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Avatar The Last Air Bender: The Complete Book 3 Collection (Nickelodeon DVD)

Picture: C+ Sound: B- Extras: A Episodes: A+



Far away 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 the river.
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 training?
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


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