airbending master tattoos.
348"The Terror Within"Studio MirColin HeckJoshua HamiltonJuly 25, 2014 (2014-07-25)2081.08[8]
In Zaofu, Korra and Bolin continue to learn metalbending, and Opal leaves for the Northern Air Temple. At night, Zaheer and his team infiltrate Zaofu and capture Korra, but Lin and Suyin rescue her, and the assailants retreat. In the subsequent investigation, Korra and her friends discover that Suyin's advisor Aiwei had been aiding Zaheer, but he escapes through a secret tunnel. Later, with the help of Suyin, Team Avatar sneaks out of Zaofu to pursue the attackers.
359"The Stakeout"Studio MirIan GrahamMichael Dante DiMartinoAugust 1, 2014 (2014-08-01)209N/A
Team Avatar follows Aiwei to the Misty Palms Oasis, and Korra enters the Spirit World to find Aiwei and Zaheer meeting there. Disappointed, Zaheer throws Aiwei into the Fog of Lost Souls and explains the goals of his secret society, the Red Lotus, to Korra: an offshoot of the Order of the White Lotus, they want to overthrow governments to let freedom flourish in chaos. While Zaheer stalls for time, his allies close in on Korra's inanimate body. Bolin and Mako are overpowered, while Asami, fleeing with Korra's body, is captured by the Earth Queen's forces. The Red Lotus follow in pursuit.
3610"Long Live the Queen"Studio MirMelchior ZwyerTim HedrickAugust 8, 2014 (2014-08-08)210N/A
En route by airship to Ba Sing Se, Korra and Asami escape from their cell but crash-land the airship in the desert. Working with the airship's crew, they escape a desert animal and arrive back at the oasis. In Ba Sing Se, the Red Lotus propose to exchange Mako and Bolin for Korra to the Earth Queen. After hearing of Korra's escape, they attack and defeat the Dai Li, and Zaheer uses his airbending to choke the Earth Queen to death. The Red Lotus destroy part of the city's inner walls, announcing that the city belongs to the people, and chaos breaks out. Zaheer frees Mako and Bolin and gives them a message for Korra. At the oasis, Asami and Korra meet Tonraq, Zuko, and Lin, and hear about the revolution.
3711"The Ultimatum"Studio MirColin HeckJoshua HamiltonAugust 15, 2014 (2014-08-15)211N/A
As Ba Sing Se burns, Mako and Bolin escape with their family to the Misty Palms Oasis. They tell Korra that Zaheer intends to kill the airbenders at the Northern Air Temple unless she surrenders to him. After speaking to Iroh in the spirit world, Korra uses the Metal Clan's radio to contact Tenzin just as the Red Lotus attack the Temple. Tenzin resists the invaders with his siblings while the other airbenders attempt to escape. After the defenders are overpowered, the Red Lotus throw Kya and Bumi off the mountain and subdue the exhausted Tenzin.
3812"Enter the Void"Studio MirIan GrahamMichael Dante DiMartinoAugust 22, 2014 (2014-08-22)212N/A
Korra agrees to give herself up to the Red Lotus in order to save the airbenders, but Zaheer had secretly removed them from the temple which Ghazan tries to bring down on Korra's friends. Bolin saves them with his new-found lavabending skills, and Lin and Suyin kill P'Li in battle. Zaheer escapes with the unconscious Korra thanks to his own new-found ability – flight.
3913"Venom of the Red Lotus"Studio MirMelchior ZwyerTim Hedrick & Joshua HamiltonAugust 22, 2014 (2014-08-22)213N/A
The Red Lotus administer poison to the helpless Korra in order to force her into the Avatar State and then kill her, which would end the cycle of the Avatar's rebirth. But in her wrath, she overpowers her captors and fights Zaheer in the skies. Meanwhile, her friends find and rescue the airbenders. After Mako electrocutes Ming-Hua, he and Bolin narrowly escape Ghazan collapsing the Red Lotus's lair on top of himself. As Korra is about to succumb to the poison, Jinora leads the airbenders to pull Zaheer out of the sky with an air vortex, allowing Lin and Suyin to capture him and draw the poison out of Korra. Two weeks later, in Republic City, a weakened, wheelchair-bound Korra watches as Tenzin anoints Jinora as an airbending master and dedicates his nation to a nomadic lifestyle of service and sacrifice, following Korra's example.

References[edit]

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