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  • I think since it's been about 10 years since Book Two came out (Well more than 10), it'd be appropriate to do a bit of a nostalgia thread for Avatar: The Last Airbender and also a little insight about stuff we loved from Avatar.

    And to do so, I ask you: When and how were you introduced to Avatar?


    What was the first episode you've ever watched from Avatar?


    What appealed to you about Avatar?


    Who was your favorite character and why?


    What was your favorite episode and why?


    What scene in the series gave thug at your heart strings? Did you cry? If so, do you still cry or feel when you watch it?


    What was the most epic moment to you and why?


    What was the most shocking moment to you and why?


    What was your favorite romance and why?


    And finally, if it did, how much has Avatar influenced and shaped you in your life?

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    • When and how were you introduced to Avatar? What was the first episode you've ever watched from Avatar?

      I happened to see the 1st episode when it 1st came out, though it was not until Siege of the North that I fully committed to the series.

      What appealed to you about Avatar?

      I guess Siege of the North is when I finally realized this wasn't just another silly action/adventure series that might occasionally show hidden depths. This was a fully fledged mythos where the plot was going to actually matter, the characters were actually going to develop, there would actually be in depth world building, & the show would actually make some intelligent commentary. Though I certainly did not object to the good action/comedy. Also, I really liked bending being grounded in martial arts & the physical "elements," rather than characters just vaguely gesturing & unleashing whatever crazy powers they wanted.

      Who was your favorite character and why?

      It wasn't until Book 3 that I really acknowledged any character as my favorite, & that was Zuko.

      What was your favorite episode and why?

      Probably the 4 part Sozin's Comet, since it brought everything full circle & had a bit of everything the series did well from comedy to action to character development & so on.

      What scene in the series gave thug at your heart strings? Did you cry? If so, do you still cry or feel when you watch it?

      I never cry at TV shows, that said the closest I got was the end of Iroh's segment in Tales of Ba Sing Se.

      What was the most epic moment to you and why?

      Aang going Avatar State against Ozai & just blowing him the Hell away. It's pretty much the most powerful bending we would see until Book 3: Change paid homage to it.

      What was the most shocking moment to you and why?

      That time Azula just straight up killed Aang.

      What was your favorite romance and why?

      Honestly? None of them. I was not invested in any of them.

      And finally, if it did, how much has Avatar influenced and shaped you in your life?

      Well, it's been a time sink with me joining this Wiki & doing 2 RPs based on it, a one-off fan fiction, & a larger fan fiction universe. Other than that, not much. I was in high school when it started, & I'm really not the type to make life choices based on TV shows anyway.

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    • 1. I don't really remember, tbh. It was definitely sometime in the last decade.

      2. Again, don't remember.

      3. How perfect everything was. The pacing, the humor, the seriousness, all of it. I also liked how unique the premise was.

      4. Zuko, because of his complexity as a character overall. Sokka, Momo, Iroh, Azula, Suki, and Toph are close seconds/thirds/fourths/fifths/sixths/sevenths, however.

      5. There are a multitude of episodes I love. I can't really pick one.

      6. Not really. I'm not that type of person. But like Neo, The Tale of Iroh had my eyes water a bit, tbh.

      7. The Day of Black Sun and Sozin's Comet. Awesome examples of mid-season specials and series finales.

      8. Finding out firebenders can lightningbend. Well, not really, I just couldn't pass up the oppurtunity for a shocking pun (*crickets chirp*) Anyway, next question...

      9. I never had a favorite pair in particular, but I always thought Sokka and Suki were a perfect match.

      10. Avatar is still my favorite show, and because of it Avatar Wiki wouldn't exist. There's a thinker.

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    • When and how were you introduced to Avatar?

      I saw it one day while flicking through channels, I was bored and it happened to have been the first episode and so I decided to give it a try.

      What was the first episode you've ever watched from Avatar?

      First Episode

      What appealed to you about Avatar?

      When I got to "The Storm", I had never seen anything like it till then, I was pretty young so it was one of the first times I was gripped into a show by its story and characters.

      Who was your favorite character and why?

      Iroh is hands down my favorite character if only because he's probably one of the most lovable characters in the show, he was so nice and kind. I don't think anybody is as universally beloved like Iroh.

      What was your favorite episode and why?

      Zuko Alone is my favorite, the insight into Zuko's past and the almost tear jerking ending where Zuko is just detested by everyone in the village and he rides off into the sunset almost like a western. It's still one of the most powerful imagery in the show.

      What scene in the series gave thug at your heart strings? Did you cry? If so, do you still cry or feel when you watch it?

      When Zuko reunited with Uncle Iroh, enough said.

      What was the most epic moment to you and why?

      Aang entering the Avatar state and annihilating Ozai, that entire fight was the most epic thing put on TV.

      What was the most shocking moment to you and why?

      The Fall of Ba Sing Se, I've rarely seen a time when the heroes of a show actually lose so to see Aang pretty much dead, the Earth Kingdom falling to the Fire Nation, and Zuko betraying Iroh, was pretty much the Empire Strikes Back of my childhood.

      What was your favorite romance and why?

      Kataang, it was so fucking cute aaahhh.

      And finally, if it did, how much has Avatar influenced and shaped you in your life?

      Avatar inspired me to get into writing and drawing, animation and philosophy. It's one of those shows that gets me nostalgic everytime I watch it. It makes me feel like a kid again.

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    • SorcererSupreme21 wrote:

      4. Zuko, because of his complexity as a character overall. Sokka, Momo, Iroh, Azula, Suki, and Toph are close seconds/thirds/fourths/fifths/sixths/sevenths, however.

      What I loved about Zuko was just how perfectly done his characterization throughout the series was. Besides from Aang, he was the one who defined the show in many ways. He was beautifully done.

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    • AvatarKatar wrote:
      SorcererSupreme21 wrote:

      4. Zuko, because of his complexity as a character overall. Sokka, Momo, Iroh, Azula, Suki, and Toph are close seconds/thirds/fourths/fifths/sixths/sevenths, however.

      What I loved about Zuko was just how perfectly done his characterization throughout the series was. Besides from Aang, he was the one who defined the show in many ways. He was beautifully done.

      Exactly. He is a very complex character, and that is why he is my favorite.

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    • Zuko Alone is a very strong contender for my 2nd favorite episode.

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    • Neo Bahamut wrote:
      Zuko Alone is a very strong contender for my 2nd favorite episode.

      Now that you mention it, my 2nd favorite would have to be the Storm. For the contrasts between Zuko and Aang and the insight behind what makes them what they were at that point.

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    • And to do so, I ask you: When and how were you introduced to Avatar?

      In 2009. I was friends with these two brothers who were completely into the show and it was always awkward entering conversations with them about the show because I had absolutely no idea what it was about. I remember they were totally obsessed with Zuko. I decided to watch the show, so I would have at least some idea of what they were talking about. Best choice I made that year.

      What was the first episode you've ever watched from Avatar?

      Well, the first first episode I saw was The Runaway (it was when the show was still airing, or at least had only recently ended), on the TV at a cafe and I had, like, no idea what was going. I just remember seeing a girl jogging in place in a wooden cell. Then this other girl she was with said, "Um, what are doing you?" And the girl jogging replied eagerly "I'm making my own water!" "You're a genuis, a sweaty stinky genuis!" That scene always kind of stuck with me ever since.

      What appealed to you about Avatar?

      I guess because it wasn't a lot like I had thought it was. Because of its anime-like style, I had expected it to be something a lot like Pokemon and Naruto, two shows that I had disliked because of their boring plot and dull animation. But Avatar wasn't at all like that. It was really engaging and the animation was really good. It quickly became my favorite show.

      Who was your favorite character and why?

      I think the first character I really favored was Azula. Whenever she appeared on the screen, I just kind of got really excited. She was a pretty interesting and thrilling character. She's still my favorite to this day. 

      What was your favorite episode and why?

      Um, it changes regularly. The Siege Of North Part 2 and The Beach, probably though.

      What scene in the series gave thug at your heart strings? Did you cry? If so, do you still cry or feel when you watch it?

      A lot of scenes in the show make me cry. I don't consider a show that really good unless it makes me cry. But the Leaves From The Vine probably makes me shed tears the most.

      What was the most epic moment to you and why?

      That moment in The Awakening when Aang says he failed, and then Roku comes in the storm and tells him that he hasn't failed and it was actually him who failed Aang. And then Yue enters the scene and tells Aang that he saved the world once and he'll save again. But he can't give up. That scene still gives me goosebumps. And that moment in Avatar Day when Kyoshi arrives was pretty epic, too.

      What was the most shocking moment to you and why?

      When the Fire Nation had completely expected for the invasion. "FIRELORD OZAI, WHERE ARE YOU?!"

      What was your favorite romance and why?

      I don't really have a favored romance in the show. I'm pretty neutral on them all. 

      And finally, if it did, how much has Avatar influenced and shaped you in your life?

      Well, if I had never discovered Avatar, my eyesight probably wouldn't nearly as poor. But on the bright side, I really feel the show had been somewhat of a positive influence to my self-eestem and mentality as a child.

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    • What was the most shocking moment to you and why? That time Azula just straight up killed Aang.

      Oh, I just realized that I never answered the "why" part here. I guess I hadn't seen many things where the villain scores a huge victory at that point, & certainly not in a children's show. I hadn't actually watched Empire Strikes Back until much later, but even then, I don't think it really compares. The Fire Nation really completely dominated at that point, they'd overthrown the Earth Kingdom government, technically defeated the Avatar State, & like I said Aang wasn't just knocked out, he had to be medically revived & had wounds that stayed with him for the rest of the series. Those were all things I hadn't expected even from that show.

      I believe I had already watched Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) at that point, but firstly that aired on [adult swim], & secondly I still can't really think of anything that compares. Hughes's death to me is more of that show's "Leaves From The Vine." The devastation of Lior was tragic, but not this seemingly all-consuming victory by the villains.

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    • Neo Bahamut wrote:
      What was the most shocking moment to you and why? That time Azula just straight up killed Aang.
      Oh, I just realized that I never answered the "why" part here. I guess I hadn't seen many things where the villain scores a huge victory at that point, & certainly not in a children's show. I hadn't actually watched Empire Strikes Back until much later, but even then, I don't think it really compares. The Fire Nation really completely dominated at that point, they'd overthrown the Earth Kingdom government, technically defeated the Avatar State, & like I said Aang wasn't just knocked out, he had to be medically revived & had wounds that stayed with him for the rest of the series. Those were all things I hadn't expected even from that show.

      I believe I had already watched Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) at that point, but firstly that aired on [adult swim], & secondly I still can't really think of anything that compares. Hughes's death to me is more of that show's "Leaves From The Vine." The devastation of Lior was tragic, but not this seemingly all-consuming victory by the villains.

      It was a perfect season finale, it just threw you into a loop and we had to go an entire year. I still remember that wait.

      This is off-topic but this reminds me, I remember as a kid during the year long mid season break between the first and second half of Book 3, I legitmatly thought the show was canceled (I didn't have internet then).

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    • I think I thought that at the end of Book 2. At some point it was either taking a ridiculously long time to come out or I just kept missing episodes & not knowing it. I had internet, but it was dial-up & my computer itself was also pretty shitty, so I wouldn't have even dreamed of looking for this place.

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    • Where/how: When the show first came out, sumbled upon the premier as a Nick devout kid.

      First Episode: Ep1 S1.

      What Appealed: At first, seemed fun and a intriguing world. As things moved along, character development really sucked me in and made me care about them. The in-depth world and bending aspects also pulled me in heavily.

      Fav character: Of the main cast, I'd say Togh. She had a very realistic view on things (Zuko joining the team), had a wild streak (Runaway), self confidence, and overall amazing bender. From the minor cast, Piando. He was pretty interesting, reversed the whole "Fire nation high ups are all enemies", and made a good return at the end. 

      Fav Episode: Gone back and forth on this a lot. After my last rewatch, I would say it lies between The Season 2 Finale (Guru/Crossroads) and Day of Black Sun Part 2. Season 2 Finale is just so full of everything; Spiritual cleansing, discovery of metalbending, Zuko doing another 180, a coupe, villians triumphant. Day of Black Sun Pt2 has the seriest best monologue with Zuko and Ozai. Also watch Soka rise to an occasion and become a strong leader (excluding Azula's taunt")

      Heatstring tug moment: Katara's Rage in the Rain in Southern Raiders sinks in a lot; Zuko reuniting with Iroh.

      Epic Moment: Something always harps me back to Aang combining with the Ocean spirt and just Annahilating the entire Fire Nation invasion.  The moment when he says "No. It's not over." still gives me shivers.

      Shocking moment: I think it was the reveal of dragons in Firebending Masters. I really was not expecting that to ever happen in the series.

      Fav Romance: Does Momo Appa count? If not, Jet and Katara. I think it actually had a huge effect on her longterm, and shaped her into a much more skeptical and careful person from S1 to S3. 

      Shaped my life: Really just has become an enjoyable show I like to read and talk about. I guess it introduced me to some cool cultural rituals I was unaware of, as well as different matrial arts.

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    • My turn, I'm counting both Avatar and Korra moments here.

      AvatarKatar wrote:
      When and how were you introduced to Avatar?


      Well, it's a long story that took six years. The first time I heard about it was somewere around 2009, I was in San Francisco watching "Spongebob Squarepants" on Nick.com, and saw a promo of some show called "Avatar: The Last Airbender", I saw that funny 12-year-old kid with an arrow who was "eant to save the world". I immediately thought "BAH! Another lame story about the savior-of-the-world-of-the-profecy–stuff". Boy, sure I was young to think that. The next contact was a tv spot of the movie, I didn't saw it because I had no interest, but thank god i didn't. In Boston, I saw "The Promise" comic, and I loved it (I immediately became a Kataang shipper ^u^). After that, I started to show of more interest in that series, thinking those comics were real adaptations from the series's chapters. Later, in september 2015, my brother heard something about the series, probably beacause of the 10th anniversary, and he suggested to watch it because "It might be kids show, but it's really good, and with this elemental thingy e both like." So we started watching the episodes online.


      What was the first episode you've ever watched from Avatar?


      I watched it online, so my brother and I decided to logically watch it from the first episode, "The Boy in the Iceberg" :J


      What appealed to you about Avatar?


      The romance, the humour, the elemental power thingy, and the story.


      Who was your favorite character and why?


      HA! Since the first TV spot I saw, which unfourtunately I couldn't find the link, in the last seconds Sokka appears saying "I'm going home." like "I'm tired of this s***." Since that, Sokka got my respect XD. Then in Korra I liked both Mako and Bolin, they're an accurate representation of my two personalities (I DON'T MEAN I'M BIPOLAR WITH THIS).


      What was your favorite episode and why?


      I don't know! I liked all of them, the one I most liked would probably be "Korra Alone", because it showed a smooth, mature and strong side of Korra, not just in the phisical, but in the emotinal and psycological. I also like "The Kyoshi Warriors", beacause it showed the first time women are actually described and seen as warriors; and also, SUKKA IS MY SECOND SHIP XD!


      What scene in the series gave thug at your heart strings? Did you cry? If so, do you still cry or feel when you watch it?


      Yue's death. I was starting to think that Yue and Sokka were a great couple than him and Suki (hate myself for thinking that), but then, the sad moment arrived, and Yue sacrificed herself for the safety of the tribe. I didn't cry, I not the usual cryer (I mean, for some reason I don't cry for that but yes when my eyes literally itch). And no, now that I know what happens I don't get sad again. But the most heartwrenching of all, over Yue's death, was the loss of the Avatar's past lives. I did cry that time, and I still, for that yes.


      What was the most epic moment to you and why?


      Aang vs Ozai, Korra vs Zaheer and Korra vs Kuvira. They were the most epic battles I've seen in animation (except in Naruto Shippuden).


      What was the most shocking moment to you and why?


      The loss of the Avatar's past lives. At first I didn't understand what was going on while Unalaq whipped Raava over and over, making Aang, Roku, and Kyoshi dissapear. But then, I was devastated at the loss of Aang, when Korra told what happened.


      What was your favorite romance and why?


      Kataang, meant since the beginning and really cute couple ^u^ And Sukka, the type of relatonship I want (sucks being single).


      And finally, if it did, how much has Avatar influenced and shaped you in your life?


      I think it has helped me see the world more openly minded, and to respect other people's ideologies, whenever they belong to a dictatorship, a movement of equality, another religion, an anarchist group, a fascist army, or an oppressed group (yes, I've named the ideologies of the antagonists). Now I just don't see "bad people", just normal people who believe something is correct and do whatever they can to archieve it. Because in the end, we all just want peace. :) Also hepled me to qualify whether a person could be a firebender, airbender, waterbendr, earthbender or energybender, by their personalty (and some physical traits). But that's another story. ;D

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    • When and how were you introduced to Avatar? I had a couple of friends who were watching it, and they were quite into it while I wasn't. Even though I knew it aired on Nickelodeon.

      What was the first episode you've ever watched from Avatar? The first I remember was "The Desert". I remember that it was part of an "Avatar maraton" in the middle of the day, and I remember this bold kid and some other people walking through the desert in the middle of the night. There and then, I thought it seemed more Egyptian than Asian inspired. I think it looked cool, but I was kind of upset that I couldn't watch the series from the start and thus I didn't watch it any more after that.

      Who was your favorite character and why? My most favorite character is Iroh, because he is Iroh.

      What was your favorite episode and why? My favorite episode was "The Chase" because of the interesting battle going on between three teams, and awesome fighting scenes, I love it!

      What scene in the series gave thug at your heart strings? Did you cry? If so, do you still cry or feel when you watch it? I didn't cry at any point the first time I watched the series, but after several rewatchings I cry of a lot of the scenes in the finale "Sozin's Comet", more and more towards the end. I've also been rewatching some other scenes and suddenly been starting to cry. I don't remember all of them, but one of them is Aang entering the Avatar State in the end of "The Desert", being calmed down by Katara. That's so emotional. I also cry during Iroh's speech from his cell to Zuko in "The Avatar and the Fire Lord" because it's quite connected to the finale and the theme of the series as a whole, you know, the parallel between Aang and Zuko, which I think is so beautiful.

      What was the most epic moment to you and why? While my favorite season is the second one, I think the third season has the most epic moments. I think the most epic moment to me is when Aang takes away Ozai's bending. The epic in it is the lights that show up and the fact that the lion turtle returns to Aang in the perfect moment and it all fits ver well.

      What was the most shocking moment to you and why? The most shocking moment was when Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee infiltrated Ba Sing Se disguised as Kyoshi Warriors. I really didn't see that come. But I know people who understood it before it was revealed to actually be happening.

      What was your favorite romance and why? I love Korra and Asami's romance, but this is about ATLA so yeah ... It's kind of hard to say ... I think Sokka and Suki are very cute, but I say Aang and Katara since they are the only couple in the entire franchise that has made me cry, with their kiss in the ending of their series.

      And finally, if it did, how much has Avatar influenced and shaped you in your life?

      Avatar has really changed my life in many ways. It's kind of hard to explain. I've been a superfan of a lot of other things before, but this is the first time I'm that into to something that big, and good. It has got me to the Avatar Wiki, which has made me master English like never before, meet other fans, and with my fanon stories I practice writing.

      So that's my Avatar experience :)

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    • Since this topic is coming back & some things from Legend of Korra have mentioned, & not at all because I'm procrastinating, I'm going to re-answer these questions from the perspective of the sequel:

      And to do so, I ask you: When and how were you introduced to [Korra]?

      I knew about the plan soon after the original series finished airing, but figured it'd never go anywhere. Somehow, I didn't catch it until Episode 3, The Revelation. I don't think I actually noticed the difference until a few episodes in.

      What appealed to you about [Korra]

      I've mentioned this a few times, but while the original series is impressive in its own right, its sequel delivers on so many levels that are much rarer. The world doesn't feel so stereotypically divided into fire people, water people, etc. The 1920's urban fantasy is also much less common than the feudalistic high fantasy, though perhaps common enough to be a niche genre in its own right. I liked that the characters were older & the tone was a bit less silly, clearly meant to appeal to an audience that liked the original, but also was older & wasn't really interested in Nickelodeon's general style. It's almost like what Batman The Animated Series was for Cartoon Network, or Gargoyles was for Disney.

      Who was your favorite character and why?

      Oh, I adored Korra straightaway. I really liked how she averted the usual cliches. She wasn't reluctant or a pacifist like Aang, nor was she the mother hen like Katara, & she fell more into the middle of that girly girl vs. tomboy thing that sometimes happened with Katara & Toph. She felt immediately fleshed out to me, as the show quickly establishes details such as her fascination of city life or her reverence for known historical figures. The biggest negative was that she was frankly kind of dumb, but fortunately she would get arguably the most development in the show.

      What was your favorite episode and why?

      The 2-part season 3 finale, Enter the Void & Venom of the Red Lotus was probably my peak enjoyment of the show. Much like Sozin's Comet of the original series, it brings together so many of the show's strengths. The use of technology, the teamwork of the ensemble cast, shocking twists like Zaheer's flight, darker story turns like the deaths of the Red Lotus members, & heart-wrenching moments. It was also exciting, suspenseful, & had some of the best fight scenes in the series.

      What scene in the series gave thug at your heart strings? Did you cry? If so, do you still cry or feel when you watch it?

      From Venom of the Red Lotus, when we see Korra in the wheelchair looking like she'd been through Hell twice, & the single tear at the end of the episode. I didn't cry then either, but there was just this disturbing ambiguity. It was obvious that Korra was not in a good state, & it wasn't entirely clear that she'd ever be back to her old self.

      What was the most epic moment to you and why?

      I'm going to say a specific scene from Venom of the Red Lotus, where they manage to get Korra into the Avatar State & it becomes immediately clear how stupid this plan was when she breaks free, lays out Gazhan & Ming-Hua in seconds, & is just roaring fire & overall looking terrifying.


      What was the most shocking moment to you and why?

      I'd say this is a toss-up between Korra being crippled at the end of Book 3 or the past lives being destroyed & staying that way.

      What was your favorite romance and why?

      Korasamiiiiii. I was actually a bit more invested in the romances of this one. I initially liked Borra & Masami, & even appreciated Makorra at times, but Korrasami leads the pack by far.

      I've said that sometimes writing shines when it has to work around limitations, even if it would be better if the limitations were not in place to begin with. Despite what a lot of people claim, I think that shows here. One reason I like this pairing is because it's developed mainly by showing them growing closer together, as opposed to fucking talking about it ad nauseum.

      And finally, if it did, how much has [Korra] influenced and shaped you in your life?

      Not much differently than the original series, really.

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    • How come I never stumbled upon this thread? Well, I'm glad I happened to do so now. Since I really like both shows and want to talk about both, that's exactly what I'm going to do now. I'll answer the questions in two parts, first part being about A:TLA and the second part being about TLOK.

      (Be warned that you'll likely see a huge wall of text covering this page)



      When and how were you introduced to Avatar?

      A:TLA: I must say that I have a very bad memory, so I don't really remember, but if I were to guess, I'd say that it happened coincidentially when I would be sitting in front of the TV and seeing it on Nickelodeon.

      TLOK: Funny thing is that I remember the things related to this show very well. Basically, the first thing I ever saw and heard of of the show was the German trailer on Nickelodeon. Ever since I saw it, I had been so pumped and hyped for it to air, and when it did, my dreams became true.


      What was the first episode you've ever watched from Avatar?

      A:TLA: Oh boy, I seriously have no clue. I do remember that we had a visit over at our house and that I was watching Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno on the TV during a storm outside. The storm eventually made the TV turn off right at the best part (when Ozai was about to do his last attack while Aang was hiding in his ball of rock), and I remember that I was so upset because I couldn't get to see the rest after anymore, haha.

      TLOK: My first episode was Welcome To Republic City. I still know my exact reaction to various scenes; how I was excited, curious and eager in the beginning. How I freaked out when I saw old Katara and discovering that she still wore the necklace of her mother, how this seemingly careless, badass girl took those firebenders on without any problem and how optimistic her attitude was which influenced my attitude as well. How excited I was to get to know Aang and Katara's son and his family, how perplexed I was when I saw Naga for the first time, how flabbergasted I was upon seeing Republic City and Aang's statue for the first time, sharing the same feelings as Korra, how excited I was seeing her doing all this awesome stuff and beating those three triad members but all the while wondering where her journey would go because I knew that there had to be more to it (I didn't know back then that the show was supposed to be running for one season only).

      Good old times.


      What appealed to you about Avatar?

      I think I won't divide my answer into two parts here. I don't know where to begin, to be honest. One thing that strongly appealed - and still does! - are the characters; Aang, Katara, Korra, you name it. Of course, the story itself, the animation, music and the various themes we got to explore. What I really liked about TLOK was this 1920's vibe and the technology. I mean, I was like "WOW" when I saw those satomobiles. I also loved the idea of pro-bending because it was cool in my opinion.

      I could go on and on about this, but I'll refrain from doing so. Simply put, I like the things about the shows that we all do.

      Who was your favorite character and why?

      A:TLA: Geez, whenever someone asks me that question, I never know how to answer. I actually don't have a favorite character, or so I thought. When watching shows, movies or reading books, there rarely are characters I'm really attached to, which was the same case for A:TLA.

      But I really like Katara and Suki (and Iroh). Why? Because all of them are badass and have this unique thing about themselves and they are so confident in what they're doing, so full of hope and wisdom, they're so relatable and admirable that I just feel the need to bond with them. Also, we share a few things which is another huge and important factor in my eyes in order to connect with characters.

      TLOK: In this case, it's the exact opposite; there are just so many characters I like! You could say that I like every character, safe for the 'bad' ones, haha.

      But my all time - favorite characters would be Korra and Jinora because I liked both of them instantly. Korra already had me with her.. awesomeness and her personality. Her way of dealing with things and approaching them, saying whatever is on her mind, just doing what is right in her mind is what really got to me. I admire people like her, people who do their thing without any worries and stand up for themselves. That's something I can't do and it's one of the reasons why I look up to Korra.

      As for Jinora, oh how I like her. Basically, if you want to have me in a version of a TLOK - character, it's her. If you guys knew how many things we have in common. Really, you'd be amazed.

      She likes books, she's reserved, and polite, she's mellow, she's down-to-earth, she's responsible, she's bossy, she's.. so like me! It's amazing. There are probably more which I can't come up with right now, but you get my point. The point is, she's just so relatable and I really feel connected to her, I understand why she's doing what she is and why she feels the way she does. I don't think I ever really felt that attached to a fictional character.

      Furthermore, she represents so much in the show, she's the voice of reason, she basically stands for change, she's intelligent and educated and she's cute, which is a bonus hehe. But if she wants, she can turn from this cute girl from next door to a more 'rebellious' and 'cheeky' girl who speaks out her mind and wants her voice to be heard, which, as you know, is something that I completely admire about people who are able to pull it off. On top of all that, she's the perfect leader and she's spiritual.

      If I had to rank those two, I really wouldn't know how to because both have a big meaning for me and are such great characters with unique personalities.

      Phew. Kind of a long answer, but who cares, right? I know I don't.

      What was your favorite episode and why?

      I'll already tell you that I have a couple of favorite episodes in both shows, but I'll stick to the absolute favorite ones or the ones that spontaneously pop into mind.

      A:TLA: Well, while the finales are a few of my favorites, I'll decide to pick another one because of obvious reasons. One episode that isn't being mentioned a lot is The Avatar Returns, or the first two episodes in overall, which are quite good for an introduction. I can't really pick out the moments and things I like about those two, because this would turn into a wall of text that no one would want to read.

      Other episodes that I really like are The Storm, The Avatar and the Fire Lord and The Southern Raiders, because all of them dive deeper into the past and into the characters. I always appreciate moments like those and I'm a huge sucker for flashbacks, just because we get to know more things we haven't known about up to this point and we feel more connected to the characters.

      I like The Storm mostly because of Aang's side-story and the characters' interaction in this one. We get to see how Aang deals with rejection and how he got into that storm in the first time and how he really feels about being the Avatar. Plus, we got to see more of the Air Nomads and how much of a parent role Gyatso played for him. I know that there's also Zuko's side-story, which is also a sad one. I especially liked the premise of it, how we get to see that his crew thinks about his actions and how Iroh lets them in on Zuko's past. Also, I liked the development between Zuko and the lieutenant in the end, as well as how the old man came to accept Aang, and the parallels.

      The same goes for the other two episodes I listed above; I just liked that we learned more about Roku, Sozin and Katara's past which are all things that surprised me. The messages are also good and we learn that not everything has to be black and white, and that there's good inside of everyone.

      TLOK: Wow, I almost forgot that I had to answer the question for this show as well. Guess that's what happens if you write so much. (Not that what I've written so far is a lot, but still.)

      Anyway, as I said, I really like episodes that feature flashbacks and let us connect with the characters. Fans may hate this episode, whereas I love it - Remembrances. You don't know how long I've actually waited for an episode exactly like this one in TLOK!

      I just loved that we got to take a break from all that's going on and instead to see how the characters feel about everything and how much they developed throughout the series. My favorite part was Korra's, because boy I waited so long for that. Everything about it was just like I expected and hoped it would be. We get to know what's happening in Korra's mind and her thoughts, feelings, fears, hopes, dreams and wishes. How she was excited to move to Republic City and complete her Avatar training, how she hates to have been so easy-going, how much she blames herself for all her actions, even for the good things she's done, but then we have Asami who reminds her of all the light she shed. (And yes, we got that Korrasami-moment of course, hehe.) Then, Tenzin joins in on them and we get one of those moments that are so.. sentimental and.. natural. Gah, I love moments like these, especially those Tenzin/Korra - moments!

      In short, this episode is all I could hope for and despite everything, Bryke did a job well done.

      Another episode I just have to include: Korra Alone. You know why. Literally, I've been on the edge of my seat during After All These Years, wondering the entire time when Korra would show up, only to see this cliffhanger-ending. And then, Korra Alone happened and everything changed.

      This episode.. I don't know how to describe it. It's so intense, dark, heartbreaking.. and I absolutely love it. The way we see Korra, so broken and hopeless, trying to get through everything with the wish things work out fine in the end, but stuck to harsh reality at the same time. It's just.. sad. How she's struggling with her body and forced to face this darker version of herself, the letter she wrote her parents, being full aware that she lies to them, and the fact that she travels the whole world in search of.. hope, enlightenment, Raava, herself. Anything. It's really emotional and you feel with her.

      One of the greatest episodes ever.

      I could go on about other episodes I celebrate hard, but these are only to name a few.

      What scene in the series gave thug at your heart strings? Did you cry? If so, do you still cry or feel when you watch it?

      A:TLA: First up, it should be said that I rarely cry while watching shows, movies or reading books. It rarely happens, seriously. I can't recall a moment in this series I really cried in, only that a tear escaped once while watching the big Kataang kiss in the end, but that wasn't even at the first time I watched it. I do feel the need to cry, however, whenever I'm listening to Peace, which is one of the most amazing tracks the Track Team have come up with. Kudos.

      TLOK: Same here, I rarely cried, but I did feel more with this show. I remember sharing a tear when watching Wan die and when Korra got poisoned. That was really tense.

      What was the most epic moment to you and why?

      Man, how am I supposed to answer this one? Every moment is epic. Let's see..

      A:TLA: Epic.. When I'm thinking of that word, only two things pop into mind - Aang and Ozai's fight and Katara freeing Aang of the iceberg. The fight was so intense and you're just sitting on the edge of your seat, so thrilled and wondering who would win in the end because the person having the upper hand would change every moment. And also, when you see this composed Aang, approaching Ozai and suddenly their bodies glow in blue and orange and you're just like Oh my, what's happening? Will he be able to do it?, mixed in with the music.. Do I actually have to say more? It's outstanding and unexpected, but great at once. A perfect way to end the war and to begin Aang's journey as fully-realized Avatar.

      Same goes for the moment Katara freed him from the iceberg. You don't know what's going to happen, but then, woosh, a boy with glowing tattoos and eyes emerges suddenly and you see this magnificent ray illuminating the sky from all corners and you're wondering if something good happened now or not.

      And then, the journey begins..

      EDIT: Also, the second time Aang enters the Avatar State!

      TLOK: Personally, the most epic moment for me is the fight between Korra and UnaVaatu, especially the moment their beams clash with each other and the two sides of the scenery are colored in the beams' respective color, and you see those mighty powers colliding, each one battling for the fate of the world. There are a few really close calls and moments that have you sitting there with wide eyes and an open mouth. Definitely one of my personal favorite epic moments.

      What was the most shocking moment to you and why?

      Three more questions to go..

      A:TLA: One of the most shocking moments, literally, was the moment when Azula shot that lightning towards Katara and Zuko jumping inbetween, taking in the lightning himself. The scene really had me stunned, because of Azula's cruelty and Zuko's heroism. Definitely an unexpected scene that folded out, but a pretty good one nonetheless.

      The Boiling Rock. Who would have thought that Azula's most trusted allies would turn their back on her, especially because of love for her own disowned brother?

      "I love Zuko more than I fear you."

      Seriously, I'm sure that I'm not the only one who was like, Wow.. Somewhere in my subconsciousness, I was celebrating Mai and still am! But the real shocker came when Ty Lee actually chi-blocked Azula. Ty Lee, you too?! You sweet cinnamon roll attacking your apparent beloved friend of yours? I mean, this had me even stunned more than Mai's betrayal.

      Another moment that shocked me was in The Southern Raiders: Katara willingly bloodbending someone. Boy, that was intense and you all know it. I was like, Wow wow wow, wait. Katara, what the heck are you doing? I was surprised because this was not like the Katara we know, not at all. You just see how much she was being ruled by her emotions, her anger in that moment that she went past her morales, how obsessed she was to find the murder of her mother, which reminds me of another moment in the same episode that shocked me: "Then you didn't love her the way I did."

      Sheesh. That's such a harsh moment, and I really feel sorry for Sokka. This episode is shocking itself, in overall.

      Oh yeah, and another literally shocking moment was when Aang got hit by Azula's lightning. I know, how shocking.

      TLOK: Boat. Explosion. Airbending. Suffocation. Combustionbending. Blast. Mercury. Poison. Ripped. Past lives. Raava. New airbenders. Estranged family. Betrayal. Flight. Shocker.

      I think that should suffice. For those, who find themselves having trouble deciphering, here's a list of the implied scenes:

      Amon' a boat - Tarlokk commiting suicide and blasting the boat with himself and Noatak

      Breathtaker - Zaheer bending the air out of the Earth Queen's lungs, suffocating her

      Mind-blown - Suyin bending her armor around P'Li's head before she was about to fire at Lin, killing herself in the process

      Triggered - The revelation of the mercury poison and the Red Lotus poisoning Korra, triggering the Avatar State and PTSD shit

      Breath of Fresh Air - Seeing Bumi airbend for the first time

      We're Family - Suyin revealing that she's Lin's half-sister

      Doing the thing - Zhu Li faking to switch over to Kuvira's side

      I Believe I Can Fly - Zaheer entering the void

      Shocker - Mako successfully electrocuting Amon

      What was your favorite romance and why?

      Woohoo, second to last question!

      A:TLA: Favorite romance.. Without a doubt, Sukka and Kataang because those kids are meant for each other and complement each other so well.

      TLOK: Oh goody. My absolute OTP of both shows is Kainora. They're so cute. Gosh. I'm not much of a fan of those cliche 'girl next door meets bad boy', but in this case, I'll gladly make an exception! Sure, this couple may seem a bit.. 'exaggerated' and unnatural, but it's all about the fluffiness.

      And finally, if it did, how much has Avatar influenced and shaped you in your life?

      Last question, yay! Oh boy, this is a deep one but really justified. To be completely honest, I can't really tell how much of an influence it had on me, or if it had none at all. I encountered the show fairly early on, between 5-7 years old I think. That means that I was still a kid, carefree and just taking things in life granted without thinking about things too much. Avatar didn't really have a chance to 'change' or influence me therefore. I grew up with it, it was already planted in my system before I could have had a development.

      The series taught me a lot and introduced me to many ideologies and its philosophy is one of the reasons why I enjoy it so much. Often times, I catch myself thinking about the show in the day time or calling after someone by a character's name instead of their real name. (It's always either Asami or Tenzin for some reason.)

      When times call for it, I think back to the teachings of the show and the characters, to what I've come to know and that I should stick to it. So yeah, I try to act accordingly.


      Wow, what a long comment, woops. I don't regret anything, though. Needless to say, I love talking about the show and it was fun to do this! In overall, I'm super glad I discovered this franchise and to have watched this beautiful series.

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    • Okay, I love TLoK very much as well, so ... here it comes ^^

      When and how were you introduced to (TLoK)? I heard of it while I watched ATLA, and when I finished that show I watched season 1 of TLoK, and I liked it a lot. Don't ask me why I didn't continue. It was a big mistake that I don't know why I did ^^

      What was the first episode you've ever watched from (TLoK)? "Welcome to Republic City".

      What appealed to you about (TLoK)? The animation style, I love it! As well as the music! But of course, the characters and the epic story itself is what makes me love me the most. I also love the fact that there are so many major characters around.

      Who was your favorite character and why? I like Asami a lot, because she is strong and independent.

      What was your favorite episode and why? I loved the entire third season, especially the finale, and I also liked "Korra Alone".

      What scene in the series gave thug at your heart strings? Did you cry? If so, do you still cry or feel when you watch it? I haven't cried of TLoK honestly! But I nearly cried in the book one finale, when Korra finally managed to airbend!

      What was the most epic moment to you and why? As said, the book three finale is epic, and I also love the final battle between Korra and Kuvira and the creation of the new spirit portal.

      What was the most shocking moment to you and why? I could say the comeback of Iroh or Toph, but I sadly knew of the beforehand due to spoilers, I was stupid and didn't watch out :( But I was very pumped during season three. But as said, I was very surprised when Korra airbent for the first time.

      What was your favorite romance and why? Korrasami. Their so cute and they fit so well!

      And finally, if it did, how much has (TLoK) influenced and shaped you in your life? I didn't join the wiki for real before I had finished watching TLoK. The show expanded my Avatar experience :)

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