Hello,I read a discussion thread of yours from 2013 in which you stated the Equalists won. In the discussion you talked with another user about how you didn't believe spirituality was a factor in whether someone has bending. In an interview, Bryke said that bending was a recessive trait as bending parents were known to have nonbending children, and vice versa. However, they also said genetics wasn't the only factor, and that spirituality was a factor as well because we saw that in the original series there were a pair of identical twins where one was a bender and the other was not. However, many people view this explanation unsatisfactorily. However, I remembered the new airbenders that appeared after Harmonic Convergence. It seems obvious the spiritual energy emitted by the event was what activated their bending, and so what if a connection to spiritual energy is what causes bending to be expressed? If bending is a genetic trait, then there is a gene that codes for it. We've also seen that some humans are naturally imbued with spiritual energy or more spiritually connected than others. Since these traits differ between individuals, it is most likely that they are genetic in nature as well. There are cases where certain genes are not expressed for whatever reasons, and so if the genes coding for spiritual connection and energy are not expressed, then it is likely the bending gene will not be expressed either. In the past few decades studies have shown that genes can be forcibly expressed through artificial means. We know that the new airbenders must have airbending in their ancestry for them to have it, and so what if the overwhelming spiritual energy created by Harmonic Convergence activated these dormant genes. This would also account for twins where not both are benders as there have been studies showing that environmental factors can cause certain genes in identical twins to express differently. Does this theory sound plausible to you? Also, I was wanting to know if I could ask how you came up with the name of your account?
It's hard to believe you are not a admin yet. From what I've seen, you are the most itelligent on the subject on Avatar, I'd almost think you're the creators of Avatar! All the posts I've seen always has you on it, your comments are so.. I cannot explain. You are truly that amazing. Just a question: How do you feel about the villans' deaths in book 3? Supposedly the whole Red Lotus except for Zaheer. How do you think book 4, the last of the Legend of Korra series, and also, sadly, the last season of the Avatar series as well. Mike and Bryan will not be making more Avatar after season 4 of the Legend of Korra.
On the deaths of the three Red Lotus members, on a personal level I am very satisfied. There are few things more rewarding than seeing characters that were built up as "unstoppable" being taken down. From a storytelling perspective, I'm a little conflicted. On the one hand, the deaths go hand in hand with the darker tone of the Legend of Korra, especially this latest season. On the other hand, it feels a little cheap how they were dealt with. They weren't developed all that well as characters throughout the season, so their ends were just kind of... empty. In contrast, the deaths of Amon and arguably Unalaq felt much more significant since we got to know them much more as characters. P'Li, Ghazan, and Ming Hua mostly felt more like human weapons than actual people, which made their deaths carry less weight. P'Li
at least had her bond with Zaheer, which put her above her earthbender and waterbender companions.
I hope season 4 revisits the conflict between humans and spirits, something I was a little disappointed wasn't addressed in this season. I think there's a lot of potential not only for great action, but talk of prejudice, respecting nature, industrialization, "rightful lands", spirituality, boundaries, and a real analysis of the duties of the Avatar as well. Lots of stuff that would be fascinating to see realized on screen, kind of an odd symmetry considering the issues the first Avatar had to face and the sad fact that this will be the last season.
Oddly enough, I tend to find myself liking Korra the most. Though she can be rough around the edges, especially in the first two seasons, I admire her tenacity and willingness to do whatever it takes to get things done. Even when she's at her lowest points, she finds the will to come back swinging. The latest season also showed her progressing incredibly as an Avatar, which impressed me a little more than Aang's progression.
I also admire the fact that the problems she faces are a little more complex than just "beat up the bad guy". There's plenty of that still, sure, but her struggles don't end when the bad guy bites the dust. She has to continually deal with the consequences of her actions and the points that the villains bring up. Overall I think her story is the most fascinating and complex, complemented by a character who has to change and mature as she realizes the problems of the world around her.
Just wanted to say I really do think you are the finest user on this site. You are so much more intelligent than almost anyone I ever met on the subject of Avatar. Thank you for being a part of this wiki and inspiring me to become a part of it as well. All hail the critic.
I think it's doing very well so far. Korra truly seems like she's progressing not just as the Avatar but as a character. The villains don't seem to be "evil with little explaination" type we've been getting thus far. The story flows very well, and I have had no "why did they keep this in?" thoughts thus far.
And of course, new airbenders, which I am quite happy about. Not only does this give diversity to a formerly very cut-and-dry goodie goodie nation, it makes the world seem... more complete, somehow.
Its a possibility, but I think the spirit angle is going to be revisited, specifically the spirit's disdain for humans altering their environment. I think Book 4 will see an invasion of the Spirit Wilds that makes the situation in Republic City look like a community garden.
I think they'll keep the villains alive for book . I mean, there are 4 of them this time, and to have 4 great villains all die before we get to now them would be a waste. I think the writers know that.
I think, or at least I hope, that Korra will find a way to get back in touch with her past Avatars, though how I don't know.
I think we'll see Toph, Zuko, and maybe Katara teaming up in the finale to fight, if not sooner.
And I think that you're right, the spirits will have a big something to do with the season climax.
Hey Air Nomad Critic. You might remember me, WilliamsonKnox, from a long time ago, probably in that forum thread talking about potential new bending civilizations for the Avatar universe. I distinctly remember your comments and support of my ideas regarding the Metal Empire and Wood Clans, and I just wanted to write to you my thanks for your words of encouragement and to inform you that I followed through on my descision to write fanon based upon my ideas. I entitled it Avatar: Legend of the Arbiter , the first chapter is now posted in the fanon section and I am currently working on the second, so if you ever have the time check it out and give me your opinion. It would be much appreciated and thanks again.
My name came from two different origins, really. The first is fairly simple; my favorite culture in the series is that of the Air Nomads, and I tend to be rather analytical in my post, so I styled myself as The Air Nomad Critic, in the sense of being an Air Nomad enthusiast who happened to be a critic.
The other origin comes from my very first post on the forums, in which I dissected the Air Nomad Genocide and how I felt it shouldn't have worked so well. So in that respect I was a critical of a major event in Air Nomad history. One could take it either way, I suppose.
That and Fire Nation Snob just didn't have the same ring to it.
Hey haha. I remember you telling me a while ago that you were not much of a comics/manga person, but how? I've had conversations with you full on about comics and such, so, how do you not consider yourself much of a fan? XD
Most of my knowledge of comics in general tends to come from sources other than the comics themselves, such as Wikipedia. After seeing something like an animated feature, I will often look a character or location up to get a more educated view on them, which usually involves looking at various storylines from the comics.
In general I tend to stick to animated features of comics and manga since I do not have a ready access to either.
Oh, alright haha I understand. Well, yeah, at least you take the time to read up and know what you are talking about. That, I can respect :D Haha I read comics online and, if not, then I go to my library and check them out. and, since I'm a huge fan, I tend to use the Databases for Marvel and DC in order to know exactly what I am saying haha.
So, who's your favorite hero, and what's your favorite team in DC? Favorite team for me is Teen Titans, but favorite hero is Power Girl.
For teams, I think it a tie between The Team from Young Justice and the Justice League from the 90's cartoon. I just love how the various personalities play off each other.
Favorite hero? Probably Wonder Woman. Idk there's just something appealing to me about a magic based superheroine duking it out alongside mostly science based superheros. Plus there's her nature, someone who is at her core very caring, yet has a very distinct moral compass that sometimes leads her to clash with the other leaguers but is perfectly understandable.
Agred. I also like the Justice League. Although the Young Justice is really just a variation of the Teen Titans haha. Personally, I would love for them to bring back Earth-Prime with new counterparts. How about you?
I also love Wonder Woman. She's second for me after Power Girl. I also like how she can hang with the likes of Superman and Mratian Manhunter. Hell, she's beaten Superman without killing him, while he was trying to kill her, in the past. She is awesome. I like how she stands her ground, also. She's not afraid to put her down and whup some ass when the time calls for it. She's just honestly awesome :D
Do you like Marvel or DC better? Honestly, I used to like DC, but, the more that I think about it., I honestly enjoy Marvel a lot more. The only thing about Marvle that I don't like is that it's owned by Disney, whereas I wish that it was owned by Cartoon Network like how DC is. Or, in broader terms if we're including the comics, the Warner Bros., who own Cartoon Network. Anyway, I overall like Cartoon Network way more, but I'm seriously getting sick of DC. Even at its best, DC has nothing, save Raven, that I like as much as Phoenix, Scarlet Witch, Galactus, Silver Surfer, and the likes of that. It's getting really annoying how DC keeps trying to make the Superfamily its most powerful heroes and heroines. Meanwhile, Marvel has awesome cosmic beings like Silver Surfer, Galactus, Galacta, House of M Scarlet Witch, and Dark Phoenix, all of whom can waste your average conventional superheroes. I feel like they're far more intriguing than DC's annoyingly repetitive conventional superheroes and superheroines -_- How about you haha?
As a whole, I tend to like DC better, going mostly from the animated features. In that medium, they tend to be a bit more mature than Marvel, though the latter has a few more mature pieces here and there, like Planet Hulk. Recently it seems Marvel's features have gotten a bit more kid friendly, to the point where the Avengers can seamlessly appear on shows like Phineas and Ferb. By contrast, DC features tend to be much darker, like Flashpoint and Young Justice.
I will say, however, my absolute favorite heros tend to be on the Marvel side of things, though I usually go by their original incarnations. SIlver Surfer, for instance, is always on the top of my list due to the nature of the conflicts he faces. He's not a normal guy who suddenly gets superpowers; he's practically a demigod, the herald of Galactus, that suddenly gets trapped on what seems to him a backwater, confused little planet. He's a Shakespearean tragedy melded with a space opera.
I would have to agree with you that, animation wise, DC is far mor mature than Marvel. Again, this is why I have a bone to pick with Disney and how it bought Marvel. Sorry, but Marvel is simply not compatible with Disney haha. Disney is supposed to be kid friendly, whereas Marvel is supposed to be dark and ominous, very much like DC. Simply the though of the likes of Phoenix, Silver Surfer, NAND Galactus on Disney makes me cringe. They're ultimately incompatible and just do not mix well, at all. As for DC being on Cartoon Network, it actually fits well, because they go together perfectly. Cartoon Network may be a kids' channel, but it's content even in the "kids" shows is dark and fitting. Even the Looney Tunes, while light hearted, is still action packed, just like DC and Marvel. But here is what the problem is, in my opinion: Disney, while sometimes dark, is still not the kind of company to be action packed and go for dark fantasy, especially the one of Phoenix and Galactus dwelling in the cosmos. Haha sorry for the length, but you get what I'm saying?
He's more than a demigod haha. He can hang with gods like Thor. I agree that it's nice for Silver Surfer not to be another mutant -_- Although part of Phoenix was once technically a mutant named Jean Grey, I like Phoenix for the same reasons that you like Silver Surfer. I like how we saw jean Grey struggle with the Phoenix Force inside of her and go through a bunch of emotional pain in order to finally get to where she wanted to be: in full control. I liked how Jean died with the Phoenix Force inside and then resurrected as one, coherent being:Phoenix. In that respect, she actually reminds me a lot of Raven, although Raven's internal struggles and ridiculous number of deaths came from the fact that she was born to an extremely powerful multiversal overlord. Also, they're both bird motifs haha :D Do you also notice a similarity between the two?
To some degree they are fairly similar yet diametrically opposite, to the point of almost being two sides of the same coin. The Phoenix Force, as I recall, draws upon the life force of all living things, whereas Raven's abilities draw from some of the darkest sources in existance, as her father Trigon is basically the devil. Jean Grey always seemed to want to break past the barriers that held her powers back, and Raven always seemed to be setting them up so as to never truly turn to her father's side. In the end, they both face off against practically unstoppable forces, Galactus and Trigon, and come out somewhat victorious (in that they have staved off destruction, which will eventually come, to another time).
Well, the diametrically opposite was what I was hinting at, as well haha. They're similar, yet opposite. I think that I know a better word: they're parallel. They mirror each other very well, don't you think? The journeys through which they both went are similar, but their motives are opposite. One is a bird of light, while the other is a bird of darkness. Both are insanely powerful. When I said "similar", then I should've expanded my vocabulary to include the opposite elements, as well. So, would you agree that they're parallel. I meant it like how I talk about Katara and Azula: they're quite similar, but, in essence, complete opposites. Just like Phoenix and Raven. Get what I'm saying haha?
So sorry for replying so late. I was busy with so much shit to do with school -____-
Guess who finally got his first college acceptance into his #5 choice of school? :D Now, if my top choices fail, then at least I have something nice on which to fall back :D Man lol I just want to be so done with school now XD
Yup. You've got the right person :D I really want more of Earth Prime. I seriously want to see Wonder Woman Prime, Raven Prime, and the like :D
It seriously irks me that Korra has lost her connection. I'm not even going to lie, the main reason why I was so excited for Season 2 before it premiered was seeing her past lives in the trailers. Little did I know that Kyoshi and the like would appear for only a few seconds and then disappear forever D: Don't you think that she should get it back? Also, isn't it interesting how she and Aang both lost their connection to their past lives at the end of their second seasons? XD
Depends on what the consequences are down the line. If it seems to only have been used so that past continuity doesn't have to be called into question, I'd say its a bad move. If, however, they show the consequences of the Avatar loosing the past wisdom from previous lives that was so integral before, it could work very well. Especially if a controversial event were to occur, like the Spirit World's doors being left wide open, and the world slowly realizes that the Avatar is no longer a wise figure that can be called upon for guidance. It would be even more entertaining if Korra, who seems to have the impression that the Avatar needs to be listened to above all else, becomes frustrated because no one will listen to her simply because she doesn't have her past lives to draw upon.
It will be then, I hope, that we see the thing I've wanted to see ever since the true nature of the Avatar was revealed: the Avatar going full Sozin, intent on making the world see how right she is, whether they want to or not. Its something of a dark desire of mine, but I just like seeing people that embody light and goodness fall prey to basic human flaws and fall flat on their faces into the wrong side of the tracks.
Does Korra still have that impression, though? I think that she's changed a lot. She's not the same brash girl as which she originally started out. I do, however, agree that the restoration of the past lives needs to flow well into the plot, rather than just bringing it back for the sake of bringing it back. You remember how meditation unlocked Korra's giant blue spirit? I hope that something like that unlocks her past lives. After all, her past lives are her. However, I want it done in a way that is not Deus Ex Machina. Get what I'm saying?
Actually, I had an idea for that once. what if Korra started imposing her rules on the world? Also, I just hope that she'll need advice, or that the world will be different without the previous Avatars, so, she will need some help in meeting them. It bothers me how little we got to see of her past lives, as it is. I would personally love for her to simply need their advice and be unable to make the proper decisions that she needs to in the world and how to properly mediate peace between the humans and spirits. You?
This was my other idea: what if Korra learns bloodbending? Imagine how dangerous that would be. Especially since Korra can be, as I addressed before, imposing and very forceful in her methods. I feel like she'd use that power the wrong way in many ways. How about you?
Just another thought haha. I disagree with the generally accpeted notion that Azula is a sociopath, because she actually has tendencies opposite to what sociopaths exhibit. Sociopaths act superficially charming and don't feel real emotions. They don't go crazy or hallucinate, because they think rationally. They act like they have emotions, but they don't. Azula is the exact opposite. She acts like a flat, void of character, emotionless bitch and tries to appear as such in public. She even threatened Ty Lee into working with her. And, when Mai said that she loved Zuko more than she feared Azula, then Azula said "you should've feared me more", not something like "Fear? No, we're beat friends. I want you around because I care about you, Mai." A sociopath would've said something like that or, "How could you say that I use fear to control you? Are you saying that I don't really care about you?" Azula acted as emotionless, but really had too many repressed emotions that drove her to insanity. Also, her "charm" was barely there. She only fooled Zuko, who's not exactly the brightest. Mai, Ty Lee, and Iroh all knew that she worked on fear. When she tried to charm guys at the beach, then we saw just how well that went over -_- Azula made it appear as if she didn't care about anyone and only used people for her dirty work, but she did care and, because she continuously repressed the fact that she cared, she went insane. Thus, I declare "sociopath" a fallacious term for Azula
I always saw her as conditioned and suppressed rather than sociopathic or psychopathic. Her environment was such where certain behaviors were rewarded, such as manipulation and suppression of emotions, whereas others were either left out completely or severely stunted, like emotional bonding or social interaction beyond the royal archetype. The mental illness doesn't kick in until her entire foundation of thinking starts crumbling around her; when she comes to the realization that fear, the sole method she had used to gain compliance from people, doesn't work anymore, and the closest thing to friends she had betrayed her, all those suppressed thoughts and emotions suddenly bubble to the surface. Needless to say, that sort of emergence after such a long time repression is not good for the psyche.
Haha wow you pretty much took the words off my keyboard XD We both pretty much said the same thing, so, I'm glad that someone agrees with me and sees Azula from my viewpoint, just in different words :D
Merry Christmas :D Man, yesterday was the best day ever. I got accepted into my first choice university and had my first real date with my first real girlfriend. What a day, right? But Merry Christmas, Critic :)
Who do you think would win in a fight: all of Nickelodeon or MAD from Cartoon Network? My money's on the latter, because MAD's got Nickelodeon in it, but with a hell of a lot of toon force and just more humor than Nickelodeon, and that type of strong toon force that unrivaled by all is impossible to surpass or even rival, you know?
Lol really? But doesn't it have the whole channel inside of it? I feel like it's the best thing to be compared with it XD In a fight of Nickeldeon versus Cartoon Network, I feel MAD would easily subdue Nickelodeon with its ability to turn everything into a joke filled with ridiculously high amounts of toon force and make a joke out of Nickelodeon, ending the fight however it pleases.
I never got how the most powerful earthbenders did not rule the Earth Kingdom, when the most powerful firebenders mad up the Royal Family of the Fire Nation. Lol imo, Bumi should just have stepped into Ba Sing Se, overthrown the Earth King, and taken control of the Earth Kingdom, with Toph as is his nonrelated heir LOL XD
In which order did you like these three channels: Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Disney? For me, CN beats Nick by a hair, then Nick stomps all over Disney. CN>Nick>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>old Disney=shit>Current Disney XD
I KNOW, RIGHT?! I LOVE DAFFY haha. I also don't find Disney nearly as good. Btw, this video at the checkpoint of 5:58 into the video pretty much sums up why Daffy would whoop Donald's bitch ass if Donald pissed him off XD
Hey, man. We haven't talked in a while. What's up?
Oh, okay. I'm going to write a fanfiction of "The Fairly OddParents" crossing over with "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy" lol. And Vicky's going to meet Mandy and call her a twerp... and then guess what happens? Correction: I'm thinking of this fanfiction. Unfortunately, when it comes to fanfiction, then I'm all talk and no action -____- You know that feeling haha?
Just came back from Costa Rica. Re-enjoying the snow after hot and humid weather down south.
I know that precise feeling. Lets see how many fics I want to work on:
Spirits of the Shadow
The nameless fic we're working on
The Meat Festival, where the Gaang basically goes to the Fire Nation equivalent of a barbeque festival.
The Last Bloodline, the request fic I'm doing for Raiden where Ty Lee discovers some Air Nomad ancestry.
New World/Old World, where another hemisphere of nations is discovered and quickly taken advantage of by a resource starved Four Nations.
Chronicles of Candle, where a Air Acolyte firebender journeys to a hidden fortress to encounter the embittered remains of the Air Nomads.
Avatar: Tales of the Stars, where the Avatar Hikari inhabits a galaxy made up of refugees fleeing a dessicated Earth full of angry spirits.
Forgeborn, where a group of firebenders cursed with an affliction that makes them unable to fully control their bending ("bending lepers" essentially) rise up after years of horrible treatment by the Fire Nation.
Avatar: The Last Skyrider, an alternate universe retelling of the main series where all the nations are based off of various indigenous peoples, such as the Sioux of North America or the Zulu of Africa.