‘Civil War – Part 1’ starts with the Northern Water Tribe soldiers coming ashore and telling the citizens of the Southern Water Tribe to clear to streets and go back to their homes. Korra asks Unalaq why he brought his troops from the North to the South. Unalaq responds by saying that he needs them to protect the Southern Portal from people who would do the Spirits harm. Korra insists on doing the job herself, but Unlaq explains that he has other plans for her. Unalaq tells Korra that he needs her to open the Northern Portal so Spirits can move freely between the North and South.
Back in the Southern Air Temple, Tenzin has a conversation with Kya and Bumi. The three begin to discuss their childhood and conclude that their father, Aang, spent much more time with Tenzin than any of his other children. Pema later discovers that Ikki ran away after being teased by Meelo and Jinora.
Tenzin, Kya and Bumi decide to look for Ikki together. Back at the Southern Water Tribe, Tonraq has gathered a group of Southern Water Tribe civilians to discuss the recent events.
Korra defends Unalaq’s intentions stating that he’s just trying to reunite the tribes, but Varrick ultimately reassures everyone that Unalaq’s intentions are bad. Korra becomes upset and explains that starting a war is crazy. Tonraq jumps in and states that the war is Unalaq’s doing, but asks Korra to speak with Unalaq and try to get through to him. When Korra leaves, Varrick suggests that they begin preparations for war.
The next scene shows Bolin wheeling Eska and Desna around the city. Bolin catches up with Mako when the twins leave and asks for advice on how to get out of the relationship. Mako tells Bolin to break up with her, and Bolin is astonished to learn that this is even possible.
Korra meets up with Unalaq and expresses her concerns. Unalaq tells Korra that it is up to her to prevent any possible war that could involve the humans and Spirits.
After the commercial break, Northern soldiers get into a fight with Southern civilians. Korra tries to break it up, but her father eventually gets into the mix and sends the Southern civilians back to their homes in order to keep them out of trouble.
Back at the Southern Air Temple, Tenzin, Kya and Bumi begin their search of Ikki. Tenzin blames Ikki’s disappearance on himself and says that he wasn’t always there for his kids. The discussion eventually segways into talking about Avatar Aang and how he and Tenzin are so similar. The three get into an argument and talk about how Aang always had time for “his precious airbender” despite the amount of pressure he want constantly under.
Korra eventually goes to meet up with Unalaq and finds a group of Southern Water Tribe civilians taking him hostage. Korra thinks that one of them is her father and immediately attempts to thwart their plan. Once Korra stops the kidnapping, she finds that her father was not involved.
Unalaq thanks Korra for saving him and asks for Varrick’s arrest when he finds out that he was involved. Korra convinces Unalaq to allow everyone involved to stand trial and he agrees.
Korra goes back home and apologizes to her parents for being so rude to them. The episode ends when Unalaq comes into the house and arrests Tonraq and Senna for conspiracy. Episode 4 ‘Civil War – Part 2′ will premiere next Friday at 7:00 pm EST and should bring General Iroh II back into the mix.
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