The Last Airbender Vlogs - Bitter Work

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  • Feel The Butter  - first :P
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    Loved this episode, I loved how in detail they went about the lightning bending. Iroh is definitely one of my favorite characters in the show.
  • Zorro4k6
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    Agreed, this is an awesome episode. I love at the end how Aang stands up to Toph and then Earth Bends. That's awesome to me. I think my favorite part of this is how Sokka starts talking about how he had this amazing epiphany and then Aang just interrupts him so he can show Katara that he can Earth Bend. That was hilarious.

    Doug, I feel the need to correct you here because it seems to me that you have gotten a couple things confused. At least it does from what you said. Zuko didn't learn how to bend lightning like you said. You can't bend lightning in this show. It's just a Fire Bending technique. Once you start drawing in the energy, you no longer control it. You simply guide the energy. Zuko tried to learn the technique, but his own shame is preventing him from successfully performing it. What Iroh did teach him afterwards is how to redirect lightning so he'll have a fighting chance against Azula. That's why Iroh refuses to use real lightning on Zuko and why Zuko goes to the top of that mountain. I'm also surprised you didn't bring up how we've seen Iroh do this before. Remember in Season 1 during that terrible storm? Iroh redirected the lightning. He also did it again at the beginning of Season 2 when Azula was about to fire the lighting on Zuko. I wish you had brought it up because I think it's cool that they creators kept little visual facts about the character constant throughout the series before it's fully explained.

    I also like the speech Iroh gives before showing the technique he made. He's a very wise man and what he said is true. It is important to draw wisdom from multiple sources. The fact that he made up this move by studying water benders shows that even though he can't bend water, he can still generate the same chi flow. Further proving that at our core, everyone is the same. Nice little call back to the "The Swamp" from earlier this season. I told you it would come back, haha. Also this move now makes himself and Zuko pretty much invulnerable to lightning, for the most part. No one else in the Fire Nation has thought of this move or has even considered it a possibility. So, yeah it's really cool.

    Also Doug, Earth Bending is not about being fierce. It's about standing your ground. Being physically and mentally unmovable. I guess aggression can rise out of it, but aggression usually associated with Fire Bending. It has nothing to do with Earth Bending. Think of it as standing up to a bully. I'm surprised you miss interpreted this concept a bit. But that's alright.

    Overall, this episode is awesome. It furthers the development of characters and the development of the world. Alright, time to see what he thought of The Library. :)
  • Elphaba645
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    I LOVE this episode. I like how they go into detail about the lightning, and how Aang has trouble with earthbending, like he's not great at everything. The saber-toothed moose lion cub (Fufucuddlypuffs) is probably the cutest creation in history, and Sokka had me cracking up. The ending with Zuko on the mountain was so heavy and intense, loved it. But an extra minute would have been major overkill. Maybe another ten seconds? But great episode.
  • AriBlue
    Now come back boomerang.
  • Dipper723
    I would love a baby sabertooth moose lion cub.
  • KenxKao  - My reaction to sabertooth moose lion
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    Sokka: Aang, this is Fufucuddlypoofs, Fufucuddlypoofs, Aang
    Aang: Aww, what a cute baby sabertooth moose lion cub
    Me: 0_0
  • Zihon
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    you accept foo foo cuddlypoof as your lord and savior?
  • MensRea93
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    I swear if you get me out of this I will never eat meet ever again, only veggies for this water tribe warrior... Ang! your hear, got any meat?

    I love Sokka this was defiantly his funniest episode.
  • Kalkomi
    I was always under the impression that earthbending philosophy is all about stability and "standing your ground". Not being fierce, but being unmovable. But then again, unless it is stated explicitly in the show, it is a matter of interpretation.
  • TheWelshPirate
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    They actually explicitly state that twice in this very episode. Once while Toph is explaining Earthbending to Aang, and again when Iroh is explaining the philosophies of the four elements to Zuko.
  • 3d_Dedrick
    it was said by toph that aang needs to stand his ground
  • Lightice
    Yeah, firebending is supposed to be fierce. Earthbending is supposed to be stubborn and unyielding.
  • ddwcmp555  - Missed a few things
    Lots of philosophy in this one.

    Firstly, Iroh did attempt to teach Zuko how to lightningbend. But he also showed him how to redirect lightning. He gave him a speech how the four nations aren't so different and that you can draw strength and wisdom from studying other bending styles.

    Secondly, the humor between Toph and Aang..also with Sokka and foofoocuddlypoops. Loved all of it.
  • Thas  - The humor!
    Really surprised that you said nothing about Sokka in this one. I think he had some of his funniest moments in this episode.
  • smjaiteh
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    I agree, especially the ending, when he gets interrupted by Aang. That split my sides hard.
  • splot9
    The next 2 episodes are a 2 parter but they aren't called parts 1 and 2. If you do them individually you should try to guess what happens in the next episode.
  • Dipper723
    They aren't two-partners. Nickelodeon just aired those together to increase ratings. They did the same thing with "The Serpents Pass" & "The Drill" and again with "The Guru" & "The Crossroads of Destiny".

    Also, "The Winter Solstice" is a two-parter episode, and Nickelodeon didn't air those together.
  • Kaga-kun
    "I can't think of much else to say-"

    What about Sokka's little adventure? XD
  • Cofsbro
    Doug the philosophy of the ATLA world and bending style are unique/diffrent and similar to real life for that they are based off of multiple real philosophies and fighting style i.e

    Firebending = Northern Shaolin
    Waterbending = Tai Chi
    Earthbending = Hung Gar
    Airbending = Ba Gua Zhang

    The creators even had help from experts/masters of these and others philosophies/styles in the creation of the show. Like helping with the script and the fighting choreography.

    Also with that comment, mistake/hiccup of iroh and zuko.... "relationship" I have heard worse er.. coupleing that people actually ship .... some funny some .... er well better left forgotten.

    I believe we all have suffered at the hands of a Crackpairing in some sort of Fandom. ¬.¬'
  • UchaNekome
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    But you forgot something Toph has a style of earthbending that's totally different from Hung Gar.

    Her's is Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu.
  • Cofsbro  - @UchaNekome
    Shot, forgot about that! Thanks! :)
  • UchaNekome
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    He'll definitely have a million things to say about the next two episodes. For the sake of not spoiling anything I shall say nothing...
    FRIENDLY MUSHROOM!...Damn it...
  • MantisShrimp1
    i actually did shed a tear, and some goosebumps on that mountain. ;)
  • Critic From The Future
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    I'm surprised that you didn't mention that last moment of the episode, were Zuko screams into the lightning as loud as he could. I thought that was extremely effective.
  • DrAvatar
    Nothing to say about Sokka at all?
  • Maarons
    Pride and a sack is worth the price of a sack.
  • emmactress1894
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    I actually loved how concise the mountain scene was. Any more time devoted to his screams and tears probably would have led to overkill, in my opinion.

    The only thing I can think of that might have enhanced that scene would have been watching Zuko walk up the mountain for an even longer amount of time. We would have been able to see the anger, frustration, determination, and even trepidation on his face during the journey up the mountain, which I would have loved.
  • akphillips0510  - I agree
    Yeah the only thing that could've been added to that scene would be the journey up there and seeing what it must've felt like for him to journey up to that mountain. See the tension building. The time spent on it was very concise though and any more time screaming and tearing up about how hard his life is would've been major cheesy overkill.
  • smjaiteh
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    Everyone kicks ass in this show.
  • Youngbountygirl
    The next episode is really good and I think you will really love it. This is when they really cut to the chase.
  • TheWelshPirate  - Maybe I just have a dirty mind, but...
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    Did anyone else notice the phallic innuendo going on in a certain scene here? Toph thinks Aang is acting too "delicate" for Earthbending. So she steals Aang's nut sack, and starts cracking his nuts with his own long, wooden "delicate instrument".

    Even the expression on Aang's face when this happens suggests that the emasculation symbolism Toph is employing isn't completely lost on him.
  • ghadden  - Frustrations and Teachable Moments
    Everyone can relate to the frustration of having to learn something new, and having pressure put upon them to make progress quickly. And its about perseverance, to try and try again. It teaches that failure is part of the learning process. But there are some very funny moments to offset the deep philosophy lessons taught by Iroh to Zuko.

    The dynamic between Toph and Aang here is great. Aang has the eagerness to learn, but lacks confidence. Togh has the confidence to teach, but lacks patience. They have to strike a balance, just as Aang has established with Katara, but never got with Master Paku. Recall that Paku never respected Aang, and Aang never trusted Paku, and Koh used his face to instill fear in AAng in their encounter.

    The best is the hidden joke, where Aang fails the rolling boulder test and is ready to give up. Toph looses all patience, and then threatens to loose respect for him too. She emasculates him by confiscating his "delicate instrument" and chides him by symbolically busting his balls.

    The physical comedy with Sokka being trapped in the crevice ilustrates Aang's feeling of being "in an awkward position" and so on to great effect. And I especially liked how Toph uses this as a teachable moment to force Aang to take a tough stance with her, and thus find the strength he needs get out of his own rut.
    And even more importantly, he earns her respect.
  • Syph26
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    Shame on you for leaving out Sokka in this one lol. This is one of my favorite episodes and most of it is because of his parts.
  • Kiwi_Jr
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    Yep, you didn't mention Sokka! XD
  • venkarl
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    Aang! Have you got any meat??
  • Hinatachan360
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    Oh, Foofoo Cuddlypoops, I adore you!
  • Enya Kithael
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    A lot of people here were expecting you to reference Sokka. Oh well, no harm done. It's good to forget some of the silly and focus on the main task at hand sometimes. For all we know, his scenes probably didn't hit you that hard this time around. It's understandable.

    Like the episodes previous, I liked this episode and the Vlog you're doing. Hope you enjoy the next episode coming- If you haven't already watched it!
  • ClashM
    Gotta get this idea of "Lightning bending" out of your head. Lightning is a firebending technique only the best of the best can accomplish. Besides that there is a technique Iroh invented while studying waterbenders that allows him, and now Zuko, to redirect the lightning. So there's throwing and redirecting but they can't control it.

    Besides that and the earthbending thing people have pointed out above good review.

    Personally, I felt the scene on the mountain was pretty strong. Screaming into the storm "Go on, strike me! You've never held back before!" just rang so true. Seems like life is always trying to kick Zuko's teeth in, but he just keeps on going.
  • ultimateclima  - About lightning bending
    Dunno bout that. People reference *spoilers* metal bending and blood bending by those names. Why not lightning bending?
  • mtman318
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    Sand and vine bending, too.
  • Kaygeebee
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    You don't really bend and control lightning, the bender only gives it a direction in which to go. Iroh explained that very well.

    Toph on the other hand can freely control metal to match her needs and Katara can manipulate the water in other people.
  • SandMan29331  - We want to hear about Sokka
    The part about Sokka in this episode is one of the funniest things involving Sokka. So you should do this episode justice and talk about Sokka and the Moose-Lion Cub.
  • johncrab  - I second that.
    Yeah, I'm all for the, 'Sokka and the Moose-Lion Cub' episode.
  • Shaddic
    I can't believe he didn't even mention Sokka's little adventure. It was the best part of the episode.

    "Now come back boomerang."

    "Okay, karma person or thing, whoever's in charge of this stuff... If I can just get out of this situation alive, I will give up meat and sarcasm. Okay? That's all I got. Pretty much my whole identity: Sokka the meat and sarcasm guy. But I'm willing to be Sokka, the veggies and straight talk fellow. Deal?"

    "Aang! Thank goodness! Have you got any meat?"
  • SRanger1071  - Parallels
    While Zuko and Aang have some subtle parallels in their lives, I think the Fire Nation's royal family has a lot of parallels to the Southern Water Tribe's chief's family. The firstborn is a boy, the secondborn is a girl. The girl could be seen as "more powerful" than the boy, but the boy can still hold his own. The mother has been . . . absent for at least 10 years (no one knows what happened to Zuko and Azula's mother, but Sokka and Katara's mother is most definitely dead). The father is the leader of their home, and has also been fairly absent from their lives lately.
  • Mides
    Whoa.
  • pinky75910
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    Must be why they understand each other so well later on...
  • Grampagohan
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    Electricity Lightning, ehh same thing.
  • Lightice
    Well, except that lightning is, at the core of it, a spark. That connects it to the firebending discipline.
  • Furious George  - Hm.
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    I'm surprised you can't find more to say about this episode Doug, considering how good the humor was in Sokka's little predicament. Toph was great here too.

    And I have to say I disagree with you on the mountain scene. Its one of my favorite scenes in the entire series and was bloody effective as it was.... if anything, I feel like making it shorter might have made it even better, the credits showing up immediately after the close-up of Zuko's teary-eye.
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