Teaching Korra airbending is going to be harder than teaching math to a dog. Obviously it’s going to take a lot of effort on Tenzin’s part to make her understand but I’m sure we will see a bond form between them similar to something like Iroh and Zuko from the first series and she will be able to master airbending.
This episode was still mostly focused on introducing the cast and by adding Mako and Bolin the cast feels more complete. We also found out more about Tenzin and his family which was nice because I have a feeling they are going to be around a lot.
I never thought it would be possible to show personal growth in an old/matured character but Avatar has done it in two episodes. By having a radical element in the from of Korra introduced into his everyday life, Tenzin has had to grow and adapt. At first he was resistant and trying to change her but I think by he end of this episode he has realized that he too need to change his outlook on Korra’s training if he wants it to be successful. Violence in the form of pro-bending was the deciding factor and now that Tenzin knows what she was interested in he can modify her training to better suit her style.
Other than the character the episode focused on the new sport of pro-bending which on the surface seems like a boxing but with elements but on closer inspection the whole idea has been carefully crafted to incorporate the three major elements of the series. The layout of the arena and the amount of players are just right to make it a unique experience to watch. It makes sense that air wasn’t included in the game as there is only a handful of airbenders left and this plays right into the writers hands as Korra need to learn an element which is essentially useless in competition. Whether the writers realized this potential plot line or not is beyond me but we will find out soon enough.