The Air Nation is re-born thanks to Harmonic Convergence, and now it’s up Tenzin to train the future generation of Air Nomads. Unfortunately for Tenzin, he can’t seem to lead the Airbenders as well as he’d like. To make matters worse, Bumi is making Tenzin’s job much more difficult by being both disrespectful and a distraction to the Airbenders who are trying to master the element. Of course, it’s Tenzin – not the Airbenders – who is beginning to get irritated by Bumi’s antics.
Tenzin gets a call from Korra who recaps the events that unfolded in Zaofu. Tenzin tells Korra of the trouble he’s having with the future Air Nomads, and is recommended to seek advice from Bumi. “Bumi? He’s my worst student” What’s great about this particular scene is how unsurprised Korra is by that. “Yeah, but he loves to organize people. If you ask him for help, you can trick him into taking more responsibility by making him think the whole thing was his idea.”
Tenzin seeks Bumi’s advice and decides to take the ‘break ‘em down, build ‘em up’ approach. He takes on the role of a drill sergeant and treats the Airbenders in training as recruits. That means early morning wake-ups, 10 mile hikes, balancing exercises and rigorous obstacle courses. “Get back up! What’s the matter? You can’t handle it, solider?”
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The opening scene of Old Wounds does an excellent job of laying the foundation for the remainder of the episode. Right from the start, Su makes her disapproval of the way Lin spoke to Opal the night before quite clear. “I know she has a problem with me, but she had no right to yell at Opal last night.” After taking a few more shots at Lin, Su offers to teach Korra metal bending. Opal attempts to push Bolin into learning metal bending too, but he makes an excuse and rejects the offer.
While Team Avatar is dining, Lin Beifong is making her rounds to ensure that the city is safe for Korra. After prematurely jumping the gun on several off-task guards, Lin is urged to meet an acupuncture specialist to deal with the unhealthy amount of stress and repressed feelings haunting her. “How many of those things are you going to stick in me?” asks Lin, referring to the acupuncture needles. “More needles!”
The acupuncture treatment induces a flash back to when Lin and Su were younger. Lin is clearly depicted as the responsible older sibling, while Su is depicted as a rebellious teenager looking down on her older sister. While on duty, Lin finds Su to be involved in triad-related criminal activity. She grabs Su by the wrist with her metal chords, but Su cuts the chords, flinging them at Lin’s face and scarring her cheek.
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Written by Tim Hedrick, Original Airbenders begins the subplot involving the training of the rescued Airbenders. The description for episode 7, Original Airbenders is as followed: “Tenzin tries to train the new members of the Air Nation while dealing with Bumi’s bad attitude.” Original Airbenders marks the seventh episode of Book 3’s 13 episode season, and it premiered on Friday, July 18th 2014. Thanks to Anime Flavor, it is available to watch online for free in HQ (high quality).
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