My favourite thing about this, is that he goes back to his father, and holds him accountable for his actions. He’s thought he was in the wrong for years. That it was his fault he lost his honour. To see him come to this understanding that he was a child and his father was the responsible party was amazing.
I can’t even think of any other animated kids shows where the abuser is called out on their abuse as openly and directly as he was in this show. And don’t even start me on the importance of them showing that a male child can be the victim of abuse by a male parent. That’s a demographic that so often gets brushed aside and they get told to “man up” or in this case “act like a Prince.” And Zuko gets to stand up and say “I AM a Prince. You’re the one who was wrong.”
it’s been exactly 10 years since Rachel got off that plane and I’m still not over it.
this is how you end a show. you don’t give the audience exactly what they want, or take it completely away from them either, you leave them with the idea of what could be
you don’t throw all sanity to hell in the hopes of going out with a bang, you go out with a warm hug and a thank you
you don’t give the characters the perfect dream ending, you give them something better
and this is how you end a show that is so powerful, people are still emotional about it 10 years after it ends.
No, fuck that. if you want to give a that kind of ending, then go for it, but this was perfect for them. Ross wanted to be in a relationship with Rachel, yes, but more importantly he just wanted her with him. You don’t need to have that cliffhanger if you don’t want to.
I make my first argument with Psych, a show that had the perfect happy ending.
The happily ever after.
The ride off into the sunset.
But you can also give a chaotic ending. In a word? Supernatural.
I mean…. shit gets crazy. They release Lucifer from prison and that’s only season three!
In short, a show can leave you wondering what will happen, leave you feeling fuzzy inside, or leave you wondering what just happened.
WHATEVER IS PERFECT FOR YOUR STORY.
But yes, Friends was perfect.