Archive for November 2015

Episode 7 - The Avatar State / The Cave of Two Lovers / Return to Omashu

November 27, 2015 @ 4:52 pm

Sleep deprivation, unpopular opinions about lava, and oblique references to midichlorian-bending take us into the Holiday season and mark the beginning of our journey through Avatar Book Two: Earth. The chapters guiding us this week are 201-203, “The Avatar State,” “The Cave of Two Lovers,” and “Return to Omashu.” It’s definite hard to follow the explosive finale to Book One we discussed last time, but these three chapters give us some truly great moments with Zuko and Iroh, including the proper introduction to the REAL bad seed of Zuko’s family. There’s also a new twist on firebending, the Joseph Campbellian hero’s sewer journey, and the boys officially join the fandom by debating that kiss. 


Oh, and there’s that whole Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon thing. 


Next: three more chapters, including what Paul and Eric agree is one of the big ones. We will explore 204-206, “The Swamp,” “Avatar Day,” and “The Blind Bandit.”

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Episode 6 - The Waterbending Master / The Siege of the North, Part 1 / The Siege of the North, Part 2

November 19, 2015 @ 8:33 pm

The boys are back, closing out the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender discussing chapters 18-20, “The Waterbending Master,” “The Siege of the North, Part 1,” and “The Siege of the North, Part 2.” Our intrepid heroes have finally reached the Norther Water Tribe, but their troubles have only begun. Cheer as Katara kicks some misogynist butt! Shudder at the horror that is Koh, the Face Stealer! Gasp at the fishy power of Koizilla! And run in terror from…Paul singing?


(You have been warned.)


Next: We kick off Book Two - Earth with chapters 1-3, “The Avatar State,” “The Cave of the Two Lovers,” and “Return to Omashu.”

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Episode 5 - Bato of the Water Tribe / The Deserter / The Northern Air Temple

November 13, 2015 @ 2:23 am

It’s a light week this week as not much happens in chapters 15-17. The kids meet up with an old friend of the family (and Uncle Iroh reveals a bit of his freaky side?) in “Bato of the Water Tribe.” We get an inside look at the power of the Dark Side (i.e. firebending) in “The Deserter.” And at “The Northern Air Temple” we meet the multi-eyed flying bison Cthulhu god. There’s also a bit of discussion about the preservation of ancient cultures vs. the progress of technology, whether Aang gets let off the hook for his mistakes a bit too easily, and Katara being the Wolverine of the group.


But mostly we just mock AJ for being a world-class hipster that objectifies cartoon women.


Next: we come to the end of Book One as we discuss chapters 18-20, “The Waterbending Master,” “The Siege of the North, Part 1,” and “The Siege of the North, Part 2.”

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