Archive for March 2016

Episode 17 - Nightmares and Daydreams / The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion / The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse

March 24, 2016 @ 8:28 pm

It's the midseason climax as the invasion of the Fire Nation finally begins! But before that happens, your hosts debate the merits of the comedic palette cleanser that is chapter 309, "Nightmares and Daydreams." Say what you will about it, we are forever in it's debt for giving us Momo Yojimbo vs. Appa Mifune!


Once all of that is out of the way, it's time for chapters 310 and 311, "The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion" and "Part 2: The Eclipse." Despite there being all that, you know, invasion and eclipse business, pretty much all anyone wants to talk about is Zuko, as our favorite emo prince finally confronts his father and accepts his true destiny, giving us what may just be one of the highest watermarks of the entire series. Truly, Avatar: The Last Airbender is in fact nothing more than one big secret backdoor pilot for the inevitable Zuko series.


Also, Eric embraces his inner Yuppie, making him the first person since 1991 to invoke that word. And 12 minutes into the show, Arlo "Joo Dee" Wiley has some kind of identity crisis that threatens to completely hijack the entire podcast.


Next: one host is off to New York to see some Broadway show about that ten dollar bill guy, so we're taking another week off. But when we return, we jump into the uninterrupted run to the series finale as we discuss chapters 312 and 313, "The Western Air Temple" and "The Firebending Masters."

The Breakdown

  • Intro / Banter (00:00 - 09:55)
  • Main Topic (09:55 - 1:23:40)
  • Outro / Next (1:23:40 - 1:26:19)

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Episode 16 - The Avatar and The Fire Lord / The Runaway / The Puppetmaster

March 17, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

Back from another mini-hiatus, The Avatar Returns finds AJ dying. Again.

But before he expires this time, we manage to squeeze in a discussion of the Fire Nation's Imperialist Japan fetish as chapter 306, "The Avatar and The Fire Lord" reveals the secret history of Roku and Sozin, and the genesis of the 100 Year War. Then chapter 307, "The Runaway" has Toph building a criminal empire, and because you demanded it, the return of the Wang Fire beard. And lastly, chapter 308 introduces us to "The Puppetmaster," in what may be Avatar: The Last Airbender's take on the darkest, scariest damned Scooby-Doo! episode ever!

They would've gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for those meddling skins filled with liquid.

Next: War! What is it good for? Well, three more chapters at least. We take a look at 309-311, "Nightmares and Daydreams," "The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion," and "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse."

The Breakdown

  • Intro / Banter (00:00 - 14:45)
  • Main Topic (14:45 - 1:08:35)
  • Outro / Next (1:08:35 - 1:10:50)

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