Ok. This is the coolest thing about this being a 61 episodes series, when I get to start again, it’s been a little while since I’ve gotten to see it again, so it always feels refreshing to begin the journey again….
What I noticed this time….
Epic background scenes with the huge soft detailed glacier’s and icebergs…
The introduction of water bending within 2 minutes of the show, and the difference between brother and sister interaction was a great way to introduce elemental bending… this was followed up with Aang raising himself up from the ice after asking Katara to go penguin sledding with him for airbending…..
The facial reactions of Sokka are sooo funny to watch too. He is very expressional in disbelief, unhappiness and wanting to be the warrior….
The intro of Prince Zuko in full aangst with Uncle’s response of “I won’t get to finish my game?” Such a great yin/yang moment The overshot of Zuko shouting “That light came from an…” while in the foreground Uncle is holding an Air tile… I also noticed that Uncle’s next tile also happens to be Air and that as soon as he placed them, a gust of wind moved the tiles… (am presuming that the gust was the expelled wind from Aangs frozen sphere…)
Meanwhile back on the ice, Aang awakes and asks the most profound question to Katara…. “Will you go penguin sledding with me?!?!” and then introduces us to the magnificent sleepy looking Appa, his flying bison, so Sokka can introduce Katara as his flying sister ah the comedy is so great!
Watching Sokka’s experience of Appa’s sneeze always cracks me up and especially his lines…
Giant light beams… flying bison… airbenders… I think I’ve got Midnight Sun Madness. I’m going home to where stuff makes sense. and Oh, no… I am not getting on that fluffy snot monster. really helps set Sokka up as the comedian and we get to see the beginning of his sharp sarcasm that continues throughout the story, while Katara’s hopeful eyes/expressions sets her up as the wishful one and Aang as a goofy kid who just wants to have fun…. even if he’s just spent the last 100 years animated in ice!
Back on the fire nation ship we see Zuko’s determination not to miss the opportunity to finally restore his honor on the Avatars capture… Even with Uncles encouragement to find rest, our first glimpse of Uncles wisdoms to come…
Back on Appa, we get to see Aang lie to Katara and how uncomfortable that is for him, then onto the nightmare that shows us how he ended in the ice in the first place….
One of the beautiful things I’ve noticed for the first time this time is the firelight rings that are around the lamp in the Tent Katara woke Aang up in… just before we see Aang’s tattoos completely…
Seeing the entire villages reaction to Aang and Aang asking if Appa had sneezed on him again continues to show us the light heartedness of Aang’s personality and when gran gran announces that they thought they were extinct, we see Aangs confusion being distracted with Katara introducing Gran Gran…
Have always loved the way Aang airbended his staff back from Sokka and then shows off ending with crashing into Sokka’s watchtower!
Back on the boat, we get our another taste of Uncles deep wisdom and clear instruction of what creates firebending … seeing Zuko’s impatience and Zuko demands Uncle to teach him the advanced set of firebending and the result of Uncles priority to finish his roast duck!
Back at the Southern Water Tribe, we see Sokka stepping up to his leadership role, though then discover that it’s only little boys that he gets to express his strength as a warrior code to… Nothing like a potty break to kill that moment We also hear Sokka’s theme music created by the track team begin to develop with Sokka’s character….
Sokka demanding that Aang be kept away from the warrior lessons and Aangs complete lack of knowledge of the war creates more confusion for Sokka… Till Aang spies a Penguin…
Love watching the penguins in the back ground as Aang and Katara talk about waterbending….
Happiest, coolest and fun scene PENGUIN SLEDDING!!!! Though Aang cheats with a little airbending in the ice tunnel…;D
Finding the Firenation ship and Aang giving Katara her first lesson on bending… “If you want to be a bender, you have to let go of fear….”
Epic scenes within the firenation ship details, with the weapons and the different rooms they roam through… The realisation and shock that he’s missed 100 years becoming positive with saying he did get to met Katara gives us the hints that he’s already more than liking Katara
Setting off the booby trap and the look as they watch the flare fly up into the sky with the simple “Oh oh” from Aang as he presses up against the glass watching, always reminds me of the attention to detail the artists continue to place in the scenes…
We get to also hear the really wicked music from the Track Team adding to the sense to get out of the ship and also express Aangs agility… Concluding with Zuko’s discovery of the Avatar and his hiding place… closing on his determined expression to restore his honor….
side comment: @airspeed I’m thinking that the tripwire was set after the ship was attacked by the Southern WaterTribe and before the Fire Nation abandoned it or it may have been set by the Southern Water Tribe men to warn them if anyone had returned to the boat after it was abandoned?