Teenage love and angst fills this episode and to be honest that doesn’t really appeal to me so early in the series. We barely know these characters so it doesn’t feel right to start pairing them up but I guess this is exactly what the fan base wants so I can agree with the direction so far as they are just trying to please the fans.
Bolin gets his heart broken in less than 15 minutes and to make it worse it’s by the girl he’s going to spend the rest of the series with. Korra also gets her heart broken but she’s tough and can deal with it so no loss there.
But dodgy love story aside it seems the series is trying to rush the pro-bending tournament so it’s done with leaving more room for the uprising. It seems unlikely the group can win the tournament with the facts provided but since this is targeted at a younger audience it’s only natural they will overcome the odds and win. I expect this to be done in style much like Korra’s last match this episode. Someone might get injured or some huge plot point could be revealed. I suspect even Amon might try and get in on the action and that could lead to a draw.
Either that or something big will happen which makes Korra leave. The task force she is part of could call her away before the match or someone like Tenzin or his family could end up in danger which requires her to leave. I’m doubtful that the opponent wants a fair fight against the avatar so there is a chance they might be responsible for said situations.
Here’s a sinister thought for you. Tenzin is killed or incapacitated and cannot teach Korra airbending. Korra would have to go across the world to meet another of Aang’s children to learn airbending and it’s also possible that Tenzin’s children or at least Jinora would also go with Korra.