Other than getting to eat my roommate’s cooking all the time, one of the best things that happened last year was her introducing me to Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. The show is full of fun episodes that form an epic adventure that spans all three seasons, is incredibly well written in concern to both plot and characters, and is beautifully animated. Basically it has everything needed to inspire a truly amazing live action big screen adaptation. Unfortunately M. Night Shyamalan’s interpretation of the source material is not something to show those who have yet to be initiated into the fan club.
Water, earth, fire, air. Though these basic elements have divided the four nations of the world throughout history, they lived in peace until the fire nation attacked. The people looked to the Avatar, the one person in the entire world who is the master of all four elements, to help find harmony once more. However their need would go unanswered, and for the next 100 years they were left to fend for themselves. Today the war still rages on as the fire nation continues to extend its reach further into the other weakening nations. As all hope seems lost, a brother and sister come across a boy frozen beneath the water’s surface of the southern pole, revealing himself to be the Avatar that disappeared so many years ago. Though a great amount of time has passed he must now return to the fight that he abandoned to bring peace and hope back to the four nations of the world. [Read more...]