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AtoMaki
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« Reply #25 on: Mar 09, 2018 03:27 pm »

Like "The Great Divide". Literally nothing in that episode ever comes back again.

The opposing preferences of the Water Siblings kinda do come back again, mostly in The Runaway and to a lesser extent in the very next episode, The Storm (The Fortuneteller, The Painted Lady, and The Puppetmaster are also minor examples).
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« Reply #26 on: Mar 11, 2018 03:59 pm »

I watch The Great Divide just for the animation of the Zhang tribe's retelling of the legend.

Maybe I should start a petition to have "plot" removed from all stories until people realize it's not the only thing that matters. I once got a review on a chapter in one of my fanfics that criticized it for not containing enough plot elements to make it unskippable, and I had to explain that it was by design, and if the reader didn't get enough out of being with the characters or having the story's themes and motifs reinforced, then (s)he would be better served by reading something else.
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« Reply #27 on: Mar 12, 2018 11:30 am »

Yeah, there is, or should be, a lot more to a story than just the forward thrust of the narrative.  But different strokes for different folks.  Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: Mar 13, 2018 06:05 am »

if it's just, only and purely plot you want, you can go read flow charts. i like stories.

that said i really do like clever writing where seemingly pointless events and details come back half a season later and make me go OH SNAP! and things that could have been used like that but weren't sometimes leave me hanging.

it can be something someone said, some clothes someone wore, even the way a character eats a sandwich.
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« Reply #29 on: Mar 13, 2018 06:43 pm »

Oh, yeah, that's always fun. I love that. It's why I think Dirk Gentley is the greatest work of Douglas Adams, and why Terry Pratchett's better books transcend their comedy.

It's just not the only thing. And overdoing it can, like all stuff, lead to a plethora of lesser examples.
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« Reply #30 on: Aug 20, 2018 01:35 pm »

Exploring the cave and learning about the legend of Oma and Shu was price of admission for me.

In a way I think it highlights ATLA's core strengths, in that often times banal episodes that played to the original demographic (e.g. I didn't care much for this episode's hippies) were still carried by the worldbuilding and the interactions of the main characters. An engaging plot and consequential events matter insofar as there is adequate investment in the characters and their world, and episodes like this strenghthen our attachment to the latter.
This is something that's increasingly missing in this age of Netflix and full serialization.
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« Reply #31 on: Dec 06, 2018 02:26 pm »

There's a big difference between filler, worldbuilding and character development. And I've never understood why filler is automatically considered to be bad or a dirty word.

As for me, I watched Avatar from the beginning; I distinctly remember watching all of the promo, anticipating the premiere (the first two episodes of Book One), watching the premier and then thinking that this is a great show. However, I missed every episode after The Storm and before the Waterbending Master on the first run because I got in trouble in school with my grades. I was in seventh grade at the time lol...


I didn't actually see the Blue Spirit, Fortuneteller, Bato of the Water Tribe and the Northern Air Temple until they were reruns after the first season ended. I remember being so confused and irritated when I saw Katara fight Pakku. I was like "Where did she learn all this? She used to be not very good."


Actually, I don't think I saw the Fortunteller until well into the second season. This was back in the days when DVR was very new, the TV Guide was unreliable and you had to look up in the TV Guide magazine to get a reliable answer on when a certain show was coming on and if it was a rerun.
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