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Avatar: The Last Airbender • Episodes 5-6 • Superhero Ethics Episode 286

Avatar: The Last Airbender • Episodes 5-6

In this episode of Superhero Ethics, Riki Hayashi and Paul Hoppe join host Matthew Fox and have an insightful discussion about the latest two episodes of Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

We explore questions like:

  • Is the show improving overall, despite ups and downs of individual storylines?
  • How does Iroh’s characterization and backstory differ from the original animated series?
  • Does the portrayal of Princess Azula make sense given her early introduction?
  • Is the show over-explaining events compared to the subtlety of the animation?

Other topics covered:

  • Great moments with Aang and Monk Gyatso
  • Contrasting parental relationships of Zuko vs. Aang
  • Effective action scenes balanced with emotion
  • Nitpicking fantasy physics and fight scene lethality
  • The power of Zuko’s non-verbal acting
  • How bingeing vs. weekly release impacts perceptions

With plenty of laughs, thoughtful criticism, and Avatar fandom analysis, this is a lively discussion you won’t want to miss! Tune in to hear Matthew, Riki, and Paul’s takes on the next installments of Netflix’s ambitious Avatar adaptation.

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.
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