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16 May 2008 @ 03:39 am
The Boy in the Iceberg and The Avatar Returns  
I feel like I might just be repeating stuff others have mentioned, but here it goes.

First up, The Boy in the Iceberg.

I love Katara's opening monologue, the way she gives us all this exposition in an interesting way and the way we get our first idea of exactly how much faith the girl has. Faith in the Avatar and that the world can and will become a better place. Something about the show that I find very interesting is how Katara's faith in the Avatar plays off of her interactions with Aang. It's wonderful how the later openings show that Katara's nebulous faith in the Avatar, just a title and something impersonal, becomes faith in Aang, someone who becomes her best friend.

I like Sokka right away. Later on he just becomes seriously awesome, because we get to see more of what makes him great, but right now we still get to see some of Sokka's good side. Because Aang is such a sweet kid we might just disregard Sokka's attitude as needlessly paranoid, but Sokka is well aware of the dangerous world he and his sister live in and is just doing his best to deal with it.

Ok, Aang's immediate liking of Katara is adorable. It just is. I love that he asks her to go penguin sledding right when he wakes up, and I love that he gets caught staring at a her while they're riding Appa. Sokka's disgusted noise that he makes at Aang's crush on his sister is pretty hilarious too. Sokka knows what's up and he questions Aang's tastes in the ladies. In Sokka's opinion Katara isn't a girl, she's a sister.

Something about the animation makes it seem like the south pole isn't that cold. Maybe it's the fact that you don't see anyones breath?

I like the whole Aang in the village sequence. It shows what a personable fellow Aang is and it provides more nice Kataang bonding. The bonding then continues in the penguin sledding sequence.

You know, Zuko comes off as a pretty generic villain in this first episode. He's slightly odd in being a teenager, I suppose, but you could rationalize that as just giving Aang an opponent that was threatening but still managable.

When Katara and Aang are exploring the Fire Nation ship I like how Aang discovers what era he's in, and how Katara comforts him. I'm sure the full extent of Aang's situation hadn't really sunk in, but it's nice that even the amount of trauma that had managed to sink in at that moment was softened by Aang's immediate connection to Katara. I also like Aang picking up Katara like a superhero and leaping out of there.

Oh crap, Zuko knows where he lives! To be continued!

The Avatar Returns

Sokka blames Aang for alerting the Fire Nation, Katara takes offense. I think Katara's reaction to Sokka banishing Aang (I'm banished too!) showed an admirable degree of loyalty, but it wasn't well thought out. I also thought her reaction was kind of cute in how it could be interpreted in a shippy way, but it also lacked maturity. Luckily Aang was more level headed and though he surely wanted Katara to go with him he didn't want to come between Katara and her family. Aang is a stand up guy.

I really liked the getting ready for battle montage that Sokka and Zuko shared. I showed a nice contrast between them, and it felt kind of Rocky-ish. Specifically Rocky 4 when Rocky was training in that log cabin and Drago was getting all kind of high tech training.

Someday Sokka is going to tell his kids about how he first met Zuko. They'll love the part about the boomerang. Sokka might edit some of the other events.

Aang and Zuko's first meeting is great. "You're just a child!" "Well, you're just a teenager."

Aang is noble in giving himself up, and Zuko proves to have a sense of honor in keeping his word to not harm the villagers. It's a small thing, but some other bad guys would have tried to put Aang in chains and burn down the village despite whatever promises were made to get Aang to cooperate.

"Get in, we're going to save your boyfriend" "He's not my-" "Whatever"
Ha! Yep, clear childrens story indication that Kataang is the shows OTP. Only the first two episodes and there is already basically a giant sign that states "Kataang is it"

Sokka and Katara trying to get Appa flying is a fun scene. I think Sokka's joy at Appa's flight is excellent, and I think Katara's smug look at being right and Sokka's attempt to play it cool despite being giddy is hilarious.

I love Aang's fight with Zuko. The tight enviroment shows off Aang's fighting style very well, and the way Aang finally defeats Zuko is very satisfying.

Aang in the Avatar State is awesome. I like that Katara's calling to him seemed to give him the will to fight.

Even though knowing what we know now the ending seems a bit deceptive (deceptive might be a bit harsh, but I can't think of another word), I like the ending of the episode. It feels like they are off on a grand adventure. That's probably what it feels like for Katara and Sokka too, they are away from their family and their chores flying on a giant friendly monster with a cheerful kid to go save the world. And saving the world seems like it has a simple solution, too, just help the kid master the elements. Their journey does end up being a grand adventure, but there is going to be hardships on the way that they might not expect.
 
 
 
alone i fight these animalsschellibie on May 16th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Aang is noble in giving himself up, and Zuko proves to have a sense of honor in keeping his word to not harm the villagers. It's a small thing, but some other bad guys would have tried to put Aang in chains and burn down the village despite whatever promises were made to get Aang to cooperate.


Interesting! I never gave this much thought before, but you're right!

Even though knowing what we know now the ending seems a bit deceptive (deceptive might be a bit harsh, but I can't think of another word),

What do you mean by "deceptive?"
planguyplanguy on May 17th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
What do you mean by "deceptive?"

It wasn't a good word to get what I meant across. And I don't think the audience was really being tricked, it's more like that the kids don't get how hard what they are going to try to do is going to be.
Crazy Stacie Person: shut up.debacul on May 20th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
I think Sokka's joy at Appa's flight is excellent, and I think Katara's smug look at being right and Sokka's attempt to play it cool despite being giddy is hilarious.
oh sokka. ♥