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Ben’s Entertainment Blog: New Avatar the Last Airbender Coming to Netflix

For those of you that don’t know, “Avatar the Last Airbender” is a Nickelodeon cartoon series that premiered in 2003. It’s one of my all time favorite shows, and I grew to love it’s sequel “The Legend of Korra” a series that took place decades after when the story finishes in Avatar. Netflix has just confirmed that the creators of both of these shows will be helping create a new, live action version of the show.

Avatar the Last Airbender is the story about a young boy named Aang and his friends as they journey all across the world visiting the nations of water, earth, fire and air.Aang is a very unique child because he possesses the ability to become the avatar, the master of all four elements. Aang’s goal is to learn how to use all four elements so that he can defend the world as it’s protector from evil and bridge to the spirit world. This is a very simplistic explanation of the show, there’s a lot more involved, so I apologize to hardcore fans who may feel that a more in-depth description is appropriate.

M. Night Shyamalan made a live action movie based on this series. How can I say this delicately… It was the worst movie ever. It is so embarrassing to fans that there is an entire community for people who pretend that it doesn’t even exist. Click here to visit Lake Laogai.

M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender” got everything wrong about what made the series so great. Every individual nation of the show was inspired by real world cultures. The movements that were made by the characters to wield their elements were based on different forms of karate, tai chi and other exercises and dances. This attention to detail is what made the show so great. The 2010 movie completely overlooked those details and upset thousands of loyal fans.

Today it was announced that Netflix is going to be recreating the series in live action. I’m not sure how to feel about it. It’s a show that I loved to watch growing up and the potential for it to be great is definitely there. It’s hard for me to say that I’m excited though because I remember how terrible the live action movie was. All I can say is… Netflix… if you’re reading this… Keep M. Night Shyamalan away from this series. I don’t care if he is willing to pay you $100,000,000,000 just to look at the script. You tell him “No M. Night… can I call you M. Night? Or do I need to put the whole last name in there too? Anyway… You’re not allowed within a continent of the production of this show. As long as we’re making this show, you have to move to Antarctica. I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but it’s signed by a judge so… you have to move there. Here’s your plane ticket. Goodbye M. Night Shyamalan. Good Luck with the polar bears.”

That is the only response that you can have if he attempts to get involved in any way. All this to say… Netflix… Don’t mess this up. I love this show so please don’t ruin it for me.


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