Avatar, Relationships Done Right pt. 2: Mai & Zuko

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my continuing look at Avatar: The Last Airbender and how the relationships between the characters within it. If you missed the previous post (here) about Sokka, be sure to check it out! This week I’ll be discussing the relationship between arguably one of the series’s most important characters, Prince Zuko, and his knife wielding girlfriend Mai.

Now as many of you have watched the show may know, Prince Zuko is a pretty integral part of the over-all Airbender plot. So much so, in fact, that if I tried to cover every detail and change in his character over the course of the series I’d have to write one HELL of a blog; with a length border-lining on a college thesis. So since I don’t really have the time for that (and I doubt many of you have the time to read it) I’m going to do things a little differently then you may expect and instead focus on Mai and her contributions to the relationship. Hopefully doing so will also help distinguish the troubles that Zuko faces as a person from the troubles that he and Mai struggle with as a couple.

I will also be using WAY more pictures than I normally do. Because pictures are awesome.

Buckle up everyone! And let’s get this thing rolling… Continue reading “Avatar, Relationships Done Right pt. 2: Mai & Zuko”

Avatar: The Last Airbender, Relationships Done Right pt. 1: Sokka

Yes, I’m on an Avatar kick as of late. But it occurred to me the other day while playing Tales of Graces f that there sure are some interesting relationships floating around out there in the wide world of shows, movies and video games that exists in this day and age. From Aeryn Sun & John Crichton to Han & Leia, there is a couple out there for just about every kind of real life relationship. Yet not all fictional relationships are made equal. While some of them are painfully true to real life, others seem just about a shallow and fake as a certain sparkly vampire & oddly same-faced teen we all know of.

Now having just finished watching this week’s rather relationship-heavy episode of Legend of Korra, I got to thinking of how much I like what they are doing with it. The writers (Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko) really have a grasp of how to write “young love,” but don’t shy away from how hard or confusing it can often be. Now while I’d love to dissect this week’s episode of Korra, I gotta leave something for my Monthly Reviews, right? So I’ve decided that for the next few weeks I’m going to break down the relationships for Avatar: The Last Airbender, a show that has reached it’s conclusion and finished its love arcs (for the most part). Obviously if you haven’t seen Avatar: The Last Airbender then there are SPOILERS AHEAD. Also, what are you waiting for?! Go watch it on Netflix.

So without further ado, let’s start with our good pal Sokka… Continue reading “Avatar: The Last Airbender, Relationships Done Right pt. 1: Sokka”

Watch Me Make Endings Better (Spoilers)

Frequent show contributor and At the Buzzer movie review Gary Sundt and I are working on a few scripts to break our way into Hollywood (admittedly, Gary is doing a better job than I). I need this to happen, because right now I feel like I’m the only person on the planet who knows how to write a good ending.

Good endings aren’t hard. All you need to do is find the right blend of the ENDING TRIFECTA (patented by me). The ending trifecta is composed of resolution, satisfaction, and artistic closure. Like the perfect recipe, you need a little of each to really have a great ending. If you resolve everything by explaining what happens to every character, but the resolution is that every character is killed in a horrible fashion, this satisfies the resolution and artistic closure of your ending, but offers no fan satisfaction (unless the fans hated your characters). Likewise, if you attempt to satisfy your fans by offering a cookie cutter happy ending, you might sacrifice true character and event resolution, as well as the final exploration of your artistic themes.

It’s a tough balance. Except it’s not. Watch me cover some universally maligned endings and demonstrate how they easily could have been made better. Continue reading “Watch Me Make Endings Better (Spoilers)”