So for years I did not watch a single episode from the show (and wisely avoided the insultingly awful live action movie). Earlier this year when I decided to revisit the show on Netflix, the first episode did not hook me. Upon watching Raya and the Last Dragon, I was inspired to give the show another chance, and a few more episodes later, I was fully committed, and made it to the end of the series, even watching season three for the first time. Now I can proudly say that I absolutely love this series.
The series proves to be masterful in its powerful arcs for every single character, even the ones typically labeled as the villains, written in ways that most adult shows cannot figure out. I love the imagination of the creators behind this show, and how fluidly they can merge together unique ideas, creative worldbuilding, relevant themes, and sociopolitical commentary in ways that both kids and adults can relate to. This show should be taught in graduate school level psychology classes with its immense existential philosophy and the complexity of human relationships.
There’s quite a bit that Christians can pick up from this valuable series too, when you set aside the false concepts of reincarnation and multiple deities, the lessons of the characters are reflected perfectly from the Bible. Now, I’ll describe the Scriptural parallels within core development of the seven main characters of the series: Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, Zuko, Iroh, and Azula.