Unf, what a flawless set of gifs from an intriguing video pairing The Legend of Korra with the Kayne West/Jay-Z song “No Church in the Wild.”
(see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdJuE9UqEIU)
I couldn’t get the song out of my head, so here’s my own analysis:
The chorus of this song is very fascinating in the context of real life itself, its implications examining the intertwined religious and political tiers of the class system. Individual humans in a mob, fighting for something, well they really have nothing next to a king with the power to easily crush them. What’s a king to a god? King’s are subordinate beneath God, and by it’s very nature royalty is a position divinely decreed. But what’s a god to a non-believer?
The non-believer, that person in the mob, owes no deference to that which he does not and cannot believe in.
Here we have the Equalists, the mob. The unheard of, downtrodden, frustrated non-benders who feel like their cries for equality have not been heard and will only be met by a revamp of the whole system. But people, non-benders and non-bender Equalists alike, are only further oppressed and restrained by their efforts under the order of the sly politician, Tarrlok. Tarrlok had attempted to court Korra’s favor, to have ‘god’ on his side, until he realized he couldn’t. This forced him to turn against her, a rash move that will undoubtedly unravel for him. What is a rising dictator, albeit a powerful bender, to the god of the spirit and physical world, the enduring spirit of the Avatar who has balanced the world’s strife throughout millennium? There was fear in his eyes as Korra threw those last two fire blasts at him, fear that made him resort to blood-bending - revealing his trump card far too early.
But with all the excitement of the last episode and Tarrlok’s blatant oppression of the non-benders and gross treachery toward Korra, it almost seems we’ve forgotten Amon. The person in the mob who has become the ideological voice of the movement and the discontent of the people. The important difference between him and Tarrlok is that, as of yet, Amon does not fear Korra.
He doesn’t believe in the sanctity of her power, or the visceral nature of bending. It is a disease of arrogance and oppression. Korra as a god has no power over him because he has the quiet confidence that, when the moment arises, he will take away her “impurities” (not divination, mind you, he doesn’t see it as that). We’ve seen Korra’s crippling fear of this from episode four. With Tarrlok, their personal and professional relationship together has soured into an animosity founded on anger. But with Amon, Korra is straight up terrified of him. And it is this wonderful, terrible fear of someone so outside her reach of bargaining and reasoning, who refuses to fight her head on but lurks from the shadows until he deems it is time to make an example of her, so that, like him, no one will believe in her anymore.
What’s a god to a non-believer?
Regardless about how extensive Tarrlok’s powers prove to be, Amon is still the absolute villain of this story, one who will take Korra every verve of her fiber to confront.
^^^wowowowow lookit that analysis oh my god, really good
also the video, the video’s good too