A Painfully Honest Review of Netflix Avatar

Mother's Basement
3 Mar 202448:37

Summary

TLDRThis script offers an in-depth, witty, and insightful analysis of Netflix's live-action adaptation of the beloved animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. The narrator delves into the show's strengths and weaknesses, praising the impressive casting choices and performances, particularly for Zuko and Iroh, while critiquing the unnecessary changes made to core characters and storylines that dilute the essence of the original series. The script navigates the broader debate surrounding live-action anime/cartoon adaptations, questioning their necessity and ability to capture the magic of the source material. Ultimately, the narrator acknowledges the adaptation's redeeming qualities while challenging its overall raison d'รชtre, leaving viewers to decide for themselves whether it's worth watching.

Takeaways

  • ๐Ÿ˜ซ The Netflix adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender received a mixed response, with some praising aspects like the casting and production values, while others heavily criticized changes made to the source material.
  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ The show attempts to depict a more mature and grounded take on the Avatar world, but this often comes at the cost of stripping away the charm and heart of the original series.
  • ๐Ÿ‘ด The performances of Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Iroh and Dallas Liu as Zuko are highlights, capturing the spirit of the beloved characters.
  • ๐Ÿ‘Ž Controversial changes, like portraying Aang as less playful and goofier, altering key character arcs, and condensing storylines, drew criticism from fans.
  • ๐Ÿค” While the adaptation has some redeeming qualities, the overall consensus is that it struggles to justify its existence beyond capitalizing on nostalgia for the animated series.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ The high production costs and limitations of live-action often result in compromises that dilute the magic of the original Avatar world.
  • ๐ŸŽฌ The script acknowledges that while the show has flaws, it's ultimately up to individual viewers to decide whether to give it a chance or stick to the superior animated version.
  • โœจ Suggestions are made for alternative live-action projects set in the Avatar universe that could better utilize the medium while respecting the source material.
  • ๐Ÿ˜• The adaptation highlights the challenges of translating beloved animated works to live-action without losing their essence and appeal.
  • ๐Ÿ’ญ Overall, the script presents a nuanced and balanced critique of the Netflix series, recognizing its efforts while questioning the necessity and effectiveness of the adaptation.

Q & A

  • What is the video script about?

    -The script is a review and analysis of the Netflix live-action adaptation of the popular animated series 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'.

  • What are the main criticisms of the Netflix adaptation?

    -Some of the main criticisms include the gratuitous depiction of violence, the removal of Aang's goofy and childish personality, the watering down of Sokka's character arc, and the compression of the vast Avatar world into a limited number of CGI sets.

  • What aspects of the adaptation are praised?

    -The casting choices for Aang, Zuko, and Iroh are highly praised, as well as the Fire Nation storyline, some of the fight choreography, and the musical score.

  • How does the reviewer compare the Netflix adaptation to the original animated series?

    -The reviewer acknowledges that while the adaptation tries to capture the essence of the original series, it ultimately falls short, stripping away many of the memorable moments and compromising the core characters and themes in an attempt to create a more "adult" version.

  • What is the overall rating given to the Netflix adaptation?

    -The reviewer gives the adaptation a rating of around 6 or 6.5 out of 10, acknowledging that it's not a great adaptation but has enough redeeming qualities for Avatar fans to find something to enjoy.

  • How does the reviewer feel about live-action adaptations of animated works in general?

    -The reviewer expresses a general dislike for live-action remakes of beloved animated classics, stating that they are often artistically bankrupt and a waste of time, as the original animated versions are invariably better.

  • What alternative approach does the reviewer suggest for future Avatar projects?

    -Instead of a live-action remake, the reviewer suggests exploring new stories within the Avatar world that better fit the limitations of live-action filmmaking, such as a series focused on Iroh's life or the siege of Ba Sing Se.

  • How does the reviewer compare the Netflix adaptation to other live-action anime adaptations?

    -The reviewer places the Netflix adaptation in the 8th position on a list of Hollywood anime adaptations, ahead of Netflix's Cowboy Bebop adaptation but behind others like Speed Racer and Alita: Battle Angel.

  • What is the reviewer's opinion on the portrayal of violence in the adaptation?

    -The reviewer criticizes the gratuitous depiction of violence, particularly the graphic portrayal of the Air Nomad genocide, stating that it undermines the emotional impact of these moments in the original series.

  • How does the reviewer feel about the changes made to Katara's character?

    -The reviewer notes that by removing Sokka's initial sexist attitudes, the adaptation also removes Katara's motivation for many of her emotional outbursts and her role as a surrogate mother figure, reducing her character's depth.

Outlines

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๐ŸŽฎ Introduction to Avatar's Live-Action Adaptation by Netflix

This paragraph introduces the context of the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender by Netflix. It discusses how fans used to get hyped when their beloved franchises were adapted into movies, but things changed after the disastrous M. Night Shyamalan film. The adaptation is described as an attempt to create a more adult, brutal version of Avatar, exploring the horrors of war and the power of bending. However, it also sets up the criticism that the adaptation fails to capture the essence of the original series.

05:00

๐Ÿ˜ฌ Critiquing the Portrayal of the Airbender Genocide and Characters

This paragraph critiques the adaptation's portrayal of the Airbender genocide and its impact on Aang. It argues that the gruesome depiction of the genocide fails to capture the emotional weight of the original series and instead comes across as tasteless and tacky. The changes made to Sokka's character, removing his initial sexism, are also criticized for stripping away an essential part of his character development. Additionally, the paragraph points out that Katara's role is diminished due to the changes made to Sokka and Aang's characters.

10:01

โš”๏ธ Exploring the Depiction of Violence and Bending

This paragraph delves into the adaptation's portrayal of violence and the depiction of bending. While acknowledging the vision of a more brutal version of Avatar, the paragraph argues that the constant presence of horrific violence diminishes the impact of such moments. It also criticizes the portrayal of airbending and the lack of realism in the bending effects, pointing out that the adaptation often resembles a video game. However, it praises the fight choreography and the stylized visual elements used in certain scenes.

15:04

๐Ÿ˜• Critiquing Character Changes and Storytelling

This paragraph examines the changes made to the characters of Sokka and Katara, criticizing the removal of Sokka's initial sexism and Katara's role as a surrogate mother figure. It argues that these changes fundamentally alter their dynamic and the inciting incident of the story. The paragraph also critiques the adaptation's storytelling, pointing out the need for excessive exposition due to the failure to show certain character traits and motivations effectively. Additionally, it highlights the compression of the world of Avatar into a limited number of CGI sets and locations.

20:05

๐Ÿง” Analyzing Aang's Character Changes and the Loss of Childlike Wonder

This paragraph examines the changes made to Aang's character, specifically the removal of his childlike goofiness and reluctance to embrace his responsibilities. It argues that this change strips away an essential aspect of Aang's character arc and the balance between serious anime action and goofy cartoon diversions that defined the original series. The paragraph emphasizes the importance of Aang's journey from a carefree kid to a responsible young man and how the adaptation fails to capture this growth effectively.

25:06

๐Ÿ”ฅ Appreciating the Omashu Episodes and Exploration of Adult Themes

This paragraph praises the adaptation's handling of the Omashu episodes, where multiple plot threads are blended together effectively. It highlights the successful depiction of King Bumi's bitterness after a century of war and the exploration of Iroh's past regrets. The paragraph suggests that this is how the adaptation should approach adult themes โ€“ by contrasting the innocence of Team Avatar with the darkness of the war and its toll on the adults around them.

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๐ŸŒŠ Appreciating the Fire Nation Storyline and Zuko's Character

This paragraph commends the adaptation's portrayal of the Fire Nation storyline, particularly the added layer of understanding regarding Ozai's abusive parenting style and its reflection on his control over the entire country. It also praises the performances of Dallas Liu and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Zuko and Iroh, respectively, describing them as the single greatest saving grace of the entire adaptation. The paragraph highlights the depth and warmth in their relationship and the actors' understanding of their characters' eccentricities.

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๐Ÿงฑ Critiquing Live-Action Adaptations and the Creative Vision

This paragraph critiques the trend of live-action adaptations of beloved animated properties, arguing that they often represent a massive waste of time and resources. It suggests that the perception of animation as a lesser art form for children is the driving force behind these adaptations. While acknowledging the passion and love for the source material, the paragraph questions the necessity of compromising so many elements to make the story work as a streaming show. It proposes alternative creative visions that could have been explored within the limitations of live-action filmmaking.

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๐Ÿ’ฐ Discussing the Motivation Behind the Adaptation

This paragraph examines the motivation behind the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It argues that the adaptation exists primarily due to perceived demand and the potential for profit, rather than a genuine creative spark or vision from the creators. The paragraph contrasts this adaptation with other live-action adaptations that were born from a real creative impulse and had something new to add or say about the original material.

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๐ŸŽฅ Final Thoughts and Recommendation

In this final paragraph, the author shares their overall thoughts on the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. While acknowledging that the adaptation has some redeeming qualities, such as impressive costumes, props, and musical score, the author ultimately concludes that they will never watch it again because the original cartoon is readily available. However, the author recommends that Avatar fans give the adaptation a chance, as some may find things to love about it, even if they end up disliking it overall. The paragraph ends with a lighthearted personal ranking of Hollywood anime adaptations.

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Keywords

๐Ÿ’กAdaptation

An adaptation refers to the process of converting a work from one medium to another, such as a book into a movie or TV series. In the context of this video, it refers to the live-action Netflix series based on the animated series 'Avatar: The Last Airbender.' The adaptation process involves translating the original story, characters, and world from animation to live-action, often requiring changes and compromises to fit the new medium. The script discusses the challenges and criticisms of this particular adaptation, questioning whether it was a worthwhile endeavor or a missed opportunity.

๐Ÿ’กSource Material

Source material refers to the original work that serves as the basis for an adaptation. In this case, the source material is the animated series 'Avatar: The Last Airbender,' which the Netflix live-action series aims to adapt. The script frequently compares and contrasts elements of the live-action adaptation to the source material, critiquing how well or poorly it captures the essence and spirit of the original series. Fidelity to the source material is a common point of discussion and critique for adaptations.

๐Ÿ’กCharacter Arcs

A character arc refers to the development and transformation of a character over the course of a story. The script discusses how the live-action adaptation alters or compromises the character arcs of key characters like Aang, Sokka, and Katara, which were integral to the original series. For example, it criticizes the decision to remove Sokka's initial sexist attitudes, which were meant to be challenged and overcome through his character arc. Failure to properly capture these character arcs is seen as a significant flaw in the adaptation.

๐Ÿ’กBending Effects

In the world of Avatar, bending refers to the ability to control and manipulate the four elements: air, water, earth, and fire. The visual representation of bending abilities, through special effects, is crucial in bringing the world of Avatar to life. The script evaluates the quality of the bending effects in the live-action adaptation, noting that while some elements like fire and earth bending look convincing, others like air and water bending fall short of realistic depiction. The script highlights the challenges and expense of realistically portraying these fantastical abilities in live-action.

๐Ÿ’กNostalgia

Nostalgia refers to the sentimental longing or affection for the past, often associated with cherished memories or experiences. The script suggests that the live-action adaptation of Avatar exists primarily to capitalize on the nostalgia of fans of the original series, rather than being driven by a genuine creative vision or desire to expand the Avatar universe. This is seen as a limitation, as the adaptation becomes more of a pale imitation of the original, rather than a fresh interpretation or exploration of the source material.

๐Ÿ’กFidelity

Fidelity refers to the degree of accuracy or faithfulness to the original source material in an adaptation. Throughout the script, the author critiques the live-action adaptation's lack of fidelity to the original Avatar series, citing changes to character personalities, plot points, and thematic elements. The script argues that while some deviations are inevitable in the adaptation process, the live-action series strays too far from the spirit and essence of the source material, compromising its authenticity.

๐Ÿ’กArtistic Vision

Artistic vision refers to the creative and conceptual ideas that drive the development of a work of art, whether it's a film, TV series, or any other artistic medium. The script contrasts the Netflix adaptation of Avatar with other adaptations that were born from a clear artistic vision, such as Speed Racer or Battle Angel Alita. The author suggests that the Avatar adaptation lacks a distinct artistic vision beyond capitalizing on the existing brand and nostalgia, resulting in a work that feels more like a pale imitation than a fresh interpretation.

๐Ÿ’กBudget Constraints

Budget constraints refer to the financial limitations and considerations that impact the production of a film or TV series. The script frequently cites budget constraints as a contributing factor to the compromises and shortcomings of the live-action adaptation. For example, it suggests that the decision to alter certain characters or plotlines was likely driven by the need to reduce the number of locations or special effects required, thereby staying within the allocated budget. Budget constraints are a common challenge in adapting fantastical or effects-heavy source materials.

๐Ÿ’กAuthenticity

Authenticity refers to the quality of being genuine, true, or faithful to the original. In the context of the script, authenticity is discussed in relation to how well the live-action adaptation captures the spirit and essence of the original Avatar series. The author argues that despite the efforts of the production team, the adaptation struggles to maintain authenticity due to the various compromises and changes made to the source material. Authenticity is seen as a crucial factor in determining the success or failure of an adaptation in satisfying fans of the original work.

๐Ÿ’กCreative Spark

A creative spark refers to the initial inspiration or idea that ignites the creative process and drives the development of a new work. The script suggests that successful adaptations, like Speed Racer or Battle Angel Alita, were born from a genuine creative spark or artistic vision that aimed to add something new or explore the source material in a fresh way. In contrast, the author argues that the Netflix adaptation of Avatar lacks this creative spark, existing primarily as a commercial endeavor to capitalize on the existing brand and nostalgia.

Highlights

The Netflix adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender received a mixed reception, with some praising the casting and costuming, while others criticized the changes made to the source material.

The show attempts to depict the Airbender genocide in a more mature and graphic manner, but this approach often feels gratuitous and undermines the emotional impact of the original scene.

Several key character arcs, such as Sokka's initial sexism and Aang's reluctance to accept his Avatar responsibilities, are significantly altered or downplayed.

The show struggles to capture the balance between serious storytelling and lighthearted humor that defined the original series.

The casting of Gordon Cormier as Aang and Dallas Liu as Zuko is praised as exceptional, with both actors capturing the essence of their characters despite the script's limitations.

The adaptation excels in portraying the Fire Nation storyline, with compelling performances from Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Iroh and Ken Leung as Admiral Zhao.

Several episodes blend multiple storylines from the original series, resulting in a more streamlined narrative but often at the cost of sacrificing important character moments.

The show's visual effects are a mixed bag, with impressive bending choreography but inconsistent CGI environments that often clash with the live-action elements.

While the adaptation has its strengths, it ultimately falls short of capturing the magic and depth of the original series, leading to the question of whether a live-action remake was truly necessary.

The review praises the show's ability to entertain and acknowledges that some fans may find elements to appreciate, but ultimately questions the value of remaking an already beloved animated series.

The review suggests that the resources and talent involved could have been better utilized in exploring new stories within the Avatar universe, rather than attempting a live-action retelling.

The review acknowledges the passion and respect for the source material that the production team brought to the project.

The musical score and costume design are highlighted as notable strengths of the adaptation.

The review encourages viewers to form their own opinions by watching the show, acknowledging that individual experiences may vary.

The review ultimately places the Netflix adaptation among the better Hollywood anime adaptations, while still expressing reservations about the overall necessity and execution of the project.

Transcripts

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gaming

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anime

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Comics some fourth thing long ago the

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fandoms would get hyped when a thing

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they loved became a movie but everything

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changed when Dragon Ball Evolution

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attacked only the Avatar master of

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cartoon comedy and Anime storytelling

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could save us but when the world needed

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him most we got M Night Shyamalan my

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name is an and I'm the Avatar bring me

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all your elderly that child was being

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arrested for what he was bending tiny

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stones at us from behind a tree it

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really

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hurt he's making fire out of nothing

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Well actually what we got was a whole

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lot of Studio meddling that ight got

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blamed for he's honestly the biggest

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victim of the whole debacle having his

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name irrevocably attached to this barely

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watchable lump of garbage that barely

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resembles his original Vision to be fair

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that original Vision probably still

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would have pissed a lot of Avatar

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addicts off but more in the quirky fun

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8s Super Mario movie way you know where

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the film is clearly doing something just

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not the something most people wanted to

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see which is still infinitely better

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than doing nothing anyone would want to

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see but that's a story for another

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YouTube video which several other people

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have made already I'm sure as a jumping

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off point for today's story all you

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really need to know is there was a Last

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Airbender movie once and it has a

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legitimate claim on being not just the

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worst adaptation but the worst Hollywood

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film of all

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time ultimately that had two lasting

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effects on the legacy of Avatar firstly

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the whole brand kind of collapsed in on

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itself for a while and every time its

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creators tried to build it back up the

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Nick exec who actually caused the

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problem would lose their nerve at the

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last second and now suddenly the last

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season of Kora gets to Premiere in a a

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crappy web player just for example but

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second the film's honestly miraculous

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complete lack of any redeeming qualities

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left us all with one burning question

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what if not even what if we did it right

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this time just what if we tried it again

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it can't possibly be worse right like

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the eternally hypothetical Final Fantasy

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7 remake the dream that there could one

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day be a good liveaction Avatar became

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so fixed in the imagination of the fans

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and creators alike that its

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manifestation as some kind of consumable

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product was inevitable as was the

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absolute [ย __ย ] storm of discourse that

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proceeded and followed its release on

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Netflix last week you've probably heard

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a lot of passionate takes on this show

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since then ranging from it killed my

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entire family in front of me too it

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sucked my and gave me free cake but

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today we're going to try to cut through

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all that noise to find honest answers to

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three key questions is this new series

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worth watching for fans of the original

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does it work as a standalone adaptation

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and most importantly was this whole

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thing just a fundamentally bad idea

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before I tell you the answer to all

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three questions is yes mostly I really

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ought to tell you about today's sponsor

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gamer Subs the Fire Nation the fire

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nation's coming oh no I have so much

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flammable stuff who will save us look

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over there it's the legendary destined

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hero with the power to take down

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firebenders the smoke show the new gamer

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Subs cup waiu when she gently rubs her

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spurts of liquid that can douse any

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flame so just like a water bender no

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idiot water benders shoot boring old

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water smoke show shoots the greatest

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liquid known to man gamer sus which she

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can also suck right out of the hose at

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any time to instantly gain its focus and

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energy related benefits plus essential

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antioxidants which is kind of like the

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Avatar state but better it tastes

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delicious too and that's why you should

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go to Gamers subs. g/ basement to buy

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some at a discount now plus also maybe

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some of the sexy firefighter merch while

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supplies last future Jeff here supplies

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believe left so get those while the

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getting's good or instant Ramen they

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make instant Ramen these days and tea do

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you have calming Jasmine nah but they do

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got sleepy time hey where'd everyone go

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oh my nephew is burning them all to

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death right now huh how about that oh no

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so how many can I put you down for the

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pain let's get the obvious questions out

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of the way up front is Netflix's avatar

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the Last air bender as good as

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Nickelodeon's avatar the Last air

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bender okay yeah expected that but is it

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as bad as Nickelodeon movies The Last

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Airbender an M Night Shyamalan film that

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depends on who you ask and how much of a

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liar they are notable Twitter blue

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engagement Farm discussing film said at

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worst the Netflix show makes M Night

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Aman's 2010 The Last Airbender film feel

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like a mercy because at least that poor

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effort was only 2 hours long and the

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only way I can square that statement

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with any sane view of reality is if the

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writer has never seen the

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movie cuz even if you only watch the

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last flick spinger [ย __ย ] garbage pilot

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episode and never actually get to any of

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the good parts the difference in quality

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is still night and

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day the show's dialogue can be a little

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cringy and overe explaining sure but the

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movie's dialogue is literally almost

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100% Exposition it is uniquely

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excruciating to sit through a

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singularity of bad filmmaking unlikely

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to be rivaled in our life times if this

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crew had made anything even half that

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bad the second time round it would force

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me as an atheist to concede that the

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devil is real also that he's one and God

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is dead luckily God is still only dead

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for all the nche reasons and everything

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that's bad about this Netflix show can

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be explained by natural means which is

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not everything about the show to be

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clear the praise this version of Avatar

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is getting definitely ain't coming from

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nowhere but the hate definitely isn't

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either and I think a lot of that

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ultimately boils down to the incredibly

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bad first impression that the first two

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episodes leave especially that

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aforementioned [ย __ย ] garbage pilot which

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absolutely butchers some of the series

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most sensitive moments in a misguided

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attempt to be more adult that ends up

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feeling less mature than the way the

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cartoon for babies did it I am talking

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of course about the show's much public

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ized Capital C choice to open on the

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Airbender genocide depicted in the most

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gruesome detail a tv14 rating will allow

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so got to cover up the blood mostly but

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there are dead bodies that Ang can poke

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with his big stick now and when the fire

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lord gets mad he can go all Darth Vader

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on their asses but with

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fire yeah kid this ain't your little

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brother's after school Avatar this one's

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all hardcore and junk this fire lord

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wouldn't just sit back and manage a

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genocide he's going to get in there on

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the front lines himself to make sure

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there are no survivors

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remember no survivors see now clumsy as

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they are these scenes do at least

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attempt to expand the series lore and

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history a little bit the idea of

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disinform Earth Kingdom spies to draw

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troops to bosing se and away from the

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air temples in preparation for San's

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comet is kind of strategically

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interesting and it sets up a call back

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later on where xiao's assault on the

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water tribe is revealed to merely be a

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diversion enabling azula's taking of

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omashu because obviously a bunch of

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enemy boats going to the North Pole

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would pull Earth Kingdom Ground Forces

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away from one of the only two cities

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they have left you know one of the

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advantages of the original Avatar's age

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rating required reluctance to directly

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depict the more direct aspects of

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warfare is its writers didn't really

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have to account for all this strategic

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logistical crap they could simply say

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for example that the Fire Nation managed

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to eradicate all of the flying Nomads on

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the entire planet off screen without

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having to Grapple with the tricky

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tactical question of how exact L anyone

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could pull that off and inevitably

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coming up with some laughably stupid

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answer like the entire race just

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happened to be in the same town for the

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big Centennial Comet Festival better go

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help set up for the great Comet Festival

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before the aads from the other temples

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AR how many are coming all of them we

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have to kill them all don't get me wrong

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part of me definitely sees the vision in

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a more brutal version of Avatar that

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gets to fully explore all the horrible

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things things one could do to other

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humans with its power system when Zahir

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assassinated the Earth Queen by

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airbending a vacuum around her head and

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Kora 20-year-old me thought that [ย __ย ]

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was metal as his words not mine I I

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prefer to swear sparingly for maximum

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effect these days and that same

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principle is exactly why that moment

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hits as hard as it does it's a truly

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Savage act of violence far worse than

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anything shown in the Avatar univ

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to that point though not for

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[Music]

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long and even more shockingly Zahir uses

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the most peaceful defensive of the

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bending Arts to do it in so many ways it

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feels like a taboo was just broken like

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the world of Avatar has been

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fundamentally and irrevocably Changed by

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this one crime you know like that

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Community episode where Jeff commits the

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first murder in GI Joe history and that

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gives the moment the gravits a regicide

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leading up to attempted Demi deide

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really should have but moments like that

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can't have that kind of impact in a show

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where horrific violence is just you know

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part of the general Vibe the kind of

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impact that facing the aftermath at the

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southern air Temple had on Ang and the

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audience in the original series after

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three straight episodes spent goofing

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off and trying not to think about it

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this version reduces that masterfully

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wound up gut punch to a pathetic slap in

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the face an afterthought of an epilogue

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awkwardly tacked on to the end of its

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clumsy overly expositional retelling of

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the boy in the iceberg like and so Ang

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made a daring break from Prince Zuko's

11:50

Brig riding off into the new world with

11:53

his Newfound friends and his oldest

11:55

friend apaa then he went to a room full

11:58

of skeletons to scream and glow at them

12:00

the end what's happening what is he

12:08

doing this one quiet shot from the

12:11

original anime of gatso the kindly old

12:14

goofball we only got to know from Ang's

12:16

funny cartoon flashbacks lying dead in

12:19

the snow surrounded by the countless

12:22

firebenders who fell trying to take him

12:25

says more about the tragedy of this war

12:28

CRI crime and the ferocity with which it

12:31

was opposed then all the CGI Sound and

12:34

Fury $15 million an episode can muster

12:37

which is still a lot better than what

12:39

the movie mustered with 10 times that

12:41

many dollars to be fair but let's be

12:44

real that bar is underground a few of

12:47

the show's fights do feature some

12:49

seriously impressive stunt work and

12:51

choreography and the big final battle

12:53

scene where everything goes all black

12:55

and white except for a few splashes of

12:58

color after the the moon gets dead

13:00

that's legitimately breathtaking I wish

13:02

they did more stylish stylized stuff

13:06

like that because while the CGI here

13:08

does look by and large better than the

13:10

movie it's just not up to the level of

13:13

realism the rest of the shows shooting

13:15

for Earth and firebending do look fairly

13:18

believable years of Hollywood Research

13:20

into perfecting fake explosions and

13:22

Rubble really works in the show's favor

13:25

there but fluid simulations are still

13:27

very tricky and EXP expensive so water

13:30

bending mostly looks like wet slimy [ย __ย ]

13:33

except when they're using ice and to

13:34

complement that air bending looks like

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Dusty

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[Applause]

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farts though to be fair it is basically

13:47

impossible to make realistic airbending

13:49

look like anything else because

13:52

realistically speaking wind's supposed

13:54

to be invisible but that's obviously not

13:57

very cinematic so they had to add some

13:59

kind of visual component even though it

14:01

was basically guaranteed to look silly

14:04

and when you throw those silly looking

14:06

effects over the Unreal Engine ass

14:08

environments on the big Mandalorian LED

14:11

wall behind the actors the whole thing

14:13

kind of just looks like a video game

14:16

especially when the Benders start flying

14:18

around and they got to swap in 3D stunt

14:20

doubles at which point this live action

14:23

remake just becomes an uglier cartoon

14:26

with extra more expensive steps that's

14:29

his real power connection Building

14:31

Bridges that's how he's going to be the

14:34

Avatar even if the bending effects had

14:37

been perfect though the attack on the

14:38

southern air Temple still would have

14:40

sucked [ย __ย ] cuz they made monk gatso go

14:43

down like a little [ย __ย ] without killing

14:50

anyone the one thing this scene could

14:53

have done to justify its tasteless tacky

14:57

take on Ang's tragic backstory was show

15:00

us how the heck that room got like that

15:04

and they completely [ย __ย ] it up I was

15:06

so mad after watching this prologue I

15:09

could have sat down and started roasting

15:11

right there but I'm glad I kept going

15:14

because it did get quite a bit better

15:17

eventually not now to be clear cuz now

15:20

is when we're introduced to Saka and

15:22

qara and with them another much

15:24

publicized Capital C Choice Saka is not

15:27

a sexist pig anymore what again I do see

15:31

the vision here this one more of the

15:33

prophecy of Doom type Vision in which

15:35

many many tweets are made by people who

15:38

don't know what a character Arc is about

15:40

how Saka is all problematic and poorly

15:43

aged now I'd be wary of that too if I

15:45

just dropped a Scott Pilgrim anime but

15:48

by taking the coward's way out on this

15:50

Netflix has fundamentally changed where

15:53

Saka comes from and what his whole

15:55

character Arc means he's supposed to be

15:58

a y a crude rude kid with tud who's

16:01

never seen the world Beyond his very

16:04

small town and says a lot of dumb crap

16:07

but only because he legitimately doesn't

16:09

know any better his regressive attitude

16:12

toward women is the most obvious

16:14

expression of that and when Suki knocks

16:17

it out of him in episode 4 that's his

16:19

first step on a very long journey to

16:22

becoming a real man of the world also

16:25

toward a genuinely compelling Romance

16:28

especially for a Nick show where the

16:30

fact that these two characters fall for

16:32

each other really says something about

16:34

both of them I'm so glad to see you Saka

16:37

I knew you'd

16:38

[Music]

16:40

come anime Saka is a real good guy deep

16:44

down but cocky and very rough around the

16:47

edges stupid with a Grace and confidence

16:50

that makes competent driven women like

16:52

Suki and UA think I could fix him and

16:55

freaks like Tye think I want to make

16:58

mistakes with him sand those edges down

17:01

and what you're left with is a mostly

17:03

together fella with some confidence and

17:05

daddy issues a great sense of humor and

17:07

an impressively Progressive worldview

17:10

for a dude who's only ever met like 70

17:13

total people all with that jawline no

17:16

mystery why he's pulling princess he

17:19

still got a lot of the important Saka

17:21

stuff you know the meat and sarcasm bet

17:23

you taste like

17:25

chicken what are you doing here we're

17:27

doing what we're doing right but why are

17:31

you doing it

17:33

here Ian olley definitely gets the

17:37

character but take away his key flaw

17:39

that confident ignorance and Kyoshi

17:42

Island suddenly just a story about a hot

17:45

guy who meets a hot girl and he likes