Okay, so I rarely comment on TV Shows. But there has been a lot of talk online about Lin Bei Fong on The Legend of Korra because of this scene.
Alot of people have been saying things like "Oh poor Lin, She has lost so much, now she lost the only thing she had left". Alot of people are looking at this as Lin's moment of defeat.
I do not see that as a moment of defeat. Resignation, maybe. But it seems more like acceptance. She knows the price for he silence is her bending. And she is not going to fight that. because her bending is not as important to her as her friendship and family. She would not keep her bending if it meant betraying the people she loves.
Also, we seem to be making this about her bending. The defiance in her eyes was not about defending her bending abilities, its about defying Amon. And even in losing her bending she HAS defied Amon.
I think it’s interesting to also note, Nearly everybody else fought like hell to protect their bending powers. Lin did not. Never once did we hear her talking about fearing losing her bending abilities. She felt sorrow that “other” people were kidnapped and had their powers forcibly taken away. Yes, of course, because she is a compassionate person.
But she fought like hell to defend the people she cared about. Her officers, Korra, Tenzin and his family. Never for herself. When she was captured she had to have known what would happen. Yes she was defiant, But it had nothing to do with her powers, it had to to with standing up to a bully (a bully who interestingly enough claims HE is standing up to bullies). She knew what would happen when and if she was captured. She didn’t shrink away when Amon approached and she didn’t even blink when he offered her his ultimatum. Her look of defiance was meant to show Amon he will not win. Closing her eyes was her accepting and being at peace with what she knew was coming.
People have also refered to Lin as a Broken Bird
On the surface, yeah I guess it kinda fits. But I don't know... this makes her seem like a victim. And I don’t see her as a victim here. And honestly, if you look at it… Amon forced her to make a choice… If she fought to save her bending and he took it away, then yes, she would have had it taken from her.
But like I said before, it was NEVER about her bending for her. Never once did Lin ever fear or talk about losing her bending. She wanted to protect others from becoming victims, because that is what she does. She protects people. But she was given the choice. "Tell me where they are, or I take your bending". She could have said no, AND fought to keep her bending… But she didn’t… because it was never about that.
Her friends, and family were more important to her than her bending abilities. Her powers were not taken from her. She GAVE THEM UP. that is a BIG difference.
We don’t know the full story about her and Tenzin and Pema, we don’t know the circumstances in which Toph passed away. But from what we have seen of the character, I would never call her a victim. She is far from a victim. On the surface, yeah she kinda fits the trope… but there is just something that does not ring true for me. Sure, she has had a lot of shit happen to her. But I don’t feel that there is anything inside her broken, or in despair…
Again, I keep seeing people say “Oh poor thing she lost her bending powers, now she has lost everything.” No, no she didn’t. She gave up her powers.
Further more, her powers did no make her badass. what made her badass was that she was Goddamned Lin Bei Fong. Her powers didn’t make her cool. Being who she was made her cool. Standing up for the people under her protection: he friends, family, loved ones is what made her cool.
I will never ever see Lin as a victim or some one to be pitied. No. She is a goddamned hero. Nothing else.
I have this posted over in my tumblr too incase you are interested. http://fanboywatchtower.tumblr.com/p