I just finished watching all three seasons of this series (not all yesterday, mind you). It was a really good series. I’m particularly impressed with the attention to detail given to each area, the forms of martial arts given to each of the bending techniques, and to the cultures themselves. The story and character development was also really well done; from Aang and his destiny to defeat the Fire Lord to Zuko’s own path that he had to follow. Even Azula, Zuko’s sister, whom I found hating with incredible passion at the first appearance, I found by the end she was merely lost without her own goal of power. She’d been corrupted by her own father and her own ambitions. So much so that she turned her back on the only two friends she had.
In the end, it was a journey for all of them to go through. Each had started out in some way that wasn’t exactly favourable, but in the end they changed. Toph started as sort of arrogant, but in time began to realize the benefits of friendship and teamwork. Sokka was always the comedian (and to a point remained that way), but eventually had to become a leader. Katara was forced into adulthood too soon, and had to learn to cope with that. Eventually, as they found each other they were able to move on.
Possibly Aang and Zuko’s paths were the most difficult. Aang just wanted to be a boy, and sometimes I felt as though the aspect of the Avatar was shoved on him and the weight of the responsibility was too much to bear. For Zuko, he thought forgiveness from his father would restore his honour, when the only one who could do that was Zuko. A lesson that Iroh tried instilling in him.
All in all, this was an excellent series with each season being very much like a book as they were introduced.
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