Watching - ATLA - Book 1 Water
Re-watching ALTA, I can pinpoint exactly what bothers me about Zaheer’s air bending so much. The Waterbending Master is a great example of a fight between somebody who’s mastered the art and somebody with great natural talent. The fight between Master Pakku and Katara is wonderful because she holds her own but constantly gets beaten down. You can tell as an amateur, she’s absolutely brilliant but at the same time she is no match for somebody who’s been studying and practicing water bending for years.
It’s very convenient for Zaheer to be suddenly so amazing that Kya can’t even hold her own during a fight. You know, a fucking master.