.....things were awesome for a moment- and then Ginger. And things were awesome, and then- reunion kiss. And Varric is neither chastised nor in any way stripped of his power and privilege. He's still somehow in a position to negotiate.
Still don't understand why Unalaq's doing what he's doing.
...I'm having flashbacks to The Secret Garden and Colin in that tub with the ice. Oh, *Jinora*... Sick and dying children are some hair-trigger points of mine, Tenzin and Pema and oh god.
At least the brothers are communicating again. Now if only Mako could get his head out of his ass... at least we can see that it's because he's awkward and really bad at relationships this time. Although the moment of physical intimidation, however unintended, is kinda... eurgh, it was bad enough when the Eska/Bolin thing went so horribly awry. Boys shouldn't have to be afraid of their girls, girls shouldn't have to be afraid of their boys, and nobody should be so afraid of getting hurt that they can't *leave* when they need to. That's not funny. At least, not funny if it's played for serious and not just one person's exaggerating to cover their own insecurities, very briefly.
Ah-ha! At long last, we get to see Bumi, strategic mad genius and retired United Forces commander! -annnnd no.
Something that occurs to me from earlier- where are the girl Southern resistance warriors?
Katara! I'm still wondering where the hell she's been for the rest of this nonsense, but Best Healer is Best, let's see what she can do for Jinora.
Ah-hah, here we go, something about why Unalaq is doing this!
Asami Sato, Ace pilot and gadgeteer!
Oh shit, it's the Chitauri's giant flying slaughterfish!
(I think what I would have done is have the big flying distraction going on above, whilst I tunneled through the ice below.)
*Why* is Bumi so blazingly less competent than brave? I know, I know, emphasizing how special bending is and how lucky he is to have made it this far- fuck you. Fuuuuck you, 75-90% of the world is non-benders and Piandao was awesome and Bumi was a freaking *commander*, why are all his accomplishments offscreen suddenly no more than Uncle's wild stories, with no action backing them up?
Okay, this is what it's all about. Merge the spirit and the material world, yadda yadda... still think Unalaq is either not telling us something about *why*, or is completely delusional/riding high on Vaatu-juice.
Okay- the world is out of balance with Light presiding, but that means that true balance is- probably really inimical to human life. Also, I'm not getting what balance they're going for- balance of ruling power? Balance of physical forces? Balance of positive and negative spiritual energy? It's one thing to prate about balance, it's quite another to actually find it. I think what most people think of as 'balance' is more 'equilibrium', equilibrium being a self-sustaining point that favors and supports whatever they feel is right, such as human life.
He *calls* himself a Dark Avatar. .... Seriously.
I just- this just does not fit with the whole mythology and narrative established in A:tLA. There was no *evil*, just aggression and lack of empathy. I just. argh.
...why do I want there to be fisticuffs leading to freindship between this dark spirit and Bumi?
...but even if he's right, Desna, hundreds of thousands of people may die in order for his 'new world order' to become. And therein lies the problem- what's this new world order worth if it destroys everything rather than changes things for the better? Or is it supposed to be a world full of only spirits, with humans fighting for their lives in tiny enclaves, as in the time before the Avatar, when Lion Turtles gave them their only shelter?
At last, we see the Southern troops' reaction to being constantly cheek-by-jowl with these spirity types! I think they're mostly going with this because Unalaq is chief, pays their wages and possibly he sold them on some kind of becoming-a-stronger-tribe-with-us-in-control thing.
...and this is how Bumi always manages to save the day. By sheer, dumb hilarity. While I am still pissed off about his general competence levels and the way he's being treated as a non-bender by the story itself, not just his family- I gotta say, that was pretty fun, even if I'd have preferred some of it having been part of his crazy plan rather than just flailing about until something awesome happened by happenstance.
...and there is no exit strategy. The only way out- is through.
Is anyone else getting an eye-of-Sauron feel from the Tree of Time?
...Waitasec- ah, right, they all just came through the spirit portal, so of course now they can bend in the spirit world. That makes no sense and I don't know why that's in there aside from justifying not having to come up with some other way for folks to do battle in the spirit world.
...annnnd the world just got spiritually super-charged. sort of there and not-there at once with the whole merging of spirit- and material-worlds?
This is something that has bothered me since the episode with Avatar Wan. So these are the great spirits of the universe, the apparent forces for 'good' and 'evil', whose fighting has kept the world spinning for time immemorial, from the very beginning (so far as we can tell). Is that why they look like proto-intestinal parasites? No, trilobites might be the better word for it. But they look like tapeworms. They're so ancient they go back to the time of the beginnings of life itself, not just life as we know it. But it still looks utterly alien and kinda freaky, which is why I wonder why they are human-relatable *at all*.
-And that's the end of the episode(s). I've seen .gifs of much more stuff than this, so there must have been a two-hour finale instead of a one-hour, so I'm off to grab the last two episodes. Man, Nickelodean is giving this such a weird schedule, with breaks and mashups- I think they're trying to get rid of this, or at least mush as many episodes together as they can in one chunk so they can have it over with and get the room back in their schedule. I hope we can get the next season off the ground with this attitude.