Day 1: Favorite Episode
Zuko Alone - Episode 2x07
I know this isn’t a usual choice, but I just love this episode - hear me out.
It’s all centered around Zuko, and he’s also one of my favorite characters. He’s a good example that growing up surrounded by people who don’t care about you in a messed up environment really goes screw with your head, but a good person is a good person, and with the right people to guide you, you can come out okay.
In this episode Zuko is traveling away from his Uncle Iroh, and goes to an Earth Kingdom village where he stays with a young boy and his parents. Their eldest son had gone off to fight in the war. They accept Zuko and he helps with repairs around the land, and the little boy takes Zuko’s broadswords, playing with them. He just wants to be like Zuko, and his big brother, the little kid explains. He idolized Zuko.
Zuko shows him how to hold the broadswords and then gives him a pearl knife he had carried for quite some time to defend himself.
The little boy was caught by some mean-spirited Earth Kingdom guards, and they were going to force him to fight. In a desperate chance to help the boy, he fights the Earth Kingdom local force leader. The man can earthbend, and Zuko doesn’t want to firebend in the account that they would know he was Fire Nation. Zuko is almost defeated and the nearby villagers are losing hope - they want Zuko to win. Zuko remembers what he was told - remember who you are.
So, Zuko firebends and announces who he is (former Crown Prince to the Fire Nation throne) in order to defeat the leader, and the town then refuses to get anywhere near Zuko.
The mother of the little boy pulls him away, and the boy throws the knife on the ground, proclaiming “I hate you!”
The entire episode is also full of flashbacks to when Zuko grew up with his mother and Azula, and gives us some insight into how his mother disappeared and how Azula was a manipulative bitch even when she was younger. You also feel bad for little Zuko when he tries to firebend as a little kid and fails in front of his grandfather. He’s so embarrassed and he was only trying to prove he could do it. It breaks my heart every time.
It is just such a thought-provoking episode, and you could almost feel Zuko’s hurt. He couldn’t help who he was, where he was born. He was just trying to help the boy. Maybe he knew the repercussions, but it was necessary in order to teach the rude Earth Kingdom guards a lesson for messing with the little boy.
There you go. My favorite episode. I’m going to stop talking now because I typed way too much.