I was going to point out how ridiculous it is that Tarrlok needs an office large enough to span five full-length windows.
Then again, he ended up being the only council member to actually accomplish anything, so I guess he earned it.
Tarrlok really was the only council member who did anything. As much as I like Tenzin he really did not accomplish that much if any at all. And the other three council members acted more like a flock of sheep so they don’t deserve a five window office.
Spur-of-the-moment headcanon: Tarrlok’s office (and extravagant private bathroom which is only accessible through a secret panel in the wall) used to be the other three council members’ offices. He proposed to knock down the walls and combine the offices into one super-office for himself. He offered them rooms in the basement to compensate.
Predictably, none of them had a problem with his decision.
Seriously, though. Tenzin used to be my favorite character, and I’m glad he spoke up against Tarrlok, but…that’s really all he did. He pointed his finger and called Tarrlok a meanie, then he grumbled and folded his arms whenever Tarrlok got his way.
Though that might have something to do with the fact that passing a law in Republic City requires only a majority vote among five people between the ages of 37 and 600.
took me a while to realize how young tarrlok is compared to the rest of the council, those three clearly don’t give a damn what goes on in the city, do they even know there’s a city outside the courthouse?, and tenzin only seems to care on principle, but he doesn’t ever do anything to help, he doesn’t even have to live in the city. he doesn’t experience the blend of cultures which was kind of the point, right? that’s pretty much why zuko and aang founded it, so it could be a focal point of harmony and peace among all the nations, but tenzin has to be on his island and immerse himself in air nomad culture, because he’s the only one left who can teach it, tarrlok was the only one who had any clue what was happening in the city
Excellent commentary so far on this. I’d also like to add to these facts that unlike the other, older council members, Tarrlok doesn’t just sit around and talk. If he wants a Task Force created to be watch for the city, he makes sure it happens. And when it does happen, he doesn’t appoint someone else to lead it - he leads it.
I can’t recall any politicians in our world or in most fiction who are willing to get down and dirty to ensure the safety of their city like Tarrlok does - it was something I really admired about him in watching and rewatching “The Voice in the Night” my first few times! :D
It’s also quite astonishing how much younger he is in comparison to the other council members, which means he probably worked hard for the city before achieving such a seat within the council. And when he does, he sees the issues that are plaguing the city such as the Equalists and the nonbender oppression, and, however misguided his ideals were, he attempts to better the situation.
he really is young compared to the other council members, he is thirty-seven whilst, the others, including tenzin look to be in their fifties or older, and since I have this headcanon thingy that Tarrlok lived on the streets for a time and got to see the world through those lenses he’s mo…, most emotionally prepared to lead the city through the council whereas the others can’t, tarrlok, tarrlok appreciation blog and pretty much life
Reminds me of the novel about the first six episodes that tried to make us believe that the other council members actually have own ideas.
Tenzin: Let’s bring the Equalists to the table and try to find some common ground.
Tenzin…you can’t even convince the people that are on your side..how are you going to work with the Equalists (and Tarrloks brother btw)?
I’ve always found it quite odd that Tenzin seemingly suggests trying to reason with the terrorists. He’s quite possibly terrified at the thought of another war starting, being both an Air Nomad and a son of war veterans, so he tries to avoid confrontation. But still, there are some things that don’t really make sense.
For instance, why does he say that actions against the Equalists will somehow make the conflinct between benders and non-benders (if there was one before the Equalists started their propaganda) worse? Doesn’t that sound a bit offensive? The Equalists are terrorists, so every sane person would condemn their methods. We actually saw at least some non-benders who chose to oppose them. And Tenzin’s statement sounds like he implies that all (or the majority) of the non-benders support these terrorists.
Agree. What government in history ever tried to cooperate with terrorists? Why not instead offer the Non-benders to elect some represantives who would work together with the council (and maybe the Avatar) to solve at least some of the problems?
The comment about the worsening of the conflict would only make sense iif the conflict between the two groups was already that bad, that the nonbending part of the city would take every move against someone who iis seemingly try to help them as an offent. But I guess that wasn’t the case.
And I have that vaguely feeling that if they actually managed to arrange a discussion with the Equalists, the situation would have ended with the five councilmen tied up and chained on a stage.
In fact, he wasn’t suggesting even that (he didn’t propose anything). But it’s hard to believe that he didn’t have the opportunity - if he came up with the idea better than Tarrlok’s, the other councilmembers would’ve probably listened to him. But he was just criticizing Tarrlok without formulating what exactly is wrong with his proposals (if he thinks that it would divide benders and non-benders, he has to explain why).
Reading all this commentary about how hard Tarrlok must have worked and the good traits he must have had and how passionate he was about Republic City just reminded me how the show brought him from this to on-screen suicide because he was related to two bad people.