While watching this season for the first time, I watched it late into the night because I wanted to see what happened so badly! Warning that this post may contain spoilers.
In a word: Epic.
This season is even darker than the previous seasons. It has very few stand-alone episodes, with most of them being focused on the final battle between Aang and Firelord Ozai.
It seems with Avatar, the darker the season is, the more humour is added to it to lighten the mood and make it more cheerful. This is definitely evident in this season. It was the only season to make me laugh, cry, be fearful, shocked and feel pity. This season evoked deeper emotions in the viewer than any other season had. In a way, it seems like it’s aimed towards a slightly older audience.
The way in which they made Azula descend into madness in the end was amazing. Although I should have felt angry towards her and happiness at Zuko’s success, I felt nothing but pity and sadness. It was amazing the way they did this. It was so true to real life. They managed to humanise one of the most evil and cold characters if the series. I personally feel like she was even worse than Firelord Ozai.
The always love how this show slides morals so easily into the story. I mean, it usually does have a little of the corny what-did-we-learn-today at the end of each episode but, especially as the episodes progressed, this seemed to become less and less important. In addition, a joke was often made of it. As a children’s show, however, it must have clear morals in it, and so it does. One prime example of this is Aang’s unwillingness to kill anyone, even Firelord Ozai.
This season has the best re-cap episode I have ever seen, not that I’ve seen many. But usually, they’re just a whole bunch of “previously on’s” put together. They’re usually boring, repetitive and aren’t really needed. I could argue that it wasn’t really needed in Avatar: The Last Airbender either except that it is aimed towards a younger audience. This audience isn’t expected to have seen every episode beforehand and so the re-cap episode brings them up to speed. Unlike other re-cap episodes, however, this one is also very enjoyable for those who have seen all the previous episodes. In my opinion, it is single-handedly the funniest episode of all three seasons, and you must have watched the previous seasons to get all of the inside jokes in it. That’s the best thing about it, it rewards you for watching.
The music in this season changes slightly. It’s just a little bit darker to suit the mood. Generally, though, the score is the same as in the previous seasons.
I can honestly and easily say that this is the best cartoon/anime series that I have ever seen. I recommend it to everyone, and give you one warning; do not watch The Last Airbender movie or base the series off the film. They are nothing alike.
Favourite scene/episode: When Zuko is reunited with Uncle Iroh and The Ember Island Players
Least favourite scene/episode: The Boiling Rock: Part 1
Favourite character: Zuko
Least favourite character: Azula
Rating; 5/5 stars