Netflix announced on September 18 that the Emmy winning, animated show, Avatar: The Last Airbender, was getting a live action series. The co-creators of the show, Micheal DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, are overseeing the project and have vowed not to follow in the steps of M. Night Shyamalan’s whitewashed version of the show.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is about an Airbender, Aang, who must bring peace and unite the four nations – the Earth Kingdom, the Water Tribes, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads – by ending Fire Lord Sozin’s war. The show has three seasons and takes viewers on a wonderful journey about friendship, love, redemption, and unity. The news made many fans of the mid-2000s Nickelodeon show very happy, including me. Seeing the beautiful Asiatic settings, the bending techniques and forms, and the characters come to life is something to look forward to, so here are the top three memorable episodes from this amazing series.
Season 1, Episode 5 – The King of Omashu
Aang, Katara, and Sokka arrive at the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu. Aang, remembering his time in the city, shows them the iconic delivery system through which him and his old friend, Bumi, used to play on. All is fun and games until the group gets arrested and is presented to the king. However, Aang does not realize that the king is actually Bumi. Bumi, being a silly king now, puts Aang through three difficult challenges once he realizes that he’s in the presence of the Avatar. After Aang, completes all the challenges – with the last one being a fight between him and the king – Aang recognizes who the king really is. But games aren’t the only thing that Bumi has for him. King Bumi tells Aang that his destiny is to bring balance to the world by mastering the other three elements – earth, fire, and water – so he can defeat the Fire Lord.
Season 2, Episode 6 – The Blind Bandit
Aang is in desparate need of an earthbending teacher. He and his friends hear about an earthbending tournament so they decide to go in hopes of finding the Avatar a tutor. Aang recognizes one of the earthbenders participating in the tournament from a vision he had in the swamp (a few episodes before.) Her name is Toph and she’s a blind earthbender who manages to defeat every single opponent. Things get interesting when Aang volunteers to go against her as a way to convince her to teach him how to bend earth. To everyone’s surprise, Aang beats Toph by using his airbending to mimic earthbending. However, the overseers of the tournament are convinced that Toph and Aang planned that fight and they in turn hatch a plan to kidnap them and take their money back. Meanwhile, Aang, Katara, and Sokka discover that Toph is actually the daughter of rich nobles and Toph invites them over for dinner. Unfortunately, the men who run the tournament kidnap the group but Toph rescues them which reveals her identity to her parents. They forbid her to ever partake in earthbending tournaments, but she runs away instead and agrees to train Aang in earthbending.
Season 3, Episode 8 – The Puppetmaster
Team Avatar (Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph) camp out in the woods and tell each other scary stories, which they immediately regret when Toph “hears” people screaming from under the mountain. That’s when an old woman, later known as Hama, comes out of the shadows and offers them food and shelter. Later on, when the group goes into town with Hama to buy food, they overhear the Fire Nation villagers talking about strange disappearances that occur during the full moon. Sokka suspects that Hama the innkeeper is behind the disappearances, so they reluctantly search her house. They find a box with Hama’s comb and she admits that she’s a waterbender from the Southern Water Tribe- Sokka’s and Katara’s home tribe. Excited over knowing another Southern waterbender, Katara becomes Hama’s waterbending student. However, things take a dark turn when Aang, Sokka and Toph interview the only man who escaped the force that drove people to the mountain and discover that Hama was the kidnapper. In the woods, on the night of a full moon, Hama reveals to Katara that she escaped the Fire Nation soldiers who kidnapped her by learning how to bloodbend (controlling the fluids in an organism’s body.) She admits that she’s the one who forces people into the mountain every full moon by taking control of their body. Katara refuses to go down that road which angers Hama into turning on Katara. While Toph rescues the people trapped in the mountain, Aang and Sokka attempt to help Katara who’s fighting Hama but Hama overpowers them both using her bloodbending skills. Realizing that the only way to save them is to control Hama, Katara embraces the full moon’s power and bloodbends for the first time on Hama. When Hama is subdued, she congratulates Katara on her bloodbending and she laughs believing that her legacy has been passed on.
Season 1, Episode 4 – The Warriors of Kyoshi
Season 2, Episode 7 – Zuko Alone
Season 3, Episode 13 – The Firebending Masters
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