>>92026783>You're talking about things which all happened within the last 4 episodes and which don't dispute the abruptness of the external solution in any way shape or form
No: YOU'RE the one talking about it. I'm just replying to what you said. > If spirit bending Ozai was not a pivotal part of Aangs success and Ozai's permanent downfall then the Lionturtle would not have entered into the story
they needed to close the energybending arc. Also, it looks cool story-wise even if it doesn't serve an actual purpose. You're over thinking it; not everything in the show needs to be necessary or serve a purpose. In this case it's very clear it didn't as Aang literally could defeat Ozai without it, as he actually did. >there was not the slightest hint of it being a plot critical element
and it wasn't. >A floating demigod spirited the main character away on the eve of battle to reveal to him a new option to an ongoing conflict
It's not new if it was already there. It just needed to be explained, as it was, and it didn't change the outcome AT ALL. This is just ridiculous; to be a deus ex machina it needs to actually save the character. Think: if Aang didn't have energybending, what changes?