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It’s late and I’m frustrated so have some bullet points:

  • Neither Kataang nor Zutara is inherently abusive
  • Zukka is a cool and fun ship, but telling Kataangs and Zutarians to ship it is not going to bring about peace (and it’s honestly annoying to see “Zukka is the solution to all of your problems” every time I look at the Zutara tag)
  • No one in the Gaang is a “toxic” person; they all make mistakes but their hearts are in the right places and they do address all of the things they’ve done wrong
  • Cactus juice! It’ll quench ya! It’s the quenchiest!
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so i never saw avatar as a kid. im seeing it now, for the first time at 22. so my onky exposure so far has been some excellent fanart and some super minor spoilers, and memes.

ive seen the ‘there is no war in ba sing se’ meme countless times, and i always thought it was pretty funny. i had no idea what it was about, but in the context of watever i was seeing, it did seem funny. there is no war in ba sing se! i thought it meant that because ba sing se was the last fire-nation free zone, there was no war there unlike everywhere else, buuuut actually there kind of was a big fight going on there. i assumed, not having seen the show, that maybe ba sing se had been taken over already and they were just reluctant to admit it.

but then i got to season 2, and i found out what it actually meant.

we do not talk about the war, we do not acknowledge that the war exists. anyone who mentions it will be hunted down and brainwashed or killed, to keep the peace in the city. to ba sing se, there IS no war.

thats fucking terrifying.

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Iroh invented the technique of redirecting lightning by watching waterbenders. But why did he need to invent the technique in the first place?

There’s only two lightning benders in AtLA: Ozai and Azula. Baby Azula probably wasn’t attacking him that much, but Ozai literally usurped Iroh’s place on the throne. It’s odd that Ozai wouldn’t have immediately banished or killed Iroh after becoming Firelord, considering he banished his own wife for HELPING him just because that action made her a threat. Ozai must not have seen Iroh as a threat at all. He still included him in war meetings. So maybe there was a showdown and Ozai thought he could defeat Iroh whenever he wanted, or maybe he just saw Iroh as no threat in the wake of his defeat at Ba Sing Se and his grief over his son.

The reason Iroh learned this technique is not really clear, but it has a lot of significance that he’s the one who invented it and taught it to Zuko. Lightning represents trauma; for Zuko that’s the abuse he faces at the hands of the two lightning benders in the show. But Iroh also has reason to be in pain. He’s seen as a wise character by the time the events of the show happen but he used to be a general. He was on the wrong side of the war. He wasn’t evil; for instance, he saved the dragons, but he wasn’t great either. Even at the beginning, his interest isn’t in helping the Avatar or stopping Ozai, it’s just protecting Zuko. Iroh’s formal military career ended when his son died, and that’s a significant source of pain. That isn’t something you’d get over probably ever, you just have to learn to live with it, which is what he does, and he redirects his fatherly instinct onto Zuko. His technique of redirecting lightning is based on the idea that there are some things you can’t fight or absorb without it destroying you, you just have to figure out a way to let it go through you by the least harmful path it can take. He’s teaching Zuko how to be resilient, and he can do that because he also has pain he needs to deal with. He still remembers his son every year and it still hurts him, but he isn’t destroyed by it. If he “got over” it like people tell victims of trauma and loss all the time, that would be like absorbing and neutralising the energy, but that’s not really how it works, it’s not possible. There are things you don’t get over. The only control you have is whether it destroys you or makes you a hard person or whether you let it go in a reasonably healthy way that doesn’t hurt yourself or anyone else. Iroh is literally and symbolically showing Zuko exactly how to process his abuse.

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Do you guys think that if LOK was uploaded into Netflix we would have a resurgence and also a new wave of Korrasami and Wuko just like the Zukka we are seeing nowdays?

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Does anyone know why the title card for Book 1: Episode 8 of A:TLA displays the title of the show as Avatar: War of the Elements?

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It’s not a Netflix issue, it’s on the title card itself, part of the show. I never noticed it when I was watching reruns on Nick way back when, but I wasn’t looking for it. 

I thought maybe it was the show’s working title, but I can’t find anything to confirm this anywhere, and it seems bizarre that they made a finalized title card with the wrong show title?

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ATLA LITERALLY DEPICTED CONCENTRATION CAMPS AND REFLECTED THE FUCKING HOLOCAUST WITH THAT EPISODE ABT HARU AND HOW ALL THE EARTHBENDERS WERE TAKEN PRISONER HOLY SHIT I JUST SHOT AWAKE TO TALK ABOUT THIS EARTHBENDERS = JEWS FIRE NATION = NAZIS I CANT BELIEVE THIS I KNEW THIS SHOW WAS DEEP AND GOOD BUT OH MY GOD IM SO GLAD THIS SHOW SHAPED MY CHILDHOOD

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