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Apologies for being a week late with this. Appropriately, I've been distracted by my missing cat.

Date: 2011-07-17 12:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sohotrightnow
Oh gosh, Katara breaks my heart in this one. She breaks my heart a lot -- pretty much all of them do at one point or another, but especially Katara -- but oh my gosh, Katara in this one just leaves me flailing and clutching at my heart because it is BREAKING IN TWO. She is TRYING SO HARD to keep everyone together.

It's also such a great example of how this show can do comedy and then turn around and BREAK YOUR FREAKING HEART IN TWO because lol Sokka tripping on cactus juice! And simultaneously Katara breaking your heart with how hard she is trying, and Aang just basically losing it.

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Edited Date: 2011-07-17 01:00 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-07-18 05:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yukinoomoni
This episode is a perfect blend of comic relief and really deep and dark issues. Most people don't seem to get how deeply Aang gets cut over Appa's loss, simply because Appa is Appa, but I think it goes way deeper than that. Considering that Appa is the only friend that Aang has left that is alive from his own culture, it had to bring back some PTSD in some form all over again. That's why doesn't surprise me that he relapses into the Avatar State like he did with Gyatso, and why it's only Katara that can calm him down the same way. That scene has to be one of my all-time favourite Kataang scenes, by the way - it's just so touching and beautiful and heartbreaking. If I were her and she were me, I would have broken down ages before - and yet she never breaks down until Aang is already broken. So sad ;.;

But yes, the Sokka moments are priceless. What other show is there that has teenagers getting tripped out on peyote? All of those moments became classic Sokka.

Additionally, I'm so sorry about your kittie.

Date: 2011-07-31 01:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Belatedly: "Old friends that don't want to attack me." White Lotus!

Further into the episode: Right.
Edited Date: 2011-07-31 01:48 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-29 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hearthesea
Sokka has some hilarious moments in this one, but what makes this episode special is the way we see a completely different side to Aang.

We're so used to the goofy, carefree kid that it's especially startling when he spends an entire episode in a dark, dangerous mood. We've seen him angry before, but I don't think we've ever seen that go beyond flashes -- in this episode it's consistent, because he doesn't actually get to recover Appa. We see Aang snapping at Katara, blaming Toph for Appa's kidnapping, and actually leaving his friends in the middle of the desert to go and look for Appa. Even when he returns, he's still embittered and aggressive, and we see him actually killing something just for the hell of it, unless I'm not mistaken. For a monk who has such a respect for life and animals, this is quite an extreme moment. He didn't need to cut that wasp-bird down -- but he followed it and did it anyway.

It's also a good episode for Katara -- I was really impressed with her in this one. She shows great leadership and emotional toughness...she keeps the group together and always strives for forward momentum rather than giving in to despair or apathy. They were particularly lucky to have her in this situation.

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