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So this whole Yakone thing.

We know that there’s a future episode called “Skeletons in the Closet.” We know that Dante Basco (Zuko) is in it, and the role has something to do with Zuko, if not including Zuko voiced once more by Basco. ZOMG YES PLEASE.

“Skeletons in the closet” is a phrase that means “a secret source of shame, potentially ruinous if exposed, which a person or family makes efforts to conceal.”

The phrase was coined in the 19th century meaning that people took great care to conceal some facet of their lives - mentally ill family members, that one uncle that killed those people and buried them under the roses, a secret affair with someone outside of your station, etc. - to live up to societies standards. When the phrase was originally used it was almost exclusively to refer to some sort of illness, particularly mental illness, which could be perceived as damaging to a family’s reputation. No one wanted to mix with a family that had a history of mental illness.

This ignores, of course, that most of the British ruling class was terribly inbred due to snobbery so mental illness came in spades and they were all trying to hide it. But I digress.

Eventually the phrase began to encompass anything that could be consider damning to a reputation, like salacious love affairs or any behavior that was considered inappropriate or a terrible secret that could destroy everything.

Obviously we know that the whole thing with Yakone went down. We also know that Tenzin was nine or ten years old when shit went down and probably had deal with it a bit firsthand if only because his parents and uncle were involved. And we know it’s a bit of a berserk button with him.

Here’s where the theory starts:

I’m not the first to speculate that the Yakone incident is somehow tied to Amon. I don’t think that they’re the same person - but clearly something that happened with Yakone laid the groundwork for Amon’s rise to power with the Equalists. And whatever happened didn’t exactly happen as everyone thinks it did. There had to have been a complication somewhere, one that’s stayed hidden but is about to come out and now Korra’s going to have to clean up the mess or deal with the fallout from this information going public.

I think the episode “Skeletons in the Closet” is going to blow the lid off of the whole Yakone incident and how it ties to Amon and the Equalists, probably setting the stage for the last three or four episodes. I don’t think it’ll be so much about how Aang might have failed, but in doing what he had to knowingly left a mess for the avatar after him to clean up.

Though I could be completely wrong here. I usually am. Heh.

Date: 2012-05-01 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randomdiversion.livejournal.com
Still haven't watched Korra.

Are there any airbenders in that world (since they were all killed off in Ang's time I wondered if maybe Ang was able to find other benders with latent airbending talent and re-create that caste).

Date: 2012-05-01 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercy-angel-09.livejournal.com
You can watch all four episodes on Korra's official website on Nick.com for free. I think there's some advertising, but not nearly as many as there would be watching it on Saturday morning.

There are a few airbenders in Korra's world. Katara and Aang's youngest son Tenzin is an airbender, and he's teaching Korra airbending, along with his three children Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo. And if Katara's prediction in episode one is correct, the baby that Tenzin and his wife Pema are expecting will be an airbender as well. It seems that there weren't any other airbenders in the world, though there are air acolytes who live on Air Temple Island with Tenzin and his family, who may be able to become airbenders. Maybe. The whole bender/non-bender thing has never been explicitly explained, whether it's a genetic thing or a spiritual thing.

Date: 2012-05-02 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randomdiversion.livejournal.com
In Avatar there's a scene where earth-bender volunteers are being recruited, and a pair of school-age identical twins announce, "I'm an earthbender" and "I'm not", respectively.

So I think it is not genetic.

Date: 2012-05-02 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercy-angel-09.livejournal.com
I do know that Bryan and Mike said that all airbenders produced airbenders because of their highly spiritual society. Furthermore, Piandao (Sokka's sword master) is the son of two firebenders, but is not a firebender himself. My guess is that genetics don't hurt, but I think a good deal comes down to a spiritual connection with the element.

I almost used the twins from "The Fortuneteller" as an example, but wasn't sure of how much of the series you had seen.

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