One of my biggest worries for the show is they will ignore making the Equalists sympathetic. I, as well as other people, have argued during earlier episodes, that the cause has a reasoned point, even if it's executed in extremism. I've been waiting for an episode to discuss further in depth the Equalists' point of view, but we haven't got it, and here we are, a day away from episode 10, and a week from the hour finale. We haven't got any sort of reasoned side of their argument, even compared to Sozin's argument for his imperialism. "We have the greatest culture in the world, and we're going to share it with the world, even if by force." As wrong as the idea is, you can see the reasoning behind it, and it seems completely feasible because this is a sentiment that many people in real life have. In fact, much of Zuko's character arc was learning first-hand that what he'd been taught was wrong. The war itself was an argument against the Fire Nation's imperialism.
With the Equalists, so far they've come across as nothing more than petty racists. "Benders did some bad things with their bending, therefore all benders are bad." This is a really childish assumption and although people assume this stuff about others in real life, it isn't really followed by a revolution. A revolution should be charged with "life sucks for us, we're taking control". So far they've avoided the argument altogether of why life sucks enough for non-benders, besides the hints early on in episodes 1-3. There's not been a lick of addressing Amon's motives beyond their establishment. This is really hurting the show for me. A good drama is defined by its villains, and while Amon is cool, he's so far been completely two dimensional, and a cardboard-thin two dimensional at that.