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…

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…