Throwback TV Show Review: Avatar: The Last Airbender

Sara Dadlani, Staff Writer

Avatar: The Last Airbender is an animated show that originally aired on Nickelodeon in 2007. It’s set in a world of four nations: the Fire Nation, the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom and the Air Nomads which are separated into different demographics of people. Within these groups, there are people with special abilities, known as benders, who can manipulate one of the four elements. The show opens to reveal that the fire nation has wreaked havoc over the other nations for years and the Avatar, the master of all four elements who is meant to bring peace to the world, disappeared when this war-ridden world needed him most. The show kicks off with siblings Katara and Sokka of the Southern Water Tribe, who come across a large iceberg with a frozen, yet living, boy inside. Once he escapes his icy prison and regains consciousness, he introduces himself to the siblings that his name is Aang. Aang is also accompanied by his flying bison Appa. 

Katara and Sokka quickly realize that Aang is the newest reincarnation of the Avatar, but he only has knowledge of air bending. So, the team sets off to the North Pole to help Aang learn how to water bend, with learning about earth and fire being next on the list. The first season continues on a bit slowly, with Katara teaching Aang about water bending while they defend against attacks from the Fire Nation countless times. The story becomes more interesting as Aang learns about Sozin’s comet, and now the clock is really ticking. Toph, one of the top three best characters in my opinion, is introduced in the third season and becomes Aang’s new earth bending teacher. 

The story begins rolling again as the team finds out the key to stopping the Fire Nation, and they venture on with a solid plan. In season three, my favorite season, brings redemption to some ex-villains, such as Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation. He decides that he’s done conforming to the ways of the Fire Nation and joins forces with the Avatar, helping the team take down his father for good. In the last episode, Aang defeats Sozin once and for all. Even though their plan works, I believe the fight could’ve ended with a more drastic finish. I was happy to see Sozin’s defeat, but think they could’ve written in a more satisfying ending

I rate this show a 5/5!