Naw... in the Avatar universe, you do acupuncture with porcupines. PAY ATTENTION!
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6/10/10 at 8:30pm
|Doesn't anyone care that the finale doesn't even try to explain a bunch of plot holes? What was the Turtle-Lion exactly? A spirit of the ocean or Earth? The creator of the Avatar itself? The Almighty? Did the other Avatars ever know it existed? Why didn't it appear before? How did being with it render Aang 'non-existent' and unable to be tracked? What practical purpose did the psycho babble it spouted have? Why did the story never mention before that bending could be taken away? Aang's "A Wizard....I mean, a Turtle-Lion did it" explanation just doesn't cut it. AND THANKS GOODNESS ZUKO JUST HAPPENED TO NOT DIE WHEN STRUCK BY LIGHTING RIGHT IN THE STOMACH ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER CONTRIVANCES LOL!!!111 Maybe they should have sent Zuko to fight Ozai, since getting hit by lighting up close doesn't seem to kill him.
And the Avatar State business...the sheer stupidity behind that...Well, Goody Goody Gosh! Aang didn't need intensive spiritual discipline, meditation, and training to master the Avatar state! HE NEEDED TO BUMP HIS FRICKIN' BACK AGAINST A WALL!!11 GENIUS!!!I THINK I'M GOING TO BE SICK! The only sorta-hint of that was way back in Awakening, and we didn't really have any good reason to think it could open up chakras. We also didn't have any good reason to believe Aang could inexplicably take away bending. Wanna know why? Because the way those things were handled totally defeated the purpose of the show's emphasis hard work and discipline when the hero just stumbles upon them without even any good, solid explanations.
The Aesop about valuing all life falls apart too. So, it's a terrible thing to kill Ozai, but potentially drowning a bunch of non-totally-evil-and-psycho soldiers is A-OKAY!!! OH WAIT!! THEY FLOAT DESPITE WEARING HEAVY ARMOR AND BEING SURROUNDED BY SHIP WRECKAGE!!! WHO NEEDS LOGIC, REASON, AND THOUGHTFUL WRITING??!! YAAAYAYAYAY!!! Is the message "All life is equal, but some life is more equal than others?" Who knows? Who cares?
Bottom line, I have one thing to say about the ending of this series:
I WANT MY DIGNITY BACK.
So I've been randomly looking around the internet to find a transcript for what the Turtlelion says and came across this post by a fan that was obviously enraged by the final episode. Some of the points he makes are similar to ones that Gabe and I made, but he really needed to calm down.
I appreciate that they're trying to not repeat the basic arc of the original series. So the Avatar will already be trained in 3 elements and seems to generally take place in a Ba Sing Se-ish location. I wonder if that'll be enough so that it doesn't feel like a retread.
The creators of Avatar talk about their new series:
They talk about the decision to go with a female lead, focusing the story on the goings-on of one major location... and they continue to remain non-committal towards any question involving Shyamalan's adaptation. Heheh.