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Avatar: The Last Airbender Rewatch Index

Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them–but when the world needed him most, he vanished.

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Join me as I rewatch the Avatar: The Last Airbender series! Each post will contain a summary, screencaps, and commentary on the episode in question. Whether you’re an old fan looking to rekindle your love for the show or a new investigator here to see what all the hype is about, I hope you will join me on this adventure! New posts go up every Monday.

Introduction

Book One: Water
Chapter One: The Boy in the Iceberg
Chapter Two: The Avatar Returns
Chapter Three: The Southern Air Temple
Chapter Four: The Warriors of Kyoshi
Chapter Five: The King of Omashu
Chapter Six: Imprisoned
Chapter Seven: The Spirit World (Winter Solstice Part 1)
Chapter Eight: Avatar Roku (Winter Solstice Part 2)
Chapter Nine: The Waterbending Scroll
Chapter Ten: Jet
Chapter Eleven: The Great Divide
Chapter Twelve: The Storm
Chapter Thirteen: The Blue Spirit
Chapter Fourteen: The Fortuneteller
Chapter Fifteen: Bato of the Water Tribe
Chapter Sixteen: The Deserter
Chapter Seventeen: The Northern Air Temple
Chapter Eighteen: The Waterbending Master
Chapter Nineteen: The Siege of the North, Part 1
Chapter Twenty: The Siege of the North, Part 2

Reflections on Book One: Water

Book Two: Earth
Chapter One: The Avatar State
Chapter Two: The Cave of Two Lovers
Chapter Three: Return to Omashu
Chapter Four: The Swamp
Chapter Five: Avatar Day
Chapter Six: The Blind Bandit
Chapter Seven: Zuko Alone
Chapter Eight: The Chase
Chapter Nine: Bitter Work
Chapter Ten: The Library
Chapter Eleven: The Desert
Chapter Twelve: The Serpent’s Pass
Chapter Thirteen: The Drill
Chapter Fourteen: City of Walls and Secrets
Chapter Fifteen: Tales of Ba Sing Se
Chapter Sixteen: Appa’s Lost Days
Chapter Seventeen: Lake Laogai
Chapter Eighteen: The Earth King
Chapter Nineteen: The Guru
Chapter Twenty: The Crossroads of Destiny

Reflections on Book Two: Earth

Book Three: Fire
Chapter One: The Awakening
Chapter Two: The Headband
Chapter Three: The Painted Lady
Chapter Four: Sokka’s Master
Chapter Five: The Beach
Chapter Six: The Avatar and the Fire Lord
Chapter Seven: The Runaway
Chapter Eight: The Puppetmaster
Chapter Nine: Nightmares and Daydreams
Chapter Ten: The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion
Chapter Eleven: The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse
Chapter Twelve: The Western Air Temple
Chapter Thirteen: The Firebending Masters
Chapter Fourteen: The Boiling Rock, Part 1
Chapter Fifteen: The Boiling Rock, Part 2
Chapter Sixteen: The Southern Raiders
Chapter Seventeen: The Ember Island Players
Chapter Eighteen: Sozin’s Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King
Chapter Nineteen: Sozin’s Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters
Chapter Twenty: Sozin’s Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno
Chapter Twenty-One: Sozin’s Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang

Reflections on Book Three: Fire

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  1. Pam

    You know, I’ve never taken the chance to really look at the map before. The Earth Kingdom is HUGE!

  2. twitter.com/jnlletrry

    So, awesome Avatar thing you’ve got going here! I’ve been using your pictures on Pinterest for my A: TLA and A: LoK board. Is there as gonna be synopses of books one and two?! I hope so, because you’re doing a FANTASTIC job here!

    1. Audrey

      I’m flattered you’re using my screencaps on Pinterest. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my work. Right now I’m thinking about doing a wrap up post of sorts for the first season–we’ll see whether or not I have time to do it before I begin on season two. Thanks for coming by and leaving me a comment! It always makes my day to hear from new people.

  3. Anonymous

    You have Book Three: Chapter Eleven: The Eclipse listed as Part 1 instead of Part 2. Just wanted to let you know!

    1. Audrey

      Whoops, thanks! I’ll change that right now.

  4. Nathan Hampton

    Okay, fair warning: This is going to be a collection of rather segmented thoughts and observations that I have had after reading every single one of you commentaries over the course of re-watching the show these last 6 weeks or so.

    1. Firstly, I found you reviews after searching for an answer to how Katara was able to break Hama’s Bloodbending grip in “The Puppetmaster”. She closed her fists on the ground, and that made the water drain from the grass, and then she was free. Now where that water went, I’m not sure, but I was searching for an answer, and I stumbled across this blog. I was struck by your in-depth analysis of the show, and that made me go from re-watching Book 3 to re-watching the entire show. (I’ll write more on this later.)

    2. You wrote in Book 3 reflections that you wouldn’t do such an extensive summary of each episode because of how much time it took, and I have to ask why you did them at all? When I first found this blog, I wondered about it then, too. Anyone who finds this place has most likely seen ATLA already. I get that you wanted to refresh our memories, but I, myself, would’ve left that up to us. The best way to get a refresher is to actually watch the show again, which is exactly what I did.

    I’d be interested to learn how many people actually read the summaries. Even if I hadn’t been watching the show again while reading through these, I would have remembered the show well enough to pick up most of what you wrote about. ATLA is a very memorable show. Anyway, I have thought about this since finding your blog, which is why I had to mention it, but I’ll stop rambling about it here. ;P

    3. As much as I loved reading through these, I actually disagreed with you a lot. I don’t think I ever disagreed with you on the positives of the show, but I disagreed with you about some of the negatives. For example, I think you just don’t like filler episodes, period. This doomed pretty much all of the filler episodes in your mind before you even watched them. “The Painted Lady” might not have advanced the plot much, but it was very entertaining and fun to watch. “The Chase” is another example of this, which I guess you sort of came around to. Katara and Toph’s fighting was slightly annoying, but it makes perfect sense that their personalities would be clashing. To each their own, I suppose, I just wanted to point out that I enjoyed most of the filler episodes in the series.

    4. You were terribly wrong about something in Book 1’s finale. Aang had no control over the Avatar State until the Guru taught him how to control it. This was made a clear a couple of times: How he didn’t know how he had attacked the Firebenders on Zuko’s ship in the premiere, when he told that Earth Kingdom General, “Right, but I don’t know how to get in or out of the Avatar State, much less what to do once I’m there” in “The Avatar State,” and then finally when the Guru explained that he could teach him to have complete control over his actions while he was in the Avatar State.

    I figured you had forgotten this, and that you would mention your error when you got to Book 2’s finale, but you never did. Up until Aang learned to control it, it was purely a defensive, automatic mechanism that took over Aang whenever he got extremely upset, meaning he wasn’t responsible for any deaths while he was that ocean monster.

    5. I have to say that I genuinely feel like I got another layer out of ATLA by reading through your commentaries. There are several things I had never noticed before: Iroh’s less-than-perfect character in the beginning, the fact that women could fight in the Southern Water Tribe, Zuko and Mai’s relationship pacing, the importance of Sokka’s schedule seemingly disappearing, how amazing Azula is, the Fire Nation troops huddling together when the water rose in the finale, etc. Some of these are much more significant than others, but they were all fun to finally see.

    I think part of missing these things comes from me growing up with Avatar. I was only 10 when Avatar premiered, so I obviously didn’t get as much out of it as an adult would have. It was still my favorite show, though, and I have re-watched it a few times since then. It still holds my spot for my favorite “kid’s” show, even though I hate to call it that because of how many mature themes/topics it deals with.

    6. I am saddened that you stopped counting Toph’s nicknames at some point. I was reminded of this in the finale when Toph called Sokka, “Captain Boomerang,” and you didn’t even mention it.

    Lastly, I want to say thank you. You are obviously a very intelligent person, and your writings have been a lot of fun to read. They really have given me a different perspective on the show. Sometimes your commentaries were rather long, but they were also very entertaining, and even funny at times. Most notably, when you wrote that things might have been thrown the first time you saw Zuko betray our heroes in Book 2’s finale. Too funny!

    Anyway, thank you again for your reviews, and thank you for reading my very long post. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (Or just Happy Holidays! Whichever you prefer.)

    Nathan

    P.S. Why haven’t you done anything on Book 2 of TLOK? I would love to hear your thoughts on it. It was a fantastic Book 2… Mostly. Also, it gives us A LOT more information about the Avatar, the Spirit World, and even Lion Turtles. You should definitely watch it if you haven’t!!!

  5. Anonymous

    I just think you were harsh and overly critical of Aang throughout which really angered me because Aang is my favourite character. Plus your lack of interest in Appa and Momo was upsetting as they are also my favourite character’s. I never really cared about Sokka or Katara or Toph or even Zuko or Iroh. I only cared about Aang, Appa and Momo. I mean they’re each the last of their kind. Need I say any more? I was supporting Aang in the desert and was shocked by how people thought of his character. I was broken by the power of “Appa’s Lost Days” which you somehow didn’t care about? I thought about my dear childhood dog, a golden retriever, called Biscuit while watching the ones where Appa was missing and nearly broke.

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