Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Drill

After a run of episodes which brought us significant character development for many, if not all our main characters, “The Drill,” instead brings conflict in the way of Ba Sing Se threatened by colossal Fire Nation drill and kicking the Jet and Zuko storyline into motion.  Instead of dealing with problems within, our heroes are…

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 Waterbending Scroll

The “WaterbendingScroll” sets out to show us that our heroes are not perfect, particularly,Katara, who exhibits frustration and borderline pettiness, and not to mention, a propensity for theft.  It’s a fascinating show that is not afraid to pull back the curtain to make one of the heroes look bad, especially in the wake of “Imprisoned”…