History Recap / AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEmberIslandPlayers

7th Mar '17 9:50:00 PM haloinsider
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* {{Facepalm}}: Suki, when Sokka gives Actor!Sokka some of his jokes.

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Suki, when Sokka gives Actor!Sokka some of his jokes.jokes.
** Zuko, at the end of the second act, when Player Azula has defeated Player Aang in the Avatar state and declared that he is no more. The rest of the Gaang is similarly deflated by this.
25th Feb '17 8:45:08 AM DustSnitch
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The Gaang decides to take a break from training and planning to see a play- about themselves. Being Fire Nation propaganda, they discover the play features a warped plot and {{Flanderized}} versions of themselves acted by a bunch of hams. It all seems like harmless fun at first, but the play brings up old wounds, and our heroes find themselves questioning their past actions. It finally ends on a dark turn, reminding them all of the dangers they face in the upcoming weeks.

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The Gaang decides to take a break from training and planning to see a play- about themselves. Being Fire Nation propaganda, they discover the play features a warped plot and {{Flanderized}} versions of themselves acted by a bunch of hams. It all seems like harmless fun at first, but the play brings up old wounds, and our heroes find themselves questioning their past actions. It finally The play ends on with a dark turn, reminding them all of speculative battle under Sozin's Comet, where Aang and Zuko are killed as the dangers they face in Fire Nation conquers the upcoming weeks.
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25th Feb '17 8:42:22 AM DustSnitch
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->"Come on, a day at the theater? This is the kind of wacky time wasting nonsense Iíve been missing."

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->"Come on, a day at the theater? This is the kind of wacky time wasting nonsense Iíve been missing." missing!"



The episode begins with Aang and Zuko practicing firebending in the courtyard of the Fire Lord's vacation house (from ''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBeach The Beach]]''). Katara finds it weird that they're hiding from the Fire Lord in his own house, but Zuko reassures her that the royal family hasn't been there for a long time- not since the family was actually happy. It's the last place anyone would think to look for them.

They are then interrupted by Sokka, who brings news- there's a play about the Gaang's adventures, called ''The Boy in the Iceberg''. The Ember Island Players will be performing it. Sokka's excited, but Zuko not so much- his mother used to take him to see them, and they butchered ''Love Amongst the Dragons'' every year. Katara is not sure it's a good idea, but they end up going to see the play anyways.

That night, the Gaang file into a booth, and Zuko puts a stop to Aang's plan to cuddle up to Katara by sitting between them. Toph complains that since they're sitting in the nosebleed section, she can't use her tremor sense to see. Katara reassures Toph that she'll tell her what she's missing as the theater darkens and the curtain is raised.

Onstage, Player Katara and Player Sokka paddle in a canoe through the waters near the South Pole. Player Katara melodramatically bemoans never finding anything fulfilling when doing this, and Player Sokka says that all he wants is a 'full feeling' in his stomach. They have a small argument about it. Meanwhile, in the audience, the real Katara and Sokka are none-too-impressed with how they're being portrayed. Sokka complains that Player Sokka's jokes are lamer than his, though Toph thinks that Player Sokka has the real Sokka pegged.

Back onstage, Player Katara makes a melodramatic speech about hope before bursting into tears. Katara is annoyed by this portrayal, though everyone else is quite amused. Just then, a glow appears on stage. It's from the Aang-frozen-in-an-iceberg prop. Player Katara notes that it's someone frozen in ice, and Player Sokka wonders who [[TitleDrop the boy in the iceberg]] could be. Player Katara uses her waterbending (the only time she will in the play) to crack the iceberg and free Player Aang, as the real Aang leans forward in anticipation.

Player Aang turns out to be fun-loving, an incurable prankster who pranks Sokka a few seconds after meeting him... and a woman. The real Aang, watching, is annoyed and confused. Player Aang is soon followed by a puppet version of Appa, who flies around the iceberg before settling behind Aang.
->'''Player Katara''': An airbender! My heart is so full of hope that it's making me tearbend! *weeps*

The next scene has Player Zuko and Player Iroh on their ship, searching for the Avatar. Player Iroh invites Player Zuko to try some cake, but Player Zuko (whose scar makeup is over his right eye instead of his left) is too busy searching for the Avatar to restore his honor to have time to stuff his face. When Player Iroh proceeds to [[JabbaTableManners gobble down the cake]], Player Zuko comments that Player Iroh sickens him. The real Zuko thinks that Player Zuko is too stiff and humorless, though in Katara's opinion he's pretty true to life.
->'''Zuko''': How could you say that?
->'''Player Zuko''' (In response to Iroh's suggestion to forget about the Avatar and get massages): How could you say that?

At the Southern Air Temple, Player Aang finds a flying rabbit-monkey (well, a puppet) and names it 'Momo'. At Kyoshi Island, Player Sokka (in Kyoshi warrior garb) asks Player Suki if the dress makes his butt look fat (the real Suki thinks it's ActuallyPrettyFunny). In Omashu, Player Bumi subjects Player Aang and Player Sokka to challenges if they want to leave and save Player Katara from being encased in crystal. The Gaang also escapes from pirates after Katara for stealing the waterbending scroll, which she did because it gave her "so much hope!" (Zuko does not show up).

The episode then cuts to the play's rendition of ''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBlueSpirit]]''. Zhao's role is played by Player Zuko. He's finally captured Aang when the Blue Spirit comes out of nowhere, hammily introduces himself as 'the scourge of the Fire Nation', beats Player Zuko in a fight, and saves Player Aang. The real Zuko and Aang, who know full well that the Blue Spirit was actually Zuko himself in disguise, exchange looks.

The play has another major break from reality when Player Jet comes onto the scene. Player Jet floods a town to impress Player Katara (which in reality he did to get back at the Fire Nation, and which caused Katara to turn against him), and she snuggles up to him and murmurs "[[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Oh, Jet, you're so... bad]]". Toph (who wasn't there) finds it funny, but the real Katara is understandably disturbed.

The Gaang then come across the Great Divide, the biggest canyon in the Earth Kingdom.
->'''Player Sokka''': Eh, let's keep flying.

The episode then skips ahead to the play's covering of ''The Siege of the North pt. 2''. Player Sokka tearfully pleads for Player Yue not to sacrifice herself, since she's the only one who ever took his mind off of food. She still must bid him goodbye to take care of her 'important moon duties'. Suki giggles, but Sokka's almost in tears. Player Aang gets to stomp on miniature fire nation ships while dressed up as the enraged ocean spirit and holding a doll of Zhao.

The curtain comes down on Act 1, and the Gaang, sans Toph, are unimpressed.
->'''Zuko''': So far, this intermission is the best part of the play.
->'''Sokka''': Apparently, the playwright thinks I'm an idiot who tells bad jokes about meat all the time!
->'''Aang''': At least the Sokka actor kinda looks like you. That woman playing the Avatar doesn't resemble me at all!

Katara is fine with it. After all, they're not accurate portrayals- it's not like she's a preachy crybaby who can't resist giving overemotional speeches about hope all the time (right?). Toph says that though it may hurt, what they're seeing on stage is the truth.

Well, time to see how well she sticks to that, since next up is her introductory scene. Player Aang flies through the theater, or 'all over town', but can't find an earthbending master. Player Toph, a huge and muscular man, comes out from a trapdoor under a rock and declares that you don't find Earthbending masters in the sky, you look underground. Katara tries to use Toph's eariler words against her, but Toph is ecstatic and declares she wouldn't have cast it any other way. Onstage, Player Toph explains that though he's blind, he can still "see"- via MakeMeWannaShout.

The next scene is back with Player Iroh and Player Zuko. Player Iroh wants to have a talk with Player Zuko- about his hair, which now goes down to his shoulders. Player Iroh declares that Player Zuko's hair is out of control, and Player Zuko suggests that it's time they split up, but they're back together in the next scene, which is a rendition of ''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheChase The Chase]]''. Player Azula gets away by pointing at a random direction and declaring that Zuko's honor is there. Everyone looks, and Player Azula escapes through a hidden door. She later menaces Ba Sing Se with her drill, while Player Aang throws prop boulders at her. It's supposed to be a dramatic scene, but the audience is bored almost enough to fall asleep.

Speaking of ruined dramatic scenes, the next one is about Jet's brainwashing and death. Except Player Jet's brainwashing means he has googly eyes and staggers around mumbling gibberish about serving the Earth King. A stagehand throws a prop rock on him, and he has to move to get under it as it floats down. Except he doesn't quite make it and his legs are still sticking out, and he pulls them under the prop.
->'''Zuko''': Did Jet just... die?
->'''Sokka''': You know, it was really unclear.

The play continues on to Zuko and Katara's imprisonment together. Here, it's significantly more Zutara-ish, as Player Katara declares she's had eyes for Player Zuko "since the day you first captured me" and states that she sees Player Aang as a little brother. The real Katara and Zuko are uncomfortable with this and inch away from each other, and the real Aang is upset. When Player Katara and Player Zuko cuddle, he gets up and leaves the theater.

Aang thus misses the scene where Player Zuko is forced to choose between Player Azula and Player Iroh, or between "your nation" and "a life of treachery" in Player Azula's words. Player Iroh encourages Player Zuko to choose treachery as "it's more fun". Player Zuko walks over to Player Iroh, but then pushes Player Iroh over and walks back to Player Azula.
->'''Player Zuko''': I hate you, uncle! You smell, and I hate you for all time!

Back in the theater box, the real Zuko is quite upset. While he didn't actually say that, he might as well have. On stage, Player Mai and Player Ty Lee fight the Earth King's guards. Player Mai points a knife (which she kept in her hair) at a guard, and a stagehand carries it over to its target. Player Ty Lee kisses her finger and touches the other guard, who comically locks up and falls over. Player Mai and Player Ty Lee pose, and then Player Aang drops to the stage in front of them.
->'''Player Aang''': Avatar State, yip yip!

At that point, the stage glows dark, and her arrow and eyeshadow glow. She closes her eyes to simulate the Avatar State's GlowingEyesOfDoom, and floats up above the stage (via a rope a stagehand affixes to her back). The impressive display is interrupted by Player Azula, who shoots Player Aang with lightning (actually a light blue ribbon). She, Player Ty Lee, and Player Mai do an AngelsPose.
->'''Player Azula''': The Avatar is no more!

In the second intermission, Suki ribs the rest of the Gaang about them losing so much (and Sokka points out that she was taken captive by Azula). Katara wonders where Aang is, and decides to check outside. Aang is out on the balcony, sulking. The rest of the Gaang are back in the corridor in front of the theater. Sokka asks Suki to take him backstage, since he wants to give Player Sokka some new jokes. Suki reminds him that she's an elite warrior who's trained many years in the art of stealth- so sure, she can get him backstage!

When they've left, Toph complains that everyone's getting all worked up about their portrayals. Zuko then tells her that she doesn't get it- she has no real emotional baggage and no moments in the last year that she's utterly ashamed of. Her character is just a male, musclebound version of herself making quips and beating bad guys. But with Zuko, the play is basically mocking the lowest points of his life and the worst decision he ever made. Iroh was always on his side, always believed in him, and always loved him. And Zuko repaid all this by betraying him.
->'''Zuko''': It's my greatest regret. And I may never get to redeem myself.

Toph responds by saying he ''has'' redeemed himself to Iroh. How does she know? Well, back when she temporarily left the Gaang and met up with Iroh, she had a long conversation with him. And all he would talk about was Zuko. It was kind of annoying, sure, but also really sweet. All Iroh wanted was for Zuko to find his own path and see the light. Now that Zuko's with the Gaang, he'd be proud. She promptly punches Zuko, as that's how she shows affection. A kid in an Aang costume then runs by and tells Zuko that while his Zuko costume is pretty good, [[YourCostumeNeedsWork his scar is on the wrong side]].
->'''Zuko''': The scar's not on the wrong side!

Backstage, Sokka confronts Actor!Sokka. He introduces himself as a 'big Sokka fan', and says that the actor isn't representing Sokka quite as well as he could be. Actor!Sokka is dubious and thinks he's just another fan with "ideas", but Sokka gets him to hear him out and gives him a few more jokes, as well as advice on how to properly portray Sokka. Actor!Sokka thinks that the jokes are pretty funny, and takes the advice.
->'''Actor!Sokka''': Who are you, anyway?
->'''Sokka''': I'm just a guy who likes comedy.

Outside with Aang and Katara, Aang questions whether Katara really feels the sentiments expressed by Player Katara- specifically, that she and Aang are LikeBrotherAndSister. Katara points out that it was a ''fictional'' version of her who said that, but Aang still worries that she really feels that way, since she hasn't seemed to reciprocate his feelings after their kiss at the invasion. Katara is still unsure of her feelings towards him. After all, they have more important things to worry about. Aang gives her a quick kiss, but given that she just said she was unsure of how she felt, she's not appreciative and goes back inside. Aang berates himself for being an idiot.

Later, Aang goes back into the theater, and Sokka gives him the rundown about what parts of the play have gone on without him- they went to the Fire Nation, Player Aang got better, Player Katara was the Painted Lady, Player Sokka got a sword, and Combustion Man died. They're currently at the point of the invasion. In this version, Aang and Katara's kiss was replaced by Player Katara declaring that she and Player Aang are LikeBrotherAndSister, and Player Aang saying she wouldn't have it any other way. This is followed by Player Sokka putting the real Sokka's advice into action, much to his fellow actors' annoyance, the audience's amusement, and the real Sokka's glee.

The play then cuts to Aang and company making it to the Fire Lord's palace, but finding that the royal family was in hiding. There's no secret bunker in this version, so Player Aang just makes it to the palace and finds that nobody's home- except for Player Zuko, who declares he wants to join them. The play's Gaang shrug and let him join, and they run off stage.
->'''Sokka''': I guess that's it. The play's caught up to the present now.

Suki points out that the play's not over. Though the final confrontation with Ozai hasn't happened yet, the play gives predicting the future a go. Sozin's Comet (a paper lantern) is high overhead, and Player Ozai declares that with it, the Fire Nation cannot be stopped. Player Azula runs onstage to tell him that Player Aang and Player Zuko haven't got the message- they're trying to stop him (what happened to Player Katara, Player Sokka, and Player Toph is unknown). Player Ozai orders Player Azula to take care of Player Zuko while he faces the Avatar. Player Ozai then does a SmokeOut.

Player Zuko and Player Aang arrive onstage, and Player Aang goes to fight the Fire Lord while Player Zuko fights Player Azula. The pair engage in HamToHamCombat before moving on to regular combat, using ribbons to represent firebending. Player Azula uses one last giant firebending attack that completely engulfs Player Zuko.
->'''Player Zuko''': [[FamousLastWords HONOR]]!

The audience cheers, and the real Zuko is understandably freaked out. Onstage, Player Aang confronts Player Ozai. She may have mastered all four elements, but she's too late. The comet has boosted Player Ozai's power to the point where he's unstoppable. Player Aang and Player Ozai fight. Player Aang puts up a good show (and despite saying she's mastered all four elements, only uses airbending), but eventually Player Ozai sends a incredibly large burst of fire at her (represented by a large sheet of red silk that wraps around Player Aang), and Player Aang gives a BigNo and dies. Player Ozai celebrates his victory, and the audience cheers.

Later, as the Gaang walk back:
->'''Zuko''': That... wasn't a good play.
->'''Aang''': I'll say.
->'''Katara''': No kidding.
->'''Suki''': Horrible.
->'''Toph''': You said it.
->'''Sokka''': But the effects were decent.

The actors in the play have a [[Characters/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEmberIslandPlayers Character Sheet]].

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The episode begins with Aang and Zuko practicing firebending in the courtyard of the Fire Lord's vacation house (from ''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBeach The Beach]]''). Katara finds it weird that they're hiding from the Fire Lord in his own house, but Zuko reassures her that the royal family hasn't been there for a long time- not since the family was actually happy. It's the last place anyone would think to look for them.

They are then interrupted by Sokka, who brings news- there's a play about the Gaang's adventures, called ''The Boy in the Iceberg''. The Ember Island Players will be performing it. Sokka's excited, but Zuko not so much- his mother used
Gaang decides to take him a break from training and planning to see them, and a play- about themselves. Being Fire Nation propaganda, they butchered ''Love Amongst the Dragons'' every year. Katara is not sure it's a good idea, but they end up going to see discover the play anyways.

That night,
features a warped plot and {{Flanderized}} versions of themselves acted by a bunch of hams. It all seems like harmless fun at first, but the Gaang file into a booth, play brings up old wounds, and Zuko puts our heroes find themselves questioning their past actions. It finally ends on a stop to Aang's plan to cuddle up to Katara by sitting between them. Toph complains that since they're sitting dark turn, reminding them all of the dangers they face in the nosebleed section, she can't use her tremor sense to see. Katara reassures Toph that she'll tell her what she's missing as the theater darkens and the curtain is raised.

Onstage, Player Katara and Player Sokka paddle in a canoe through the waters near the South Pole. Player Katara melodramatically bemoans never finding anything fulfilling when doing this, and Player Sokka says that all he wants is a 'full feeling' in his stomach. They have a small argument about it. Meanwhile, in the audience, the real Katara and Sokka are none-too-impressed with how they're being portrayed. Sokka complains that Player Sokka's jokes are lamer than his, though Toph thinks that Player Sokka has the real Sokka pegged.

Back onstage, Player Katara makes a melodramatic speech about hope before bursting into tears. Katara is annoyed by this portrayal, though everyone else is quite amused. Just then, a glow appears on stage. It's from the Aang-frozen-in-an-iceberg prop. Player Katara notes that it's someone frozen in ice, and Player Sokka wonders who [[TitleDrop the boy in the iceberg]] could be. Player Katara uses her waterbending (the only time she will in the play) to crack the iceberg and free Player Aang, as the real Aang leans forward in anticipation.
upcoming weeks.

Player Aang turns out to be fun-loving, an incurable prankster who pranks Sokka a few seconds after meeting him... and a woman. The real Aang, watching, is annoyed and confused. Player Aang is soon followed by a puppet version of Appa, who flies around the iceberg before settling behind Aang.
->'''Player Katara''': An airbender! My heart is so full of hope that it's making me tearbend! *weeps*

The next scene has Player Zuko and Player Iroh on their ship, searching for the Avatar. Player Iroh invites Player Zuko to try some cake, but Player Zuko (whose scar makeup is over his right eye instead of his left) is too busy searching for the Avatar to restore his honor to have time to stuff his face. When Player Iroh proceeds to [[JabbaTableManners gobble down the cake]], Player Zuko comments that Player Iroh sickens him. The real Zuko thinks that Player Zuko is too stiff and humorless, though in Katara's opinion he's pretty true to life.
->'''Zuko''': How could you say that?
->'''Player Zuko''' (In response to Iroh's suggestion to forget about the Avatar and get massages): How could you say that?

At the Southern Air Temple, Player Aang finds a flying rabbit-monkey (well, a puppet) and names it 'Momo'. At Kyoshi Island, Player Sokka (in Kyoshi warrior garb) asks Player Suki if the dress makes his butt look fat (the real Suki thinks it's ActuallyPrettyFunny). In Omashu, Player Bumi subjects Player Aang and Player Sokka to challenges if they want to leave and save Player Katara from being encased in crystal.
The Gaang also escapes from pirates after Katara for stealing the waterbending scroll, which she did because it gave her "so much hope!" (Zuko does not show up).

The episode then cuts to the play's rendition of ''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBlueSpirit]]''. Zhao's role is played by Player Zuko. He's finally captured Aang when the Blue Spirit comes out of nowhere, hammily introduces himself as 'the scourge of the Fire Nation', beats Player Zuko in a fight, and saves Player Aang. The real Zuko and Aang, who know full well that the Blue Spirit was actually Zuko himself in disguise, exchange looks.

The play has another major break from reality when Player Jet comes onto the scene. Player Jet floods a town to impress Player Katara (which in reality he did to get back at the Fire Nation, and which caused Katara to turn against him), and she snuggles up to him and murmurs "[[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Oh, Jet, you're so... bad]]". Toph (who wasn't there) finds it funny, but the real Katara is understandably disturbed.

The Gaang then come across the Great Divide, the biggest canyon in the Earth Kingdom.
->'''Player Sokka''': Eh, let's keep flying.

The episode then skips ahead to the play's covering of ''The Siege of the North pt. 2''. Player Sokka tearfully pleads for Player Yue not to sacrifice herself, since she's the only one who ever took his mind off of food. She still must bid him goodbye to take care of her 'important moon duties'. Suki giggles, but Sokka's almost in tears. Player Aang gets to stomp on miniature fire nation ships while dressed up as the enraged ocean spirit and holding a doll of Zhao.

The curtain comes down on Act 1, and the Gaang, sans Toph, are unimpressed.
->'''Zuko''': So far, this intermission is the best part of the play.
->'''Sokka''': Apparently, the playwright thinks I'm an idiot who tells bad jokes about meat all the time!
->'''Aang''': At least the Sokka actor kinda looks like you. That woman playing the Avatar doesn't resemble me at all!

Katara is fine with it. After all, they're not accurate portrayals- it's not like she's a preachy crybaby who can't resist giving overemotional speeches about hope all the time (right?). Toph says that though it may hurt, what they're seeing on stage is the truth.

Well, time to see how well she sticks to that, since next up is her introductory scene. Player Aang flies through the theater, or 'all over town', but can't find an earthbending master. Player Toph, a huge and muscular man, comes out from a trapdoor under a rock and declares that you don't find Earthbending masters in the sky, you look underground. Katara tries to use Toph's eariler words against her, but Toph is ecstatic and declares she wouldn't have cast it any other way. Onstage, Player Toph explains that though he's blind, he can still "see"- via MakeMeWannaShout.

The next scene is back with Player Iroh and Player Zuko. Player Iroh wants to have a talk with Player Zuko- about his hair, which now goes down to his shoulders. Player Iroh declares that Player Zuko's hair is out of control, and Player Zuko suggests that it's time they split up, but they're back together in the next scene, which is a rendition of ''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheChase The Chase]]''. Player Azula gets away by pointing at a random direction and declaring that Zuko's honor is there. Everyone looks, and Player Azula escapes through a hidden door. She later menaces Ba Sing Se with her drill, while Player Aang throws prop boulders at her. It's supposed to be a dramatic scene, but the audience is bored almost enough to fall asleep.

Speaking of ruined dramatic scenes, the next one is about Jet's brainwashing and death. Except Player Jet's brainwashing means he has googly eyes and staggers around mumbling gibberish about serving the Earth King. A stagehand throws a prop rock on him, and he has to move to get under it as it floats down. Except he doesn't quite make it and his legs are still sticking out, and he pulls them under the prop.
->'''Zuko''': Did Jet just... die?
->'''Sokka''': You know, it was really unclear.

The play continues on to Zuko and Katara's imprisonment together. Here, it's significantly more Zutara-ish, as Player Katara declares she's had eyes for Player Zuko "since the day you first captured me" and states that she sees Player Aang as a little brother. The real Katara and Zuko are uncomfortable with this and inch away from each other, and the real Aang is upset. When Player Katara and Player Zuko cuddle, he gets up and leaves the theater.

Aang thus misses the scene where Player Zuko is forced to choose between Player Azula and Player Iroh, or between "your nation" and "a life of treachery" in Player Azula's words. Player Iroh encourages Player Zuko to choose treachery as "it's more fun". Player Zuko walks over to Player Iroh, but then pushes Player Iroh over and walks back to Player Azula.
->'''Player Zuko''': I hate you, uncle! You smell, and I hate you for all time!

Back in the theater box, the real Zuko is quite upset. While he
''REALLY'' didn't actually say that, he might as well have. On stage, Player Mai and Player Ty Lee fight like the Earth King's guards. Player Mai points a knife (which she kept in her hair) at a guard, and a stagehand carries it over to its target. Player Ty Lee kisses her finger and touches the other guard, who comically locks up and falls over. Player Mai and Player Ty Lee pose, and then Player Aang drops to the stage in front of them.
->'''Player Aang''': Avatar State, yip yip!

At that point, the stage glows dark, and her arrow and eyeshadow glow. She closes her eyes to simulate the Avatar State's GlowingEyesOfDoom, and floats up above the stage (via a rope a stagehand affixes to her back). The impressive display is interrupted by Player Azula, who shoots Player Aang with lightning (actually a light blue ribbon). She, Player Ty Lee, and Player Mai do an AngelsPose.
->'''Player Azula''': The Avatar is no more!

In the second intermission, Suki ribs the rest of the Gaang about them losing so much (and Sokka points out that she was taken captive by Azula). Katara wonders where Aang is, and decides to check outside. Aang is out on the balcony, sulking. The rest of the Gaang are back in the corridor in front of the theater. Sokka asks Suki to take him backstage, since he wants to give Player Sokka some new jokes. Suki reminds him that she's an elite warrior who's trained many years in the art of stealth- so sure, she can get him backstage!

When they've left, Toph complains that everyone's getting all worked up about their portrayals. Zuko then tells her that she doesn't get it- she has no real emotional baggage and no moments in the last year that she's utterly ashamed of. Her character is just a male, musclebound version of herself making quips and beating bad guys. But with Zuko, the play is basically mocking the lowest points of his life and the worst decision he ever made. Iroh was always on his side, always believed in him, and always loved him. And Zuko repaid all this by betraying him.
->'''Zuko''': It's my greatest regret. And I may never get to redeem myself.

Toph responds by saying he ''has'' redeemed himself to Iroh. How does she know? Well, back when she temporarily left the Gaang and met up with Iroh, she had a long conversation with him. And all he would talk about was Zuko. It was kind of annoying, sure, but also really sweet. All Iroh wanted was for Zuko to find his own path and see the light. Now that Zuko's with the Gaang, he'd be proud. She promptly punches Zuko, as that's how she shows affection. A kid in an Aang costume then runs by and tells Zuko that while his Zuko costume is pretty good, [[YourCostumeNeedsWork his scar is on the wrong side]].
->'''Zuko''': The scar's not on the wrong side!

Backstage, Sokka confronts Actor!Sokka. He introduces himself as a 'big Sokka fan', and says that the actor isn't representing Sokka quite as well as he could be. Actor!Sokka is dubious and thinks he's just another fan with "ideas", but Sokka gets him to hear him out and gives him a few more jokes, as well as advice on how to properly portray Sokka. Actor!Sokka thinks that the jokes are pretty funny, and takes the advice.
->'''Actor!Sokka''': Who are you, anyway?
->'''Sokka''': I'm just a guy who likes comedy.

Outside with Aang and Katara, Aang questions whether Katara really feels the sentiments expressed by Player Katara- specifically, that she and Aang are LikeBrotherAndSister. Katara points out that it was a ''fictional'' version of her who said that, but Aang still worries that she really feels that way, since she hasn't seemed to reciprocate his feelings after their kiss at the invasion. Katara is still unsure of her feelings towards him. After all, they have more important things to worry about. Aang gives her a quick kiss, but given that she just said she was unsure of how she felt, she's not appreciative and goes back inside. Aang berates himself for being an idiot.

Later, Aang goes back into the theater, and Sokka gives him the rundown about what parts of the play have gone on without him- they went to the Fire Nation, Player Aang got better, Player Katara was the Painted Lady, Player Sokka got a sword, and Combustion Man died. They're currently at the point of the invasion. In this version, Aang and Katara's kiss was replaced by Player Katara declaring that she and Player Aang are LikeBrotherAndSister, and Player Aang saying she wouldn't have it any other way. This is followed by Player Sokka putting the real Sokka's advice into action, much to his fellow actors' annoyance, the audience's amusement, and the real Sokka's glee.

The play then cuts to Aang and company making it to the Fire Lord's palace, but finding that the royal family was in hiding. There's no secret bunker in this version, so Player Aang just makes it to the palace and finds that nobody's home- except for Player Zuko, who declares he wants to join them. The play's Gaang shrug and let him join, and they run off stage.
->'''Sokka''': I guess that's it. The play's caught up to the present now.

Suki points out that the play's not over. Though the final confrontation with Ozai hasn't happened yet, the play gives predicting the future a go. Sozin's Comet (a paper lantern) is high overhead, and Player Ozai declares that with it, the Fire Nation cannot be stopped. Player Azula runs onstage to tell him that Player Aang and Player Zuko haven't got the message- they're trying to stop him (what happened to Player Katara, Player Sokka, and Player Toph is unknown). Player Ozai orders Player Azula to take care of Player Zuko while he faces the Avatar. Player Ozai then does a SmokeOut.

Player Zuko and Player Aang arrive onstage, and Player Aang goes to fight the Fire Lord while Player Zuko fights Player Azula. The pair engage in HamToHamCombat before moving on to regular combat, using ribbons to represent firebending. Player Azula uses one last giant firebending attack that completely engulfs Player Zuko.
->'''Player Zuko''': [[FamousLastWords HONOR]]!

The audience cheers, and the real Zuko is understandably freaked out. Onstage, Player Aang confronts Player Ozai. She may have mastered all four elements, but she's too late. The comet has boosted Player Ozai's power to the point where he's unstoppable. Player Aang and Player Ozai fight. Player Aang puts up a good
show (and despite saying she's mastered all four elements, only uses airbending), but eventually Player Ozai sends a incredibly large burst of fire at her (represented by a large sheet of red silk that wraps around Player Aang), and Player Aang gives a BigNo and dies. Player Ozai celebrates his victory, and the audience cheers.

Later, as the Gaang walk back:
->'''Zuko''': That... wasn't a good play.
->'''Aang''': I'll say.
->'''Katara''': No kidding.
->'''Suki''': Horrible.
->'''Toph''': You said it.
->'''Sokka''': But the effects were decent.

(except maybe Toph). The actors in the play have a [[Characters/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEmberIslandPlayers Character Sheet]].
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Speaking of ruined dramatic scenes, the next one is about Jet's brainwashing and death. Except here, Jet's brainwashing means he has googly eyes and staggers around mumbling gibberish about serving the Earth King. A stagehand throws a prop rock on him, and he has to move to get under it as it floats down. Except he doesn't quite make it and his legs are still sticking out, and he pulls them under the prop.

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Speaking of ruined dramatic scenes, the next one is about Jet's brainwashing and death. Except here, Player Jet's brainwashing means he has googly eyes and staggers around mumbling gibberish about serving the Earth King. A stagehand throws a prop rock on him, and he has to move to get under it as it floats down. Except he doesn't quite make it and his legs are still sticking out, and he pulls them under the prop.



The play continues on to Zuko and Katara's imprisonment together. Here, it's significantly more Zutara-ish, as Player Katara declares she's had eyes for Player Zuko "since the day you first captured me" and states that she sees Aang as a little brother. The real Katara and Zuko are uncomfortable with this and inch away from each other, and the real Aang is upset. When Player Katara and Player Zuko cuddle, he gets up and leaves the theater.

Aang thus misses the scene where Player Zuko is forced to choose between Azula and Iroh, or between "your nation" and "a life of treachery" in Player Azula's words. Player Iroh encourages Player Zuko to choose treachery as "it's more fun". Player Zuko walks over to Player Iroh, but then pushes Player Iroh over and walks back to Player Azula.

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The play continues on to Zuko and Katara's imprisonment together. Here, it's significantly more Zutara-ish, as Player Katara declares she's had eyes for Player Zuko "since the day you first captured me" and states that she sees Player Aang as a little brother. The real Katara and Zuko are uncomfortable with this and inch away from each other, and the real Aang is upset. When Player Katara and Player Zuko cuddle, he gets up and leaves the theater.

Aang thus misses the scene where Player Zuko is forced to choose between Player Azula and Player Iroh, or between "your nation" and "a life of treachery" in Player Azula's words. Player Iroh encourages Player Zuko to choose treachery as "it's more fun". Player Zuko walks over to Player Iroh, but then pushes Player Iroh over and walks back to Player Azula.



Back in the theater box, Player Zuko is quite upset. While he didn't actually say that, he might as well have. On stage, Player Mai and Player Ty Lee fight the Earth King's guards. Player Mai points a knife (which she kept in her hair) at a guard, and a stagehand carries it over to its target. Player Ty Lee kisses her finger and touches the other guard, who comically locks up and falls over. Player Mai and Player Ty Lee pose, and then Player Aang drops to the stage in front of them.

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Back in the theater box, Player the real Zuko is quite upset. While he didn't actually say that, he might as well have. On stage, Player Mai and Player Ty Lee fight the Earth King's guards. Player Mai points a knife (which she kept in her hair) at a guard, and a stagehand carries it over to its target. Player Ty Lee kisses her finger and touches the other guard, who comically locks up and falls over. Player Mai and Player Ty Lee pose, and then Player Aang drops to the stage in front of them.
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The episode begins with Aang and Zuko practicing firebending in the courtyard of the Fire Lord's vacation house (from ''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBeach The Beach]]''). Katara finds it weird that they're hiding from the Fire Lord in his own house, but Zuko reassures her that the royal family hasn't been there for a long time- not since the family was actually happy, and it is the last place anyone would think to look for them.

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The episode begins with Aang and Zuko practicing firebending in the courtyard of the Fire Lord's vacation house (from ''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBeach The Beach]]''). Katara finds it weird that they're hiding from the Fire Lord in his own house, but Zuko reassures her that the royal family hasn't been there for a long time- not since the family was actually happy, and it is happy. It's the last place anyone would think to look for them.



Back onstage, Player Katara makes a melodramatic speech about hope before bursting into tears. Katara is annoyed by this portrayal, though everyone else is quite amused. Just then, a glow appears on stage. It's from the Aang-frozen-in-an-iceberg prop. Player Katara notes that it's someone frozen in ice, and Player Sokka wonders who [[TitleDrop the boy in the iceberg]] could be. Katara uses her waterbending (the only time she will in the play) to crack the iceberg and free Player Aang, as the real Aang leans forward in anticipation.

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Back onstage, Player Katara makes a melodramatic speech about hope before bursting into tears. Katara is annoyed by this portrayal, though everyone else is quite amused. Just then, a glow appears on stage. It's from the Aang-frozen-in-an-iceberg prop. Player Katara notes that it's someone frozen in ice, and Player Sokka wonders who [[TitleDrop the boy in the iceberg]] could be. Player Katara uses her waterbending (the only time she will in the play) to crack the iceberg and free Player Aang, as the real Aang leans forward in anticipation.



The episode then cuts to the play's rendition of ''The Blue Spirit''. Zhao's role is played by Player Zuko. He's finally captured Aang when the Blue Spirit comes out of nowhere, hammily introduces himself as 'the scourge of the Fire Nation', beats Player Zuko in a fight, and saves Player Aang. The real Zuko and Aang, who know full well that the Blue Spirit was actually Zuko himself in disguise, exchange looks.

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The episode then cuts to the play's rendition of ''The Blue Spirit''.''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBlueSpirit]]''. Zhao's role is played by Player Zuko. He's finally captured Aang when the Blue Spirit comes out of nowhere, hammily introduces himself as 'the scourge of the Fire Nation', beats Player Zuko in a fight, and saves Player Aang. The real Zuko and Aang, who know full well that the Blue Spirit was actually Zuko himself in disguise, exchange looks.



->'''Sokka''':

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->'''Sokka''':
->'''Sokka''': But the effects were decent.
6th Jan '17 3:34:17 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* FootPopping: Actress Katara does this when she and Actor Zuko embrace.

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* FamousLastWords:
** "Must...serve...Earth King! Must...destroy! *babbles incoherently* - Player Jet.
** "HONOR!"- Player Zuko.
** "[[BigNo Noooooooooooooooooo]]!"- Player Aang.
* FootPopping: Actress Player Katara does this when she and Actor Zuko embrace.
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The episode then cuts to the play's rendition of ''The Blue Spirit''. Player Zuko finally captured Player Aang, only for the Blue Spirit to come out of nowhere, hammily introduce himself as 'the scourge of the Fire Nation', beat Player Zuko in a fight, and save Player Aang. The real Zuko and Aang, who know full well that the Blue Spirit was actually Zuko himself in disguise, exchange looks.

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The episode then cuts to the play's rendition of ''The Blue Spirit''. Zhao's role is played by Player Zuko Zuko. He's finally captured Player Aang, only for Aang when the Blue Spirit to come comes out of nowhere, hammily introduce introduces himself as 'the scourge of the Fire Nation', beat beats Player Zuko in a fight, and save saves Player Aang. The real Zuko and Aang, who know full well that the Blue Spirit was actually Zuko himself in disguise, exchange looks.



Well, time to see how well she sticks to that, since next up is her introductory scene. Player Aang flies through the theater, or 'all over town', but couldn't find an earthbending master. Player Toph, a huge and muscular man, comes out from a trapdoor under a rock and declares that you don't find Earthbending masters in the sky, you look underground. Katara tries to use Toph's eariler words against her, but Toph is ecstatic and declares she wouldn't have cast it any other way. Onstage, Player Toph explains that though he's blind, he can still "see"- via MakeMeWannaShout.

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Well, time to see how well she sticks to that, since next up is her introductory scene. Player Aang flies through the theater, or 'all over town', but couldn't can't find an earthbending master. Player Toph, a huge and muscular man, comes out from a trapdoor under a rock and declares that you don't find Earthbending masters in the sky, you look underground. Katara tries to use Toph's eariler words against her, but Toph is ecstatic and declares she wouldn't have cast it any other way. Onstage, Player Toph explains that though he's blind, he can still "see"- via MakeMeWannaShout.



* AdaptedOut: Notably, Zhao isn't mentioned at all throughout the play, with Zuko taking his place during the events of ''The Blue Spirit'', meaning that Zuko gets attacked by his own secret identity. A tiny doll of Zhao does appear at the end of the first act to be grabbed by Aang-as-enraged Ocean Spirit, though.

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* AdaptedOut: AdaptedOut:
**
Notably, Zhao isn't mentioned at all throughout the play, with Zuko taking his place during the events of ''The Blue Spirit'', meaning that Zuko gets attacked by his own secret identity. A tiny doll of Zhao does appear at the end of the first act to be grabbed by Aang-as-enraged Ocean Spirit, though.though.
** Long Feng and his conspiracy also don't appear in the play. While Jet is still brainwashed, it appears to have been the Earth King's (or someone loyal to him) doing.


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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Because Zhao was AdaptedOut and Zuko took his place, the events of ''The Blue Spirit'' were Zuko in a secret identity attacking himself in order to free Aang, his own prisoner, so he, instead of himself, could capture Aang.
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At the Southern Air Temple, Player Aang finds a flying rabbit-monkey (well, a puppet) and names it 'Momo'. At Kyoshi Island, Player Sokka (in Kyoshi warrior garb) asks Player Suki if the dress makes his but look fat (the real Suki thinks it's ActuallyPrettyFunny). In Omashu, Player Bumi subjects Player Aang and Player Sokka to challenges if they want to leave and save Player Katara from being encased in crystal. The Gaang also escapes from pirates after Katara for stealing the waterbending scroll, which she did because it gave her "so much hope!" (Zuko does not show up).

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At the Southern Air Temple, Player Aang finds a flying rabbit-monkey (well, a puppet) and names it 'Momo'. At Kyoshi Island, Player Sokka (in Kyoshi warrior garb) asks Player Suki if the dress makes his but butt look fat (the real Suki thinks it's ActuallyPrettyFunny). In Omashu, Player Bumi subjects Player Aang and Player Sokka to challenges if they want to leave and save Player Katara from being encased in crystal. The Gaang also escapes from pirates after Katara for stealing the waterbending scroll, which she did because it gave her "so much hope!" (Zuko does not show up).



* {{Foreshadowing}}: ''The Boy in the Iceberg'''s version of the climax is a lot like how it would actually play out, except for the SuddenDownerEnding. It takes place during Sozin's comet, and Zuko fights Azula in a firebending duel (and the real Azula would have facial expressions mirroring Player Azula's) while Aang fights Ozai alone.



* HypocriticalHumor: Sokka complains that his portrayal does nothing but make bad jokes about eating meat... while eating fire flakes. Katara, meanwhile, gets stared at when she claims she's not "a preachy crybaby who can't resist giving overemotional speeches about hope all the time".

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* HypocriticalHumor: Sokka complains that his portrayal does nothing but make bad jokes about eating meat... while eating fire flakes.meat. Katara, meanwhile, gets stared at when she claims she's not "a preachy crybaby who can't resist giving overemotional speeches about hope all the time".
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[[caption-width-right:250:''The Boy in the Iceberg'' is a new production from acclaimed playwright Pu-On Tim, who scoured the globe gathering information on the Avatar, from the icy south pole to the heart of Ba Sing Se. His sources include [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheCaveOfTwoLovers singing nomads]], [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheWaterbendingScroll pirates]], [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheDayOfBlackSunPart2 prisoners of war]], and [[ReccurringExtra a surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbage]]. Brought to you by the critically acclaimed Ember Island Players.]]

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[[caption-width-right:250:''The Boy in the Iceberg'' is a new production from acclaimed playwright Pu-On Tim, who scoured the globe gathering information on the Avatar, from the icy south pole to the heart of Ba Sing Se. His sources include [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheCaveOfTwoLovers singing nomads]], [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheWaterbendingScroll pirates]], [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheDayOfBlackSunPart2 prisoners of war]], and [[ReccurringExtra [[RecurringExtra a surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbage]]. Brought to you by the critically acclaimed Ember Island Players.]]
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[[caption-width-right:250:''The Boy in the Iceberg'' is a new production from acclaimed playwright Pu-On Tim, who scoured the globe gathering information on the Avatar, from the icy south pole to the heart of Ba Sing Se. His sources include [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheCaveOfTwoLovers singing nomads]], [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheWaterbendingScroll pirates]], [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheDayOfBlackSunPart2 prisoners of war]], and [[ReoccurringExtra a surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbage]]. Brought to you by the critically acclaimed Ember Island Players.]]

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[[caption-width-right:250:''The Boy in the Iceberg'' is a new production from acclaimed playwright Pu-On Tim, who scoured the globe gathering information on the Avatar, from the icy south pole to the heart of Ba Sing Se. His sources include [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheCaveOfTwoLovers singing nomads]], [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheWaterbendingScroll pirates]], [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheDayOfBlackSunPart2 prisoners of war]], and [[ReoccurringExtra [[ReccurringExtra a surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbage]]. Brought to you by the critically acclaimed Ember Island Players.]]
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