Sozin's Comet EP
August 21, 2013 8:41 AM   Subscribe

Adam [previously, previously] WarRock, he of The Browncoats Mixtape, the Slytherin Mixtape, Waka Flocka Swanson, and a lot more, finally watched Avatar: The Last Airbender. The result is the free-to-download Sozin's Comet EP.

From his above-linked blog post on his experience of watching:
I can’t stop talking about it. I can’t stop thinking about it. I’ve become one of THOSE people. And y’know what? I don’t care. I’m happy to be one of those people. This is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my geekery, and I pity the people who are too hung up on cartoons, “kids’ stuff,” or just whatever to never give something like this a chance.
There's also an interview with Racebending.com, in which he said (among other things) "I honestly think it's one of the best things I've ever seen."
posted by Sokka shot first (16 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
 
Well, that's...a thing.
posted by wenestvedt at 9:34 AM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Can't wait for a chance to listen to this, love Adam Warrock and the more enthusiasm he has for the subject matter the better his music gets so this should be great - that glee you get fresh after watching A:TLA for the first time is a hell of a thing.
posted by jason_steakums at 9:44 AM on August 21, 2013


I binge watched all of Avatar:TLA in a couple of months a few years ago, and I remember thinking that it would've had a real shot at being this generation's Star Wars if it hadn't been for the awful Shyamalan movie. Now whenever I bring the show up to people who haven't watched it, I always have to explain that it has nothing to do with both that film and the James Cameron movie with the very similar name. I'll give this a listen, thanks!
posted by Strange Interlude at 10:00 AM on August 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


This is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my geekery, and I pity the people who are too hung up on cartoons, “kids’ stuff,” or just whatever to never give something like this a chance.

Yup. By halfway through the first season it's the best Saturday morning cartoon ever made but it gets better from there. It's a true golden age of television show, comparable to the best television there is.

There's a lot of psychological complexity wrapped in what appears to be a fluffy kid's show. It's capable of being quite dark, with abandonment and child abuse as major themes and surprising amount of violence against civilians. That's the background against which the joy of the show and its irrepressible optimism about human beings is set.

Each episode is self-contained, yet it's also perhaps the most tightly serialized show I've ever seen. It knows where it's going from day one and keeps getting richer as it builds on its own continuity.

Outstanding fight choreography by any standard. Notably, each style of bending is based on a different variety of kung fu, instantly recognizable. Earth benders use hung gar, fire benders use northern shaolin, etc.

It's on netflix, even Canadian netflix. It's worth your time.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 10:39 AM on August 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


There's a lot of psychological complexity wrapped in what appears to be a fluffy kid's show. It's capable of being quite dark, with abandonment and child abuse as major themes and surprising amount of violence against civilians. That's the background against which the joy of the show and its irrepressible optimism about human beings is set.

There is no darkness in Ba Sing Se. The Earth King has invited you to Lake Laogai.
posted by jason_steakums at 10:43 AM on August 21, 2013 [6 favorites]


The Order of thw White Lotus is here to serve yo ass.
posted by RedShrek at 10:44 AM on August 21, 2013


It's on netflix, even Canadian netflix

Not anymore, not in the United States. :-(
posted by Sokka shot first at 11:41 AM on August 21, 2013


Not anymore, not in the United States. :-(

I was bummed to discover this as well. However if you have amazon prime you can still stream all three seasons for free.
posted by EmptyK at 1:10 PM on August 21, 2013


My kid and I loved this series and have watched it all the way through twice after buying the DVDs. Then we got Netflix on his Wii, and he started watching Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (because of his ongoing obsession with the Grim Reaper, and no I don't know why) and Mandy is voiced by Grey DeLisle, who does Azula's voice, which still freaks me out a little. Because Azula is terrifying.

However, my son now has two favorite shows with extremely strong, if sometimes scary, female leads, and that is A Good Thing.

(also Korra book 2 starts on Sept. 13 and I may be a little overexcited about it. Spirit World Adventures! Sinister waterbending twins! Bloodbending! (probably!) Polar-bear dog!).
posted by emjaybee at 1:40 PM on August 21, 2013


Because Azula is terrifying.

Terrifying and inspirational at the same time.

Even when ordering pizza.
posted by weston at 2:02 PM on August 21, 2013 [4 favorites]


(also Korra book 2 starts on Sept. 13 and I may be a little overexcited about it. Spirit World Adventures! Sinister waterbending twins! Bloodbending! (probably!) Polar-bear dog!).

I'm conflicted about Korra. I like lots of things about it, but ultimately, I feel like the Equalists have a point. The government appears totally controlled by benders. All the cops are metal benders. Benders are idolised sports stars - sports that non-benders can't even play. They walk around using bending on non-benders like it's nothing (even Korra).

I mean, no wonder the equalists are a thing. They are genuinely being oppressed.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 8:18 PM on August 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


red thoughts: You may find some of the discussion in this Metafilter thread interesting; in any case, you're definitely not the only person who feels that way.
posted by Sokka shot first at 10:34 PM on August 21, 2013


Thanks Sokka - that was interesting. I'm hoping that the second book follows Korra as she comes to realise that the bending aristocracy are a bunch of tools, and decides to shake up the system.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 10:59 PM on August 21, 2013


One scene that always makes me laugh:

"My first girlfriend turned into the moon."
"That's rough, buddy."
posted by A dead Quaker at 3:31 AM on August 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


When Azula, bound and unable to focus her fire-bending, realizes she's beaten and starts to scream and writhe on the floor... one of the best moments on TV ever. Brings tears to my eyes every time. She is rend, and I feel pity.
posted by tayknight at 3:10 PM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Avatar is an amazing show. We've watched the entire series at least three times, plus multiple viewings of particular episodes.

Legend of Korra, OTOH, is pretty boring. We can't really get through an episode without tuning out and I've noticed the kids have never quoted it or referred to it a single time.
posted by DU at 5:03 AM on August 30, 2013


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