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Avatar: The Last Airbender Trailer Remembers Most Important Part of the Show


Netflix’s Avatar series hasn’t forgotten what made the best moments of the series work.

Sokka in Netflix's live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender.
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Amidst the rapid-fire shots of the newest trailer for Netflix’s live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender, fans have a lot to take in. The show looks to be incredibly faithful to the original Nickelodeon animated series. The outfits are bright and colorful. The bending has deliberate movements that echo the martial arts of the show. Fan-favorite side characters like Bumi, Jet, June, and more all make appearances. 

Perhaps most importantly to fans, the trailer makes it seem as though the show gets the dramatic storytelling of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The original series always managed to impress audiences of all ages with taking a show “for kids” and making it some of the best drama ever put on TV, with scenes of incredible weight and substance. This trailer understands how serious Avatar can be.

But it also hints that it understands something even more critical for any adaptation of the series.

A third of the way through the trailer we get an appropriately dramatic line from Katara, “if the world is going to have any chance, it’s gonna need Aang.” It’d be easy to juxtapose this line with a shot of Aang airbending some bad guys, or a shot of Zuko terrorizing a village. 

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