"Out of the Past" was a very big episode with a lot revealed and a lot of storyline progress, but I can't help but feel it was too rushed, and at times too convenient. I expected that Korra's ordeal in captivity/exile would enable her to finally get in touch with Aang's spirit, but I thought she'd have to struggle at it more, go through more of a personal journey before she was able to access that part of herself. Instead, she just closed her eyes for a few moments and there it was. A lot of stuff was just too convenient or glossed over. Like the total lack of consequences for Lin's jailbreak of Team Avatar. Or how easily Mako and the others were convinced that the Equalists didn't attack the council hall (though I guess not finding Korra in the cells helped verify that -- but they could've been keeping her elsewhere). Or the way the androgynous council page (who's apparently male -- I wouldn't have guessed that) just happened to have been an eyewitness to Korra's abduction and came forward at just the right moment to expose Tarrlok. And most of all, how Amon just happened to show up in time to take down Tarrlok -- and then Naga just happened to show up to save Korra. How did they get there? Where had Naga been the whole time? And after Tarrlok was built up as such a big threat, it seems anticlimactic to see him taken out of the picture with three episodes left in the season. Also, Korra was oddly unable to cope with the metal box. I mean, we know she can't metalbend yet, but she was sweating, and presumably Master Katara taught her about using her own sweat as a source of water. She could've used a water knife (or whatever they call that technique) to slice gradually through the bars the way Katara and Aang cut through the supports on the drill vehicle. Granted, she had good reason to focus on the spiritual side, but it's not like she was completely devoid of more physical options. (That was a cool trick to hang from her armband to avoid electrocution, though.) It was nice to get the full flashback at last and see the adult Aang, Toph, and Sokka. Unfortunately, going by the end credits, they didn't bring back any of the original actors. (My DVR puts a banner over the bottom of the screen when it's paused, annoyingly, so I couldn't read the credits in detail, but I replayed them a few times and didn't see their names.) I mean, Zach Tyler Eisen and Jessie Flower are now 18 and 17 (and Jack DeSena is 24), so they'd have adult voices by now. Although maybe that's too young to pass for 40. No surprise that Aang was forced to use spirit-bending to take Yakone's bending away. But it makes me wonder just how often he ended up doing it to deal with bad guys. The fact that they put Yakone on trial first indicates that he didn't use it casually or as anything but a last resort, but still, how many others did he do it to?