Avatar – The Last Air Bender: The Complete Book 3
Collection (Nickelodeon DVD)
Picture: C+ Sound: B- Extras: A Episodes: A+
long time ago there was the nations of Water, Earth, Fire and Air. Each nation could control and manipulate their
elements, they all lived together in harmony. That is until the Fire Nation attacked,
seeking to control all nations. Only the
power of the Avatar could stop them, the only one who can manipulate all four
elements... but when the Avatar was need the most he disappeared. 100 years later Sokka and his sister discover
Aang an Airbender, the Avatar. Could
this young boy be one to stop the Firelord Ozai?
Having barely survived in his last battle with Azula, Aang awakens to discover
the Fire Nation is more powerful than ever, and everyone thinks he is dead on
top of that! But more importantly can he
recover enough to fight again? Unlikely
help appears as Aang and his friends prepare to strike back, but only to
discover Firelord Ozai has even greater plans for the four kingdoms. Can Aang live up to be the Avatar and stop
Firelord Ozai's evil plans?
Based in an Asian like world, the world of Avatar is filling with mysticism,
martial arts and mystic creatures. The
elements are controlled by 'benders', while most people aren't benders,
majority of the main characters are. Only the Avatar can however manipulate all
four elements. But after 100 years of
the Fire Nation reign, can Aang learn to master all the elements to stop the
Firelord? After a crushing defeat, Aang
has to mend his body but his spirit as well.
I found this series amusing, as well as heavily influenced by many Asian
cultures, not only in martial arts but its customs, styles to how the
characters acted. But it also has many
modern influences as well, teaching morals, small wisdoms, and friendships. I liked the how some of the episodes were
sometimes just comedy and not always adventure. What I enjoyed was the relationships and
stories that followed each one of the character, each episode might explain
some of the past or development of a character and later you could see how it
influenced them. The series had
different points of views, not only from the good guys but the bad guys as
well... and you find not all bad guys were absolutely bad (except the Firelord)
and made it a more fun and interesting series. It's great when you get the box set, you get
the whole thing (or season) all at once not only do you get a nice box with art
to put the DVDs in but it includes a bonus disc with art, interviews and more.
Chapter 1: Awakening
Aang awakens after his last battle to discover he has been out for days, he has
to recover his strength, but more importantly can he recover his spirit?
Chapter 2: The Headband
Aang enrolls secretly into a Fire nation school but can he change the education
system and influence the future minds of the people of the Fire Nation?
Chapter 3: The Painted Lady
Short on supplies and food Aang and company discovers village in a polluted
river, but to discover it's people are sick because factory. Katara secretly helps the village as the
'Painted Lady' with food and her healing arts, and teaches them to help clean
Chapter 4: Sokka's Master
Sokka feels left out of the group being the only one who is NOT able to bend
the elements. Sokka takes up the sword
and strives to become a sword master, but can he AND his teacher survive his
Chapter 5: The Beach
Zuko, Azula, Mai and Ty go on a vacation to the beach, but even as they relax
the learn more about themselves and each other, each one has a story...
Chapter 6: The Avatar and the Firelord
As the Avatar and Firelord are destined to meet, they are more connected that
they realize. Both Zuko and Aang learn
about the past, not only what cause the war, but that former Avatar Roku and
Firelord Sozin were related to each other.
Chapter 7: The Runaway
Short on money, Toph begins scamming the people of the Fire Nation for some
quick cash, but Katara disapproves. They
get involved in a scam that gets them out of the pot but into the fire, an
assassin hot on their tails.
Chapter 8: The Puppetmaster
The group discovers a small town and the people have gone missing. Strangely enough
they meet Hama, who turns out to be Southern waterbender in hiding. After surviving and escaping the Fire Nations
torture, want to pass down the grizzly technique of 'Bloodbending' to Katara to
get revenge on the Fire Nation.
Chapter 9: Nightmares and Daydreams
The group arrives at the rendezvous point for the invasion of the Fire Nation
four days early. Aang starts worrying
about facing the Firelord, he starts to have nightmares and stops sleeping
altogether and he begins to see things that aren't even there, can his friends
stop him from having a nervous breakdown?
Chapter 10: The Day of the Black Sun: Part 1: The Invasion
The invasion begins on a day of an eclipse when the Fire Nation's power is at
its weakest. With past friends and family
and a whole bunch of crazy inventions they begin to assault the gates of the
Fire Nation to break into the palace.
Chapter 11: The Day of the Black Sun: Part 2: The Eclipse
After breaking into the Fire Nation's capital, victory seemed within reach. Only
to discover that it was a trap for the rebellion. The Fire Nation had a hidden fleet waiting for
them. Aang and company were tricked by
Azula and time ran out before their plan was complete. However in the turn of events Zuko leaves the
Fire Nation to join Aang.
Chapter 12: The Western Air Temple
With the invasion stopped, Aang and the gang retreats to the ruins of the Air
Temple to re-plan. Zuko attempts to
convince that he has turned over a new leaf and is willing to teach Aang
Firebending, but things only get heated up when 'Combustion Man' shows up.
Chapter 13: The Firebending Masters
Zuko begins to teach Aang Firebending but discovers his powers had weakened. So he and Aang travel to the ruins of the
ancient Sun Warriors to learn the origins of Firebending. To their surprise they find them alive and
well and are put the test to see if they are worthy of learning.
Chapter 14: The Boiling Rock: Part 1
Sokka and Zuko travels to the Fire Nation's prison hoping to find and free
Sokka's father. But to Sokka's surprise
he finds Suki his girlfriend. But just
about when they are about to escape Sokka's father arrives at the prison.
Chapter 15: The Boiling Rock: Part 2
After the first failed attempt escape the prison, Sokka, Zuko, Saki, and Sang
comes up with a new plan for escape during a prison riot and holding the warden
hostage, but unfortunate Azula shows up with Mai and Ty... and they must fight
their way out.
Chapter 16: The Southern Raiders
Katara not trusting Zuko, Zuko reveals the past, what happened to her mother
and more importantly who was responsible. She finds and confronts the soldier that
killed her mother, but what will she do?
Chapter 17: The Ember Island Players
The gang takes a break and decides to watch a play of their own adventures! But they are shocked with the cast that plays
them (except for Toph) and even more surprised on the some of their adventures
and what they reveal.
Chapter 18: Sozin's Comet: Part 1: The Phoenix King
Aang learns that the Firelord has plans for destroying the world. Aang who has been raised as a monk has been
taught that all life is precious and killing is wrong, is troubled when the
others tells him the only way of stopping Firelord is to kill him.
Chapter 19: Sozin's Comet: Part 2: The Old Masters
Aang disappears and confronts the past Avatars for advice and meanwhile the
rest of the gang discovers the White Lotus to plans to make a last stand
against the Fire Nation's army.
Chapter 20: Sozin's Comet: Part 3: Into the Inferno
Zuko confronts his sister with Katara and challenges her in a duel. Meanwhile
the rest of the gang must stop the invading Armada. Firelord Ozai is endowed great power by
Sozin's Comet and Aang faces him alone...
Chapter 21: Sozin's Comet: Part 4: Avatar Aang
Aang's full power of the Avatar is awakened during the battle with Ozai, and as
the end of the battle comes finally to the end, what lies in store for the Fire
Nation and it's leader? Where will they go after the war?
- Ricky Chiang