So the Legend of Korra just aired it’s fourth episode last Saturday, and well I thought I’d watch through the original series and pull out my top 10 moments of the original. Frankly, I actually tried to finish watching all three seasons before episode 1 of Korra aired, but between a busy last few weeks and narrowing it down from 20 moments to 10, well it took longer than I hoped. So may as well get to it…
10. Samurai Showdown (book 3/chapter 9): This scene is just hilarious. Aang goes so loopy from stress that… well he actually imagines Appa and Momo talking and battling as samurai.
9. Zuko/Aang’s talk (book 1/chapter 13): Its not the first time Zuko and Aang interact by any means, but its the first actual peaceful moment they had (until Zuko firebends at Aang). Not to mention we get a glimpse of Aang’s life before the war, and this scene carries all the way over into book 3.
8. Tale of Zuko (book 2/chapter 15): I found this to be really sweet, not to mention the second time we really get to see a more human side of Zuko. That matter, the idea he could actually accept life outside of the Fire Nation. I’ll also admit, I really liked Jin.
7. Roku’s Story (book 3/chapter 6): This is the first full episode (though not the last) to make my list. Finding out the story of Roku and the events leading up to the war is amazing. Especially when Roku holds a lot of significance to the series despite being dead for 112 years.
6. Aang avenges the moon spirit (book 1/chapter 20): Watching the power Aang yields here is amazing, and the coloring that is used through the episode along with the music only makes this final part to book 1 even more epic.
5. Campfire Scene (book 3/chapter 5): This is a great moment that has Zuko admitting his frustration out loud for the first time. Not only that, but its really the first time we get to see both Ty Lee and Mai as normal teenagers themselves instead of just Azula’s friends who help her chase the Avatar.
4. The Final Fight (book 3/chapters 20-21): I’m talking all three final fights, but mostly Aang’s with the Fire Lord (Phoenix King?) and Zuko’s with Azula. The White Lotus taking back Ba Sing Se is really good as well, but it just did not hold me emotionally like the other two. Oh, if only Katara wasn’t stupid and ran out into the arena…
3. Zuko Alone (book 2/chapter 7): The third (and final) full episode to make the list. This was the chapter which made me not only like Zuko, but made him my favorite character. We get to see Zuko struggle in a way he never had before, be humiliated, humbled, and in a way find himself too. Not to mention, this is the first time he connects with anyone outside of the Fire Nation. Plus, we do get to learn a lot more about not just his past, but how his dad came to the throne and why his mother isn’t around.
2. Tale of Iroh (book 2/chapter 15): Don’t think this is up so high because of Mako’s death. Until I saw this episode, I’ll admit I didn’t even know Mako was dead. Despite that, I was already in tears when Iroh began to sing under the tree. It was one of the saddest and most touching moments for me in the entire Avatar series to watch such a great and optimistic character like Iroh break down into tears over his long lost son.
1. Avatar Roku Transformation (book 1/chapter 8): I didn’t even catch an Avatar episode until they were already partway through season 2. Even when I did, well it looked intriguing, but being in the military at the time made it hard to keep up with episodes as they aired and I had an entire season plus to catch up with. When I saw this moment for the first time though, I was hooked. I couldn’t just keep ignoring this wonderful series anymore and went out of my way to get the episodes. Even after watching the series around a dozen times now all the way through, I still absolutely love watching Aang come out as Roku. The look on Zhao’s face and the Fire Sages is priceless. Not to mention, this is the first time we see the transformation come into play that the Avatar can do.
Honorable Mentions: Katara vs. Pakku, Toph discovers Metal Bending, Sokka vs. Piandao.