Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Avatar - The Last Airbender The Complete Book 3 Collection|
Actors: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena, Dante Basco, Jessie Flower
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Animation
Having survived the terrible battle with Azula, Aang faces new challenges as he and his brave friends secretly enter the Fire Nation. Their quest is to find and defeat Firelord Ozai. Along the way, they discover that Ozai ... more »
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End of the Trilogy, but not the end of Avatar
David Wolf | U.S. | 07/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to write something about this wonderful series, but I'm not going to write any spoilers, or tell you what happens. I know many of you have never watched any of the episodes, and don't want to know what happens, and those who have watched it do not care if I leave it out.
What I can say, though, is that this is one amazing show; as an overview for those who have no idea what the storyline is, just picture a messiah-type that has to rescue the world from being enslaved by an evil empire. The messiah (avatar) is what you would view as an underdog against unspeakable odds, but with incredible potential that flashes through occasionally. You may see similarities to such works as The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Harry Potter, or the Inheritance Cycle. They all have that common theme of an underdog destined or prophesied to set the captives free and defeat the evil empire. Avatar may be a little more like Star Wars than the others, as it has a definite Eastern mysticism element to it, and martial arts moves are a major portion of the action sequences.
One of my favorite parts of every episode is the comic relief: Sokka. Sure, all of the characters have comical incidents, but Sokka is without a doubt the character intended to bear the burden of comic relief, and he carries it off well. Yet, he is also the main one with the ideas.
With Book 3 and the entire series complete this year, I can say it progressively got better and more intense with each season. The character development is detailed and satisfying. This is one set to buy (after the other two sets, that is). It is sad that this is the last season, but there are intentions for a new Avatar series in the future, possibly with a different incarnation of the Avatar. The creators are said to have intended The Last Airbender as a three season arc, a sort of trilogy.
You may think it is really for kids, being animated and on Nickelodeon, but my wife and I, with two small children, are into it just as much as the kids are. If you have never tried watching it, I suggest you rent it from Netflix or Blockbuster to get a sampling of the quality of the show. It is best to start at the beginning, though, because it is a story extended over three seasons, and makes more sense if you watch in order. The only show on television that gets my attention more than this is Battlestar Galactica, which is also ending soon.
I was most pleased when I found out there will be a live action movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan based on Book 1, simply called The Last Airbender (to avoid confusion with a movie called Avatar by James Cameron coming out in 2009 - not related to the series), which should be out in July 2010. He intends to direct a trilogy based on the three seasons, separated by two years each, spending six years of his life on this storyline. That should say something about the series, as it is the first thing he has worked on that was not something he came up with himself."
Mom who HATES Anime but LOVES Avatar
April Glass | Bowdoinham, ME United States | 08/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a mom of two who is nearing 40, I was begrudgingly introduced to the Avatar series when my son talked me into getting the first disk of Book 1: Earth through Blockbuster. I sat down with the kids when they put the disk. I had NO intention of paying attention to the show. I am VERY happy to say that by the end of that first disk I couldn't wait to get the next. This show is truly great. The story lines are wonderful, the music is powerful and you truly grow to care about these kids who are working to save the world. We just finished the final disk of the final book tonight and it was FABULOUS. We are looking forward to getting the full set in September to complete our set collection. I can't recommend this series enough."
What a great show!!! too bad it's over....
Alicia C. Padgett | NC | 08/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must say when this show first came out I never wanted to watch it because I figured it was just like all this pokemon and dragonball z nonsense out on tv. This show is very different, the first episode I watched was an episode in the first book I believe where it shows Momo's story and Zuko's story where he goes out on a date with a girl, and I just thought what is this show really all about? Luckily nickelodeon was showing Avatar from the beginning that week for the beginning of the second season. I never missed an episode after that.
After all the waiting for the third season to finish I really was expecting a fourth one, because we have the books of: Earth,Water, and Fire. The creators could have made another book about Aang's life, but maybe it was better the way they ended this. I hope I didn't spoil anything by saying that.
I hope Avatar isn't ruined by M. Night Shyamalan, since he is planning on making an Avatar movie with real actors. Either way I will be buying this when it comes out, and I recommend it to anyone with or without children. For the kids it teaches them patience, understanding, choosing between right and wrong, and it's also very funny. I'd be willing to bet that almost anyone would fall in love with this show after watching the first episode.
Sad that it has ended, but WOW what a ride!
kre8iv1 | Flemington, NJ | 09/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season 3 of Avatar could not have been any better! All loose ends were tied up neatly, and things between characters happened as I thought.
The plot stays the same course (not really any actual "surprises" per se), but the characters end up surprising us all.
What a brilliant piece of work, and truly amazing that it came from Nickelodeon!
[I can't say any more than this, otherwise it would have to contain "spoilers", and that's just no fun for anyone involved!]
Needless to say if you haven't seen any of this series, you NEED to start with season 1, episode 1 and work your way through each and every episode. It is WELL worth your time to do so!"