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How Avatar: The Last Airbender stood the test of time

The arrival of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix has set social media ablaze, as fans gear up for binge-driven rewatches, and fans-to-be look at all the ranting and raving about the show with a curious eye. Why do people love Avatar: The Last Airbender so much? Why should you watch it now if you didn't back when it started? Here are the seven core elements that make the Nickelodeon series such an engrossing watch for audiences of any age. A lot of the joys of Last Airbender is the ways it upends these simple, familiar tropes, and finds the deeper ambitions and character conflicts behind all three basic archetypes. There's a particular use of humor Shows aimed at young people can be pretty goofy or over-the-top, but Last Airbender is slyer about its humor. Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko planned the series from the start as a three-season story built around three major arcs, and because so much was planned in advance, they had the ability to lay seeds from the very beginning that let the characters flower organically over time. Check in on any discussion of whether Rise of Skywalker - a $275 million motion picture from the best and brightest that Disney could gather - earned its ending, and eventually, someone will bring up how much better the same storyline looked in Last Airbender, a Nickelodeon cartoon. Those critics aren't wrong; Last Airbender took the time to do villains right.

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