Snake of the South wrote: Not to mention, there's not going to be any time for filler so it will all be good stuff episode-wise.
Tera253 wrote:maybe Tenzin and Korra will get along really well, even with that 30 or so year age difference.
Battery wrote:Woo... I heard that Korra was having a booth or event or something at this year's SD Comic Con, so hopefully we'll get some new news from that. Hopefully we'll get a glimpse at a more definite start date, or even a look at some of the other characters. The rest of the world and myself want to know what Tenzin is going to look like. There are 50 billion interpretations of him on DeviantArt. xD
Battery wrote:By the way, LAF totally stole my overview. "Made it their own" by adding the things I left out due to not making it too long, and changing a few words and punctuation. Screw you, LAF. Only kudos I give you is for your pics.
Anyways, I watched the trailer this morning and paused it every few seconds to study it. Few interesting things I noticed that haven't been mentioned: I found a fire hydrant and some plumbing. Awesomesause.
I also watched the panel on YouTube and it was amazing. Seriously. Anyhoo, I learned a few more things that weren't tweeted. They showed Korra as a little girl (she was sooooo kyoot) and I finally saw pictures of these new lemurs. They look seriously awesome. I also saw pictures of Tenzin's kids and his wife. Turns out they don't just have three airbending kids, but another kid on the way. And the reason we don't know Toph's father? It wasn't because they just didn't talk about it, but because Bryan was as evil as always.
They showed the picture and said, "This... is Cheif Bei Fong, Toph's.... daughter." The fandom freaked out, and they all began to scream as an intelligible whole, "WHO'S THE FATHER?" Bryan just pulled the microphone really, really close to his mouth and said, "I don't know what you're screaming. Let's move to the next picture."
Bryan.... I love you man, but you like to ruin my fangirly life.
Pleh wrote:Not that we wouldn't have wanted to know beforehand, but the fact that they intentionally withhold the information actually means a lot.
tinyartist18 wrote:Is it bad that, as of right now, I kinda feel for the Equalists? Not knowing much about them, and assuming quite a lot, I don't see lots of room for unjustified maliciousness.
tinyartist18 wrote:FN/EK seem to be a bit of an odd mix
tinyartist18 wrote:I think it would also be interesting to re-open the "genetics vs spirituality" discussion in light of this new canon information.
Pleh wrote:The Avatar is high on their hit list. The Avatar is the bridge between the worlds and protector of the all important balance between the elements.
To want to take out the Avatar is to want to destabilize the entire world and throw everything into Chaos and Anarchy.
I have very little pity for them becoming the Red Shirt Stormtroopers of this story. They are just power hungry nuts like every other villain, except this time they think that by claiming to be merely "equalizing" that their grab for power is justified. Bullshit.
Also, it smells vaguely of Socialistic thought ("everyone should be equal and no one should have more than anyone else"), which may result in Liberal ATLA fans feeling more sympathetic to their cause while making Conservative ATLA fans to only dislike them even more intensely.
Also, before you get to sympathizing too hard with these guys, exactly how do you think they intend to achieve "equality" with any bender? Ty Lee's power only temporarily disables bending. Temporary equality is not a virtue to dedicate your life to. So what's the use in learning that ability for the purpose of true equality? Well, the only way to permanently stop a bender from bending without soulbending is to kill them, and since Energybending is not likely something that all these Equalists can do, I think these ninjas just go around killing benders wherever they find them, taking away their powers and leaving them stunned and helpless just before they slit their throats. All in the name of equality.
Finally, you assume they bother to stop and justify their actions. Ever stop to consider that they don't care whether or not what they do is wrong or malicious? Some people are just plain evil and they make no apologies or justifications for it.
Yeah, I have no sympathy for them.
Pleh wrote: -Really? What new information? All I've seen is that they use the same technique that Ty Lee used, which gives us nothing we didn't already have. Ty Lee attacked key Chi pressure points to disrupt the Chi's flow. So far as I can see, this only means that Chi needs some sort of Conduit in order to flow, or for it's flow to be controlled, but it means nothing so far as bending being derived from genetics or spirituality.
In fact, think also to the time Ty Lee fought Sokka in The Chase. She hit his arm and it went numb. Then his other arm and that went numb. Then his leg and it went numb. Then his forehead and she hurt her hand. But Sokka isn't a bender. He's just a regular guy with a boomerang. So the question becomes, did Ty Lee actually block their bending, or just disable their arms which they needed to bend with?
I believe the case of Sokka makes it obvious that the answer is that she disables the arms, not the bending directly, and I would claim that if Ty Lee fought Bumi, she could disable his arms and legs and he could still bend against her with his head and torso. From this, I would conclude that she is disabling their bodies, but not their bending.
And how do we separate the two? Energybending. "In the time before the elements, we bent the energy within ourselves." [slightly paraphrased]. Aang took away Ozai's bending, but not by directly attacking his body. He did it by bending Ozai's energy, his soul. He changed who Ozai was and it was through spirituality that he couldn't bend anymore, not through his body (indeed, if Aang's technique had worked the same way as Ty Lee's did except making the damage permanent, then Ozai would just about have to be dead or in a vegetative state, which he clearly wasn't).
To be fair, we don't really know what happened with Soulbending and Aang vs Ozai, but with Ty Lee's ability, they told us explicitly what happened. She was simply placing proper pressure on a pressure point. Energybending seems to have been intended to be mystical and unexplained (a signature theme of spiritualistic elements in a story).
I have always been, and remain to this day, a firm believer in the Spiritualist side of the argument. Genetic solution theories never seemed consistent with the world Bryke portrayed (though it is clear that genetics has a role somewhere, it is simply not a primary one).
Besides, if there's some mutant gene that allows bending, then Avatar = X-Men and, for that reason alone, I'd want to keep bending a strictly spiritual effect.
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