Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Earth King

“The Earth King” picks up in the immediate aftermath of “Lake Laogai,” with Aang and company happily reunited with Appa.  For the ups and downs of Team Avatar’s adventures, having everyone together is the best they can hope for.  Yet, the team makes the decision to reach the Earth King and warn him of the…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Lake Laogai

In “The Serpent’s Pass,” our original anti-hero turned villain Jet and our original villain turned anti-hero Zuko crossed paths aboard a ferry to the great walled city of Ba Sing Se.  In the most basic break down of the two men, both were deemed villains because they were controlled by an obsession that generally overruled…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Appa’s Lost Days

“Appa’s Lost Days,” answers the question raised at the end of “The Tales of Ba Singe Se,” could you create a full length episode from the “Tale of Momo.”  The answer is a redeeming affirmative.  “Appa’s Lost Days,” however, does a lot more than simply tell a story from our favorite air bison’s perspective.  Instead,…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Tales of Ba Sing Se

“The Tales of Ba Sing Se,” is simply as wonderful as “City of Walls and Secrets” is dark and disturbing.  It’s perhaps not a surprise that the creators of the show desired to balance the heavy connotations of the previous episode with something much more light in nature, an animated exhalation of relief so to…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – City of Walls and Secrets

“City of Walls and Secrets,” represents the start of the darkest moments in Season Two of Avatar: The Last Airbender, if not the entire series.  Previously, the villains and bad guys of the show were evil because their wicked acts were perpetrated on actions which were in direct opposition to the things regularly and morally…

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 Serpent’s Pass

While “The Library” and “The Desert” were tied together by both geography and the loss of Appa, “The Serpent’s Pass” has only the continuation of Aang’s grappling with loss to connect it the prior two.  It’s the emotional third act of a three part arc which ties together Aang’s initial loss, inability to express his…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Desert

In “The Desert,” Sokka and Momo drink cactus juice that immediately sends the duo reeling into hallucinations and ridiculous behavior.  Their view of the world is skewed to the strange and somewhat paranoia. It’s an apt way to describe the experience the story provides for Aang’s own behavior, as it’s something completely alien to his…

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…