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'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Returns to Netflix

Janeen Mathisen

Posted on May 25, 2020 03:25

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'Avatar: The Last Airbender' retains its throne as one of the best stories ever told. Do not pass this up.

As of May 15, Netflix has gifted us with an animated classic too long withheld from their service. Its magnificent return is welcomed by hordes of fans — young, and especially, old. Since its air date ten years ago, the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender has cemented itself in the hearts of millions, and the halls of storytelling excellence, as one of the greatest animated American shows ever created.

To this day, people are still analyzing the characters and themes and admiring timeless animation crafted by passionate hands. The plot is well-paced and riveting, with nigh an episode wasted. Its well-rounded cast of both strong female and male characters are realistically written with depths, flaws, and fears. The worldbuilding is woven so tightly people are examining it in wonderment to this day. It’s a home away from home, a world so real it could swallow you whole.

Influenced by Eastern cultures with a thorough and original twist on magic, the world of Avatar is deep in the horrors of a century-long war. Sokka and Katara, two siblings from the near-eradicated Southern Water Tribe, discover Aang, the sole survivor of genocide on his people. Imbued with mighty powers, only one of which he knows how to control, Aang must learn the others if he wants to finally end the grisly, nation-wide conflict — because he is the only one who can. The threat of the war, and the warlord behind it, is cold, personal, and terrifying.

In a harried journey through war-torn continents with powerful enemy armies on their tail, Katara and Sokka help Aang find, learn, and master his powers, racing the clock before the enemy can strike the final blow. At the same time, a banished prince hunts them relentlessly for his own reasons. Each character faces individual difficulties and transformation on complicated moral levels: the war has influenced them all. By the journey’s end, everyone’s awe-inspiring character development renders them near unrecognizable.

Along their journey, Avatar’s world is expanded with the same love, care, and attention to detail exhibited by master glassblowers. Each person they have met, each village and town touched by the black hand of war, is effected in unique ways. Some abandon hope, others cling to it, while others spiral into hopeless madness. Even governments are effected while pre-story suffering gives the world dimension and depth.

The show handles topics like genocide, abusive relationships, disabilities, and mental illness with grace and tact. At the same time, Avatar: The Last Airbender is a declarative statement on the everlasting power of hope, true friendship, bravery, trust, and love.

Watch it, because you will not be disappointed.

Janeen Mathisen

Posted on May 25, 2020 03:25

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