Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Avatar State

Season One of the Last Airbender concluded with Aang entering the Avatar State and combining with the Ocean Spirit to annihilate the Fire Nation army that was invading the Northern Water Tribe.  It was the most awesome display of Aang’s power as the Avatar so far, appropriate for the season finale, but it left Aang…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Waterbending Master

Fresh on the heels of Aang discovering the new iteration of defying gravity in “The Northern Air Temple,” Katara discovers the old traditions of waterbending in “The Water Bending Master.”  It’s not surprising that a water bending focused episode will heavily involve our water bender from the Southern Water Tribe, but the episode impressively juggles…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Northern Air Temple

The Northern Airbender Temple has a significant place in the history of the Avatar world being featured heavily in Legend of Korra, but in “The Northern Air Temple,” we get our first introduction to our second air temple in The Last Airbender.  Like the Southern Air Temple, it sits atop a mountain peak, seemingly, if…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Deserter

Much of the first season of The Last Airbender revolves around Aang growing into the role and maturity required of an avatar.  In “Avatar Roku” he is given the very adult burden that he must stop the Fire Lord and bring balance to the world.   In “The Storm” and in “Bato of the Water…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Bato of the Water Tribe

The most interesting heroes are often flawed.  A flawed hero reflects reality in which very few can claim to be without their problems or quirks, and so make them more believable and relatable to everyone else. In “Bato of the Water Tribe”’ we have the opportunity to see Aang behave poorly, acting out to prevent…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Fortuneteller

The idea of destiny is tied to the identity of the Avatar.  The Avatar’s mission is to bring balance and harmony to the world and often the foregone conclusion that if there isn’t balance and harmony, then he or she will make it happen.  Our avatar, Aang, initially ran away from the responsibility of being…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Blue Spirit

Zuko is Batman. Okay, Zuko isn’t Batman, he is the Blue Spirit, but he uses the Blue Spirit persona much in the same manner that Bruce Wayne uses Batman, to do what he cannot normally do given society and cultural expectations.  Bruce Wayne can no more identifiably be a back alleyway vigilante than Zuko can…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – “The Storm”

In Avatar: The Last Airbender, we are told up front that the good guy is Aang, the Avatar, and the bad guy is Zuko, the prince of the Fire Nation.  This setup lasts barely half the first season as Zuko is slowly developed to be a sympathetic character and the true villain is revealed to…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Great Divide

‘The Great Divide’ isn’t a terrible episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, there really are no terrible episodes of the show, but it fails by comparison to previous episodes, such as ‘Jet’ or ‘Kyoshi Warriors.’  Why does it fail? Beyond contributing nothing to the greater storyline (mastering the elements, evading the Fire Nation, and failing…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Jet

The Last Airbender series is replete with incredible episodes, but some stand out above others as genuinely amazing.  “Jet” is one of those episodes.  It earned this recognition for the symphony of achievements, excellent directing, excellent dialogue, beautiful backgrounds, and excellent themes.  It took the pen strokes of gray that have been slowly filling in…