Stop being mad about Katara in the healing huts. She is not only the “best there is” with healing, but she is in her 80’s. She buried her husband and her brother and Appa and Momo and Iroh and Hakoda. She fought a war when she was fourteen, continued to fight (until where the comics currently are), had three kids, watched them leave, helped create Republic City, and trained Korra. She is tired. She is too old to be fighting the way she used to. Even Toph admitted to her back killing her. She is tired. Healing is how she can still help.
If you wanna be mad about something be mad that she didn’t get a statue.
How do you think the story would have changed, if Katara's mom had lived?
Oh, this is an interesting question because Kya’s death affects Katara a lot.
I feel like she’d still be determined to help Aang and everything, but I’m not sure how her protection arc would change/ I feel like she’d still feel compelled to protect people since it’s in her nature but, still like her saving Zuko paralleling her saving Aang would mainly be about the Aang/Zuko parallels instead of it also being connectioned to her need to protect people.
It still would, of course but, the impact wouldn’t be as great.
I can’t see her going off on Zuko in “Crossroads in this au though.” She might be angry but, being as angry as canon!Katara seems too forced and ooc to me in this universe.
Also, in this universe, Katara warning Zuko that she’ll kill him if he hurts Aang, aside from being kind of ooc in this universe, would also mostly be about Katara caring deeply for Aang instead of caring deeply for Aang AND also tying into her big protection arc and I’m just like…canon is so much better because of the complexity of this particular arc.
Hey Maddy do you really thing kataang was really aspulled? I know people prefer zutara and all and that's cool. But I really dislike when people say that kataang came out of nowhere...what do you think?
No I don’t think Kataang was an asspull, at all. I just think that it was a very generic route to take.
Katara and Aang were hinted at regular intervals in the story so it definitely didn’t come out of nowhere. In fact, they were given far more explicit romantic development than Zutara were, and I say that as a very big Zutara fan.
It’s just that to me, Zuko and Katara had far more interesting chemistry, dynamics and potential for their relationship. With Zuko’s past transgressions, scars, and Katara’s status as a metaphorical healer - it would have made for a very interesting tale and could have created a powerful image. But alas… :(
Do you wish Zuko had joined the gaang sooner? That way we'd get more time with him and everyone and also more time with him and Katara and them getting close and developing feelings for each other. And also him being best friends with Sokka, being an older brother figure for Aang and Toph.. I really wished he joined sooner so we could've gotten more of this stuff.
No, not at all.
See, the thing is, the third season follows should have followed an arc. Zuko’s arc, to be precise. And it should’ve gone like this:
The first half of season three should have been about Zuko feeling more and more alienated and like he doesn’t fit in while in the Fire Nation. It should have been about how the home he was so desperate to return to doesn’t exist. How it never actually existed, it was just that he was a sheltered child and had no awareness about the state of reality.
This is why “The Headband” sucks as an episode. By having Zuko be supposedly well adjusted and fitting in and relating to someone, however superficially, it derails his character arc. And, please, ask me why the only episode i actually and truly loathe is “The Beach”.
The culmination of this part of the arc, as well as Zuko’s mental state’s lowest point would have still come in “Nightmares and Daydreams” except, you know, his characterisation wouldn’t have
been all over the place.
(Also, why the fuck wasn’t that general, the one who Zuko challenged, why wasn’t he ever mentioned again? Is he dead? How has the fact that he got, well, not really, but looool if you think that anyone would ever call Ozai out for this, how has the fact that he got the crown prince mutilated and banished for three years affected his life? These are important world-building questions, why weren’t they answered?)
Then, once he confronts Ozai, his state of well, everything, but mostly his emotional wellbeing would’ve taken a sharp turn for the better. Even at their most hostile the Gaang was living in the same world as he was, which let me tell you, does wonders for one’s mental health.
Then season three would progress with Zuko forging bonds with each and every member of the Gaang. I’d even say that they kept them in right order, because the order they went it is from the Gaang member that understands him the least (Aang) to the one that understands him the most (Katara). I just wish that they, you know, kept it as an arc, where Zuko gets progressively happier and more at ease as each member of this found family, that he wants so dearly to be a part of, accepts him.
Finally, this part would culminate when he makes up with Uncle Iroh, there by finally letting go of all his guilt and achieving a state of inner piece where he could go and face Azula.
Having Zuko join the Gaang sooner would’veshould’ve interfered with his disillusionment with the Fire Nation, but that that gets lost since they were more concerned with having him suck face than growing as a person.
(Another thing I’m suuuuuper bitter about is how easy it would’ve been to interweave the Gaang’s supposedly filler* adventures in the first half of the season with Zuko’s narrative. Just have him do boring administrative work! Have him have a supposedly useless job, which would also serve to drive the point home that Ozai just doesn’t care,** like receiving reports from within the Fire Nation, like, say, oh I don’t know, about a meteorite that mysteriously didn’t burn anything? Or, hey, a old waterbender that somehow got defeated during the full moon by a bunch of kids?
Then have him cover up for them or something.
*Each and every one of these would have been amazing to see built on in a season four: Sokka as a White Lotus initiate? Toph finding a common language with her parents? Hama! Just imagine Hama going back to the South! Like, I made a whole post about how much wasted potential Hama is.
**Seriously, though, why do Zuko and Ozai have only three scenes together? Zuko and Azula should’ve interacted more, too. That ties into my hatred of “The Beach.”)
Having written all of that, I will say this:
I wish we had a season four.
I wish we had a season four,
where we would’ve seen Zuko and Katara growing closer, and Sokka being his first true male
friend, who is also his equal, because while I think that the Aang-Zuko
dynamic is like, 33% of the emotional core of the series, Zuko is still
Aang’s mentor. And, you know, a sixteen year old just can’t have all
conversations with a twelve year old that they could with someone their
age (or just a year younger in this case).
I wish we had a fourth
season in which Zuko actively helps Toph deal with her family situation,
since he’s the only one who can actually relate.
I wish we had
Book 4: Air where Aang would’ve actually had to turn to his inner
conflict. Because the first three seasons were all about an external
problem for him: defeat the Fire Lord. But now that the war is over, the
rest of the Gaang have homes to go back to, while Aang doesn’t. I think that
this would’ve been the place where Zuko would take a turn as Aang’s
emotional support, because he understands far better than Katara what
it’s like to have a home you can never go back to, because it doesn’t exist.
I wish we had a season four, which would’ve explored the consequences of being a child soldier, and the depth of bonds these children forged with each other.
But you know, inner conflict just doesn’t work for your perfect self-insert character, and movie$ are ju$t $old a$ trilogie$
The male benders in ATLA:
Really good. They worked hard to get where they are skill wise and while it hasn't always been easy, they are capable and can hold their own in a fight. One of them was even the Avatar, which is pretty impressive since he mastered the elements at age twelve, rather than start learning at 16 like most Avatars.
The female benders in ATLA:
Inarguably the most powerful and unmatched humans in the entire world. Prodigies, masters, and creators of subbending styles. One was compared in skill to the Fire Lord at age EIGHT and able to perform one of the rarest and most difficult forms by 14. She couldn't be defeated by another's (even the Avatar's) bending alone. Only faced defeat when fighting two other master benders while on the verge of a complete mental breakdown (officially being defeated by different female bender). Another held an entire city up by a single turret while standing on unstable ground, and then went on to invent her own bending style at the age of twelve. One mastered her element in mere WEEKS, mastered bloodbending and defeated the woman who INVENTED IT the FIRST TIME SHE EVER ATTEMPTED IT, held her own against a master waterbender without ANY TRAINING, and fully healed someone from a fatal wound, making her a master at two vastly different forms of waterbending at the age of 14. A female Avatar quite literally reshaped the planet and created her own ISLAND. AND MOVED IT ACROSS THE SEA. These women shown in the show are not only the most powerful and talented females in their universe, but also in almost any known piece of television or fiction, all while being completely fleshed out and complex characters, not being defined as nothing but 'strong'. Each has their own personality, strengths, and weaknesses.