Hi can you tag your zuko posts? I find the zuko storyline problematic in atla and his face could be potentially triggering to people who were abused as a child.
I’m sorry but “potentially triggering to people who were abused as a child”? I mean I can’t speak for everyone who went through something like that, but Zuko’s character isn’t even slightly triggering for me. His character actually meant/means the world to me.
Because we got to see Zuko go through an abusive situation in a kid’s show. He was mentally and emotionally manipulated into believing every bad thing that happened to him was his fault, and if he’d only been stronger or smarter or more talented, his father wouldn’t have been so cruel to him. He was sent off on a wild and dangerous goose chase when he was only 13… and yet he still poured his heart into that search because he was completely determined to achieve the impossible if it meant earning the approval of his father— a man who burned his face and convinced him he was useless. A man who never let him forget how much of a disappointment he was. A man who, for all intents and purposes, Zuko should’ve hated… but instead loved because it was his parent.
Please don’t write Zuko’s story off because it is so important. Mainly because it realistically depicts an abusive situation and, in the end, the abused person actually realizes it was never his fault to begin with.
That’s not something you usually see in a kid’s show. The shows I watched back then always depicted families as perfect and loving and kind and funny… and as a kid, this made me think I was just imagining my mother’s cruelness.
I could write about Zuko for hours (but I won’t because this is already getting ridiculously long)…
So, I’ll just end this by saying Zuko’s storyline was perfect because (as lame as it sounds) it gave me hope when I had none. And if you were talking about his scar when you said “his face could be triggering”, listen here you little shit: scars are actually something that most abuse victims (like myself) have somewhere on our bodies. And, yes, those scars are a constant reminder of what we went through, but more importantly, they’re a constant reminder of what we overcame.
So dont you dare write Zuko’s storyline off as “problematic”. I will not hesitate to fight you on this.
The Legend of Korra is a show about balance, which means that it is also a show about tension—between tradition and progress, preservation and innovation, nature and society. The ideal it seeks is dynamic equilibrium, not a triumph of one over the other. And that requires both the narrative and the characters to juggle contradictory concepts and feelings that as they seek homeostasis.
Tenzin and Korra’s arc, pro-bending, hell, even Mako’s vacillating, “all or nothing” approach to relationships are legible according to that fundamental theme. This is a world and a set of individuals who at their best should seek balance, not transformation.
As exemplified beautifully by Jinora, who in contrast to Unalaq (the extreme of spirituality) and Varrick (the extreme of technology), balances being spiritually aware and technologically informed.
let’s also note that this isn’t just a running theme in lok, it’s been a running theme since atla - it’s the entire idea behind the avatar and this entire series and will continue to be. don’t try to tell me lok hasn’t organically grown out of atla and continue to uphold the same themes, because it totally has and does. i feel like people often forget that although, yes, atla and lok are both very different, they are also overwhelmingly the same.