Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Library

What is the purpose of knowledge? Does it exist to benefit others purely for scholarly reasons, solely for the betterment of society, or can it be used for less than honorable purposes?  “The Library,” offers a few suggestions on this question along with setting up the greatest emotional tragedy for Aang since his discovery of…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Bitter Work

Aang’s earth bending lessons begin in an episode which highlights key personality traits of our hero, Aang, and our anti-hero, Zuko.  Particularly since “The Storm,” the duo have been contrasted against each other and “Bitter Work” is no exception.  Aang’s personality is one that prizes peace and indirect confrontation.  Zuko’s personality is akin to a…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Chase

One of the best episodes of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica’s first season was “33.”  At its core, it’s an extremely simple episode.  Every thirty-three minutes, the enemy cylons appear and force the humans to continually flee preventing them from finding rest, offering the question throughout the episode as to how the enemy keeps on finding…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Zuko Alone

Since the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I have written on the theme of Zuko as the anti-hero of the story, a hero’s development which has mirrored Aang’s own journey to saving the world.  Previously, that development has come in bits and pieces through Zuko’s pursuit of Aang for the purpose of restoring…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Blind Bandit

The best television shows do not always begin as the best television shows.  They can definitely begin as great shows, but sometimes a show that is good can be made immeasurably better by a tweak or a change to it.  In the case of Avatar: The Last Airbender, it evolved from a good show to…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Avatar Day

“Avatar Day” is one of the few episodes that offer character development for the characters in the B storyline, not the primary storyline.  In this case, we continue to watch Zuko wrestle with his future in a few brief moments, while the majority of “Avatar Day” is delegated to a story of Aang encountering the…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Swamp

Swamps are mysterious in nature, often representing dark places that border far more on the alien than the familiar.  In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker must travel to the swamp planet of Dagobah, where his very approach to the surface is clouded in fog and the land seems perpetually stuck in twilight.  On Dagobah,…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Return to Omashu

“Return to Omashu” opens the moment “The Cave of Two Lovers” concludes, which finds Aang, Katara, and Sokka, gazing down at a Fire Nation occupied city.  “King of Omashu” represented an important step in Aang’s season one journey of accepting his role as the Avatar and also an important moment for Aang, as he finally…

Tomorrowland: Review and Synopsis

Tomorrowland, a film by Brad Bird, has the audacity that few movies, particularly science fiction films, possess in our modern age.  It chooses to view the future with optimism, directly challenging the viewer to look at the problems of the world and find a way to fix them.  The message delivered by the villain of…