All Hail The Avatar!  

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Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender just finished its third season - and how! I mean, I've been following the show since it first aired and I have to say, season three's finale has got to be the best season-ender yet! I know it's a cartoon but you just got to appreciate the creativity and the imagination of all the show's writers. And besides, the kid in me simply loves the show. So for those kids-at-heart who haven't seen Avatar, here's a brief introduction.

The show takes place in a world where human civilization is divided into four nations: the
Earth Kingdom, the Water Tribes, the Air Nomads and the Fire Nation. Each nation has its own base element - earth, water, air and fire. Within each nation there are "benders", or individuals who have the ability to manipulate their nation's element, such as earthbenders, waterbenders, firebenders and airbenders.

In every generation, one bender from any of the four nations is chosen to become the next
Avatar, the spirit of the planet manifested in human form, who can manipulate - or "bend" all four elements. The lead character Aang, is the last living airbender after the Fire Nation wiped out the entire Air Nomad population. The main antagonist, Zuko is the Fire Nation prince. Or at least he was the antagonist until the end of season 2.

The first season basically laid out the background and introduced the audience to the main characters. It also showed how Aang, being the Avatar, learned how to waterbend. In season 2, more characters were added and Aang worked hard to gain earthbending abilities. It also introduced what I thought was a uniquely awesome ability -
metalbending.

In the third installment, enemies became allies as Aang learned how to firebend. He has to master all four elements in time to defend the world against the evil
Fire Lord Ozai, who wants to become supreme ruler of all nations, before a comet passes over the skies.
The passing of this comet will strengthen the firebenders' ability and make the Fire Lord virtually unstoppable!

I'm telling you, if you haven't seen Avatar, go buy the DVD (
or learn how to torrent) and watch all 3 seasons. You won't regret it, I promise. I can't wait to see if Nick will come out with a fourth season, although I have a pretty good feeling that they will. You see seasons 1 to 3 were titled after the elements in the story - Water (Book I), Earth (Book II), and Fire (Book III). But weren't there FOUR elements?

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