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Thu
Dec 2 2010 1:54pm

Avatar Rewatch: “The Library” (episode 210)

Avatar: The Last Airbender episode The LibraryEpisode 2.10, “The Library,” marks the halfway point in Season Two of Avatar and in the series as a whole. This is when stuff starts to get intense. Follow along with us after the cut.

[Appa? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!]

Mon
Oct 25 2010 3:08pm

Avatar Rewatch: “The Chase” (episode 208)

Avatar: The Last Airbender rewatch episode 208

We wish to extend our gratitude to our readers for their patience this past month. Things have been hectic. Hopefully we will now be able to return to a regular posting schedule, with a new post appearing every other Thursday. We have gone so long without an Avatar Rewatch post, I assume many of you thought our faces had been stolen by Koh, leaving us to wander blindly in the Spirit World. So let’s go with that as our excuse.

Episode 208, “The Chase,” features only characters who are pivotal to the overall arc of the series, in other words, the series regulars. There are no pirates or lost boys here. Azula chases Aang. Zuko chases Azula. Iroh chases Zuko. And in the end we get one of the most awesome battles in the entire series.

[Read more after the jump]

Thu
Sep 2 2010 1:25pm

Avatar Rewatch: “The Blind Bandit” (Episode 206)

In episode 2.06, “The Blind Bandit,” Aang and the gang continue their search to find the Avatar an Earthbending master, discovering an unlikely tutor in an Earthbending tournament.

[Click the link to meet the most badass Earthbender of all time]

Thu
Aug 19 2010 12:57pm

Avatar Rewatch: “The Swamp” (episode 204)

In episode 2.04, “The Swamp,” The Aang gang finds itself in a swamp that may or may not have something supernatural going on. Also, Zuko appears for two minutes.

[Hold your breath and swim through the swamp gas below]

Thu
Jul 29 2010 12:29pm

Avatar Rewatch: “The Cave of Two Lovers” (episode 202)

Welcome to the Avatar: The Last Airbender MUSICAL EPISODE!

Many people think this episode is cheesy and a waste of time, but this episode has some major moments in it that resonate throughout the rest of the series. It also has an abundance of cute Appa moments, so I have a soft spot for this episode.

[YIP YIP!]

Wed
Jul 21 2010 5:13pm

New Avatar: The Last Airbender series

The internet is buzzing today with the official announcement of Avatar: The Legend of Korra.

The new series takes place 70 years after the original series and follows the new Avatar, a water-bender named Korra as she masters the four elements. On her journey to master Air, she meets Aang’s son, Tenzin, in the center of the new Avatar world Republic City.

Based on that small amount of information alone, I am filled with questions. What do we know? Sadly, Aang is no longer alive...but 70 years isn’t THAT long. The rest of the gang would probably be in their 80s. What are the chances of seeing octogenarian versions of Katara, Sokka, and Toph? What is the new governmental structure of the world? Will we meet children of other Aang Gang members? I would love to see the child of Zuko and Mai. Or an extremely clumsy, yet badass child of Sokka and Suki? The questions keep on coming.

What questions are forming in your mind after this announcement? Will this new series forever erase the film from your mind?


Jordan Hamessley is an assistant editor at Grosset & Dunlap/PSS at Penguin Books for Young Readers where she edits the Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Dinosaur Train publishing programs, as well as developing original series. She is also an assistant editor for Lightspeed Magazine. She can be found on Twitter as @thejordache.

Thu
Jul 8 2010 12:01pm

Interview: Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Creators of the Original Televised Avatar: The Last Airbender

After the conclusion of the Avatar Season One re-watch, we were fortunate enough to get some time from the profoundly brilliant creators of the original televised Avatar: The Last Airbender, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino.

[Nuff said.]

Fri
Jul 2 2010 12:33pm

The Last Airbender: The Greatest Fan Film of All Time

Tor.com asked us to review the newly released The Last Airbender film as an aside to the Avatar re-watch. Just so you know, the re-watch will return to a regular schedule after Readercon. Also, be on the lookout for our exclusive interview with the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender next week!

[Check out our take on the movie after the jump.]

Fri
May 21 2010 12:23pm

Avatar: The Last Airbender Re-Watch: “The Siege of the North (Part 2)” (episode 120)

In this episode...

After Zuko steals Aang’s body while he’s in the spirit world, Sokka and Katara rush off with Appa to try to catch them. Aang, in the spirit world, talks with Roku and learns that he must find out the location of the moon spirit from a fierce creature named Koh the Face Stealer. After an intense encounter, Aang learns from Koh that the one of the yin-yang fish is the physical embodiment of the moon spirit. Katara and Sokka catch up with Zuko and defeat him and liberate Aang, then together the gang rushes off to protect the moon spirit from Zhao. When they fail to stop him from killing the moon spirit, the moon disappears from the night sky. Zuko faces off with Zhao (who tried to have him killed); Aang enters the Avatar State and summons up a gigantic water spirit and kicks a lot of Fire Nation butt. Princess Yue, who was touched by the moon as a child, must sacrifice her life to return the moon to the world. The water spirit takes care of Zhao.

[A spoilery discussion of this episode begins after the cut.]

Tue
May 18 2010 3:52pm

Avatar: The Last Airbender Re-Watch: “The Siege of the North (Part 1)” (episode 119)

In this episode...

Zhao’s navy begins its siege on the Northern Water Tribe. Aang destroys several ships, but there are too many for him to fight them all. Meanwhile, Zuko sneaks inside the city to capture the Avatar for himself. Sokka is assigned the task of protecting Princess Yue. Aang decides to enter the spirit world and ask the moon and ocean spirits for guidance on how to stop the Fire Nation. But after Aang’s spirit leaves his body, Zuko fights Katara and runs off with Aang’s body.

[A spoilery discussion of this episode begins after the cut.]

Fri
May 14 2010 11:21am

Avatar: The Last Airbender Re-Watch: “The Waterbending Master” (episode 118)

In this episode...

Aang and the gang find the Northern Water Tribe at last. Aang meets a waterbending master who refuses to teach Katara because she’s a girl. Sokka gets a crush. Zhao commandeers Zuko’s crew and hires the pirates from “The Waterbending Scroll” (episode 109) to kill him. Zhao believes they succeed, but Zuko somehow escapes. Sokka’s heart is broken when he learns his crush is betrothed. Katara fights the waterbending master to prove she’s good enough to learn from him. Iroh infiltrates Zhao’s ranks and reinforces the lie that Zuko is dead. Aang and Katara learn a lot of waterbending. Zhao’s fleet sails north to confront Aang and the Northern Water Tribe.

[A spoilery discussion of this episode begins after the cut.]

Mon
May 10 2010 12:58pm

Avatar: The Last Airbender Re-Watch: “The Northern Air Temple” (episode 117)

In this episode...

Aang and the gang travel to the Northern Air Temple, where they find a group of people living—not airbenders or monks, but a group of refugees, lead by a brilliant inventor (“the Mechanist”) who has retrofitted the temple with steampunkesque technology. Aang befriends the inventor’s son, only to discover that the Mechanist was collaborating with the Fire Nation by making weapons for them (albeit against his will). When a Fire Nation officer comes looking for the technology promised them, Aang confronts him; forced to leave empty-handed, the officer promises that the Fire Nation will be back...to destroy the temple. Aang and the gang come up with a plan to defend the temple, and with the glider technology pioneered by the refuges, together they turn back the Fire Nation raid. 

[A spoilery discussion of this episode begins after the cut.]

Thu
May 6 2010 11:52am

Avatar: The Last Airbender Re-Watch: “The Deserter” (episode 116)

In this episode... 

Aang and the gang visit a Fire Nation town in the midst of a festival in the hopes of surreptitiously observing some firebending. That doesn’t go as planned, and Aang is made as the Avatar and so is forced to run. A young man sees Aang’s distress and leads him away from danger and takes him to Jeong Jeong, the eponymous “deserter”—a powerful firebender who left the Fire Nation army years ago. At first Jeong Jeong refuses to teach Aang, but relents. Aang’s impatience to learn firebending results in him accidentally burning Katara, causing Aang to swear off firebending forever. As a result of being burned, Katara learns how to use waterbending to heal wounds. Admiral Zhao catches up to Aang, leading to a showdown. Aang defeats him, employing the lessons of Jeong Jeong, then gathers the gang on Appa and flees, headed for the North Pole. 

[A spoilery discussion of this episode begins after the cut.]

Tue
May 4 2010 1:21pm

Avatar: The Last Airbender Re-Watch: “Bato of the Water Tribe” (episode 115)

In this episode... 

When the Aang Gang finds an abandoned Water Tribe ship, Sokka and Katara are reunited with Bato, a Water Tribe soldier and comrade of their father. He takes the Gang back to the abbey where he is staying. Aang feels left out of the reunion and leaves Sokka and Katara to reminisce with Bato, leaving Aang to receive word of where Sokka and Katara’s father is. He chooses to withhold this information. When he later tells Sokka and Katara about the message, they abandon him, feeling betrayed. Meanwhile, Zuko hires a bounty hunter to track the scent of Katara’s necklace, leading them to the Aang Gang. Following a fight with Zuko and the bounty hunter at the abbey, Sokka and Katara decide to stay with Aang on his journey to the North Pole.

 

[A spoilery discussion of this episode begins after the cut.]

Thu
Apr 29 2010 1:12pm

Avatar: The Last Airbender Re-Watch: “The Fortuneteller” (episode 114)

In this episode...

When the gang arrives at a village practically governed by the predictions of one Aunt Wu, Sokka refuses to be taken in. Katara, meanwhile, becomes addicted to the seer’s many predictions, particularly those regarding the young waterbender’s love life. Aang attempts to make Aunt Wu’s predictions justify his budding affections for Katara. Meanwhile, a volcano is about to erupt, destroying the village. Katara and Aang use waterbending to shape clouds as a way to warn the villagers. The village is evacuated, and a big trench is dug to reroute the lava flow. Aang uses some serious airbending to divert the lava, which makes Katara realize that Aunt Wu may have been referring to Aang when she said that Katara would marry “a powerful bender.”

 

[A spoilery discussion of this episode begins after the cut.]

Mon
Apr 26 2010 1:35pm

Avatar: The Last Airbender Re-Watch: “The Blue Spirit” (episode 113)

In this episode...

Sokka gets sick from the storm, and then Katara gets sick from Sokka. Aang runs off to find medicine. On his way to collect a cure, Aang is captured by a squad of Fire Nation archers. The archers work for Admiral Zhao, who has redoubled his efforts to get the Avatar. The mysterious Blue Spirit rescues Aang, but when the masked man is knocked unconscious during the escape. Aang discovers that the Blue Spirit is none other than Prince Zuko. Aang offers him friendship. Zuko says “Huah!” and throws fire at him.

[Read more...]

Thu
Apr 22 2010 5:00pm

Avatar: The Last Airbender Re-Watch: “The Storm” (episode 112)

In this episode...

The Aang Gang is in need of money, so Sokka volunteers to work for a fisherman on his next fishing trip, even though a storm seems imminent. Aang is recognized by the fisherman as the Avatar “who turned his back on the world.” Aang runs away in guilt, but Katara tracks him down in a cave. Aang tells Katara that the monks at the Southern Air Temple wanted to send him away to the Eastern Air Temple to separate him from Monk Gyatso. This led to Aang running away from home and (eventually) sealing himself in the iceberg. Meanwhile on Zuko’s ship, Zuko’s crew question his leadership. Iroh tells them the story of how the prince was scarred in a duel, and then banished from the Fire Nation, by his own father. 

[A spoilery discussion of this episode begins after the cut.]

Mon
Apr 19 2010 12:55pm

Avatar: The Last Airbender Re-Watch: “The Great Divide” (episode 111)

In this episode...

The Aang Gang arrives at the world’s largest canyon. They are ready to cross when two feuding tribes arrive, but do not want to cross the canyon together. Aang sends Appa with the sick and elderly of both tribes over the canyon, then leads both tribes across the divide with the help of a fatalistic tour guide earthbender. Aang resolves the feud, and the two tribes continue on to Ba Sing Se. Aang and crew continue on their journey. 

[A spoilery discussion of this episode begins after the cut.]

Thu
Apr 15 2010 2:26pm

Avatar: The Last Airbender Re-Watch: “Jet” (episode 110)

In this episode...

A gang of rough and tumble orphans led by the straw-chewing Jet rescue Aang and his friends from a troop of Fire Nation soldiers. Jet invites them back to his hideout, taking a special liking to Katara. Sokka doesn’t trust Jet. Jet tries to win Sokka over, but fails. Later, Jet tricks Aang and Katara into destroying an Earth Kingdom town, but Sokka is able to rescue the townspeople and expose Jet.

[A spoilery discussion of this episode begins after the cut.]

Mon
Apr 12 2010 2:03pm

Avatar: The Last Airbender Re-Watch: “The Waterbending Scroll” (episode 109)

In this episode...

Katara tries to teach Aang some waterbending, but it quickly becomes apparent that Aang’s skills have surpassed his instructor’s. On a trip to town to pick up supplies, Katara steals a waterbending scroll from a store run by pirates. Zuko teams up with the pirates to retrieve the scroll and capture the Avatar. Mayhem ensues. Conflict between Zuko and the pirates allows Aang and company to escape with the scroll and their lives.

[A spoilery discussion of this episode begins after the cut.]