Listen to ‘The Avatar Returns’ Episode 12

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The Avatar Returns episode 12 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Yeah, let’s break some rules! We radically shift the format of the show this week [Editor’s note: no, we actually don’t at all] as we reach the penultimate episode of our Book Two podcasts with chapters 216-218, “Appa’s Lost Days,” “Lake Laogai,” and “The Earth King.” Paul defends Dai Li dickbaggery, AJ identifies with Azula in a really uncomfortable way, and Eric finally likes a Jet storyline. And in a new regular feature [Ed. note: again, not really], the boys pitch spinoff show ideas; AJ imagines the Avatar/Bone crossover, Suki and the Veni-Yan, while Paul reveals his plans for The Young Sweepy Chronicles.

Next: we close the book on the Earth Kingdom with chapters 219, “The Guru,” and 220, “The Crossroads of Destiny.”

(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 12.)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 263, “Wezzo of Tomorrow (feat. Wesley Mead)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 263 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

As 2016 begins, it is more apparent than ever that Americans are badly in need of enlightenment. Paul and AJ have chosen the form of the Enlightener, and he is none other than everyone’s favorite wacky British neighbor, Wesley “Wezzo” Mead. Wezzo enlightens the boys’ American ears with talk of how his own country has fallen apart following last summer’s Labour election, the documentary series I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, how he simply could not endure The Revenant, and Don Hertzfeldt’s short film World of Tomorrow. Plus, AJ’s dying!

Next: Hitchcock Month begins with The Daily Dot writer Aja Romano joining the boys to discuss 1943’s Shadow of a Doubt and 1951’s Strangers on a Train.

(Show notes for “Wezzo of Tomorrow.”)

Listen to ‘The Avatar Returns’ Episode 10

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The Avatar Returns episode 10 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

The Avatar Returns returns! We’re back, having survived our various chemically altered holiday adventures. And due to some odd digital episode numbering, we end up with a bonus chapter this week which we hadn’t anticipated watching yet. But perhaps it all works out for the best, since it turns out chapters 210, “The Library,” and 213, “The Drill” bookend this discussion with more action-oriented, event-based stories, whereas the two middle chapters, 211, “The Desert,” and 212, “The Serpent’s Pass” are transitional, getting-from-place-to-place stories. We talk about giant owl-faced dick spirits, Aang almost going all Anakin Skywalker on some dudes, AJ asks Paul to dance (it gets awkward), and we forgo the usual Buffy the Vampire Slayer comparisons in favor of our first Doctor Who, Tarantino, Princess Bride, and Lost references.

Also there’s a pop quiz!

Next: a short week to make up for this week’s surprise fourth chapter, we’ll be discussion 214, “City of Walls and Secrets,” and 215, “The Tales of Ba Sing Se.”

(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 10.)

Listen to ‘The Avatar Returns’ Episode 9

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The Avatar Returns episode 9 is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

A rare celestial event on The Avatar Returns this week as all three hosts agree on all three chapters. In what could conceivably be dubbed the Zuko Cycle, chapters 207-209, “Zuko Alone,” “The Chase,” and “Bitter Work” focus almost exclusively on everyone’s favorite banished emo prince as he pulls a Caine from Kung Fu and walks the Earth…Kingdom. The boys talk about the obvious homages to classic westerns like Shane and High Noon, the care and transport of Jesus lizards, and the dramatic heft of characters with deeply emotionally rooted conflicts like Zuko and Azula. Fears that perhaps Book Two might flounder under the sophomore slump turn out to be unwarranted!

Next: we take a month off to wage war on Christmas like Fire Lord Ozai. Once the holidays are over, we pick up right where we left off, continuing Book Two with chapters 210-212, “The Library,” “The Desert,” and “The Serpent’s Pass.”

(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 9.)

Listen to ‘The Avatar Returns’ Episode 8

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The Avatar Returns episode 8 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Man, rednecks ruin everything! This week, Avatar: The Last Airbender goes all Deliverance on us, and at least two of our hosts ain’t down for that. Chapter 204 takes us to “The Swamp,” and introduces us to the Duck Dynasty of the Avatar world. Then we drain the muck our of our boots and celebrate “Avatar Day” with Sokka Holmes and some really friendly townsfolk in chapter 205. And finally, the episode Paul has been waiting for since the beginning is here at last as chapter 206 brings the Boulder-breaking debut of “The Blind Bandit.” There’s some talk about whether the show and/or the characters are treading a bit of water at the moment (complete with all the terrible puns you’d expect from that). And we close it all out talking about which bending style we each imagine ourselves practicing.

Also, we continue to let AJ believe he coined the phrase “the Aang Gang.” (Shhh…nobody tell him.)

Next: chapters 207-209, “Zuko Alone,” “The Chase,” and “Bitter Work” bring us to the mid-point of the series.

(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 8.)

Listen to ‘The Avatar Returns’ Episode 6

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The Avatar Returns episode 6 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

The boys are back, closing out the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender discussing chapters 18-20, “The Waterbending Master,” “The Siege of the North, Part 1,” and “The Siege of the North, Part 2.” Our intrepid heroes have finally reached the Northern Water Tribe, but their troubles have only begun. Cheer as Katara kicks some misogynist butt! Shudder at the horror that is Koh, the Face Stealer! Gasp at the fishy power of Koizilla! And run in terror from…Paul singing?

(You have been warned.)

Next: We kick off Book Two – Earth with chapters 1-3, “The Avatar State,” “The Cave of the Two Lovers,” and “Return to Omashu.”

(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 6.)

Listen to ‘The Avatar Returns’ Episode 5

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The Avatar Returns episode 5 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

It’s a light week this week as not much happens in chapters 15-17. The kids meet up with an old friend of the family (and Uncle Iroh reveals a bit of his freaky side?) in “Bato of the Water Tribe.” We get an inside look at the power of the Dark Side (i.e. firebending) in “The Deserter.” And at “The Northern Air Temple” we meet the multi-eyed flying bison Cthulhu god. There’s also a bit of discussion about the preservation of ancient cultures vs. the progress of technology, whether Aang gets let off the hook for his mistakes a bit too easily, and Katara being the Wolverine of the group.

But mostly we just mock AJ for being a world-class hipster that objectifies cartoon women.

Next: we come to the end of Book One as we discuss chapters 18-20, “The Waterbending Master,” “The Siege of the North, Part 1,” and “The Siege of the North, Part 2.”

(Show notes for The Avatar Returns episode 5.)