Archive for February 2016

Episode 15 - The Painted Lady / Sokka’s Master / The Beach

February 26, 2016 @ 6:45 pm

Another episode of The Avatar Returns is here to teach you a lesson...ON YOUR FACE! The boys fight over who gets to be Dock, Xu, and Bushi as they critique chapter 303, "The Painted Lady." In 304, "Sokka's Master," our favorite "regular guy" gets a cool meteor sword, and Eric enrolls in Tae Bo by Iroh. And finally, it's Beach Blanket Zuko in chapter 305, "The Beach." AJ is still iffy on Sideways Eye Guy; Eric drops knowledge on the Chakra Theory of bending sub-styles; and is Avatar: The Last Airbender actually just a retooling of Daria?

Next: we get morbid and creepifying with chapters 306-308, "The Avatar and The Firelord," "The Runaway," and "The Puppetmaster."

The Breakdown

  • Intro / Banter (00:00 - 11:15)
  • Main Topic (11:15 - 1:15:30)
  • Outro / Next (1:15:30 - 1:17:39)

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Episode 14 - The Awakening / The Headband

February 21, 2016 @ 7:08 pm

There seems to have been some confusion among the ranks of hosts this week. To clarify, we are only discussion two chapters this time around, not three. Okay, Eric? Only two. But thanks for the enthusiasm, son. The two (not three, two) chapters we discuss this week are 301, "The Awakening," which picks up a few weeks after the tragic events in the Book Two finale, with Aang and Co. traveling on a stolen Fire Navy ship and the entire world believing the Avatar is dead (isn't that great?!), and 302, "The Headband," or as we like to call it, "Footloose in the Fire Nation." The boys chat about Aang's hair, Papa Sokka and Mama Katara, Dance Dance Revolution, and Sideways Eye Guy.

Also, phone lines are open for listeners to weigh in on how Paul should live his life going forward. Vote early and often! [Ed. Note: there are no phone lines, just the e-mail.]
Next: okay Eric, NOW we're gonna talk about three chapters. 303-305, "The Painted Lady," "Sokka's Master," and "The Beach."

The Breakdown

  • Intro / Banter (00:00 - 09:00)
  • Main Topic (09:00 - 1:04:20)
  • Outro / Next (1:04:20 - 1:06:42)

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Episode 13 - The Guru / The Crossroads of Destiny

February 11, 2016 @ 7:16 pm

The Earth Kingdom has fallen. Avatar: The Last Airbender Book Two comes to its Earth Kingdom-shattering conclusion. In chapter 219, "The Guru," Aang zips right through chakra training to master his Avatar State, but can't quite close the deal as he is drawn back into helping his friends. Then, in chapter 220, "The Crossroads of Destiny," Azula ruins everyone's lives. Seriously. She lies, she manipulates, she shoots blue fire like she's a jet engine. Things look slightly less dire when we're reminded that Toph is the greatest earthbender in the world. (And don't you dunderheads ever forget it!) But then Aang gets burned. And Zuko takes possibly the darkest, most tragic turn in the entire series. 

But hey, we talk about comics, so it's not all doom and gloom. (Although AJ isn't nice about them, so maybe it is.) 
Perfection and power are overrated. I think you were very wise to choose listening to this podcast.
Next: the final season of Avatar begins as we get into Book Three: Fire! We discuss chapter 301, "The Awakening," and 302, "The Headband."

The Breakdown

  • Intro / Banter (00:00 - 17:00)
  • Main Topic (17:00 - 1:16:15)
  • Outro / Next (1:16:15 - 1:18:25)

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Episode 12 - Appa’s Lost Days / Lake Laogai / The Earth King

February 5, 2016 @ 1:40 am

Yeah, let's break some rules! We radically shift the format of the show this week [Editor's note: no, we actually don't at all] as we reach the penultimate episode of our Book Two podcasts with chapters 216-218, "Appa's Lost Days," "Lake Laogai," and "The Earth King." Paul defends Dai Li dickbaggery, AJ identifies with Azula in a really uncomfortable way, and Eric finally likes a Jet storyline. And in a new regular feature [Ed. note: again, not really], the boys pitch spinoff show ideas; AJ imagines the Avatar/Bone crossover, Suki and the Veni-Yan, while Paul reveals his plans for The Young Sweepy Chronicles. 

Next: we close the book on the Earth Kingdom with chapters 219, "The Guru," and 220, "The Crossroads of Destiny."

The Breakdown

  • Intro / Banter (00:00 - 04:53)
  • Main Topic (04:53 - 1:07:42)
  • Outro / Next (1:07:42 - 1:09:30)

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