Avatar Online Podcast Episode 75

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Avatar Online Podcast Episode 75 – January 5th 2014

The Chase

Morgan (Airspeed Prime) and Troy (Trojan People) start off 2014 for the Avatar Online Podcast with a bang. We cover an interesting week in news featuring Book 3 and comic news. We answer 1 listener question before reviewing 208 The Chase, since this is the last Book 2 episode to be reviewed we also discuss Book 2 Earth as a whole.

Next week we finish the ATLA episode reviews with 101 The Boy In The Iceberg.

00:00:00 – Opening
00:01:04 – Intro and News: The Rift Part 2 Cover, Book 3 Image, Korra Production update
00:12:21 – Listener Question from Avatar YangChen
00:15:20 – Episode Discussion 208 The Chase and Book 2 Earth Overview
01:09:20 – End

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Podcast is just over 69 minutes long

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My name is Morgan Bannon, I am a 22 Year old Male from Ireland and I am the Site Super Moderator. I have watched and been a fan of Avatar since it premiered. I am also a news post writer for the site and host the site's podcast, The Avatar Online Podcast. My strength as an Avatar fan would be just a good knowledge of Avatar Canon and characters.

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  1. Rocket Axxonu Said: Comment by Rocket Axxonu on December 12, 2016 at 5:25 pm | Permalink
     

    I never really thought about it, but that one point that someone brought up about one thing really bringing the series to a whole new level with season two being the introduction of Toph and Azula—now that I’m thinking about it, I think that is very true, at least for my first experience with the series. The Blind Bandit is one of my favorite episodes in the series, and I was very interested in Toph as a character from then on. (Which, it’s pretty unusual for me to get attached to a character that quickly.) I also think the introduction of Azula was a large part of drawing me into getting more excited about the series, though in a different way from Toph—Azula, as a villain, comes across as more threatening than Zuko, I think in part because there’s a sense, not only that her bending is more powerful/disciplined and she seems a sharper strategist, but she’s also far more ruthless than Zuko.

    For Azula—I think part of what was so well done about her wasn’t just the kinds of things she said (that early conversation with the ship’s captain about the tides is just so strong), but also the way the surrounding characters are portrayed as reacting to her. Even though I don’t remember us seeing her actually killing anyone, I think the fear you see in the characters around her really helps to create the sense of how dangerous she is. [Some of it’s left kind of subtle—such as when Azula goes to see Ty Lee, and they talk like old friends and when Ty Lee says she’d rather stay at the circus, Azula agrees, but then you see that look on Ty Lee’s face when Azula then says she’s going to stay to catch her show. You can tell that Ty Lee pretty much knows at that point that even though Azula might say Ty Lee has a choice in the matter, she actually doesn’t. And, part of the reason Mai’s first line when she sees Azula ‘Please tell me you’re here to kill me’ is so funny is that, a part of you thinks, when it comes to Azula, that might actually be a possibility.]

    You’re also shown how clever she is, and how completely ruthless. From that moment she first meets with Zuko, without the least qualm she lies to him about the reason for why Ozai wants Zuko brought back to the Fire Nation, playing on what she knows he wants—you get the sense here she really doesn’t care about him, and she’ll do just about anything to achieve her objective, whatever it happens to be at the moment. (And then you get even more with the Zuko Alone episode, on just how bad she really is, even when they were still kids. I remember Ursa’s muttered line to herself, ‘What is wrong with that child?’ made a significant impression on me, in that it was shocking to hear a mother say that about her own child, and yet it was a completely understandable sentiment that we were all probably thinking.)

    I think because Azula comes across as such a threatening villain in so many ways, it really added a new level of tension and suspense to the show.

    On The Chase: I liked the discussion here on the ending, on the reason why Zuko refuses to let anyone help him with his uncle. I know when I first saw the episode I found it strange how vehemently opposed Zuko was to letting any of Team Avatar help them, and it just seemed like such a selfish choice when Katara’s healing could have really helped Uncle Iroh (especially if Uncle’s wound had turned out that it might be fatal, which, when I first saw the episode, I wasn’t sure if it was.) But this makes complete sense; as was said here, at this point, Zuko is still very much in his self-reliant mindset, and we see he still has quite a long journey ahead of him before he reaches where he is in the middle of season 3. I really enjoy how Uncle and Toph’s conversation sort of brought this theme out, and how it also tied back to Toph’s story, too.

    Another aspect of this episode I never thought about before it was brought up here—the fact that, of the three different groups, Aang had his friends come to back him up and Zuko had Uncle, while by contrast Azula’s friends didn’t really even try. It’s an especially interesting point when you consider that this is kind of a prelude to the very end of the series. By the end, Zuko has really learned the importance of being able to trust and rely on others, and that’s what makes all the difference in his and Azula’s final showdown. (Aside from the fact that Zuko actually doesn’t beat Azula himself and Katara has to take over [arguably, if Katara hadn’t been there, he might not have taken that injury], even though Azula is the prodigy and more gifted firebender, because Zuko has his friends he knows he can rely on and that he’s fighting for, he has the peace of mind to perform at his best, whereas Azula, because she has been basically abandoned by everyone who was on her side before and subsequently become suspicious and paranoid of everyone, completely loses her edge and her mind.

    Side note: I can’t remember if they appeared in any earlier episodes, but I just loved the lizard-monsters Azula and the others ride. (The black scales and green eyes, they just look so awesome.) I also like the contrast between these lizards and the rhino-creatures that we see most of the Fire Nation soldiers using earlier on, in that the lizards are so fast and agile, which perfectly reflects Azula and her approach to hunting the Avatar and her brother.

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