Diving Back Into Avatar: The Last Airbender
On the off chance you didn’t hear the news: Avatar: The Last Airbender is now available on Netflix. That means that I (along with almost everybody else that owns a Netflix account) decided to binge the series once again.
Avatar: The Last Airbender was a hit series when it came out, and many fans are still completely obsessed with it (and rightly so). I remember watching this series every week when it released. I was on the forums theory-crafting alongside everybody else, and the sense of community that came with it made me love the series all the more.
So really, me binging the series for what has to be the hundredth time was inevitable. At least I know I won’t be alone on this journey.
The Quirky Avatar
Avatar: The Last Airbender follows, well, the last Airbender. His name is Aang, and he’s about as quirky and silly as they come. It’s hard to believe that the fate of the entire world has been placed on his head, yet that is exactly what happened.
I’m not going to bother explaining the core concept of the series this time around. Odds are more than good that any readers here know full well about the series. So I won’t waste all of our time. I will say that the fandom to this day has fond memories for me, and I know I can’t be the only one.
The series itself also has some fond memories. Memories that I was looking forward to having refreshed by a binge-watching of the series. It’s easy to remember the highlights of a series, but much more difficult to maintain all of the details.
The fact that this series also provided an escape during a harrowing and dark time was not lost on me. Again, I’m sure it wasn’t lost on most of its viewers. But it still felt like something that needed to be said and appreciated.
Do I even need to ask myself that question? The answer is yes! Yes, times a million. Avatar: The Last Airbender was a groundbreaking series, one that thoroughly resonates with many fans. The messages it carries are just as important today, if not more important.
The smiles and sense of hope the series brings with it are equally vital, and something I will always appreciate. It’s hard to think about this series and do anything but smile, thanks to all of the moments that an amazing cast of characters brought us.
There are so many positive takeaways to be found in rewatching this series. The plot arcs, the characters, Aang’s moral dilemma, it’s all there. It also all feels like it carries more impact, though perhaps that is just me reading into it.
Taking the time to binge Avatar: The Last Airbender was so completely worth it. I’m happy to see it doing so well on Netflix, and hope that it continues to do so. Seeing a resurgence of the memes has also been a blast, especially now that I’ve had a refresher.
One thing that made me laugh was the realization (more like remembering) that I was very vocal in the forums about my favorite ship back when the series first released. Little reminders like that have to make you laugh, you know? And no, I’m not stating what ship it was here, I don’t want to start a war.