One of the the most significant charactorial differences between Book 1 and Book 2 has been the bond between Korra and Tenzin. In Book 1, Tenzin was almost seen as Korra’s backbone: he helped her adjust to her new lifestyle and role in Republic City. The bond between the two characters grew steadily over time until it ultimately crashed at the end of Book 2’s premiere. Since then, seven episodes have passed and Korra and Tenzin have yet to reestablish their mentor-apprentice styled relationship.
In that span of time, Korra has learned just how wrong she was in trusting Unalaq. That slip up alone sent her on a downward spiral that ultimately ended her relationship with Mako and left her on a Fire Nation beach with amnesia.
Korra appears to have recovered from her amnesia, but she now has much more significant problems to deal with. The threat that Unalaq has imposed is severe enough to a point that Korra cannot take action on her own. Instead, she needs someone reliable to turn to.
That’s where Tenzin comes in.
Over the course of the past few weeks, Korra and Tenzin have essentially taken a back seat. Tenzin has been completely absent from the last few episodes whereas Korra has had an extremely limited role.
The limited roles of these characters were justifiable as we were able to explore Mako and Wan’s character to a somewhat extensive degree, but it’s time to return to the basics.
It’s time for Korra to re-take the lead and start setting things straight rather than making them worse.
At one point in the Book 2 trailer, Korra is seen apologizing to Tenzin and asking for forgiveness. Since the episode description of ‘The Guide’ confirms that Korra will seek help from Tenzin, I’d imagine that the apology scene will take place this Friday.
From there, the two will likely have a stronger relationship that will grow as the season continues. One can only hope Korra puts a bit more faith in Tenzin from here on out. There’s no doubt that Korra is a hot-headed, independent character, but at some point she’ll have to start learning from her mistakes.
Speaking of mistakes, Korra certainly made quite a few of those in the eyes of Mako. So much so that he broke up with her. I’m sure many people won’t agree with me here, but I wasn’t too upset when Mako dumped Korra. I thought the relationship in Book 1 was distracting and I’m just not a fan of romantic story arcs in general.
They take away from the action as well as the main plot which is far more important in my eyes.
Regardless of what I think, Korra and Mako will likely still have a confrontation at some point this season. Hopefully this happens sooner rather than later so the final episodes can focus exclusively on the main plot at hand.