Steven Greydanus on the Avatar: The Last Airbender

Steven Greydanus on the Avatar: The Last Airbender October 10, 2015

and our longing to slip the surly bonds of earth and touch the face of God.

We talked about it on “Connecting the Dots” yesterday and Steve was his typically insightful self:

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  • Margaret Kearns

    Mark, I too am a fan of the charming Avatar: The Last Airbender, and was pleased to hear you and Steve discuss the series. I encourage both of you to watch the equally compelling sequel series, Korra, which follows the training and initiation of the next Avatar, a female waterbender from the Southern Tribe. There are some major differences between the shows but that would be fodder for a more lengthy discussion. I would be especially interested to hear your take on the show’s explanation of the avatar’s powers, which I think has some interesting parallels to the consubstantial nature of Christ. It is my opinion that it manages a feasible explanation without going “full midichlorian”. It also touches on the nature of the belief in reincarnation in the show. I hope you both find time to add this series to your pop culture lexicon, and please pass this on to my fellow New Jersian Steve. (We actually live in the same town. Freaky!)
    Sincerely, Peggy Kearns

  • Cas

    Just saw the review on his site before you posted this, Mark. With your endorsement as well, I figured it was too much to pass on since I seem to have largely similar tastes to you and Steven.

    Started watching it last night as a family and got through the first four episodes. The girl was entranced, the wife said she enjoyed it, and I really liked it too. I think this is going to be our next family show (and the first one that I think we’ll all be able to truly enjoy together, not as a kids-only show that my wife and I humor our daughter by watching with her but don’t really enjoy).

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      My family has really enjoyed the series. It gives many opportunities to point out how the characters choose right and virtue–and it does a great job of dealing with redemption, forgiveness and compassion.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Our family absolutely loved AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER.

    Korra … ? Not so much. There are still some shining moments, but for the most part it failed to hold my interest at all.