Here are some of my favorite moments of Book 2:
Bitter Work. It's like The Storm episode from the first book, in that it's another perfect mirroring of Zuko and Aang's life. Zuko can't learn to direct lightning and Aang cant learn earth bending, but with positive reinforcement they each learn a very important skill. Zuko is still tormented by his past and angry at not only the world, but the spirits for throwing so much at him. In a heart breaking ending scene, we see Zuko on his knees yelling at the thunderous sky looking for mercy. At the end of Aang's story, he's able to free his friend Sokka from a sink hole.
The music is also awesome. It's a lot better than the usual kid show sound track because it reflects the era of the show. They use ancient instruments and everyone has their own theme song.
Another great scene that is a perfect of example of visual story telling is from The Desert episode. With no dialogue we see Aang in the Avatar state, angry that they haven't found Appa and that the group is bickering. Katara just gives Aang one look and all is understood. Aang comes down crying silently and Katara holds him tightly.
Avatar is at its best when they're able to tell a story visually. Especially since they're using animation it makes sense that visual story telling is their strong suit.
I won't be doing a Book 3 review, but thanks for reading my Avatar the Last Airbender thoughts the past few weeks. I'm starting Legend of Korra and if anything interesting comes up you can be sure to read my thoughts here!
24 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.