Avatar Online Podcast Episode 74

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Avatar Online Podcast Episode 74 – December 22nd 2013

Zuko Here

Zuko is here!

Morgan (Airspeed Prime) is joined by Troy (Trojan People) to discuss the first colour image of Book 3 Change. We answer some listener questions too before finishing off Book 3 Fire with an in-depth discussion on 312 The Western Air Temple. We also discuss Book 3 as a whole after the episode.

Next week we will discuss 208 The Chase the last Book 2 Earth episode we have to review. We will also discuss Book 2 as a whole.

00:00:00 – Opening
00:01:04 – Intro and News – Book 3 Image
00:09:27 – Listener Question and Lightning Redirection Round
00:20:00 – Episode Discussion  – 312 The Western Air Temple and Book 3 Overview
01:27:15 – END

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Podcast is just over 87 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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Comments - 3 Posts

  1. Avatar Yangchen Said: Comment by Avatar Yangchen on December 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    great podcast guys! 🙂 it was very insightful and in-depth. i dont really have much to say besides the fact that you guys forgot to mention zuko’s epic quote: “Zuko, you must look within yourself to save yourself from your other self. Only then will your true self reveal itself.” 😛 and in the next podcast i have some listener questions.


    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Never has the word self been said so many times in one piece of advice 🙂


  2. Rocket Axxonu Said: Comment by Rocket Axxonu on December 8, 2016 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    Book 3 was also by far my favorite of ATLA. However, many of my favorite episodes were actually from those earlier, less plot-focused episodes. (The Puppet Master, the Beach, The Painted Lady, etc. Actually, now that I’m looking over the list, I realize I loved pretty much every single one of them.)

    I was a bit surprised to hear that many people hated Book 3 up until the finale—but in a way, I guess that does make sense. I know when I was a younger reader/viewer, I was more interested in dramatic aspects of various series, and when something epic or dramatic did finally happen, I wanted to see it dwelt on, and was always disappointed when things just seemed to go on as if nothing had happened. Given the incredible ending of Book 2, which was shocking and intense, I guess a lot of people perhaps were looking for a darker feel for those early episodes of book 3, a stronger sense of desperation from the characters, for Aang’s angst from episode one to last longer, and so on. (At least, that’s what I’m understanding as the reason you guys are identifying here.)

    For me, I think it was the humor of the series, just being able to enjoy each episode on its own, that really originally drew me into really caring about the characters and the more dramatic aspects. So even though I was really excited at the end of Book 2 to see what was going to happen, I felt happy enough with the follow up of Book 3’s first episode and Aang’s sense of guilt being focused on there, and then from there things seeming to go back to normal for a little while, more episodic like season one. (I still felt Aang’s guilt as a lingering background element—it still felt like to me that he probably still felt it, but realized he wasn’t doing anyone any good sitting around brooding about it, or trying to rush off on his own, and made a decision to try to be his usual self. In a way, I kind of preferred it that way, as it’s easy to take a character’s angst too far, and lose emotional impact by making it too extreme or last too long.) I absolutely loved the series of funny, more character-driven episodes, and I don’t think Book 3 would be what it is without them.

    (Of course, part of my reaction might be that I knew I had the entire series to watch whenever I wanted, rather than being forced to wait for each episode to air. I think part of the negative reaction could have been just the impatience of wanting to find out what would happen. Since I knew I would see how it ended as soon as I wanted, I was free to feel very patient, and enjoy each episode as it came.)

    On the Western Air Temple episode: probably one of my favorites, for all the reasons given here. (It being the episode where Zuko finally, after so many episodes, joins the Gaang. That awkward practice conversation at the beginning was so awesome, and the moment when they turn him away was just so good, in that you feel so bad for Zuko, but it completely makes sense they wouldn’t trust him. And I also loved that moment at the end of the episode when Katara goes to see Zuko. As was said here, it does set up this kind of possibility that Katara is, like—maybe not the bad guy, exactly, but will ultimately be the real threat to the cohesion of Team Avatar. Even though it didn’t turn out that way [for which I was glad], I think the possibility made it a very powerful and frightening moment, made all the more so by the fact that it made complete sense in terms of Zuko and Katara’s history. The fact that Katara, who was usually one of the more compassionate, understanding members of Team Avatar, was capable of being that threatening in defense of Aang—I really liked that, even as it gave me chills.)

    I also agree with Troy about the idea that this conflict between Zuko and Katara ironically could have potentially set up a Zutara kind of story if the creators had decided to go that way. (Not in that it’s hinting that either side has feelings for the other, but in that many romances start out with conflict, or dislike on one or both sides.) Though of course in the end, it was more just setting up their future friendship, which I loved just as much, if not more. It’s one of the things that makes the Zuko-Katara friendship one of the most interesting friendships in the series, at least to me.

    Anyway, that last scene is probably my favorite in the episode for all those reasons. But, the scene when Zuko is ranting to the frog (toad, hybrid-whatever it is) after blowing his first run-in with the Gaang is probably a close second. (“Why didn’t I just say Azula did that? They would have believed that!” xD! Indeed, they probably would have.)

    Thanks for doing this podcast, I really enjoyed it. (I’ve listened to a ton of these, but I’m only commenting on a few here and there, if I have a thought that seems worth adding. Most of my thoughts have been, ‘Yes, I agree’ or ‘That’s awesome, I never thought of it that way, but I do now.’ Which I don’t mind saying, but even if I do have a tendency to be redundant, I feel like even I should give myself limits. ;9 )



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