Technically this includes some light spoilers for Season 1. If you aren’t familiar with the series, I’d recommend watching it first. You won’t regret it!
If you’ve ever come across a fan of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, then you might have felt surprised. How could a children’s show be so popular? Over the years, the show’s stood out because it’s staying power crystalized.
In the show, lovable, flawed, and multi-dimensional characters grapple with personal transformations that parallel a broader transformation in the world. Aang, the Avatar, must restore peace and balance in a world caught in conflict.
I just started re-watching it and catalogued some of my favorite aspects of the first half of Season 1. Below are 8 memorable moments you can re-live now that the entire series is on Netflix. I’d love to know any not feature that you particularly love.
1. Appreciating the true terribleness of The Great Divide – one of the only real filler episodes in the series – given how amazing the show is overall.
2. When Uncle Iroh captures the way Aang not only represents hope to the world, but represents hope to his nephew, Prince Zuko, too.
3. Uncle Iroh’s infinite wisdom, cheesy humor, and early references to the Order of the White Lotus.
4. Katara before she goes through one of the greatest glow-ups of all time.
5. When the first episode addresses the double-standards women face head-on.
6. The first appearance of the Kyoshi Warriors, when Soka spends an entire episode in “Battle Drag” and unpacks his biases against women.
7. The satisfaction felt when Aang becomes Avatar Roku; the accompanying fear on the faces of the corrupted Fire Temple Sages.
If you’re also re-watching the series now that it’s on Netflix, let me know some of your favorite other moments!