Courtesy of hobviously: Free screenings of Juno over the next couple weeks! I'm going on Thursday.
Courtesy of my mom: Free screenings galore. That's how I saw August Rush.
For dinner tonight, I tried out a recipe I found on the back of a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies. And it turned out pretty good! Fusilli with Tex-Mex Meat Sauce!
OH MY GOD. WHERE TO EVEN BEGIN. IT WAS LIKE LET'S MAKE EVERYTHING IMPORTANT HAPPEN ON ONE DAY.
First of all, ALL THOSE RETURNING CHARACTERS. I could have lived without ever seeing the swamp folk again, but Hugh's awesome Seaweed Monster kicked ass. Teo in a motherfucking tank! Haru with motherfucking facial hair! THE BOULDER! Hippo! The Mechanist! Pipsqueak! The Duke! Unfortunately, most of them didn't really get a chance to shine during the actual battle, but token appearances are still appreciated, right?
Aang kissed Katara! For reals this time! Awwww.
And then the crazy invasion! With the SUBMARINES POWERED BY WATERBENDING OMG. And the WATERBENDING ICED TORPEDOES. And the CATERPILLAR TANKS. And the SEAWEED MONSTER. And the METEOR SWORD SLICING THROUGH METAL. And Hakoda
While exciting and full of fighting and excitement, "The Invasion" was really all setup for the kickass "The Eclipse."
I was disappointed that Toph didn't appear to be doing much during the battle, but she got to be useful as hell before the eclipse. Navigating underground tunnels! Crunching through metal doorways! Earning Sokka's eternal gratitude and/or love!
About ten minutes into the episode, I reminded myself that Azula knew about the eclipse, although we didn't really know what her plan was. I did not expect her to play SUPER AWESOME DECOY LADY. BEING A PRETTY GOOD LIAR. ASSISTED BY THE MOTHERFUCKING DAI LI!
And then, oh my God, that conversation in the corridor was so completely fucking hilarious, we were dying. I rewound so we could watch it again.
"That's what your friend just said. SINCE YOU CAN'T SEE, I SHOULD TELL YOU I'M ROLLING MY EYES."
It's like Azula has read the Evil Overlord Handbook and the Anime Cliché Handbook and is deliberately defying everything in them. AIN'T NO SMACKDOWN LIKE AN AZULA SMACKDOWN.
And Suki!! Suki's alive!! Because you know if Azula had killed her, she would have damn well told Sokka.
"Oh, sounds like the Firebending's back on." HOW CAN ONE TEENAGE SOCIOPATH BE SO AWESOME??? I LOVE YOU AZULA PLEASE DON'T KILL ME.
I...they pulled a bait-and-switch on us! The eclipse wasn't about Aang's confrontation with the Fire Lord. It was about Zuko's. And Zuko. Zuko! ZUKO!!! Everyone's being all proud of Aang and Sokka and everyone else but LET'S ALL BE FUCKING PROUD OF ZUKO. He finally discovered self-awareness! He stood up to his crappy dad! God, the kid has grown over the series. Finally, he sees that his dad kind of SUCKS, and he doesn't need his approval. And I didn't even expect him to go so far as to, like, completely denigrate the Fire Nation, but yes. He's gained so much perspective recently.
And his choosing to join the Avatar now makes so much more sense than it would have in "Crossroads of Destiny." Like I said, he's gained perspective, and he's more equipped to evaluate what it is he truly wants. It's earned, rather than simply expected. Especially now that he knows Aang is his great-grandfather. (Sidenote: is adhering to "destiny" really making a choice about what you truly want?)
Confirmation that it really was Ursa who killed Azulon! Finally! And confirmation that she's totally alive! FIND YOUR MOMMY, ZUKO!
Ozai can shoot lightning! And Zuko can GIVE IT BACK.
I've said it once, and I'll say it again: Zuko has one of the best character arcs I've ever seen. It's organic and consistent and real and fascinating and maddening and satisfying all at the same time.
WAR BALLOONS. OH MY JESUS FUCKING GOD FINALLY. I'VE ONLY BEEN WAITING FOR THIRTY-TWO EPISODES.
And, holy crap. I did not expect them to fail so spectacularly. I knew they would fail, obviously, but I expected them to retreat and regroup. Not...get everyone captured. But, storywise, this all makes complete sense. The final confrontation with the Fire Lord should be just Team Avatar. And it shouldn't be during an eclipse: Aang needs to use Firebending.
OH GOD BY THE WAY IROH MOTHERFUCKING BROKE OUT OF PRISON HELL YEAH. MILK THAT ECLIPSE FOR ALL IT'S WORTH.
And now The Duke and Haru and Teo are joining Team Avatar? Appa's going to be crowded. Maybe they can all just chill at the Western Air Temple. And I cannot wait to watch Zuko attempt to join Team Avatar. He's good now, guys! Really!
EXCEPT HIS HIT ON AANG STILL STANDS. WHAT ABOUT COMBUSTION MAN?? THIS WON'T END WELL.
Well, it was nice of the promo to give away the last minute of the goddamn episode. Jesus fucking Christ, whose fucking idea is it to pull shit like that?
Oh, Matt. You have too many women.
And then we watched American Gladiators. No, seriously.