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Abram Zhdanov
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[S3E20] Barely Above Water ((TOP))

While on a fishing trip for their village, Katara and her older brother, Sokka, accidentally steered their canoe into a rip current, where it was crushed between ice floes. The two found themselves stranded on a chunk of ice. After Sokka blamed their situation on Katara, Katara grew so angry that she inadvertently exploded an iceberg behind her with her waterbending. Katara and Sokka discovered a mysterious figure trapped in a large spherical iceberg that rose to the surface. The figure introduced himself as Aang, an airbender, and offered to escort them home on his flying bison, Appa.[13] After her village was attacked by soldiers on a Fire Nation ship commanded by Prince Zuko, Katara learned that Aang was the Avatar. She and her brother set out to save Aang, who had surrendered to Zuko to keep the village from harm. After their successful rescue, and after witnessing Aang's impressive first display of the Avatar State, Katara mused that they might find a waterbending teacher at the North Pole, at which, Aang quickly brightened up and suggested he and Katara could learn together. The three began their journey to the North Pole.[14] Throughout their journey, the group stopped in several locations across the war-torn Earth Kingdom. Their first stop was the Southern Air Temple in the Patola Mountain Range, where Aang had grown up. After Aang came across Monk Gyatso's corpse and reflexively entered the Avatar State, Katara was able to calm him down.[24] The trio stopped on Kyoshi Island, where they were ambushed by Prince Zuko and barely managed to escape.[25] Following this encounter, the team flew to the great Earth Kingdom metropolis of Omashu, where they were brought before the city's elderly king who treated them as honored guests before promptly imprisoning them. Katara and her brother were given jennamite crystals that nearly covered their whole bodies, before Aang solved all the king's tasks, discovering that he was a childhood friend, Bumi.[3] Before reaching the Northern Water Tribe, the trio had several other adventures while being pursued by multiple firebenders, including Zuko and his uncle Iroh, as well as Zhao of the Fire Navy. Among their missions, the group helped several earthbenders to escape from a Fire Nation prison rig, including Haru and his father Tyro.[26] They helped the people of Senlin Village, who were being attacked by the spirit Hei Bai, before venturing to the Fire Nation where Aang learned about the urgency of defeating the Fire Lord by Avatar Roku.[27][28] The trio barely escaped the clutches of Zuko and a group of pirates during a confrontation where Katara lost her mother's necklace, a precious keepsake.[29] She also discovered the darker side of the resistance, when they came into contact with Jet and his Freedom Fighters who tried to destroy the village of Gaipan to kill its firebender occupants.[30] The team also helped two warring tribes, the Zhang and the Gan Jin, cross the Great Divide and to make peace, and later encountered Bato, one of Hakoda's friends and a Southern Water Tribe warrior, where they almost departed from Aang before being reunited due to an unexpected shirshu attack.[31][32] The team met Jeong Jeong later on their journey, who unsuccessfully tried to teach Aang the weight of firebending.[33] During Aang's training, Katara was burned and discovered that she had healing abilities.[33] When the group reached the Northern Air Temple, they defended a group of refugees led by a mechanist from War Minister Qin.[33][34]

[S3E20] Barely Above Water

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The loss of her mother at the hands of the Fire Nation caused Katara to strongly express her emotions about that day to her teammates, bringing up the topic in situations that tested the feelings of both her friends and herself, reinforcing her relationship with her mother, albeit indirectly.[13][17][51] Occasionally, this fervor also blinded her from the fact that the people around her had also suffered from similar experiences and events that equally impacted them. An example of this was when Katara described her mother as just hers and without giving a second thought that she was Sokka's as well, or when the waterbender told her brother that he did not love their mother the way she did after Sokka tried to stop Katara from tracking Kya's murderer, greatly upsetting him. When she got the chance to exert her revenge against the commander she believed was the killer, Katara was willing to use bloodbending against him, ignoring Aang's earlier advice to forgive rather than take revenge. She deeply regretted her actions after realizing she had bloodbent the wrong man, although she was not above planning to kill the murderer, only for her self-conscience to stop her from almost executing him, understanding that violence was not the answer.[17]

Haneul apparently did not die and wakes up on a upper ledge above the ladder. His wound is still open. He crawls up to a corridor full of vampire bugs and finally cross but the bugs begin crawling on him and he falls into a pile of water. He struggles to find an opening to breathe.[90] He finds a gap but is struggling to get out of the water. He is able to get his head out of the water to call out for help and Heyool hears him. She runs to him and just as Haneul is drowning, she pulls him out. As they continue walking, Heyool tells Haneul about Yun Dong-Ju's poem "Sky, Wind, and Stars". In this poem, sky represents hope. His message was that even in the hardest, darkness times, the sky will always be there. Heyool tells Haneul how she wants to see the sky, Haneul agrees and then suddenly remembers his name.[91]

As Haneul looks down, he sees Heyool climb up to meet him. As they rendez-vouz, corpses begin to fall from the hole above them. Haneul falls off, but Heyool grabs on to him. All the sudden, the ladder gets pulled up. Before the ladder snaps, it drags them to a cliff. Looking out, they see a city and what seems like an lake. In the far distance, they see another ladder. At the end of the ladder, they see what appears to be blue sky and trains that are hanging from it. They begin to head towards the ladder and cross various buildings till they come across the lake. They realize that it is full of corpses with the head floating face up, which Haneul says, according to a myth, when people die full of hate, the body stands erect in water. In the distance, they see a message left by these people on the wall. It seems that this place was a 2nd shelter and these people were most likely killed by the government.[110]

Back on Krownest, the rebels and Clan Wren study a holographic projection of the Imperial fleet above Atollon. Sabine notes that the Rebels' big problem is that the Imperials have a second interdictor cruiser preventing the remaining Rebel ships from escaping. Rau opines that Ezra should count his losses and be fortunate to escape. Ezra retorts that his friends are trapped and that they need help. Tristan Wren apologizes that Clan Wren lacks the resources to help them since they can barely take care of their own. 041b061a72




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