Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Puppet Master

In “The Runaway,” the previous episode, the moral question of the episode, is it okay to cheat those who cheat, was completely abandoned in lieu of strengthening the bond between Toph and Katara. The validity of doing wrong to those who have done wrong returns in “The Puppet Master,” and in one of Avatar: The…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Runaway

It’s not often a television show allegedly targeted toward children will explore the moral, “Is it right to cheat the cheaters?”  Much less, then throw its proverbial hands in the air and evade the morality of the question all together, it’s unexpected.  It’s also exactly what happens in “The Runaway,” an episode which runs heavily…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Beach

“The Beach,” is an episode that’s inside out.  Four teenagers going to a beach and talking between themselves would normally be delegated to the B-story of any episode, if included at all past the waste bin of a writer’s room.  The story should have been exclusively focused on Aang and the gang encountering and dealing…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Headband

Periodically throughout the first two seasons, the writers of Avatar: The Last Airbender have tried to humanize citizens of the Fire Nation and crack the monolithic appearance of the Fire Nation being nothing but evil bad guys.  Is it necessary? No, not if the show was a straight up story of a good guy striving…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Guru

The penultimate episode of Season Two of Avatar: The Last Airbender returns to a topic that was the subject of the very first episode of Season Two, the Avatar State.  It does so with the injection of further Buddhist philosophy, which in turn builds upon the Buddhist teachings interwoven into “The Swamp.”  Its application in…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Earth King

“The Earth King” picks up in the immediate aftermath of “Lake Laogai,” with Aang and company happily reunited with Appa.  For the ups and downs of Team Avatar’s adventures, having everyone together is the best they can hope for.  Yet, the team makes the decision to reach the Earth King and warn him of the…