Dope Cartoons: Avatar, The Last Airbender

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

About six years ago, I stopped watching television. I became slightly addicted to the MMORPG World of Warcraft, so my school work was done whenever I wasn't busy slaying demons and the like. Since then, the only television shows I've followed are the Office, Rob and Big, and Heroes, all of which I watched either on DVD or on Hulu. Technology has helped the media offer their shows in a way that has allowed for more simultaneous viewings, a larger audience reach, and various advertisement opportunities. For example, Heroes and The Office both host mini spin-offs that are exclusive online content. This offers more incentive for fans like me when watching their shows online.

So JB hits me up one day and tells me there is a marathon of Avatar: The Last Airbender going on on this channel called NickToons Network. I guess this is Nickelodeon's answer to the Cartoon Network? As some readers may recognize, this is the show that inspired M. Night Shyamalan's 2010 release.

The Story: In an ancient world stylized close to that of Ancient China, Four Nations who worship the elements - Air,Fire,Water, and Earth - coexist in harmony. Each nation has warriors who are capable of manipulating (or "bending") their respective elements for battle and other uses, and the Avatar, master of all elements must maintain balance.

When the Air Nomad's Elders sense a coming war, the young incarnate Aang is only 12 years old. The Elders are forced to inform Aang of his position as Avatar a few years early in order to begin his training. Aang begins to suffer severe growing pains, and flees his home to escape his problems. He encounters a storm which knocks him down into the ocean, subconsciously activating some power which creates a protective ball around him and his mount Appa. He wakes up to a young girl named Katarra and her brother Sokka of the Water Nation. He learns that he has been encased in that ice ball for 100 years, and that the Fire Nation has caused havoc on the world since his disappearance. Now he must finally fulfill his destiny and master the elements in order to restore balance to his world.

A great storyline and surprisingly mature dialogue by writers Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Aaron Ehasz, and Tim Hedrick.

Catch Avatar: The Last Airbender on most Nickelodeon-affiliated channels, or searching streaming sites like



Blogger Dan Cosgrove said...

The show's awesome. The effort they put into the choreography really shows.

July 28, 2009 at 10:23 AM  

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