Title: Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Number of episodes: 21.
Release Date: 2007-2008.
ORIGINAL NETWORK: Nickelodeon.
Genre(s): Animation, Action, Adventure.
Created by: Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko.
Composer(s): Jeremy Zuckerman & Benjamin Wynn.
Cast: Zach Tyler Eisen, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena, Dante Basco, Michaela Jill Murphy, Mako, and many more!
My Overall Rating:
The third and final season of Avatar: The Last Airbender is titled “Book Three: Fire” and builds up for a series finale split into four parts titled “Sozin’s Comet”. This culmination of adventures of all sorts, at times more comedic as the core group encounters silly groups of individuals across the world who teach them valuable lessons (or sometimes even the other way around), and at other times more dramatic as they face their greatest fears and try to work through their emotions to better understand not only what’s best for themselves but what’s best for the people around them, comes to an epic end that brilliantly captures the heart and soul of this series through these children who give their all to showcase the importance of unity, friendship, forgiveness, and justice.
What is Avatar: The Last Airbender (2007-2008) Season 3 about? Picking up where things were left off, Aang awakens from his coma to discover that the world believes once more that the Avatar is dead. Alongside his friends Katara, Sokka, and Toph, they set out on a journey to try and find Aang a master who could teach him the final element that he has yet to control: fire. Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, forcing Aang to learn faster if he’s to become a fully-realized Avatar, as they must defeat Fire Lord Ozai before the arrival of Sozin’s Comet, a spectacular and rare comet that would boost his powers tenfold, making him invincible while he seeks world domination under his tyranny. Meanwhile, Prince Zuko returns home to his father and reflects on his latest betrayal, leading him to come to terms with the person he wishes to become.
The adventure ahead of the core team is not without obstacles as they work together to help Aang become the Avatar they need him to become if the world is not to fall into the Fire Lord’s dominion. Sokka’s journey brings him to realize that his contributions don’t need to be through bending like his friends can as he seeks to master his own talents to become the leader that he wants to be when the world needs him the most. Katara’s journey is hindered by blind rage and a desperate desire for vengeance but ultimately learns a valuable lesson that allows her character to grow beyond selfish motives. Toph’s journey was less memorable, having very little emotional turmoil to take care of in the first place, she mostly served as comedy relief and an important asset when the going gets tough (pun intended).
Zuko’s journey was as central and pivotal as the Avatar’s as his past actions haunt him while he tries to understand the psychological conflict he’s experiencing within himself despite having everything he ever wished for since his banishment. His journey of redemption is beautifully handled throughout the season and allows viewers to witness his growth while he finally grasps what his destiny was always actually about. Parallelly, Aang’s journey is inevitably the highlight of the entire series, presenting viewers with a child’s fate with the weight of the world upon his shoulders, forging him into the hero that has to face the ultimate evil in the world. By embracing his spiritual roots and his belief in the good in the world, he ascends into a glorious character whose youthful innocence and merciful ways make him the ultimate saviour.
Beautifully paced and brilliantly written, the series shows once more little to no flaws in its direction. With each critical character development episode, the creators offer some of the most wonderful analogies and metaphors that are quite adequate to portray the legend of the Avatar. The action scenes in this season are also wonderfully animated, with the final four-part episode capturing some of the most iconic moments in the lives of these children. The season’s music by Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn was also hair-rising and exquisite, perfectly fitting into the dramatic and epic moments of the season. After everything these children have gone through, viewers are bound to find in this series finale everything they could ever hope for, if not more.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2007-2008) Season 3 is a splendid finale to a terrific series that sends the young yet skilled Aang up against the maniacal and delusional Fire Lord Ozai.