Top 5 Reasons why "Avatar: The Last Airbender" is one of the greatest shows to binge watch
Might contain spoilers!!
Where do I begin? This is a show that most people will recognize from their childhood. It is now on Netflix, and this is the third time I am watching the series and I am starting to pick up on things that I haven't noticed before. Let's begin on the reasons as to why you should watch this show.
The first thing that a person notices about a cartoon animated television show is how it looks. This show had a great team of animators who took the time to sketch everything both in the show and in their graphic novel that they made. Though, they have different illustrators they still depict the story very well. Don't even get me started on Sokka's hilarious faces.
There is not a lot of shows out there that have a good plot to it nowadays. In my opinion, I don't think there were any points throughout the show where I felt like the writers weren't putting enough effort into it. Every episode was well thought out and had a lesson to it and made you feel like you learned something. This whole story is based on the 4 elements: Water, Earth, Fire and Air. It started out with our main character, Aang, waking up from a frozen ice sphere filled with air when Katara and her brother Sokka find him. They realize that he is the last airbender to be alive. Katara and Sokka tell Aang that they have been in a war for a whole century with the firebenders . Aang soon realizes that he has been trapped in the ice for 100 years. Long story short, Aang meets the Avatar (Avatar Roku) before him when meditating during a winter solstice. He tells Aang that there will be a comet coming at the end of the summer that the fire lord will use to strengthen his power to defeat the Avatar (Aang), Roku tells Aang that he has until the end of the summer to master all the elements to defeat the fire lord. Aang comes across many people, learns lessons, and goes through challenges. But in the end, he masters the elements and is able to defeat the fire lord.
I always wondered what inspired the creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko to create something so original and have it transform into something we all know and love. In a documentary, which could be found on Youtube the creators explained that after working on projects like Family Guy and King of the Hill, they knew they wanted to work together on an animated series. Nickelodeon told the two that they were looking for a cartoon which involved fantasy and legends. Michael was watching a documentary and saw some people in the South Pole, and the light bulb shined bright. He visioned some kind of ice people and fire people that had a conflict somehow. The two pitched the first episode to Nickelodeon and got stopped halfway through because they loved the idea so much.
4. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
I think this is one of the best reasons as to why this show is so amazing. Everyone grows over time maybe not literally but definitely spiritually and mentally. From the first few episodes they showed how our main characters thought. In the first season, we learn that there is a lot of sexist people that think traditionally. Even one of our main characters, Sokka is sexist towards his own sister. "Leave it to a girl to screw things up" he says in the first episode. Overtime, the crew land on an island named "Kyoshi Island" which was named after one of the past Avatar's. They are ambushed by people that dubbed themselves the "Kyoshi Warriors". They reveal that they are all women and Sokka's pride didn't let him think that women were strong enough to be able to fight. He soon learns that these women are capable of doing so, apologizes and asks them if they can teach him how to fight, with a catch. Not only does he learn from his mistakes, the other characters in the show do as well. It makes the story relatable and teaches valuable lessons to us as the viewers.
5. THE ENDING AND BEYOND
Now, I won't spoil too much of the ending, but the characters do live in harmony and have fulfilled their purpose at the end. Aang does end up learning and mastering all the elements within a whole summer which was never done by any Avatar before him. With the help of his friends he is able to defeat the fire lord and restore peace to all of the nations.
But what happened after? Unfortunately, there was only three seasons to the show. For viewers who became obsessed with the series and just have more questions as to what happened after, there is graphic novels that you can read that pick up where they left off in the show. There is a show that was created in 2012 that is called: The Legend of Korra the show takes place 70 years after the original Avatar: the Last Airbender took place. It follows the cycle of the Avatar and a waterbender is now the new avatar after Aang. In order to have a new Avatar, the old one has to pass. So yes, Aang unfortunately dies of old age because the time that he was trapped in the ice has caught up to him. On the bright side, there might be some familiar faces in the show that you would be excited to see. There is new conflicts and a whole new plot but it is worth seeing.
I hope you guys take these reasons into consideration and binge watch the show. It takes you on a roller coaster of events and emotions that you cannot miss out. Personally, I felt more spiritually inclined during and after the show. If you know your zodiac sign you can check which element your sign belongs to, and find out which nation you belong to. I found that very comforting because I felt like I was a part of the show after, just something fun while you are watching the show. Avatar: the Last Airbender is on Netflix, and currently as I am typing this is at #1 in the U.S. today. It is a very monumental moment for me as a fan of this show.
Thank you for taking your time to read this I really appreciate it.