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November 2nd, 2007

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11:37 pm - Toph Is Blind, You Guys
I snagged a whole bunch of Fun Size Snickers from my cousin's Halloween pull. I think I might eat one every day until they're gone. I'm not sure how many calories that is. Mmm, Snickers.


Quick thoughts on "The Beach": TY LEEEEEEEEE! Finallyyyyyyyyyyy! There was a lot of awesome hilarity about this episode, even though it seemed kind of off. It was like they tried to stick the Fire Nation Four into a teen comedy, with mixed results. Who knew Azula was so bad at flirting? And that Ty Lee looked so good in a bikini? The tone of it seemed more like the chibi shorts, which was weird, but I think it worked well enough. We got a little bit more about Zuko and Azula's family history, which is key. The group therapy session at the end sort of blew my mind with the blatant emotional exposition, but I didn't care so much because I felt like we were learning things about the characters we should have known a long time ago. Then, meanwhile, Team Avatar is randomly attacked by a guy who can BLOW SHIT UP WITH HIS MIIIIIIIND. Kickass.

Quick thoughts on "The Avatar and the Fire Lord": Way to have no introduction at all, guys! Did someone lose the first five pages of the script? Well, whatever, because this companion piece to "The Storm" was pretty awesome and epic in the way that Avatar often is. Roku and Sozin were friends!! And the very fact that the Avatar was from the Fire Nation is indirectly responsible for the war in the first place, which is sweet. And Sozin and Roku had a Star Wars moment on a volcano! AND FINALLY FOR GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING FUCK'S SAKE THE CREDITS MAKE SENSE. BUT WHEN THE WORLD NEEDED HIM MOST, HE VANISHED...BECAUSE SOZIN HAD TAKEN HIM OUT LIKE TWELVE YEARS AGO. Also...ROKU IS ZUKO'S GREAT-GRANDFATHER HOLY SHIT. I could see that Aang's and Zuko's destinies were intertwined for narrative reasons, but now we know there's also a cosmic reason. I think this is part of Mike and Bryan's brilliance: they fill in blanks perfectly, even blanks you didn't even know were there.

And now for "The Runaway," which was pretty awesome. Really funny and clever and entertaining. Kind of a "The Chase" meets "The Blind Bandit."

I think the episode could have survived just fine without the tired "X Amount of Time Earlier" device. This isn't Alias! I secretly love it. Shhhh.

I just now realized this was one of those Zuko-less episodes. Hm.

There was a lot of really cool bending in the opening. So apparently Aang can learn Toph's Daredevil move? Interesting. I also like how Toph just Earthbended the mud off herself. Hee.

It seems that Katara is motherly. I am sure this is news to everyone. (That being said, I did like the way all the character stuff was handled, although Sokka's admission that when he tries to picture his mom he sees Katara is kinda weird. And Toph's coming to terms with the fact that she might have hurt her parents and feeling guilty was nice.)

The scams were awesome and hilarious, even if they went on a wee bit too long.

So, Toph-is-blind jokes never get old, and there were a bunch of them. My favorite was "I know you sent this, Sokka! Toph can't write!" because until she said that, I didn't see the flaw in the plan myself. That cracked my shit up.

When Toph was thrown into a wooden prison, I became really intrigued because that had to be intentional. And then I was worried for Katara as she came to collect her reward, and then when Combustion Man appeared, I said, "Oh, FUCK." And I do love when shows make me say that.

Katara waterbending sweat? SWEATY STINKY GENIUS!

Combustion Man is really awesome, and he hasn't even said anything. I wonder what's up with his third eye, though. It's clearly his weakness, but what happened? A little bump on the head fucks up his aura or something? And more importantly, did anyone see that? Because I don't think they did. Which means we'll have to wait for Team Avatar to figure that out themselves.

Finally, let's not forget Hawky. Welcome to the show, Hawky.

Friday Night Lights

During the scene with Tim trying to convince Lyla not to go right back home, I had the thought, "Why am I watching this show? Maybe I could live without it." About half an hour later, I had the thought, "Oh yeah. I watch this show because it explores all the facets of complicated human emotion and lays it all out there and lets people be people and it's very interesting to watch."

Also, Coach and Mrs. Coach FTW, of course.

(typicrobots says it best.)
Current Mood: soresore
Current Music: Of Montreal - You Feel You Must Go, Don't Go!

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Date:November 3rd, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
It seems like 'The Avatar and The Fire Lord' was exactly the kind of episode that you were waiting for, mmm?

I loove me some Avatar! :D
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Date:November 3rd, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
the blatant emotional exposition
It hurt me to listen to that. It really, really did.

"The Fire Lord" was the best episode all season.

It seems that Katara is motherly.
You think? Hence the ookiness with the whole Katara/Aang ship. Still, I think they handled this emotional exposition a lot more gracefully than the rest of the season has. Maybe because it didn't seem entirely out of character for everyone to be talking about their feelings.

I want to get to the part of the season where Iroh teaches Aang to firebend. Come on, you know you're waiting for that too.
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Date:November 3rd, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
I'm not saying episodes 8, 9 and 10 are online... but I'm not saying they're not either.

("The Puppetmaster" is the scariest, darkest Avatar episode to date. I can't wait for it to air so I can discuss!)

Sokka's thing about picturing Katara's face in their mother's place is a little creepy, but I love sensitive caring Sokka so much, that it didn't bother me.

Also, I noticed you're listening to Of Montreal. I didn't know who they were Friday morning... Friday night I went to their concert and now I'm a fan. (Although Kevin Barnes could have put some pants on and I wouldn't have been offended!)
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Date:November 3rd, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not saying episodes 8, 9 and 10 are online... but I'm not saying they're not either.
I thought 10 wasn't up yet! I...am resisting!

"The Puppetmaster" is the scariest, darkest Avatar episode to date.

I didn't know who they were Friday morning... Friday night I went to their concert and now I'm a fan.
Ha! Yeah, they put on a great show; I've seen them twice. During one concert, they did a five-minute slow-motion dumbshow about worshipping a donut and ran through the audience twice. In the middle of "Peacock Parasols." It was pretty awesome. I've loved them for years, though I'm not a big fan of their new direction. I don't have their latest album, but I haven't really warmed up to the one before that except for a few songs. I recommend Satanic Panic in the Attic and, if you can find it, The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy.

(Although Kevin Barnes could have put some pants on and I wouldn't have been offended!)
Hee. Good use of appropriate icon.
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Date:November 4th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
I'll resist with you. . . I think. . .Aargh. Jules is evil. Although she makes a hot Katara.

PS if we all meet up at ComicCon, I am sooooo going as Toph.
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Date:November 3rd, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
This season of FNL has not been the runaway AMAZINGOMGZOWIE so far that season 1 was - but I agree, this was a pretty great episode. Also I am (re)learning not to trust the previews, because the preview for this week's episode made the whole Jason-in-the-water segment seem very soapy and overblown, when actually? A really searing, beautiful moment that made me tear up when I wasn't at all expecting.

Also Taylor Kitsch is a really fine actor - I gave Awesome Boss a dissertation on how amazing he is in season 1, and how for the first few episodes I was like, "Oh they totally just hired him because he's too good-looking to actually be real, and I get that, so as long as they don't give him too much to do at once, he can just stand in the background and look pretty," and then all of a sudden you realize that there's an entire other story going on in his head at all times, and mostly it's just there twisting restlessly behind his eyes and you only get hints, but every so often something cracks and it all comes pouring out. Just brilliant.

ANYWAY my point is that I was rather lukewarm on the first few episodes - though they were always saved by the Coach/Mrs. Coach storylines, which are reliably superb - but I am pleased with the way the season is developing.

[crosses fingers that the WGA won't strike, or won't strike for very long]
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Date:November 3rd, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
The WGA are striking, and sources say it will likely last a long time. Eep.
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Date:November 3rd, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
I loved everything about Hawky except his name. Avatar is getting better, though episodes with zuko and heavy on child humor are not as great as Zuko episodes where Zuko is chasing and storming and fighting.

I think it's absolutely Saracen for the win, with the telling off of Coach and Julie, and yet still demonstrating that he has no adult for help.

Sadly Lyla, who I use to like, seems less pretty and more annoying this season.
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Date:November 4th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
The Combustion Man is my new favorite character. The battle(s) are AWESOME.

Seconding the 'The Puppetmaster' scariness and darkness.
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Date:November 4th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
I wonder if he'll ever speak. I hope he has a really cool voice actor.

I'm looking forward to this scary and dark episode now!!
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Date:November 4th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
katara's hair is so cute it's distracting.

but anyways, I don't think it's that weird that sokka things of katara as his mother. with all the alcoholics in our family we've had plenty of sisters who acted like mothers and aunts who've been more like mothers and gay cousins who have been more like mothers. Also, because there's probably a family resemblance, it would kind of make sense that they just sort of merged into the same person.
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Date:November 4th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
Also, Coach and Mrs. Coach FTW, of course.
Pretty much the cutest couple ever. Patch and Rose Abbott might beat them, but they got less screen time. The Taylors just make me giddy with their awesomeness.
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Date:November 5th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
I do use that, but I didn't get anything. It may have gone into my Spam filter and gotten deleted. Try again?
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Date:November 5th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Still not getting anything. Don't know why. Try poltrcow at comcast dot net.

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