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anonymous asked:

I totally get Katara being mad at Zuko when he joined them, but did you think it was kinda unfair, because Zuko never said he was joining them back in Ba Sing Se, she just assumed he would, but still I get it, her being mad, however I do think her blaming Zuko for the death of her mother was unfair, because that had nothing to do with Zuko, she just connected and threw all her anger at him, and I just loved how Zuko took it, all of it, her attitude and her anger and tried his best to fix it.

I mean, it’s no secret that I don’t think highly of the writing in Season 3.

I don’t think it was unfair at all. At least not the way it was presented in “The Western Air Temple”.

Here’s what Katara says at the end of the episode, when she threatens him:

“You might have everyone else here buying your … transformation, but you and I both know you’ve struggled with doing the right thing in the past. So let me tell you something, right now. You make one step backward, one slip-up, give me one reason to think you might hurt Aang, and you won’t have to worry about your destiny anymore. Because I’ll make sure your destiny ends … right then and there. Permanently.”

Katara had been Mama Bear-ing Aang ever since she metaphorically gave birth to him in the very first episode.

She wasn’t angry because he didn’t join them, Katara was angry because Zuko’s choice in “The Crossroads Of Destiny” got Aang killed. Not injured, not hurt, actually killed. And if she hadn’t had that Spirit Water, the one she offered to heal Zuko with, Aang would be dead. Forever.

So, no I don’t think her anger at Zuko in “The Western Air Temple” is unfair.

The problem is that this never gets mentioned again. Probably because it would’ve made her feelings towards Aang even more explicitly motherly.

The very next episode she lets Zuko take Aang on a field trip? Like, literally, right after threatening him, the very next episode, she lets Zuko whisk Aang of to fuck-knows-where, for fuck-knows-how-long?

But, lol, this is Season 3, where the good writers get their scripts revised a hundred times because they’re “too shippy” and the bad ones get to write ¾ of the series finale.

The thing about the way Katara got angry at Zuko in “The Southern Raiders” is that it had a very clear trigger: the fact that she had to see her dad walk away. Again. Because of the Fire Nation. Again. And why is the Fire Nation there at all?

Zuko: “Go ahead! I’ll hold them off. I think this is a family visit.”

So, I think that, in Katara’s head, even though Zuko says that he’s cut ties with his homeland and family, he still manages to bring their evil to them, to her, personally.

So, yeah, I agree with you, she was projecting.

And it is really interesting, isn’t it? Zuko is, aside from Hakoda, the only character shown actually addressing Katara’s anger. Aang goes all ‘kicked puppy,’ so she swallows it up, Toph escalates the situation to a point, then one of them walks away until they calm down, Sokka, I think though years of practice, simply ignores her until she works it out on her own, and Suki hasn’t been around enough for us to see anything of her on this point.

Zuko is the only one who actively works, both on his own, and with her, until they reach the root of the problem, and solve it.

No one has, at any point during the show, put that much effort into Katara’s mental health and emotional well-being. No one but Zuko.

But, lmao, Bryke said: ““Zutara” never would have lasted! It was just dark and intriguing.” So we clearly gotta take known liars’ word above our own eyes and ears and completely disregard the themes of the show, the personalities of the characters involved, and the way the narrative was set up.

You know, like they did.

anonymous asked:

I hate Maiko, it's abusive in the show and only gets worst in the comics, poor Zuko shouldn't be with someone like Mai, but a lot of their shippers point out to the famous Mai "I love Zuko more than I fear you scene" and just use that to show how much she loves him and also their scene in the last episode where's she's literally threatening him not to leave her again... what are your thoughts on this?

I’m not informed enough to have an opinion on whether it’s abusive or not. And I haven’t read the comics, nor do I intend to.

I do, however, think that if I had a friend, whose significant other forgot them in prison, I would advise them to dump him, frequently and with great vehemence.

I also think that if I had a friend, whose significant other dismissed them trying to talk about their trauma with: “I didn’t ask for your life story,” I would advise them to dump her, frequently and with great vehemence.

The problem with Maiko is that it suffers from the fact that the writers tried to write two relationships at the same time:

One is the Maiko we see in “The Awakening” and in “Nightmares and Daydreams,” where their relationship is shallow, superficial, they have trouble communicating, and Mai is a physical embodiment of the life that Zuko thought he wanted but actually isn’t for him, since it’s so far removed from the reality he lives in. Therefore, it serves a purpose in the narrative, the show’s themes, and character development.

The other is the Maiko seen in the rest of Season 3, where their relationship is shallow, superficial, they have trouble communicating… but that’s okay! Because it’s True Love™ and teenagers are stupid. Therefore, it serves no purpose in the narrative, the show’s themes, or character development.

As for “The Boiling Rock,” I didn’t actually care about that at first. It addressed none of the problems of their relationship, nor did it do anything to the plot… except for one thing.

And that One Thing is the reason Maiko went from: ‘Meh’ to ‘Why? Why? Why? God, why?’

You see, and I think we can all agree on this, Mai is a tertiary character, right? She exists only to be a part of another, more significant character’s arc. This is fact.

It is also fact that Mai was, along with Ty Lee, created to be part of Azula’s arc. The dark red and light red to Azula’s red red. Her sword and her shield. The gloomy one and the cheerful one to her neutral.

The semi-loyal henchwomen that were going to betray her.

And that is what makes me go: “As;lkgkjlohrtglaaaaah!” By trying to make Maiko into something that it isn’t, they cut screen-time and focus from the Azula-Mai-Ty Lee relationship.

And the reason this gets me so bad, the reason this makes me so angry is that Azula’s story is the only story in Atla populated majorly by women. All of Azula’s relationships that she values, aside from Ozai, are with women. And they ruined it. For a ship. That does nothing.

By making Mai’s betrayal of Azula about Zuko, they undermined one of the most interesting dynamics in the show. A dynamic that was between women. For a ship. That does nothing.

Instead of having either Mai or Ty Lee reject Azula on moral grounds, because of, you know, character development, or something like that, they make it about a boy.

Just… why?! Why? Why? Why? God, why?!?!??

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Also avatar Lance this time because we talked about this with friends and we are lance trash we wondered what kind of pet Lance would have if he was the avatar… Like Aang has Appa and Korra has Naga.

And we ended up with a Peacock-Lion because it just suits him perfectly

(also it was supposed to be Keith’s pet -bc yeah it’s definitely more a firenation-ish beast- but things happened ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) i’ll write headcanons someday lmao)

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Uncle Iroh’s Prison Workout | Avatar The Last Airbender Tough Like The Toonz: EP 27

New video for those who happen to give a F*ck. Iroh the DRAGON OF THE WEST! 

One of the kindest and yet most powerful characters in the Avatar the Last Airbender franchise. While incarcerated he managed to escape by becoming a ONE MAN ARMY after months of training in his prison cell. 

Well today we can mimic his workout routine. Get your Tea Kettles ready we’re gonna brew up a kickass Firebender Body.

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