Aug 1, 2010
Avatar: The Last Airbender “The Great Divide” (part 1 of 3)
So, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film The Last Airbender has been released, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, it’s been derided as absolutely terrible by everyone and their second cousins. And the ones complaining the loudest about the movie are the fans of the Nickelodeon cartoon it’s based on, Avatar: The Last Airbender.
I saw this coming a long way off. In fact, months before the film was released, I reserved the duty of writing a recap of it, so that’s something you can all look forward to. But it occurred to me that you can’t really appreciate just how bad the film is without an understanding of the original series, or how much everything that made it good was ruthlessly destroyed by Shyamalan.
So before recapping the film, I’ll be looking at three episodes of the show, one from each of its three seasons, to give some sense of the show’s progress. But since recapping a typical episode would probably just result in endless statements of “Boy, this is great,” I’ll be taking a different approach. Each season features a single episode that stands out as being of much lower quality than everything around it, thus making it the perfect target for a recap. So get ready, because here comes the first installment in The Worst of Avatar: The Last Airbender!