The Legend of Korra

Season 1 Episode 1

Welcome to Republic City

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 14, 2012 on Nickelodeon
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70 years have passed since Avatar Aang defeated Firelord Ozai and saved the world. Now, his successor, Korra, is training to be the new Avatar. After passing her firebending test, she meets with Tenzin, Aang's son who is suppose to be her Airbending Teacher. However, he tells her that her training must wait as he is still needed in Republic City. Not wanting to wait, Korra sneaks out of the South Pole and heads to Republic City where she finds herself in a little over her head.


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  • Welcome to Republic City

    I was see to video Korra
  • Season 2 is coming soon, so lets review the episodes.

    The new Avatar series is definitely good, but is it as good as it's predecessor?

    Obviously not, a sequel is a sequel.

    I loved this episode, and the animation was beautiful. Korra running through the city was pretty funny, and the face Lin and Korra made at each other was priceless, which was one example of the recurring humor that appears throughout the show. The new city is amazing, and designed fantastically.

    One thing I noticed that was out of line from the previous series was that Korra knew she was Avatar fairly early. She could bend all three elements (though poorly) when she was very young. Aang is obviously a superior avatar in learning all four elements in one year, Korra had 17 years to learn all three. Ah, don't get the wrong idea... I love Korra.

    This is just an introduction episode, basically, showcasing Korra's arrival to the city. It's definitely a worthy episode though.moreless
  • Jumpstart

    That was definitely an introduction worthy of the title "Avatar."

    As an older fan, there were a bunch of things I was happy to see, or that really helped set the tone for where the story is taking place as opposed to the previous series. First, old katara! And the fact that they finally confirmed she and Aang got together. Speaking of, I totally got chills seeing his statue. That and the one of Toph were kicks in the gut saying that they're gone and won't be back.

    The episode got off to a very fast start, speeding through Korra's childhood to her teenage/young adult years in minutes. And she's so cocky! It's like if Sokka were to have become the Avatar. It's easy to see that she's going to have some growing up to do, and in a very different way than Aang did. Props on that, Nickelodeon. I also loved the tone of the current world and how it incorporates today's hot topic of vigilante justice. A great opening episode.moreless
  • Welcome to Republic City

    Welcome to Republic City was a perfect series premiere for "Avatar The Legend of Korra" and I really enjoyed watching this episode. The time frame was easily established and it was very interesting to see the influences on the world in this new age from Avatar Aang and his friends. What they built seems to be amazing and beautiful. The legacy continues and more Air Benders now exist. It was interesting to see the Metal Benders descended from Toph. I liked Korra's Polar Bear Dog named Naga. There was a lot of character and plot development and though things are moving quickly, I believe there is plenty of time to enjoy the journey. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Love the world, not so much the pacing.

    Mike and Brian have created an amazing new age in the Avatar world. An industrial revolution is in full swing and the old clashes with the new, bringing a new conflict to the fore; benders vs nonbenders. So I love the new premise and the issues that are being brought forth. What I don't love is how fast the pacing is. My biggest complaint is that Korra is told she's the Avatar when she's about four years old. Moreso, that she can competently bend three elements at that age.

    However, I am enjoying the story being told, so I will continue to tune in.moreless
Cora Baker

Cora Baker

Young Korra

Guest Star

Carlos Alazraqui

Carlos Alazraqui

Tonraq, Protestor, Police Officer

Guest Star

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

White Lotus Leader, Chung, Gommu

Guest Star

Mindy Sterling

Mindy Sterling

Lin Beifong

Recurring Role

Steven Jay Blum

Steven Jay Blum


Recurring Role

Lance Henriksen

Lance Henriksen


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Tenzin, Aang and Katara's son, is the only master of Airbending at the current time. He and his children are also the only known Airbenders following Aang's death.

    • The benders in the opening sequence are the four most recent Avatars. The Earthbender is Avatar Kyoshi, the Firebender is Avatar Roku, the Airbender is an older Avatar Aang, and the Waterbender is Korra.

    • Jinora asks Katara "What happened to Zuko's mom?" This line refers to an ongoing subplot in the original Avatar series that was never answered onscreen and has been asked by many fans.

    • The first season of this show is called "Book One: Air". This naming scheme follows the show's predecessor, "Avatar: The Last Airbender" who also named seasons after elements. Air was also the only one of the four elements not used for a season name in Avatar.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Meelo: Mommy, look! I'm a snowbender! (Blasts snow into Pema's face)

    • Tenzin: Earth. Fire. Air. Water. When I was a boy, my father, Avatar Aang, told me the story of how he and his friends heroically ended the Hundred Year War. Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko transformed the Fire Nation colonies into the United Republic of Nations, a society where benders and non-benders from all over the world, could live and thrive together in peace and harmony. They named the capital of this great land, Republic City. Avatar Aang accomplished many remarkable things in his life. But sadly, his time in this world came to an end. And like the cycle of the seasons, the cycle of the Avatar, began anew.

    • Korra: (Korra trying to persuade Tenzin why she should stay in Republic City) Republic City needs you, but it needs me too.

    • Pema: (Tenzin tries to help Pema down from the bison) Stop doting on me. I'm not helpless, I'm just pregnant.

    • Jinora: Gran Gran, I've been reading all about your old adventures. I've been dying to ask you....what happened to Zuko's mom!?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Jinora's question about Zuko's mother was purposely ignored. This is because several month after the first seasoned aired, Dark Horse comics and Nickelodeon created the second Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic Novel: The Search, which explains this.

    • This episode was available online on March 24, 2012, three weeks ahead of it's Nickelodeon premiere.


    • Republic City partially resembles old time New York City, including the statue of Aang on an island, similar to the Statue of Liberty.