Jon was not afraid of death, but he did not want to die like that, trussed and bound and beheaded like a common brigand. If he must perish, let it be with a sword in his hand, fighting his father’s killers.
One of the pieces of memorabilia in my collection is a lego Millennium Falcon that I put together in 2010. They’re selling for about $5 thousand now, and it took about 60 man hours to create and I display it with pride, but it would really mean the world to me if Harrison could sign it. X
My apologies for the quality of of the first few images (I had to combine them to have room for everything…although I guess I could try playing around with my method).
Anyway, in addition to Katara kind of being a Book 1 Zuko in “The Southern Raiders,” the episode itself plays out like the “Avatar state” in regards to its main plotline concerning Aang and Katara. Furthermore, we get some neat Aang/Katara interactions which end up mirroring each other.
Both episodes start out with someone offering a means to an end. General Fong offers to help Aang figure out how to get into the Avatar state, and Zuko tells Katara that he can help her find the man who killed her mother.
In “The Avatar State,” Katara tries to dissuade Aang from listening to Fong. In “The Southern Raiders,” Aang tries to keep Katara from following through with her plan to confront Yon Rha. In both cases, neither Aang nor Katara think the other understands why they have to go through with their actions.
Both see the other still plans to go through with their plans, but Katara and Aang react differently. Katara simply tells Aang that she won’t watch Aang go through with Fong’s plans because she doesn’t want to see Aang suffer any longer. Likewise, Aang sees that Katara still plans on going through her plan and says that she need to do this for herself if for no other reason than to find a sense of closure.
In the end, both Katara and Aang are consumed by rage in one way or another. Aang through his anger induced Avatar State and Katara through her rage of meeting her mother’s killer. Roku gets Aang out of the Avatar State, and Katara finds that she can’t kill Yon Rha and she doesn’t know exactly why–or, at least, not yet.
In TAS, Aang apologizes to Katara for not listening to her. In TSR, he assures Katara that she did the right thing. With TSR, we get the added benefit of Katara forgiving Zuko.