The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender

A Childhood in Review

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Nickelodeon’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender”

To set our scene, we must go back almost ten years to a house in the outskirts of rural Lenoir City. A group of three children, about 7 or 8 years old, have built a blanket fort in front of the household television for the premiere of what they thought was a Nickelodeon original movie (which they would soon realize it was a TV show with an hour long first episode). They wait in their fort, discussing what they think the “movie” will be like, excitement growing. Until eventually, a man on the TV says, “And now, Avatar: The Last Airbender…Water, Earth, Fire, Air. My grandmother used to tell me stories about the old days…”, and with these words an adventure would begin that would stretch on for years–years of children acting like they are earthbenders and airbenders, soaring through the skies on flying bison, and going into the avatar state.


I was one of those three little kids. I have been with Avatar: The Last Airbender since the very beginning, and I have never left it, but sadly this great series is coming to an end as the spin-off series, The Legend of Korra, draws to an end. On December 19, 2014, the last two episodes of The Legend of Korra will air thus ending the ten year journey of the franchise, and I am just so happy to have had the opportunity to have experienced this wonderful piece of art. It has influenced so many lives including mine in so many positive ways.

The show has taught us so much throughout the years. As children, we learned to shape our own destinies by seeing Zuko’s struggle with his own identity. We learned that no ailment could keep us down, not even being blind, through the story of Toph Bei Fong, and we learned that even the toughest heroes sometimes fall and have to build themselves back up through Korra’s recent struggle with what can only be described as PTSD after being physically injured in the previous season.

I know for sure that these two shows will be the shows my children also grow up on, and I hope everybody will watch and support the show as it goes off air. The finale will air on the website on the 19th. The TV release is yet to be announced.