Episode 10 of The Legend of Korra titled ‘Turning the Tides’ was a bit more simplistic than past episodes – until the end. It contained the common theme of Good vs. Evil: Equalists attacked Republic City and it was up to the Avatar and her friends to help save the people. The theme was certainly present throughout the episode’s entirety, but what made the episode exciting was the element of surprise at the very end.
Episode 10 starts off by showing Korra eating with Mako, Bolin, Asami, Tenzin and his family. Korra tells the gang everything she encountered while being held captive: Tarrlock is the son of Yacone and Amon took Tarrlock’s bending away.
Afterwards, we see Tenzin asking Lin Bei Fong to stay and protect his family while he leaves Air Temple Island for a short excursion. Lin agrees and Tenzin travels to meet with the Chief Officer. Upon his arrival, Tenzin is informed that the Equalists have attacked and captured the rest of the Council Members. This essentially leaves Tenzin in control of Republic City.
When Tenzin leaves the vicinity along with the Chief Officer and his men, they are all attacked by Equalist Mech-Machines. The Chief Officer and his men are eventually captured, leaving Tenzin and a few others to fend for themselves. Tenzin fights off the Equalists for some time, but he is ultimately defeated in the end.
Luckily, Korra and company come to Tenzin’s rescue and defeat the Equalists before they take Tenzin off to Amon. After the battle, Tenzin and Team Avatar notice that an Equalist Air Ship is hovering above Air Temple Island, readying a strike.
When the Equalists begin to invade Air Temple Island, Tenzin’s wife Pema goes into labor. Lin Bei Fong holds off the Equalists for the most part, but when she is partially defeated, Tenzin’s kids (Jinora, Ikki and Meelo) come to the rescue and finish off the enemies.
Tenzin quickly arrives at the scene and finds that the Equalists have been defeated and that Pema has just given birth to their fourth child: A boy named Rohan. Tenzin decides that Republic City is no longer safe for his family, so he decides to take them to safety outside of the city. Tenzin tells Korra is stay in hiding until he returns with an army. Lin Bei Fong also decides to go with Tenzin to ensure his and his families safety.
Before Tenzin leaves, he informs Korra that the Head General has been called down to help Republic City. While Tenzin and company leave Republic City, they notice two Equalist Air Ships following them. Lin decides to be a hero and take down the ships, but she is captured and her bending is taken away by Amon.
The last surprise of this episode occurs at the end when we see the Head General sailing to Republic City. He is referred to as General Iroh and he has the voice of Dante Basco, the man who did the voice of Zuko from The Last Airbender.
A little while ago, Basco explained that he would be doing voice acting for someone related to Zuko. This most likely means that General Iroh (The Head General) is Zuko’s grandson. And that’s where ‘Turning the Tides’ ended.
This episode certainly set up a lot of interesting plot points for the Season Finale next week. The finale of The Legend of Korra will air both episodes ‘Skeleton in the Closet’ and ‘Endgame’ in a one hour special.
It’s going to be a very bitter sweet moment. Sweet because most of our questions will be answered; bitter because it is rumored that Book 2 won’t air until 2013.