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 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 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 – 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…