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"If my theory about Varrick is right, something might go down tonight at your premiere. Promise me you'll keep your eyes peeled."
Mako to Bolin.

President Raiko and the press
"Night of a Thousand Stars"

The Legend of Korra





Original air date

November 15, 2013

Written by

Joshua Hamilton

Directed by

Colin Heck


Studio Mir

Guest stars

Maria Bamford (Pema - Buttercup Raiko) Logan Wells (Meelo) Rick Zieff (Gang) Mark Allan Stewart (Lu) Jason Harris (Evil Unalaq - movie president - Automatons)

Production number


Episode guide

"A New Spiritual Age"


"Harmonic Convergence"

"Night of a Thousand Stars" is the eleventh episode of Book Two: Spirits of The Legend of Korra and the twenty-third episode of the overall series. It aired alongside "Harmonic Convergence" on Nickelodeon on November 15, 2013.


At the South Pole, Tonraq and his rebels are defeated by Unalaq and his forces. Meanwhile, in Republic City, Bolin prevents four waterbenders from kidnapping President Raiko and his wife. After a brief battle, the earthbender forces one of the men to reveal Varrick as the mastermind behind the plot, leading to his arrest. With Mako's allegations proven correct, he is released from prison. Korra and Tenzin and his family return to Republic City to gather reinforcements to travel South in order to stop Unalaq from freeing Vaatu and destroying the world. When Raiko refuses to send the United Forces, Mako, Bolin, and Asami accompany them instead on Varrick's battleship.


Korra, Tenzin, Bumi, and Kya return to the Eastern Air Temple. Pema is happy to see them, but asks where Jinora is. Tenzin holds up her body and tells Pema that Jinora's spirit is stuck inside the Spirit World, but reassures her that he will do whatever it takes to get her back.

Bolin visits Mako

Bolin visits Mako in prison to reassure him that they will always support each other despite having grown apart.

While in prison, Mako is visited by Bolin, who gives him a poster from his newest mover. He tells his brother that he will always be there for him despite the fact that they have strayed away from one another. Mako continues to insist that Varrick was the one behind his being set up and asks Bolin of the whereabouts of Asami, to which he responds that she chose not to come as the ordeal reminded her of her father's imprisonment. Refusing to believe Mako's accusations, Bolin decides his brother is going for an insanity plea, and promises to get him the best defense attorney money and fame could buy. Before Bolin leaves, Mako urges him to keep an eye out during the premiere, suspecting that Varrick is planning something, though the earthbender promptly dismisses the warning.

During the finale of The Adventures of Nuktuk: Hero of the South at the Pro-bending Arena, Shiro Shinobi comments on Bolin and Ginger being "Republic City's most famous couple", to which Ginger openly denies. Lu and Gang are stuffing their faces with food when Chief Lin Beifong reprimands them and tells the two to get back to work. When President Raiko and his wife arrive to the premiere, Varrick comes out and personally greets them. Raiko sees through Varrick's antics and firmly tells him that his attempts at propaganda will not change his mind about sending the United Forces to the South Pole to aid in the Water Tribe Civil War; Varrick tells the President that he would "be surprised how persuasive [he] can be." While Varrick greets everyone on the arena floor and begins the mover, Bolin expresses the desire for Mako to be able to see him. A boat arrives outside the arena and several waterbending gangsters make their way inside, subduing Lu and Gang, who were not paying attention.

Bolin summons earth discs

Bolin battles three waterbenders simultaneously in the Pro-bending Arena, while the finale of his mover plays in the background.

Overwhelmed and disparaged at feeling disconnected with his friends, Bolin steps outside, followed closely by Asami, who urges him to return to watch the mover. Bolin decides to stay for a while longer, and spots the boat, prompting him to investigate. He finds Lu and Gang stuffed inside a locker, and the two inform him that the waterbenders are after the president. Before the kidnappers are able to leave with Raiko and his wife, Bolin is able to subdue the benders and uses earthbending and his knowledge of pro-bending to defeat them in the arena, much to the audience's interest. Shiro Shinobi provides commentary as Bolin combats three waterbenders simultaneously, managing to knock them all in the water, to everyone's elation. After one of the captured benders reveals that they were hired by Varrick, the mogul and his assistant try to make their exit, but are apprehended by the police.

When Bolin is referred to as a hero, Ginger finally acknowledges him as her boyfriend and kisses him, bewildering him completely. Korra, Tenzin, Bumi, and Kya arrive on Oogi and tell Raiko about Unalaq's plan to merge with Vaatu and destroy the world, asking him once more to intervene. Raiko stands by his decision, with Tenzin angrily stating that lives are at stake. Raiko agrees, and apologizes for being unable to help, but justifies his decision to keep the troops in place in order to protect the people of his nation. Bolin attempts one last appeal, quoting a line from his mover, but Raiko, though indebted to him, refuses to change his decision, prompting Bolin to muse that he regrets having saved him.

Korra kisses Mako

With no memory of their break-up, Korra kisses an unsuspecting Mako.

Having been freed from his charges, Mako is released and promoted to detective, with two openings after Lu and Gang's demotion. Korra rushes up and kisses Mako, much to his, Bolin's, and Asami's surprise. When reminded by Mako of the fight they had before her departure, Korra reveals that she lost her memory due to an attack by a dark spirit, and asks if the fight was serious. Mako brushes it off and dismisses the topic, earning a displeased look from Asami.

Per Bolin's suggestion, they all visit Varrick to inquire about finding a way to end the war. Varrick's cell is lavish, as it was constructed in anticipation for the presupposed incarceration of the mogul, which Varrick tells the group. Despite being in jail, he is thrilled to see Team Avatar, telling Zhu Li to bring him some tea. Though hostile to him, Varrick points out that, save for Mako, he had been helpful to them in a way. Asami counters by pointing out that he had stolen everything from her and had tried to kidnap the president, Varrick explains that he never intended to hurt Raiko and only did that to bring Republic City into the conflict and provide support for the South. Bolin promptly declares that they intend to end the war and asks Varrick where he hid all of Future Industries' goods, which Varrick reveals to be stowed on his battleship, the Zhu Li. Varrick offers to give them the ship for all of the troubles he had caused, and the team begin to set sail for the South.

Tonraq fighting Unalaq

Tonraq and Unalaq engage in a fierce battle to determine the outcome of the battle of the Southern Water Tribe.

Meanwhile, Tonraq and the Southern Water Tribe rebels decide to attack, despite lacking reinforcements, in an attempt to drive off the Northern Water Tribe army from the harbor city. Although they are initially successful, the rebels are forced to fall back by Desna and Eska, along with Unalaq and a number of dark spirits. Tonraq orders his men to leave, intending to handle his brother on his own. The two engage in a fierce battle, but Unalaq is ultimately too strong and emerges victorious.


Production notes


Main article: Transcript:Night of a Thousand Stars


Main article: Writing in the World of Avatar

Series continuity

  • Despite recovering her memories after being submerged in spirit waters in "Beginnings, Part 1", Korra reveals that she does not remember the argument with Mako in "Peacekeepers" that resulted in their breakup.
  • In several instances, President Raiko reaffirms his position to remain neutral in the Water Tribe Civil War, a decision he revealed to Korra and Varrick during a meeting in "Peacekeepers".

Character revelations

  • Varrick funded the construction of the police headquarters in Republic City; he had lavish prison cell specially built, feeling that he would end up in prison at some point during his life.


  • Although Tonraq, Desna, and Eska all originally start on the same street, on Unalaq's right, when Desna and Eska attack Tonraq and interrupt his fight with his brother, it is from the wrong side, on Unalaq's left.


  • Bolin flashing Mako the poster of Nuktuk is similar to Sokka flashing Team Avatar the poster of The Boy in the Iceberg in "The Ember Island Players".
  • Roh-Tan saving Nuktuk from the automatons resembles Naga saving Bolin from a trio of mecha tanks while the earthbender was destroying the airfield in "Endgame".
    • Coincidentally, all the cast members correspond to the characters in the mover.
  • In the The Adventures of Nuktuk: Hero of the South finale, Evil Unalaq's plans to rule the world after creating a new ice Earth. Unalaq's real plan, as revealed in "Harmonic Convergence", is to lead the world into a new era where spirits and humans are not separated and to become one with Vaatu.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Night of a Thousand Stars

  • Buttercup Raiko and The Princess Bride

    13 messages
    • I would argue that it's more notable, but that's only because I think that the "similarity" with Princess Bride is the least notable th...
    • Yep. It is a Damsel in distress story alright... with an absurd MacGuffin: the princess bride has to be kidnapped and killed to start a ...
  • Narrative Misdirection

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    • Anonymius wrote:I wonder if it's Zhu li, the assistant that never leaves his side. I had that theory too. It's always the one you least suspect
    • what's up with Varrick ?  Hope he have a more important role next season, because in the end he do nothing in this one. Yes he was charm ...

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