You found the finale of avatar disappointing, I was wondering if you'd elaborate further? I really enjoy the finale and while I still notice its flaws I find that I was ultimately satisfied with the conclusions for the characters and the scene at Irohs Tea shop I think was a perfect final scene for the gaang, (though I still find the kataang at the end disingenuous) Love this blog! its great to see Avatar dissected so thoroughly even after all these years!
Let me clarify that I was not at all disappointed at the time of my
first viewing, being overwhelmed by the spectacle and all of the emotions around
the series coming to an end. I still really enjoy the finale; however, Aαng’s
character arc doesn’t stand up as well to rewatching as the others’ do.
had four major lessons to learn in order to become the Avatar:
1. You can’t run away from your problems.
with running away in episodes like “The Storm” and “The Desert”, the byproduct
of being an airbender. He had to grow and develop, for example in “Siege of the
North” and “Day of Black Sun”, to stand his ground and be there for his friends
when he is needed. But in the finale, when his friends are pointing out that he
has to kill the Firelord, he throws a tantrum and storms off. Later, when he is
actually battling Ozai, he ends up hiding inside a ball of Earth just like he was when he was frozen in a
ball of ice after running away from home. It’s baffling that this parallel was
intentional, considering the lack of character growth it suggests.
2. In order to master the bending disciplines,
you must master their mindsets.
constantly repeats and
preaches about the wisdom of the monks, and tries to keep their culture intact.
However, we see over and over again in the show that
is not just an
airbender; in order to be the Avatar, he has to value all the Four Nations as
one. But in the finale, just look at how he takes the advice of Avatars past!
Rather than listen respectfully before making his decision, he discards one
piece of advice after another, not trying to find what is best for the world,
but only looking for something that will validate him and his particular beliefs until Yangchen chides him for it. He
even says of his elemental opposite, “I knew I shouldn’t have asked Kyoshi!”,
and concludes, “Maybe an airbender will know where I’m coming from!” This is
not indicative of an Avatar who treats the wisdom of all four nations with
3. In order to control the Avatar State, you
must clear your chakras. The entirety of Book 2 built up to the
had to let Katara go in order to master the Avatar State. But
as we move toward the Book 3 finale, we see Aang more and more attached to Katara—not
just loving her, but possessive, jealous, and entitled. Then in “Sozin’s Comet:
Aαng’s chakra gets cleared by a convenient rock with no spiritual
input, leaving his control of the Avatar State in the hands of luck, rather than
4. You must work hard in order to achieve your
was an airbending prodigy growing up; like Azula, he never had
to work hard to achieve mastery over his element. So throughout the show, one
of his challenges was having to accept that there were things he wasn’t a
natural at, such as earthbending. Sometimes, as with firebending, he would have
to come back to an element and discard his preconceived notions about it in
order to succeed.
doesn’t have to work hard to master energybending. He doesn’t
have to work at all! He swims to the lion turtle in a semiconscious state; he
has the ability to energybend handed over effortlessly; he masters the
discipline in an instant, with no training, and is successful the very first
time he tries it. This flies in the face
of episodes like “The Deserter”, “The Guru”, and “Bitter Work”, all of which
stress that patience and perseverance are more rewarding than instant power-ups
and superior bending skills.
Aαng’s role in the finale didn’t do justice to all of the struggling and maturing that
he had experienced beforehand; neither did it reinforce preexisting messages
that the show had taught us. The Kαtααng endgame
was just the last in a long line of “achievements” that
Aαng, by the show’s own standards, was not entitled
to, but gained anyway because he was the hero and had to come out on top.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
It was my goal this summer to put myself in the mindset of mastering LOA, especially where abundance was concerned.
The photo above, I took 5 minutes ago of some of the cash money I have earned, found and been given since 7/5/16, (the stacks on the left are $1,000 each). This does not account for any monies in my checking/savings, just cash money that has come to me in the past 9 weeks.
I’m posting this to confirm to you that YOU are in control of the life you live. YOU have the power within to create whatever experience you wish. YOU create your life moment by moment, thought by thought.
In the coming weeks, I will go into more detail how I did this and how you can do it too. Please share with anyone interested in learning how to be a life master. Anyone that wants to know how to create a better life for themselves.
In our daily life, problems invariably arise. But problems themselves do not automatically cause suffering. If we can directly address our problem and focus our energies on finding a solution, for instance, the problem can be transformed into a challenge. If we throw into the mix, however, a feeling that our problem is ‘unfair,’ we add an additional ingredient that can become a powerful fuel in creating mental unrest and emotional suffering. And now we not only have two problems instead of one, but that feeling of 'unfairness’ distracts us, consumes us, and robs us of the energy needed to solve the original problem.
Hell is not part of geography, it is part of your psychology, and so is heaven. You create your hell, you create your heaven. And it is not in the future. Herenow somebody is living in heaven and somebody is living in hell - and they may be sitting together, they may be friends. Don’t be worried about hell and heaven; they are just your states. If you live in the mind, you live in hell. If you live in the no-mind, you live in heaven.
Thoughts are vital, living things, little bundles of energy, if you will. Most people don’t give any thought to the nature of their thoughts and yet, the quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life. Thoughts are just as much a part of the material world as the lake you swim in or the street you walk on. Weak minds lead to weak actions. A strong, disciplined mind, which anyone can cultivate through daily practice, can achieve miracles. If you want to live life to the fullest, care for your thoughts as you would your most prized possessions. Work hard to remove all inner turbulence. The rewards will be abundant.
The mind works through pictures. Pictures affect your self-image and your self-image affects the way you feel, act and achieve. If your self-image tells you that you are too young to be a successful lawyer or too old to change your habits for the better, you never will achieve these goals. If your self-image tells you that lives rich with purpose, excellent health and happiness are only for people from backgrounds other than your own, this prophecy will ultimately become your reality.
i think why adrien may be comfortable with kissing mari is in the fact that it's acting. adrien's a model and has some acting experience from what we've seen, so he's probably mastered the actor's mindset that it's not him kissing someone he may not be romantically interested in, it's the character he's portraying kissing the character someone else is portraying. but i dunno though! i'm talking from my own acting experience and may be placing ideas where there are none.
Yeah, my shipping-less guess was that Adrien was just acting and that Chloe breaking character was enough to throw him off. After all, there was probably a reason that he got cast.
I run a canon blog of a popular final boss. Mind you their behavior in game is tough to figure out but the solid facts are: They’re subtle, they’re clever, they have an entertainer mindset and a chess master mindset. They’re manipulative too.
and they’re actually fairly powerful! BUT. They have weaknesses too. They were beaten by the main characters! So my blog canon has them generally avoiding them at all costs. But then I get followed by a genderbent version and I’m curious. so I follow back.
What do I see? No subtlety. No cleverness. Just a boastful childish mary sue version of a character I’ve come to know so well. Not to mention the mun doesn’t seem to understand what Godmodding is. They never give others a chance to react and basically forcing the plot to go their way. I’m suffering SO MUCH secondhand embarrassment, its ridiculous. No portrayal is 100% accurate but this is bloody ridiculous.