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Retrospective: Chapter One and Two: “The Boy in the Iceberg” and “The Avatar Returns”

(Disclaimer: What you read here is not the final form of my thoughts or format, which will undergo more than a few changes at this retrospective goes on. As such, topic discussions may include how to best organize this entire experiment.)

Can you believe there was a time when Avatar: the Last Airbender wasn’t considered a cult classic among nerds and animation lovers? When it wasn’t heavily scrutinized and/or speculated on via the Internet? When it hadn’t become a a minor victim of its own popularity and allowed outside influences to affect it (e.g. “shipping”)? When its legacy wasn’t overshadowed by M. Night Shyamalan’s unfortunate adaptation? When something like The Legend of Korra wasn’t even a conceivable project? When no one gave a damn who creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were or what they thought, except that their names appeared in the opening sequence of every episode (and that’s just standard practice for television)?

When Avatar first premiered in February 2005, it was just another new animated program on Nickelodeon, albeit one that looked like the network’s attempt to compete with Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and anime (and Star Wars, of course, but more on that later). It was certainly different from everything Nickelodeon had produced before, with its continuous and complex storyline and obvious anime influence. Somehow, it managed to stay on the air for three seasons, which was just the amount of time needed for DiMartino and Konietzko and company to tell their story. The fact that Avatar had an overall story at all (and not simply a colorful setting and characters to build an animated sitcom around like most Nickelodeon programs) must have been a shock to Nickelodeon fundamentalists.

It all started with “The Boy in the Iceberg” and “The Avatar Returns,” which more or less provided the basic premise of the show. That basic premise was so convoluted even at this point that I’ll refrain from trying to summarize it here. Just know this: by the time the episodes are over, as long as you understand that the bald white kid and his two Indian friends have to travel the world, collect items and learn stuff so they can defeat the bald Asian kid, his uncle, his minions, and his country—and that all this involves something called “Bending” either air, water, earth, or fire—you’re off to a good start. The real question is whether you’d feel inclined to watch any further or not.

Enough kids (and eventually adults) stayed tuned after “The Boy in the Iceberg” and “The Avatar Returns” that the answer is probably “yes.” Personally, this is my fourth time watching the series from beginning to end, and these episodes were not very high on my “eager-to-rewatch” list. Not because they are bad episodes, but because they are very unremarkable ones. In the grand scheme of things, they certainly do a good job of setting up the rest of the series, but at the same time, neither of them gives a single hint that Avatar would be anything more than a slightly-above average cartoon series (let alone one of the greatest of all-time).

To be fair, though, this is still just the first season, and the first season of anything (especially if it’s animated) is almost always inferior to what follows. In this case, DiMartino and Konietzko and company hadn’t yet found the balance between the scope of their vision and the limitations of television animation for American children. Scenes that should radiate with fun, intensity, and a sense of scale (e.g. penguin sledding, the first fight with Zuko) instead come across as flat, small and unexciting. The production team would rectify this stiffness in due time; for now, we just have to admire their imaginative concepts rather than fully engross ourselves in them.

Still, as boring as these episodes are, they still have merits. Having seen the series before, it’s actually fun to look through these episodes and see what plot elements were established long before they had a playoff (e.g. Iroh’s board games, Aang’s nightmare, the Avatar State, etc.) “The Avatar Returns,” the better of the two episodes, even has a cool fight/chase sequence when Aang tries to escape Zuko’s ship. It’s also nice that the most interesting and likable character thus far—Uncle Iroh—seems to be on the side of evil. Maybe it’s the nature of Iroh’s character or the vocal performance by Mako, but Iroh is so far the only character that defies easy classification (whereas, say, Sokka is clearly the comic relief).

If there’s one thing that does amaze me about these first two episodes, it’s the music by Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn (aka The Track Team). I have never before noticed just how perfectly each of their musical cues compliment their respective scenes, even the quieter ones (Hell, especially the quieter ones). Additionally, the music is extremely well-crafted: no cue ever overstays its welcome, ever repeats itself, or ever overtly manipulates the audience into feelings things that aren’t supported by the actual story (as they would, maddeningly, in The Legend of Korra). If anyone on the production team deserves major props for keeping the Avatar train rolling, it’s Mr. Zuckerman and Mr. Wynn.

All-in-all, what these first two episodes make clear is that Avatar: the Last Airbender is a show that requires a lot of faith, forgiveness and understanding if one is going to watch it to the end. The good news is that if you do like these first two episodes, then you’re bound to enjoy much of the rest of the series. On the other hand, if you don’t like these episodes but still want to know what all the fuss is about, just be patient and don’t give up. Avatar takes a little while to really get going, but once it does, it’s positively transcendent.

 

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13 responses

  1. Ian

    AND THE FUN BEGINS!

    OK so thoughts on this episode are as follows. WARNING LONG POST: MARSHALL YOUR GONNA HATE ME

    Please respond

    THE SETTING

    What i love about these episodes is that they totally got me into the show just from premise alone. This world is incredibly detailed and intricate, plus the art really sets it home that this is a mythical world, when i look at the south pole or the ships or the glaciers they all have a style of another world. “Whoa, that guy has arrows on his head, that dude has a cool scar and shoots fire. That old dude is pretty funny. What are those weird seal things? Does that penguin have 4 arms?? Whoa this bison flys!” was the thoughts of my 7 year old self. So i think that this show does an amazing job of giving us a world that we want to be in. We want to learn about these nations, we want to see more cool fighting. So in that regard I think the creators did an amazing job at sucking the audience into their world. As well as giving us surprises along the way (the avatar state being the big one) The episodes also left us with mysteries, why does Zuko have a scar? Whats his deal? Whats with Aang’s dream about freezing himself? Why did he do that?”

    THE CHARACTERS

    Aang:

    I really loved the characters I was presented with in this first couple of episodes. We got Aang who i like because hes fun and innocent but when it comes to facing problems and standing up for others he is more than willing. He has my sympathy because he has to deal with a problem he never wanted thrust upon him (being the avatar) which people can relate to on a smaller scale on the lines of, growing up (on the kid side) or being an adult or parent (on the adult side). Aang also shows that he is a go with the flow kind of guy being willing to take Katara all the way across the world to learn waterbending just because she wanted too (and this is before we learn he is the avatar and Aang shows no signs of wanting to go because of loving Katara or because he thinks he needs to go, he just wants to do something he thinks will be fun with a person he has just met) Finally Aang is fun to watch. I like him flying around, sneezing 10 feet into the air, Smashing Zuko into the wall with his own mattress (which i believe is one of the better moments of humor in these episodes (but ill go into that in a bit), and finally Aang’s expressions are just so much fun to watch (mainly that “evil” look in his eye moment and his face before he slams the fireball by Iroh and Zuko into the mountain, all make this character one I’m, if not emotionally invested in, excited to follow and see what he does. Overall I have no quarrels with Aang’s characterization, hes fun, kind, clever, and has layers that i was interested to unravel as the series progressed.

    Katara:

    Katara is a character whom i feel the writers underwrote in the first episodes and even made a bit annoying at times. Her being the one to free Aang is a nice opener and her rant to Sokka, while a bit unprovoked, displays her power that she has hidden within her as well as her dark side. Mae Whitman does a great job voicing her (even if at times you can tell she is getting her little girl voice confused with the more mature sounding Katara voice we will hear later (a good way to compare is listen to Katara’s lines when shes talking about learning waterbending (with both Gran Gran and Aang) and then compare it with the line she says after Aang asks her to penguin sled and the final scene of the Avatar returns). Katara is interesting to me because of her status of last waterbender in her tribe, I however don’t really connect to Katara in the first episode like i do Aang. Katara is fine but when I’m most invested in her is when her powers are in use (like when she finally freezes the fire guards on Zuko’s ship) But outside of that Katara is just kind of there for me, its the voice work, again, that pulls her as a more watchable character for me (in these first episodes that is). As for when i found her annoying, Katara’s entire spiel about needing to go after Aang is annoying to say the least, and ear grading to say the worst (near the end of the speech). Overall Katara is fine, nothing special, but she has an enjoyable character design, good voice acting, and some cool powers.

    Sokka:

    Now i know you don’t like Sokka Marshall (loath might be a better word 😉 ) but I will explain why I (and maybe ill speak for many others) like Sokka. First off, I do think he is funny. From his sarcastic lines like, “this is Katara, my flying sister” to his immediate mocking line after Appa fails to fly, “Wow… that was truly amazing”, Sokka is just funny to me. I think this all has to do with the deliver of Jack De Sena. He doesn’t sound over the top and when I’m hear his sarcasm i don’t ever hear a hint of a mean spirit which causes me to enjoy Sokka’s lines all the more. I also like that the show trys to show that Sokka has a serious side, but ultimately fails to mean much because of unneeded humor, but the potential is still there. When it does work it makes Sokka feel like a real boy trying to be a man like when hes trying desperately to get Aang to leave because he is being to, well Aang, or when he banishes Aang from his village because he, realistically and understandably, sees Aang as a threat to the village for bringing the fire nation to them by what he only assumed was Aang signaling a fire nation ship. The episodes also gave Sokka a little mini arc, showing his progression from distrusting Aang to being willing to help and go after the guy when he gets captured because he came back to protect his village. Now Sokka isn’t always funny, but ironically i don’t find his lines or jokes not funny but the situations they try to do around him (example: fighting Zuko) but I find when he isn’t all that funny hes still just charming as a character, in the sense that his mannerisms don’t feel like they are just a random stack of funny character traits slapped into a character. Overall Sokka, while not as interesting to me as Aang, is a character i was willing to watch for his character and mannerisms as well as that awesome boomerang.

    Zuko and Uncle Iroh:

    Do I really need to explain this one? You’ve gone into so much detail as to why we love these characters that I’m not even gonna bother.

    Everyone Else:

    I will admit, Gran gran is boring, the south pole people are boring and not worth caring about at all (if that kid had fallen into the ice fissure i would not have flinched). So yeah, the side characters (unlike later in the show) do not have any remembrance to them. Heck, Gran Gran, who should be a character we should remember and reflect on as the one who gave Katara and Sokka their mission to be with Aang is as forgettable as On Ji from book 3 (high fives if you remember her without having to think hard). Though i will say that her speech to the siblings is well done and the music really helps set the feeling that this is gonna be an adventure that will change them forever.

    Appa:

    Appa is a flying freaking bison who they use in good comedic effect with visual humor (Appa sitting curled up in an ice hole next to Aang is really funny to me and his grunts when aang says he is leaving make me smile. Appa also has a great design that keeps your interest and the fact that he can in fact fly makes him even cooler. So yeah, not really a character as much as a cool vehicle, but I still enjoy seeing his little moments of personality (albeit a lazy and sometimes boring one)

    THE MUSIC

    You pretty much covered my thoughts exactly on this one, its slow and somber, its grand and exciting, its fast paced when it needs to be and intimidating when it knows it has too (the avatar theme is so iconic and fire nation theme… i actually don’t know why i like this one so much… is it iconic? intimidating? exciting? I’m not sure, so if you do respond could you let me know what you think? The only thing I have to add is go back and listen to the music playing when Aang is reflecting on Katara after being banished from the tribe. its like a music box version of the main theme for the show and it is lovely, there is only like, 10 seconds of it but its great, give it special attention if you ever re-watch the episodes.

    THE ANIMATION

    I really love the anime style they were going with in these episodes, and while the faces themselves can range from ugly to on model in an instant, its the facial expressions i enjoy the most and are the subtlety’s of the character make them interesting to watch while they are talking. I’ve never seen a show that had this much movement going on! look at every time Katara or aang move and they will almost always have their clothes adjust to wind or gravity and its very fluid and impressive. The background characters blink and move and have animation instead of being cardboard stills like in Korra. No one stands still in this show to just talk and that had to be hard on the animators who seemingly were pretty new at this to have to constantly be drawing movement and it really pays off (this would become especially noticeable with Momo whom i can almost assume was an absolute nightmare and dream come true to have a creature this active and fun to draw) The animation has very pretty backgrounds, as mentioned before, and the lighting is incredible at setting tone and making each scene have its own uniqueness.

    THE ACTION

    So there are two main action scenes, the first being Sokka, and eventually Aang, vs Zuko, and Aang’s chase through the ship.

    The first half of the fight is really bad… like…. REALLY bad. The scene has NO idea what tone it wants to have and whats worse it ruins the tone of what came before (Sokka preparing to bravely defend his home from enemies he has never faced). Sokka IS the joke in this scene and its embarrassing to see how the creators just write this confrontation with Zuko as a joke. The only salvageable thing from the first half is Zuko getting hit with the boomerang which i love. It shows that Sokka isn’t useless and has a few tricks up his sleeve and its genuinely a cool moment thanks to the little ding in the sky signalling its return and just the fact that Sokka was able to hit Zuko at all. Its also moment that makes the audience feel smart when they remember, “wait, that’s a boomerang, then doesn’t that mean it will come ba–OH IT HIT HIM IN THE HEAD!”

    Aang’s portion of the fight is actually very good and the humor isn’t intrusive because it STARTS with our already goofy character riding a penguin into battle and tripping our villain over on his butt. Which would have been great contrast if the first half before was any good at being serious like it SHOULD have been but i digress. Anyway the humor sets the tone for the incoming jokes like, “your just a child” and “well your just a teenager” (even though that isn’t that funny at all its still appropriate now and in character) Aang’s reveal as the avatar is a good reveal (for the characters) and while the fight only amounts to Aang blocking some fire and then giving up to save the people (by the way that face on Aang’s face when he hears the shrieking completely sells it) the fight is better in contrast to what we would eventually see in the series fights to come. So yeah, nothing special in terms of action, quite boring actually, but good humor is good and appropriate (on Aang’s side) and Aang’s selflessness is actually very good.

    NOW, for the second action sequence.

    MAN is this fun! Aang is a one man army (in a sense) and its so fun to watch his clever ways of escaping and how fast he does it! It surprised me how quick he was able to escape and it was very impressive to me as a kid and is still cool now as it shows your really gonna have to work hard to catch this crazy kid (and boy would they, looking at you Yu Yan archers!) Zuko’s fight with Aang is actually pretty stilted, but i don’t find it boring, just a bit rigid. The finish to the battle is great though and i always either laugh or get a big smile on my face seeing aang out of nowhere slam Zuko like a rag doll against the wall and ceiling. Its such a surprise because Aang grabs his staff and you expect an air blast or for Aang to run but instead he does what he does and its a good misdirection.

    Avatar state Aang is another thing i cant describe my feelings on. Its just fun to watch is all i can say now so if you have anything to add please do.

    OVERALL CONS:

    The only real thing I can say about this episode that was overall bad for me was these:
    The penguin sledding race is baaaaaaaaad and rigid and stale and weird to watch (seriously i couldn’t tell you what was happening in that tunnel scene other than that aang boosts off at the end) (music was good though)

    Sokka is not written poorly but his scenes are the moments when Sokka wants to be serious is turned into the joke by the writers. (though Sokka bonking Zuko in the head with the staff was a good callback and legitimately makes me laugh because of the scary music of Zuko grabbing the staff being hilariously contrasted by the sound effect of the staff hitting Zuko. “That’s from the water tribe!”

    Indeed.

    Some lines don’t really have meaning. Does “to be a bender you have to let go of fear” ever really come into play? And some of the writing isnt the best “its not exactly turn at the next glacier” but overall i think the writing is passable and fine.

    OVERALL

    Overall these episodes are just fun and interesting (more so The Avatar Returns than The Boy in the Iceberg (great names by the way). Meeting Aang is fun, Zuko is interesting, Uncle Iroh is fun, this world is interesting, Aang escaping is fun, Aangs dreams are interesting and so is his hesitation of knowing the avatar, the music is great, the animation is pretty and vibrant, and overall I just enjoy watching these episodes. They are not perfect by any means and i would not go out of my way to rewatch them outside of starting the series over again, but they are very foundational, get a lot done, and kick off my favorite show of all time.

    I would give The Boy in the Iceberg a B- and The Avatar Returns a B+

    Please reply and thanks for reading 🙂

    June 5, 2015 at 12:43 am

    • Ian, condense your thoughts! This was a beast of a comment to get through, which made it difficult to extract your overall thoughts on the episodes. Next time, pinpoint the things in the episode that made the biggest impressions on you and elaborate on it (and if it relates to a few more things in the episodes or the series as a whole, all the better). Go for something maybe a little more along the lines that these guys do (here’s a good one).

      That said, I can respond to a few things.

      I agree that Katara feels pretty underwritten these first few episodes. I just finished the fourth episode, and there’s a moment when Katara beckons the group to leave Kyoshi Island as it’s burning to the ground instead of do something about it, when all the way in Book Three, she refuses to abandon a poor fishing town that’s also about to be destroyed by the Fire Nation. The contrast is a bit jarring to say the least. Luckily, as you mention, Mae Whitman does pick up the slack in these first few episodes.

      Also, believe it or not, Sokka hasn’t been annoying me at all these first few episodes. I’d even dare to say he’s finally growing on me!

      Also, tell us more about your experiences of watching Avatar at such a young age. This is the one perspective that always gets underrepresented in any discussion of Avatar (including on my own blog), and I want to end that here.

      June 17, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      • Ian

        Ok, thanks for the input Marshall on how to make my discussion better, i appreciate that alot and it will just help you guys :).

        I shall keep the age thing in mind, it is a very interesting subject and one i can give a clear perspective on seeing as avatar pretty much shaped my childhood and led me to wanting to do animation (which is still my goal). I will try to remember to leave those thoughts in my future comments. Thank you and have a great day 🙂

        June 19, 2015 at 6:39 am

  2. First off, nice to hear from you again Marshall and I can’t wait to follow your new retrospective from the beginning, and read all your new thoughts on Avatar: TLA.

    Now while I don’t want to start off this retrospective by immediately bashing Korra, it’s the most direct comparison I can make. For me the first good episode, and in hindsight one of the last, of Korra was the Revelation. “Welcome to New Republic City” and “A Leaf in the Wind” just didn’t work for me on the same level that “The Boy in the Iceberg” and “The Avatar Returns” did.

    I understand that both pilots were trying to introduce us into a whole new universe and our cast of characters, but I felt that Korra’s pilot suffered by trying too hard to be better then Avatar. I mean in the course of two episodes we are introduced to the new Avatar, an entire new city, Korra’s airbending training, Lin’s metalbending cops, Tenzin and the new air nation monks, Bolin & Mako, Pro-bending, and the mysterious Equalists.

    It threw so much at us and ironically left so much of it underdeveloped, these episodes felt more like a series of “Look at this” moments. I mean I know Korra is more serialized so things are supposed to develop over time, but at the end of episode I wasn’t really sure what the show was trying to be about: is it an exploration show, a sports show, a coming of age story, an action/adventure show that combines spiritual & political commentary with comedy, or all of the above? It had a real case of identity crisis.

    Meanwhile Avatar just gave us our three main heroes, one of the villains, and a clear and focused conflict. By being simpler it had said more about this world and the characters that we would be following, it provided a much more appealing lure to make audiences to want to see the next episode. Sure it had tone problems since Avatar was still trying to figure out its target audience and Sokka did not have the best of introductions, but as a pilot it sold the show and premise much more effectively.

    And once again looking in hindsight I think it’s clear which series had the better payoff too.
    Makes me wonder if Michael and Bryan were aware of the high expectations that Korra had and tried to reach them, only to cause them to lose sight of what made Avatar:TLA so good.

    June 5, 2015 at 1:21 am

    • It’s never too early for Korra bashing! Besides, that’s a good comparison between the two sets of pilot episodes. Whatever I have to say about “The Boy of the Iceberg” and “The Avatar Returns,” we could comprehend the characters, their ultimate goals, and what they were doing to achieve them. In Korra, however, the story doesn’t really start until “The Revelation,” which was definitely strange since the first two episodes set up so much without giving a clear indication of what the show was actually about (and A LOT of that setup doesn’t pay off before the season ends). Avatar, being a simply story at heart, never lost sight of its overall story like Korra did (even with episodes like “The Great Divide” and “The Ember Island Players”).

      June 17, 2015 at 10:27 pm

  3. rosemon

    Interesting that even though Iroh can’t be easily classified as a character, as you’ve said, I ended up remembering him the most when I first saw that episode years ago. I wonder if there are any other characters from ATLA you feel the same way about later on, or maybe even, any other kids show?

    June 5, 2015 at 8:05 am

    • Ian

      It might just be that he is relatable to a lot of people in that they can see qualities in him that are in older people in their life (grandparents, great aunts and uncles, or just older people in general). Hes old and has wisdom but he also gets sidetracked by menial things like Pai sho and roast duck. Hes also treated with great respect by the show and is not the dumb adult nor is he overbearing or mean. Hes also just genuinely funny and every time I’ve watched these episodes with my grandma she usually goes silent until we get to Uncle Iroh where she always will end the scenes he’s in by saying, “I love the uncle”

      I actually recall a quote by either Bryan or Mike when they said, “we were happy to see that even on the negative reviews people really like Uncle Iroh. I recall reading a review that said ‘this show isn’t very good but I love the fat uncle!'”

      June 5, 2015 at 5:59 pm

  4. edbva

    Long-time reader, first time commenter!

    My first impression of these episodes was actually positive. Not spellbound by any means, but intrigued enough to continue watching. Even the childish humor I found charming or tolerable due to the ostensible kids show factor (and the fact that the characters executing the childish humor were in-fact children). The only serious nitpick I had was Aang’s rather unrealistic reaction to the revelation that he’d actually been hibernating for 100 years, not just a few days.

    Watching it now, after finishing with LoK, a few things stand out for me:

    1. It’s amazing how much room there is to breathe, and have the world and it’s characters to sink in, unlike LoK which persistently shoves plot down your throat from the start.

    2. ATLA’s pilot episodes actually make sense as a two-parter. It details how our main protagonists meet and commence their journey to save the world. In contrast, what inherently holds LoK’s pilot episodes together as a standalone? Perhaps, a nitpick, perhaps early evidence of the difference in mentality (doing things as a matter of necessity rather than a matter of course – or worse, fanservice)

    June 24, 2015 at 11:09 am

    • Aang’s reaction to be frozen for so long and the following conversation with Katara was pretty weak. I think it may have been a matter of not having enough time to develop it beyond another cute moment between Aang and Katara as opposed to negligent writing. A twelve-year-old boy’s reaction to being one-hundred years out of place would probably be enough to fill up an entire episode.

      I also agree that these pilot episodes are much more leisurely than those of Korra, and it definitely helps the audience ease into the world and its characters. Korra moved way too fast and didn’t allow for certain information to sink in before it was off to the next plot point. This wasn’t always such a bad thing: the animation and the voice acting had to carry the emotional weight while the plot chugged along, and for Book One, they did a pretty good job. Once they lost Studio Mir (and the excellent direction of Joaquim Dos Santos and Ki Ryun-Hyu), it all went downhill.

      Nice to have a new commenter here with us!

      June 29, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      • edbva

        “A twelve-year-old boy’s reaction to being one-hundred years out of place would probably be enough to fill up an entire episode.”

        That’s true. Perhaps Aang reacting in denial would have been more realistic; he kinda did so at the start of the next episode anyway. Also, I didn’t mind LoK’s quick pacing at first (well until Episode 5 happened.)

        July 1, 2015 at 12:05 am

      • I was OK with episode five until I realized it would negatively affect the rest of the series. I still think the episode itself is fine, but it’s clear their priorities weren’t straight.

        July 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm

  5. Nesme

    Hello, I have been reading this blog for years, but this is my first comment.

    I was 7 years old and in the first grade when Avatar premiered. My appreciation and interpretation of the show has, in many ways, grown and matured with me through the years.

    I remember watching Avatar in its original run and being completely enthralled by it. When I try to remember my exact reactions to certain episodes, characters, etc., things unfortunately become a little more foggy. I do remember my older sister making fun of the show before it premiered, based on the ads for it. I laughed along with her, but secretly I was intrigued.

    I’ve seen the series so many times, it’s familiar now; but then it was filled with excitement, wonder, and humor. Although it’s not the best episode of Avatar, I remember the awe I felt when Aang came out the iceberg, the menacing of the abandoned ship and of threat of Zuko (whose depth as a character I always felt and also identified with), the shock and unfairness of Aang being kicked out of the village. Avatar is a kid’s show, after all, and as a young child I tell that it had a lot–more than perhaps any other media I had consumed–to offer in terms of depth of storytelling, world building, and creativity.

    Many people, I know, are wary of the comedy in Avatar. I always though it was hilarious. I know that that’s probably because of my age, but it’s important, I think, to acknowledge and respect Avatar’s origins as a children’s show and treat it thusly.

    Sorry if this is long-winded or irrelevant, but I just thought I’d share from my perspective.

    June 29, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    • Avatar is a kid’s show, after all, and as a young child I tell that it had a lot–more than perhaps any other media I had consumed–to offer in terms of depth of storytelling, world building, and creativity.

      Amen!

      Many people, I know, are wary of the comedy in Avatar. I always though it was hilarious. I know that that’s probably because of my age, but it’s important, I think, to acknowledge and respect Avatar’s origins as a children’s show and treat it thusly.

      Absolutely.

      Sorry if this is long-winded or irrelevant

      On this blog?! Not a chance!

      July 14, 2015 at 9:32 am

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