Chapter 17: Lake Laogai
Grrr…Jet's death. Why did it have to be left like that? No resolution for Longshot and Smellerbee. No resolution of his friendship with Zuko. GRRRRRRRRRRR.
"Leave it behind." *sigh* No more Ninja!Zuko. Oh well, I suppose he has better things ahead.
Chapter 18: The Earth King
Dream!Ursa: "Zuko! Help me!" Why did they have to leave Ursa's disappearance unresolved? Wah!
Chapter 19: The Guru
This episode and the next are all about good things coming too soon—Zuko's change of heart, a winning strategy against the Fire Nation, Aang's mastery of the Avatar state; the tea has not yet steeped enough.
<333 Sokka and Hakoda's reunion. Not quite as emotionally charged as a similar reunion in season 3, but very touching nonetheless.
Azula: "It's terrible when you can't trust the people who are closest to you." Foreshadowing, eh, Azula?
It's disappointing to me that the theme of attachment vs. non-attachment wasn't resolved better. I just felt like that could have been developed more than it was. BTW, who else thinks the scene where Aang has a vision of Katara in trouble and runs off against his teacher's protests was totally inspired by Star Wars: ESB?
Chapter 20: The Crossroads of Destiny
Iroh: "The key to both [good tea and good advice] is proper aging." Like I said—some things need to steep a little longer.
Ah, speaking of PoA, we're up to the Zutaran equivalent of the magic hippogriff ride—Zuko and Katara in the green crystal prison of LUURVE!!! I have to admit, it is a pretty powerful moment. I almost believed in Zutara again after this episode. I can see why many fans may have developed a powerful connection to the ship during the wait for the third season. I always say that I think a lot of anti-canon shipping comes from having to wait and contemplate.
It's ironic to see Katara fighting Azula and Zuko cutting in to help Azula in this episode, in light of how those three will be arranged in the finale.
Mai: "Just take the bear." Heh. She almost smiles at them. See, that was evidence that deep down she was a good person, right?
C: Because of the mention of Aang's exit wound, I wonder where Zuko's lightening exit wound is? Or does it work differently when you re-direct (or partially redirect) the lightening? I will have to look and see if I can tell when I get around to the finale.
Re: death/resurrection theme. Of course, I was also confused into thinking that Zuko fulfilled that trope for Avatar. Which he does, but obviously he's not the only one. (And really, I've got to confess to being a bit of a Zuko-centric idiot, because I see now that Aang does it a bit more powerfully.)
All right, now I just have the bonus disc left and I will be done with season 2. After, that, I'm taking a little break until school gets out for the holidays, to keep myself from going crazy (and also to allow some friends to pass around my season 3 DVDs and get caught up).