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11 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Avatar':... · 0 replies · +16 points

Many wonderful things have already been said about this episode. I love a series with a brilliant and satisfying conclusion. And oh man, Yangchen. <3 I agree that it's bold of the creators to have all the past lives agree that Aang has to be decisive in dealing with Ozai, but her advice especially - that being true to his own spiritual needs is selfish when it conflicts with his role in preserving the balance of the world - is really powerful and brave.

The reunion of Zuko and Iroh is probably my favorite scene in the series, and so is Iroh's advice afterwards. What I really love about it is his admission that he isn't actually sure he could beat Ozai - very humble, matter-of-fact, Iroh-like. Though he does seem to have changed a bit since his escape from prison, in his new role as grand master of the Order of the White Lotus.

11 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Avatar':... · 0 replies · +5 points

My favorite moment is in the upcoming episode.

Aside from that, though .. gosh, still a hard choice. Katara's fight with Pakku is high on the list. So is Zuko's confrontation with Ozai.

11 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Avatar':... · 0 replies · +14 points

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Best episode ever, seriously. The invasion is awesome and all, but Zuko's entire story thusfar has been building up to THIS MOMENT and it's 100% beautiful and wonderful and satisfying. The writers have really made it clear to us over the last two seasons how difficult it's been for Zuko to accept and articulate these things, but his speech to his dad is PERFECT. "Think again. I am going to speak my mind, and you are going to listen."

When he tells his dad straight-up that challenging a thirteen-year-old to a duel was cruel and wrong, I just want to cheer for him. And I love that when Ozai accuses him of having been influenced by Iroh, he admits it with conviction.

11 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Avatar':... · 0 replies · +2 points

This was one of my favorite episodes in season 3. The fandom might have regarded it as filler, but certainly I don't think the creators did. Aside from all the other awesomeness already mentioned, the chase between Sokka and Piandao through the bamboo grove had some ridiculously cool animation and coloring, with all the light and shadow work.

11 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Avatar':... · 0 replies · +5 points

this is so sad :(

11 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Avatar':... · 0 replies · +28 points

"This is the writers showing us that Zuko’s transformation is not a simple paint-by-numbers exercise of goodness, that this boy has been traumatized by years of neglect and pain, and that even people who are truly good at heart will make confusing decision to find their own version of peace. And even at the end of this, Zuko is still unsure if he has done what was right."

Well-put. This, to me, is the most powerful part of ATLA. Personal transformation isn't a simple matter even in the best of circumstances, and Zuko's are some of the worst. This is something that most shows, for children OR adults, trivialize in some eureka moment when the character has a change of heart - maybe it's different here because continuity is so important. I really identified with how difficult and painful and confusing it is for Zuko to figure out where his loyalties lie and what he really wants.

11 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Avatar':... · 0 replies · +6 points

11 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Avatar':... · 0 replies · +20 points

Dialogue-light storytelling is my very favorite, and very well done here. I don't have long to ruminate over what I'd say about this episode, so I will leave it at: props to Appa's voice actor, who communicates an awful lot wtihout words.

11 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Avatar':... · 0 replies · +5 points

agreed!

11 years ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Avatar':... · 0 replies · +6 points

Yes! I couldn't remember how to spell Bechdel. XD