Turning the Tides: Legend of Korra Recap Episode 10
Two figures in a bedroom; Korra lies in a bed, fragile after her recent ordeal. Although she does not know it, Mako is watching her, his face taut with worry. Although Mako does not know it, Asami is watching him, and she is also very worried, for a very different reason.
Tenzin rouses his own family, all asleep in one family bed. The little ones were afraid, but Tenzin assures them that everything will be fine now. Tenzin is wrong.
Korra's up, and she must be better, because she's eating as if she's been trapped in a steel box with no food for days... OK, Bolin, put that back. We saw you. Korra gives them the bad news, and there's a lot of it. Taarlok is Yakone's son, and that's why he can bloodbend at will, because apparently these things are genetic, like having brown hair. Amon took his bending... and even though Taarlok is a particularly unscrupulous villain, this is a shocker. Tenzin fears that Amon is entering... Duh duh DUH! his endgame. Relax, Tenzin, we've got another whole season to go.
Pema keeps doubling over in pain. Of course she does. A major political upheaval is imminent.... it's the best possible time to have that baby. Mako asks Asami for hot water... to make the Avatar some tea... and Asami hisses at him. Trouble in paradise, Mako. Watch out. Asami confronts him...Yes, his feelings for Korra are kind of leaking out all over, and Asami knows about the kiss. Busted! Mako tries to deflect this by grumbling about Bolin, but Asami's not having it. He may have to make some decisions soon.
Tenzin stammers and blunders his way through a request to Lin: Would his ex-girlfriend be willing to look after his wife while he talks to the Council? Lin is amazingly gracious, probably because she has no children of her own and doesn't know what she's in for. Pema is quite prepared to let her know; the very first assignment is to bathe Meelo.
In one lovely apartment, a Republic City Councilwoman headed for the meeting is attacked by Amon's men. On his way to the Council, Tenzin is also attacked, although he fights his assailants off. He is the only one able to do so; the others have all been captured. There are explosions in the street as a flotilla of airships bearing Amon's insignia fly through the sky unopposed. Lin orders the children to hide; Amon and Asami's father fly in one of the ships, declaring this the day that Republic City will be in the hands of the Equalists.
The teenagers are running through the streets of Republic City, looking for wherever it is that The Avatar has parked Asami's car. Driving is not one of Korra's talents, but she does seem to have developed quite a knack for getting multiple parking tickets for the same offense. That takes talent. Mako just incinerates them. Republic City has no government. Who are they going to pay? Asami takes the wheel, and orders Mako into the back with Korra. BRRRRR.... And apparently jealous anger makes Asami as bad a driver as Korra is.
Tenzin arrives at City Hall to find that Amon has attacked several sectors of the city. He wires the General of the United Forces... and just in time, as the halls fill with smoke, the phone wires all go dead, and the electricity goes down. As the menacing smoke enters their chamber, Tenzin orders everybody behind him and he creates an air bubble to protect them as they make their way out. At the entrance, they are surrounded by megatanks that use huge magnets to pluck off the metalbending police officers. Tenzin fights back, but he is crushed into a wall, and passes out as defeat encroaches all around him.
Asami is right on time. She smashes into the circle of megatanks and the fight between the tanks and the teenaged benders is on. Hey, don't mess with these kids. They are pros, doncha know. Even Asami knows some good hand to hand tricks with her electric glove, and it is she who rescues Tenzin. They have no time to rejoice, however; an airship is attacking the Air Temple.
Pema goes into labor. Of course.
As the battle commences, the air acolytes fight bravely, but Amon's men continue in, and face Lin, alone. As she makes her last stand, Jinora flies in with one of the series' funniest war cries: "Stay away from my dad's ex-girlfriend!" Soon all three kids are deep in the battle. I have to say that's the first time I've ever seen anybody fartbend. Leave it to a kid to harness that awesome power. Lin tries to protest the help from the Pee Wee Bender League, but they fight well and soon have the Equalists defeated. Tenzin arrives in time to scold Lin for letting the kids fight - it's not as if she could stop them - and to greet his new son, Rohan. Awwwwwwwww.....
Well, shoot, more airships are coming. Break's over. No Jinora, everything is not going to be fine. Tenzin decides to leave the island and get reinforcements from the United Forces. Korra is to hide and be patient... not her strong suit.
The airbenders escape on Oogi, as Korra and her friends take off on Naga. The two airships are gaining on Oogi.... they have lowered a net to capture them...and Lin uses the net to launch herself off the air bison and onto the first metal airship. She tears the metal hull open with her bending and jumps to the next, tearing it open as well. And then... they've got her. And then... Amon takes away her bending, and she slumps as if dead.
"That lady is my hero" says Meelo.
On another ship, a red-clad young officer is given an update. The Avatar has wired him about the fall of Republic City. How does he wish to respond? Who is this young man?
He has red eyes. He is a firebender. He is a general, despite being young. He is capable. They call him General Iroh, and the voice that comes out of his mouth is very familiar.
He sounds just like Firelord Zuko. He should; his voice belongs to Dante Basco.
Like father, like son. He will be arriving in three days time, and he looks forward to winning back Republic City together.
Legend of Korra: Turning the Tides