I just had a weekend Avatar  marathon and saw all three seasons of The last airbender back to back. It brought the love I had for this series when it originally aired and made me even sadder that movie turned out to be rubbish.

It’s a really difficult task to decide which ones are my favourite; heck I can’t can’t even decided my favourite characters since all them are amazing. Even Appa can carry a whole episode on his back.

5) The Western Air Temple

Zuku’s trying to repent but the good guys are not so forgiving. The following quote summarizes Zuko’s dilemma:

Zuko: Argh! Why am I so bad at being good!?

4) The Boiling Rock, Part 1 and 2

Sokka’s fight to regain his honour involves him making plans to help his father escape from the Fire Lord’s capture. These episodes fully utilize Sokka’s strengths and even have some Zuko and Sokka bonding. There were good glimpses of Suki and Sokka’s father. I especially loved how Sukki captured the Warden.

One Sokka, Zuko moment :

Sokka: Really? You didn’t leave anyone behind you care about?
Zuko: Well, I did have a girlfriend. Mai.
Sokka: That gloomy girl who sighs a lot?
Zuko: Yeah. (smiles) Everyone in the Fire Nation thinks I’m a traitor. I couldn’t drag her into it.
Sokka: My first girlfriend turned into the moon. (frowns)
Zuko: That’s rough, buddy.

3) The Tales of Ba Sing Se

This was one of my favourite filler episodes in which all of our characters had small stories of their own, even momo. One of the major reasons I found it to to be one of my favourites because at the end of Uncle Iroh’s story I just wanted to cry. One moment I cackling about how Iroh teaches a would be robber how to improve his attack position and in the other moment when the man pulls out his son’s picture I felt really really sad. This is what makes a great show.

Zuko: Uncle, we have a problem. One of the customers is on to us. Don’t look now, but there is a girl over there at the corner table. She knows we’re fire nation. Didn’t I say don’t look!
Iroh: You’re right, Zuko. I’ve seen that girl in here quite a lot. Seems to me she has quite a little crush on you.

Katara (to Toph): I know you don’t really care about these things, but I think you’re really pretty.
Toph: Thanks. I’d return the compliment, but I have no idea what you look like.

Iroh (to Lu Ten): Happy birthday, my son. If only I could have helped you.
(begins to sing)
Leaves from the vine,
Falling so slow,
Like fragile, tiny shells,
Drifting in the foam,
Little soldier boy,
Come marching home,
Brave soldier boy,
Comes marching home

2) Zuko Alone

Provides a wonderful back story for Zuko. It makes his guilt and his turn to the good side even more believable. Sometimes even one good parent is enough to leave a stamp on you for the rest of your life and this shows exactly how. He wants to crush and defeat and protect his honour but that good his mother’s influence left on him defeated the rage inside of him. And it left a bigger question though. WHERE IS ZUKO’S MOTHER!!!??

Young Zuko: Azula always lies. Azula always lies…
(fade to Zuko in the present)
Zuko: Azula always lies.

Young Azula: Uncle’s coming home.
Young Zuko: Does that mean we won the war?
Young Azula: No, it means Uncle’s a quitter and a loser.
Young Zuko: He’s not a quitter! He’s probably just sad his only kid is gone… forever.

1) The Blind Bandit

The introduction of Toph.. enough said.

Toph: Even though I was born blind, I’ve never had a problem seeing. I see with earthbending. It’s kind of like seeing with my feet. I feel the vibrations in the ground with my feet, and I can see where everything is: (fades to wide view) you, that tree, (Shows ant hill) even those ants. (Back to Aang and Toph)

Aang: That’s amazing!
Toph: My parents don’t understand, they’ve always treated me like I was helpless.
Aang: Is that why you became the Blind Bandit?
Toph: Yeah.
Aang: Then why stay here where you’re not happy?
Toph: They’re my parents, where else am I supposed to go?