History Recap / AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheGreatDivide

18th Apr '18 8:51:34 PM DaFlabbagasta
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18th Apr '18 6:58:53 PM eroock
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-->"Harsh words won’t solve problems; action will."

The eleventh episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. In it, the gang come across a giant canyon, the titular Great Divide. For most people, it's near-impossible to cross, and they need a intelligent Earth Bending guide who knows the area- but they're not everyone. On the back of Appa, they should easily be able to fly across.

However, just as they are about to leave, two groups of refugees shows up; one perfectly manicured and dressed in white, they other dressed in dirty brown rags. They learn that these tribes, the Gan Jin and Zhang respectively, have been fighting for centuries, and refuse to travel with each other. However, there is only one guide across the canyon; but they cannot afford to wait, not with the Fire Nation army at their heels. Because of this, Aang opts for them to travel on foot as peacekeepers, so that both groups of refugees can make it through. To do so, they empty their sacks of food (as it can attract predators) and set off on their journey.

However, the animosity between the two tribes continues, and is only increased when the guide breaks an arm. Furthermore, Katara and Sokka, who were already fighting in a normal brother/sister spat, now begin to take sides. Finally they split up, Sokka traveling with the Zhang, Katara with the Gan Jin; Aang travels in the middle with Appa, trying to watch over both. That night, both tribes tell their stories for why there is such bad blood between them. Both centers around the story of Gin Wei who attempted to complete the sacred ritual of carrying the sacred orb. In the Gan Jin version, Gin Wei, the tribe's ancestor was attacked by Wei Gin, the founder of the Zhang tribe, who stole the orb and destroyed the ritual. However, the Zhang version of the story say that Gin Wei was found passed out, and that Wei Jin tried to help by carrying the orb back and to find a healer among Gin Wei's people; however, once there, he was arrested as a thief.

Both Sokka and Katara are ''shocked'' by the stories, and that the other tribe could be so low. That doesn't stop them from getting anxious when the leaders of each tribe take out a supply of food, since that was expressly forbidden by the guide. However, each tribe leader explains that they knew the ''other'' tribe would immediately assume that ''they'd'' bring in food, and so bring some anyway- and since they shouldn't starve while the other has food, they could therefore bring some too. Besides, it's not like they'll actually be attacked, right?

Which of course means the very next day they are stormed by giant bug monsters.

Aang fights them off using his bending, before finally berating everyone for bringing food with them- were they completely insane?!? If they're going to get out of the canyon, they need to work together. Eventually they do manage to travel to the other side, though the animosity was far from extinguished, since each tribe still harbours bitter feelings for the injustices done to their ancestors.

But wait- Aang ''knew'' Gin Wei and Wei Gin, being one-hundred years old and all. He explains the true story; that they were actually brothers, and only young ones at that. Very young; we're talking toddlers here. And the Redemption Ritual was just a game. They've literally been fighting over nothing! With this realisation, the Zhang and Gang Jin join together, becoming a single tribe.

Katara and Sokka also realise how stupid they've been, and reconcile. But they can't help but be amazed that it just so happened that Aang knew the true stories of the brothers. Truth is - he ''didn't''! He just made the 'real' story up so they would stop fighting.

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-->"Harsh ->''"Harsh words won’t solve problems; action will."

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The eleventh episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. In it, next destination the gang come across a giant canyon, stumbles into is the titular Great Divide. For most people, it's near-impossible Divide, the world's largest canyon. The group starts bickering, so Aang decides to cross, and they need a intelligent put his Avatar skills to the test. He successfully solves their minor disputes, but Aang tries to put his skills to practical use, when two Earth Bending guide who knows the area- but they're not everyone. On the back of Appa, they should easily be able to fly across.

However, just as they are about to leave, two groups of refugees shows up; one perfectly manicured and dressed in white, they other dressed in dirty brown rags. They learn that these
Kingdom tribes, the Gan Jin and Zhang respectively, who have been fighting in a feud for centuries, and refuse 100 years, need to travel cross the canyon together. Aang sends Appa across with each other. However, there is only one guide most needy people of the two tribes, and, with the help of a knowledgeable earthbender, guides the rest across the canyon; but they cannot afford to wait, not with vast, dry landscape. In the Fire Nation army at their heels. Because of this, end, Aang opts for them is able to travel on foot as peacekeepers, so that both groups of refugees can make it through. To do so, they empty their sacks of food (as it can attract predators) end the feud, and set off on their journey.

However, the animosity between
the two tribes continues, and is only increased when the guide breaks an arm. Furthermore, Katara and Sokka, who were already fighting in a normal brother/sister spat, now begin to take sides. Finally they split up, Sokka traveling with the Zhang, Katara with the Gan Jin; Aang travels in the middle with Appa, trying to watch over both. That night, both tribes tell their stories for why there is such bad blood between them. Both centers around the story of Gin Wei who attempted to complete the sacred ritual of carrying the sacred orb. In the Gan Jin version, Gin Wei, the tribe's ancestor was attacked by Wei Gin, the founder of the Zhang tribe, who stole the orb and destroyed the ritual. However, the Zhang version of the story say that Gin Wei was found passed out, and that Wei Jin tried to help by carrying the orb back and to find a healer among Gin Wei's people; however, once there, he was arrested as a thief.

Both Sokka and Katara are ''shocked'' by the stories, and that the other tribe could be so low. That doesn't stop them from getting anxious when the leaders of each tribe take out a supply of food, since that was expressly forbidden by the guide. However, each tribe leader explains that they knew the ''other'' tribe would immediately assume that ''they'd'' bring in food, and so bring some anyway- and since they shouldn't starve while the other has food, they could therefore bring some too. Besides, it's not like they'll actually be attacked, right?

Which of course means the very next day they are stormed by giant bug monsters.

Aang fights them off using his bending, before finally berating everyone for bringing food with them- were they completely insane?!? If they're going to get out of the canyon, they need to work together. Eventually they do manage to
travel together to the other side, though the animosity was far from extinguished, since each tribe still harbours bitter feelings for the injustices done to their ancestors.

But wait- Aang ''knew'' Gin Wei and Wei Gin, being one-hundred years old and all. He explains the true story; that they were actually brothers, and only young ones at that. Very young; we're talking toddlers here. And the Redemption Ritual was just a game. They've literally been fighting over nothing! With this realisation, the Zhang and Gang Jin join together, becoming a single tribe.

Katara and Sokka also realise how stupid they've been, and reconcile. But they can't help but be amazed that it just so happened that Aang knew the true stories
capital city of the brothers. Truth is - he ''didn't''! He just made the 'real' story up so they would stop fighting.
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* AccidentalAesop: InUniverse, The Gan Jin's and The Zhang's interpret what Aang says as a good reason to DuelToTheDeath. Aang experiences a HopeSpot, when it seems the two tribes will try to work out their differences and get along, before they try to kill each other. Aang then immediately flip-flops, and says "I take it back, harsh words aren't so bad"



* AccidentalAesop: InUniverse, The Gan Jin's and The Zhang's interpret what Aang says as a good reason to DuelToTheDeath. Aang experiences a HopeSpot, when it seems the two tribes will try to work out their differences and get along, before they try to kill each other. Aang then immediately flip-flops, and says "I take it back, harsh words aren't so bad"
* ArtShift: All of the flashbacks are in a different style, especially the one Aang gives.



* BigEater: The entire Zhang tribe has this in spades

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* BigEater: The entire Zhang tribe has this in spadesspades.



* BlatantLies: Aang lies about the source of the conflict between the two tribes to get them to make up. When he admits such to Katara and Sokka, they're floored.
--> '''Katara''' ''[amused]:'' You did ''not.'' That is ''so'' wrong.



* ContrivedCoincidence: Subverted. It would have been a stretch if Aang had been there to witness the real event 100 years ago that led to the myth. Turns out he just made it up.



* EnemyMine: During the climax, the Zhang and the Gan Jin bond over figting a common enemy, the Canyon Crawlers.



* FlashbackEffects: All of the flashbacks are in a different style, especially the one Aang gives.



* MotivationalLie: Aang lies about the source of the conflict between the two tribes to get them to make up. When he admits such to Katara and Sokka, they're floored.
--> '''Katara''' ''[amused]:'' You did ''not.'' That is ''so'' wrong.
* MotivationOnAStick: Aang's trick to get the crawlers to carry the group out of the valley.



* NotSoDifferent: The leader of the Zhang notes at the end that they are not so different from the Gan Jin.



* ShroudedInMyth: Subverted. Aang appeals to this trope when coming up with his MotivationalLie.



* WackyWaysideTribe: This episode doesn't have much to do with the arching plot of the season.

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* TemptingFate: The guide's proclamation "We'll be safe now." is followed by him getting attacked by a canyon crawler.
* WackyWaysideTribe: This episode doesn't The Zhang and the Gan Jin don't have much to do with the arching plot of the season.season.
* TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled: Downplayed. The skilled Earth Bending guide is the first to get attacked and injured by the Canyon Crawlers.
31st Mar '18 11:28:59 PM DragonQuestZ
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* ArtShift: All of the flashbacks are in a different style, most obviously the one Aang gives.

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* ArtShift: All of the flashbacks are in a different style, most obviously especially the one Aang gives.



* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: The Zhang's reasoning for bringing in food is that Gan Jin will bring in food on the suspicion that the Zhang will bring in food.
* MixAndMatchCritters: The Canyon Crawlers are a mix between spiders and crocodiles
* NoAntagonist

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* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: The Zhang's reasoning for bringing in food is that Gan Jin will bring in food on the suspicion that the Zhang will bring in food.
food. They are correct, and it's implied that the others did the same thing, for the same reason.
* MixAndMatchCritters: The Canyon Crawlers are a mix between spiders and crocodiles
crocodiles.
* NoAntagonistNoAntagonist: Even the crawlers are more a menace than an active force against the heroes.
* PeltsOfTheBarbarian: The Zhang dresses in rough animal skins, reflecting their brutish nature compared to the genteel Gan Jin.



* WackyWaysideTribe: While season one seems to consist of many unrelated stories, everyone and everything encountered does go on to play a larger role in the story. Except these guys. You can skip the entire episode without missing ''anything''.

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* WackyWaysideTribe: While season one seems to consist of many unrelated stories, everyone and everything encountered does go on to play a larger role in the story. Except these guys. You can skip the entire This episode without missing ''anything''.doesn't have much to do with the arching plot of the season.
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18th Apr '17 7:31:06 AM Malady
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* [[AutomatonHorse Automaton Flying Bison]]: This episode marks possibly the only time in the series this trope is played straight rather than averted. Appa is able to carry about 5 kids with no problems. At one point in Season 3, carrying 8 kids is too much for him. But here, he's able to effortlessly carry ''all the sick and elderly members of the 2 feuding tribes'' (shown to be a huge group when he takes off) across the canyon, with no source of food or water and no one holding the reins directing him or telling him where to land.
30th Jun '15 8:05:31 AM case
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* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: The Zhang's reasoning for bringing in food is that Gan Jin will bring in food on the suspicion that the Zhang will bring in food.
15th Apr '15 5:09:46 PM hallmon
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* AnAesop: The main one is the page quote, it becomes ArcWords for the episode. Also if The Trained WildernessSurvivalExpert, tells you not to bring food along, because it will attract dangerous predators, listen to him! The final aesop at the end of the episode is that it is ok, sometimes even good to lie, if the lie is done with the intention of stopping a destructive conflict. Aang happily admits to lying to The Zhang's and Gan Jin's about knowing Jin Wei and Wei Jin. Katara approves, Sokka is shocked and disappointed.

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* AnAesop: The Several, the main one is the page quote, it becomes ArcWords for the episode. Also if The Trained WildernessSurvivalExpert, the trained wilderness survival expert, and your guide through dangerous terrain tells you not to bring food along, because it will attract dangerous predators, listen to him! The final aesop at the end of the episode is that it is ok, sometimes even good to lie, if the lie is done with the intention of stopping a destructive conflict. Aang happily admits to lying to The Zhang's and Gan Jin's about knowing Jin Wei and Wei Jin. Katara approves, Sokka is shocked and disappointed.
15th Apr '15 5:05:48 PM hallmon
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* AnAesop: The page quote, it becomes ArcWords for the episode. A secondary aesop at the end of the episode is that it is ok, sometimes even good to lie, if the lie is done with the intention of stopping a destructive conflict. Aang happily admits to lying to The Zhang's and Gan Jin's about knowing Jin Wei and Wei Jin. Katara approves, Sokka is shocked and disappointed.

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* AnAesop: The main one is the page quote, it becomes ArcWords for the episode. A secondary Also if The Trained WildernessSurvivalExpert, tells you not to bring food along, because it will attract dangerous predators, listen to him! The final aesop at the end of the episode is that it is ok, sometimes even good to lie, if the lie is done with the intention of stopping a destructive conflict. Aang happily admits to lying to The Zhang's and Gan Jin's about knowing Jin Wei and Wei Jin. Katara approves, Sokka is shocked and disappointed.
15th Apr '15 5:00:18 PM hallmon
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* TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: The Canyon Guide quits at the end of the episode. Ironically, there isn't any supervisors he can say this to, it's coupled with ScrewThisImOuttaHere.
15th Apr '15 4:52:54 PM hallmon
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* AccidentalAesop: InUniverse, The Gan Jin's and The Zhang's interpret what Aang says as a good reason to DuelToTheDeath. Aang experiences a HopeSpot, when it seems the two tribes will try to work out their differences and get along, before they try to kill each other. Aang then mmediately flip-flops, and says "I take it back, harsh words aren't so bad"

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* AccidentalAesop: InUniverse, The Gan Jin's and The Zhang's interpret what Aang says as a good reason to DuelToTheDeath. Aang experiences a HopeSpot, when it seems the two tribes will try to work out their differences and get along, before they try to kill each other. Aang then mmediately immediately flip-flops, and says "I take it back, harsh words aren't so bad"
15th Apr '15 4:50:12 PM hallmon
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* AnAesop: The page quote, it becomes ArcWords for the episode. A secondary aesop, is that it is ok, sometimes even good to lie, if the lie is done with the intention of stopping a destructive conflict.

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* AnAesop: The page quote, it becomes ArcWords for the episode. A secondary aesop, aesop at the end of the episode is that it is ok, sometimes even good to lie, if the lie is done with the intention of stopping a destructive conflict.conflict. Aang happily admits to lying to The Zhang's and Gan Jin's about knowing Jin Wei and Wei Jin. Katara approves, Sokka is shocked and disappointed.
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