>>85051367>Pic related. The entire point is the way a moments mood is handled. And if you look at it even divorced from everything else that the mood isn't completely platonic due to the way it was orchestrated.
Don't try this Plinkett, or I'll milk your cat and keep the spoils of war for myself.
The tea scene is what the people who approve the ship use as further justification. But it's hollow and probably trying to call back to how Iroh poured Toph some tea in their meetup. Both seemingly gave each other advice but when Iroh tried to tell Zuko that he needed him, it backfires in the catacombs at Book 2's end yet it has meaning.
Asami talking with Korra during the clipshow fails because Asami wasn't able to get through to Korra because Korra just kept countering Asami's words and expanding her failings. Tenzin is the one who gets through finally showing an understanding of someone else but even that falls apart in the next episode. >The long gaze would be Asami looking at Korra's statue.
The gaze isn't directed at the statue but rather the father and daughter who are together in the park enjoying the day.
If say, Korra had confronted Zaheer or if Amon and Unalaq didn't die and Asami saw Korra confront them and talk things out with them in their defeated states, then we could at least read it as Asami drawing strength from Korra meeting her past/opponents and moving past them.
But that doesn't happen until later.>from S3 to S4
Korra doesn't give the same amount of attention to Asami that she gives to Mako even after Mako and she are no longer boyfriend/girlfriend. Not even in friendship terms, Bolin still gets more focus as a human being than Asami from Korra.