When people ask why I love Curtis McKenzie, I always say how nice he is but today blew me away. Last week I gave him his birthday present (2 hats, chocolate and a letter) and I was very happy to give it to him. Today he came out wearing one of the hats I gave him and that had me freaking out so much. Then he came to me and he thanked me very personally for the nice words of the letter and said it was one of the nicest things someone has done for him. Then, he handed me this stick. We had a great conversation. I didn’t realize it was signed until someone asked what it said because I was so caught up in the hat and him thanking me. I just wanted to share how absolutely incredible Curtis is. I’ve never felt more appreciated as a fan as I have today. Thank you Curtis McKenzie
@elararose asked for five headcanons from the universe where Aang is brainwashed by the Dai Li. Continued from here: [Link].
1. Zuko travels with the Gaang after Ba Sing Se,with the one goal of catching the Avatar unawares, capturing him, and taking him back to the Fire Nation. Sadly, with Iroh headed for a Fire Nation cell, he isn’t around to be all of Zuko’s common sense, and the Avatar being much harder to capture and sneak off with than Zuko was prepared for, this ends in fiasco and Zuko is taken into custody by the Southern Water Tribe. Katara and Sokka are too busy thinking “of course,” and also kind of laughing at him, to actually feel that betrayed.
2. On the Day of Black Sun, Iroh escapes to hunt out his nephew, who has in fact been captured in turn by the Fire Nation and taken to the Boiling Rock. He finds the Avatar and his friends, and convinces Sokka to come with him to break into the Boiling Rock and rescue Zuko and Hakoda (and Suki!). Sokka finds it very satisfying to listen to Iroh on the way home taking his nephew to task for not thinking anything through, ever.
This universe, after Aang has recovered from his brainwashing, is
affected as much by what he hasn’t done while brainwashed as it is by the
brainwashing itself. For example,
Aang doesn’t ever go to the guru or learn how to go into the Avatar State at will. He also is never hit in the back by Azula’s lightning, blocking off his access to the Avatar State. The battle with Ozai is a lot shorter, and since Aang doesn’t have the same kind of control, Ozai dies. And after Aang learned all about energy bending too. He feels pretty guilty about that one.
4. Kataragoes to face a pretty sane Azula who never had to face her companions’ revolt. Well, until now. Katara demands to know how she could go alng with her brother being slated for execution, and Azula says “You make the mistake of thinking I care about little Zuzu. And then she mentions that burning the Earth Kingdom was her idea. Mai’s parents are currently stranded in the Earth Kingdom. It’s too much for Mai, who turns on Azula, and Ty Lee chi Blocks her to keep her from killing Mai. And this is how Azula is captured.
5. This is one of those universes where Iroh has to take the throne, with Zuko as his slowly being deprogrammed heir. His slowly being deprogrammed heir who is reeling from his father’s death, and also from being imprisoned first by the Water Tribe, then by his father, then by the Avatar’s friends. Zuko kind of doesn’t know what end is up at the moment.
Iroh longs more desperately every day for his teashop.