Avatar: The Last Airbender concludes!

Wow.

I just finished watching the 2-hour series finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender.  After a three-year run, the animated series ended on Saturday night.

Simply amazing.  This is definitely, in my opinion, one of the best television series I’ve ever seen.  It’s been consistently good, even getting better, throughout its run, and the series finale had a perfect ending.  The final conflict was on par, in my estimation, with the climactic battle scene in Return of the Jedi.

One of the ways that Avatar kept getting better was its rock-solid storyline.  Almost every character in the series underwent major, nontrivial development.  Even incidental characters who seemed of little import early on would often reappear in roles of major importance.  The world of Avatar is one of the most charmingly detailed I’ve ever experienced.

I’m still in mild awe of the finale.  I’m sorry to see the series go, but I’m delighted it ended with the power and dignity it deserved.  It will stay with me for a long time.

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7 Responses to Avatar: The Last Airbender concludes!

  1. Blake Stacey says:

    Argh. I got behind in my Avatar-watching since the “Boiling Rock” episodes. Don’t spoil the finale!

  2. No spoilers here. I just needed to convey how much the series rocked!

  3. Blake Stacey says:

    OK, I got to watch the finale last night — on a projector, even — and. . . wow.

  4. “OK, I got to watch the finale last night — on a projector, even — and. . . wow.”

    I used the finale as my first test of the new surround sound system in the new house. Not that I needed to, it would have been just as amazing on an iPod nano, as far as I’m concerned.

  5. Epicanis says:

    I’m still bummed that Mako died during this series (what did they do with Uncle What-was-his-name? I need to catch up from about halfway into the series…)

    I guess this means they’ll have to get a cheap imitation voice for Aku if Cartoon Network ever brings back Samurai Jack…

  6. Epicanis wrote: “I’m still bummed that Mako died during this series (what did they do with Uncle What-was-his-name? I need to catch up from about halfway into the series…”

    I was really bummed about Mako’s death, too. The Avatar producers made the right call, though: they found a suitable replacement voice actor (clearly not Mako, but no one can replace Mako) and kept the character in the series. Uncle Iroh has a very important role in the later part of the series, and it would have killed the series if they had left him out, I think.

    They also did a very touching tribute to Mako in one of the episodes, “Tales of Ba Sing Se”.

    “I guess this means they’ll have to get a cheap imitation voice for Aku if Cartoon Network ever brings back Samurai Jack…”

    Ah, what a contrast! Avatar was a series that was ended with dignity, while Samurai Jack was tossed aside like a used Kleenex. Yeah, it’s hard to imagine anyone making Aku sound quite so evil as Mako…

  7. “Yeah, it’s hard to imagine anyone making Aku sound quite so evil as Mako…”

    P.S. Though I used to have fun wandering around my apartment doing my best Mako impersonation, shouting, “I am the evil Aku!!!”

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