(CONTD) conflict about killing him back then (for consistency sake if nothing else). (END)
Hmm yes I agree they could’ve introduced Aang’s ethical conflict earlier, but tbqh I don’t think Aang was planning to kill Ozai during the comet. IDK if he had a clear idea of what to do, but since Ozai was going to be powerless, I don’t think anyone had ever explicitly decided what Aang should do. You’re right they could’ve clarified these issues more at that episode.
I disagree that Aang’s hesitance was based on fear ( I mean ofc he must’ve been afraid any person would be) but I think just the idea of fighting someone where there’s no peaceful alternative available, a fight where he couldn’t reason with his opponent, where he’d have to do more than self-defense : all of these go against his nature and his beliefs and combined to make him conflicted/ hesitant, imho.
I noticed this when i rewatched that scene. It’s only a brief moment, but you see the Aang think about it when the lightning is in his grasp, and you see the fear in Ozai’s face. Then Aang redirects the lightning, and yes continues a fight in which he’s severely brutalized. If i could make gifs i’d gif that scene so hard.
But AtLA doesn’t shy away from the ugliness of death and war??? We see Katara’s mum die, we see Gyatso’s skeleton, we see what war and imprisonment did to Hama, so reasoning that the show copped-out seems faulty. There’s plenty of kids shows where the hero kills the monsterized evil Other. What AtLA did is a departure from the norm and should be lauded.
Finally decided to publish this
Title: A Mirror, Darkly
Characters: Ozai, Kya, Ursa
Summary: While being healed at the Northern Water Tribe, Ozai is charged with discovering the Spirit Oasis, but becomes obsessed with the young healer, Kya.
An AU speculation on how Ozai became, well, Ozai. Dark!fic. Oneshot. *Trigger warning for scenes of sexual violence*
It is your nature, your legacy. But there is a bright side. What happened generations ago can be resolved now, by you. Because of your legacy, you alone can cleanse the sins of our family, and the Fire Nation. Born in you along with all the strife is the power to restore balance to the world. - Iroh to Zuko