Every so often, a truly great series comes along that can make you laugh, cry, cheer, and reflect. You wouldn’t expect a show like that to come from Nickelodeon, but Avatar: The Last Airbender” delivered on all that and more. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to watch as none of the usual streaming sites carried it. Now, Last Airbender is making a triumphant return to Netflix on May 15th.
If you’re unfamiliar with Last Airbender, here’s a quick summary. Four nations form the world, each with a different type of elemental bender, water, earth, fire, and air. Only the avatar can use all four elements, and that person keeps the peace.
Water. Earth. Fire. Air. All three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender are coming to Netflix in the US on May 15th. pic.twitter.com/RCKylFYknA
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But the avatar disappeared for a hundred years, and war broke out. Now Aang, the latest in the long line of avatars, must learn to bend all the elements and stop the Fire Nation from taking over the world.
Don’t let the simple nature of that summary fool you, though; it’s a deep show filled with nuance. You’ll see wisdom from people who should be enemies, tough decisions made by innocent people, and you’ll follow along when our heroes experience success and failure. I dare you not to cry when Uncle Iroh sings Leaves on the Vine.
While until recently you could watch it’s less successful sequel, Legend of Korra, on Amazon Prime, it’s been difficult, if not impossible, to watch Last Airbender for years. But in a tweet, Netflix revealed it would start streaming all three seasons beginning May 15th.
This may be a precursor to the upcoming live-action series based on the cartoon Netflix is developing. Thankfully, that live-action series has nothing to do with the movie. We do not speak about the movie.
If you’ve never seen Avatar: The Last Airbender before, I highly recommend you watch it. The first few episodes are a little rough, but the series finds it footing quickly. And it won’t be long until you find yourself sorry the show is already over.