In Defense of Keanu Reeves’ Constantine
Culture Diet: TV — Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 3
Grade: A for As much as I love the first and second seasons of Avatar, the shortened third and final season will always be my favorite. Team Avatar is older, more world-weary, and stronger than ever. Zuko’s addition to the group is so gratifying and so many episodes of ANGST. You know it’s a great season of TV when you still remember the names of the episodes and exactly what happens in each one.
While rewatching I realized Azula’s descent into madness is a bit rushed, but it’s a very welcome development in her character. The mystery of Zuko and Azula’s mom plagued me for years, and I can feel the pangs of my own ANGST when Zuko questions Ozai, “Where is my mother?!”
Finally addressed in Gene Yang’s Avatar graphic novel series, the question was suitably answered but the wait may have done permanent damage to my fangirl sensibilities.
Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.
(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone could start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)
Important notice for the day.
Culture Diet: TV — Avatar: The Last Airbender: Season 2
Grade: A for Azula. Toph. Guru Pathik. Wan Shi Tong. Avatar’s second season builds on the richness of the world it created and adds more voices, more colors, more poignant stories than ever before.
No creator can complain about the difficulty of creating female, non-white characters when Avatar shows just how simple it can be.
The season finale also had a great impact on my shipping sensibilities as it marks the first time I truly shipped Zutara. Watching it again, I totally understand Kataang as the end game but holy shit do Katara and Zuko make an interesting couple.