Avatar: The Last Airbender (season 2)

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Book 2: Earth
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 20
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run 17 March 2006 – 1 December 2006
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 11 September 2007 (NTSC)
20 July 2009 (PAL)
Season chronology

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Season Two (Book 2: Earth) of Avatar: The Last Airbender, an American animated television series on Nickelodeon, first showed its 20 episodes from 17 March 2006 to 1 December 2006. The season was created and produced by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko and starred Zach Tyler Eisen, Mae Whitman, Jack DeSena, Jessie Flower, Mako, Grey DeLisle, and Dante Basco as the main character voices.[1]

In the season's beginning, the protagonist Aang and his friends Katara and Sokka started a search to find an Earthbending teacher, which finishes when they recruit Toph. Sokka finds important information concerning the war with the Fire Nation. Aang quickly becomes single-minded in looking for his kidnapped flying bison Appa. His search leads him to Ba Sing Se, the capital of the Earth Kingdom, where he uncovers the great internal government corruption of Ba Sing Se. At the season's end, Ba Sing Se falls to the Fire Nation and Aang escapes with his friends on a recovered Appa.

During the season's airing, the show received much critical acclaim, with praises such as, "As a flat concept, Avatar the Last Airbender is nothing special, but in execution, it is head and shoulders above other children's entertainment", and that "as a whole, the look of Avatar is consistently excellent."[2] Season 2 has won multiple awards, including the "Best Character Animation in a Television Production" award from the 34th Annie Awards[3] and the "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation" award from the 2007 Emmy Awards.[4]

Between 23 January 2007 and 11 September 2007, Nickelodeon released five DVD sets for the season: four sets had five episodes each, and a fifth DVD collection of all twenty episodes.[5] All DVDs were encoded in Region 1. In the UK, only the season boxset was released without being released in four volumes first. The boxset was released on July 20, 2009.

Production[change | change source]

The season was produced by and shown on Nickelodeon, which is owned by Viacom. The season's creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, worked with Aaron Ehasz.[6] Most of the individual episodes were directed by Ethan Spaulding, Lauren MacMullan and Giancarlo Volpe.[1] Episodes were written by a team of writers, in which worked Aaron Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch Ehasz, Tim Hedrick, John O'Bryan; with creators DiMartino and Konietzko.[1]

The season's music was written by "The Track Team", which consists of Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn, who were known to the show's creators because Zuckerman was Konietzko's roommate.[7]

Cast[change | change source]

From the first season[change | change source]

Actor Role
Zach Tyler Eisen Aang
Mae Whitman Katara
Jack DeSena[1] Sokka
Dante Basco[8] Zuko

New characters[change | change source]

Actor Role
Jessie Flower Toph
Cricket Leigh Mai
Olivia Hack[1] Ty Lee
Grey DeLisle Azula
Clancy Brown Long Feng[1]

Mako's death[change | change source]

Mako Iwamatsu, the actor who voiced Iroh at first season, died during the production and was replaced by Greg Baldwin.[9]

Episodes[change | change source]

Episode's number[10] Τitle Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. Code
1 The Avatar State[11] Giancarlo Volpe Aaron Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch Ehasz, Tim Hedrick & John O'Bryan 17 March 2006 201
2 The Cave of Two Lovers[12] Lauren MacMullan Joshua Hamilton 24 March 2006 202
3 Return to Omashu[13] Ethan Spaulding Elizabeth Welch Ehasz 7 April 2006 203
4 The Swamp[14] Giancarlo Volpe Tim Hedrik 14 April 2006 204
5 Avatar Day[15] Lauren MacMullan John O' Bryan 28 April 2006 205
6 Blind bandit[16] Ethan Spaulding Michael Dante DiMartino 5 May 2006 206
7 Zuko Alone[17] Lauren MacMullan Elizabeth Welch Ehasz 12 May 2006 207
8 The Chase[18] Giancarlo Volpe Joshua Hamilton 26 Μay 2006 208
9 Bitter Work[19] Ethan Spaulding Aaron Ehasz 2 June 2006 209
10 The Library[20] Giancarlo Volpe John O' Bryan 14 July 2006 210
11 The Desert[21] Lauren MacMullan Tim Hedrick 14 July 2006 211
12 The Serpent's Pass[22] Ethan Spaulding Michael Dante DiMartino & Joshua Hamilton 15 September 2006 212
13 The Drill[23] Giancarlo Volpe Michael Dante DiMartino + Bryan Konietzko 15 September 2006 213
14 City of Walls and Secrets[24] Lauren MacMullan Tim Hedrick 22 September 2006 214
15 Tales of Ba Sing Se[25] Ethan Spaulding Joann Estoesta, Lisa Wahlander, Andrew Huebner, Gary Scheppke, Lauren MacMullan, Katie Mattila, Justin Ridge & Giancarlo Volpe 29 September 2006 215
16 Appa's Lost Days[26] Giancarlo Volpe Elizabeth Welch Ehasz 12 October 2006 216
17 Lake Laogai[27] Lauren MacMullan Tim Hedrick 3 November 2006 217
18 The Earth King[28] Ethan Spaulding Jonh O' Bryan 16 November 2006 218
19 The Guru[29] Giancarlo Volpe 1 December 2006 219
20 The Crossroads of Destiny[30] Michael Dante DiMartino Aaron Ehasz 1 December 2006 220

Critic[change | change source]

In a review of the Volume 2 DVD Release for Book 2, Gabriel Powers from DVDActive.com described the series as one of the best children's series in recent times, making comparisons with Samurai Jack and Justice League, and complimented it for its depth and humour.[31] Powers also comments:

Without dumbing down its characters, plots, or humour, and without overtly taming-up the action or peril, Avatar manages to enthral children and adults, ages 4 to 56...There is a genuine classic feel to the series, which uses actual Asian culture and lore as its base. Like Star Wars, the creative forces behind the show have tapped into that basic, generation spanning storytelling that will live long after the series' youngest fans are old and bitter.[31]

For the video and audio quality, Powers says "Season two generally looks better than the bulk of season one, but still has some issues" concerning image sharpness.[32] Jamie S. Rich from DVD Talk says that "As a flat concept, Avatar the Last Airbender is nothing special, but in execution, it is head and shoulders above other children's entertainment", and that "as a whole, the look of Avatar is consistently excellent".[2]

The show also received acclaim for its visual appeal. In the 34th Annie Awards, the show was nominated for and won the "Best Character Animation in a Television Production" award, for Jae-Myung Yu's animation in "The Blind Bandit", and the "Best Directing in an Animated Television Production" award, for the episode "The Drill".[3] In 2007, the show was nominated for "Outstanding Animated Program" in the 2007 Emmy Awards for the "City of Walls and Secrets" episode,[33] though it did not win.[4] However, the show did win the "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation" award for Sang-Jin Kim's animation in the "Lake Laogai" episode.[4]

DVD releases[change | change source]

Between 23 January 2007 and 11 September 2007, Nickelodeon released five DVD sets for the season: four sets had five episodes each, and a fifth DVD collection of all 20 episodes.[5][34] All DVDs were encoded in Region 1 (USA). In the UK, only the season box set was released without being released in four volumes first. The box set was released on 20 July 2009.

Volume Discs Episodes Region 1 release (USA) Region 2 release (Europe) Region 4 release (Australia)
1 1 5 23 January 2007 Not released 4 June 2009[35]
2 1 5 10 April 2007 Not released 6 August 2009[36]
3 1 5 22 May 2007 Not released 29 October 2009[37]
4 1 5 14 August, 2007 Not released 31 March 2010[38]
Box set 5[39] 20[39] 11 September 2007 20 July 2009 9 September 2010[40]

Film adaptation[change | change source]

A sequel to The Last Airbender, a film adaptation of Book One, is expected to be based on Book Two with all the main cast and M. Night Shyamalan to return as director, writer and producer. Production will possibly start in 2011 and the film will be released in 2012 at the earliest. It will be the second part of a planned trilogy.

References[change | change source]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Avatar: The Last Airbender Cast and Details". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/avatar-airbender/cast/194673. Retrieved November 26, 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rich, Jamie S. (September 12, 2007). "Avatar The Last Airbender — The Complete Book 2 Collection". DVD Talk. http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/30417/avatar-the-last-airbender-the-complete-book-2-collection/. Retrieved June 6, 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Annie Awards: Legacy - 34th Annual Annie Awards". International Animated Film Society. February 9, 2006. http://annieawards.org/34thwinners.html. Retrieved April 26, 2008.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Mesger, Robin (September 8, 2007). "59th Creative Emmy Awards Winners" (PDF). Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. pp. 11–12. http://www.emmys.tv/downloads/2007/CTA59themmywinners.pdf. Retrieved June 5, 2008.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Season 2 DVD Information". TVShowsOnDVD.com. February 24, 2005. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/shows/Avatar-Airbender/8931. Retrieved September 6, 2008.
  6. DiMartino, Michael Dante & Bryan Konietzko. Interview with Aaron H. Bynum. Interview with "Avatar" Program Creators — Page 3 (Transcript). Animation Insider. August 29, 2005. Assessed on 29 May 2008.
  7. DiMartino, Michael Dante & Bryan Konietzko. Interview with Aaron H. Bynum. Interview with "Avatar" Program Creators — Page 4 (Transcript). Animation Insider. August 29, 2005. Assessed on 29 May 2008.
  8. "Dante Basco". 2005. http://voicechasers.com/database/showactor.php?actorid=2933. Retrieved March 31, 2008.
  9. Fox, Margalit (July 25, 2006). "Mako, 72, Actor Who Extended Asian-American Roles, Dies". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/25/arts/25mako.html. Retrieved November 6, 2008.
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  11. The Avatar State at the Internet Movie Database
  12. The Cave of Two Lovers at the Internet Movie Database
  13. Return to Omashu at the Internet Movie Database
  14. The Swamp at the Internet Movie Database
  15. Avatar Day at the Internet Movie Database
  16. Blind bandit at the Internet Movie Database
  17. Zuko Alone at the Internet Movie Database
  18. The Chase at the Internet Movie Database
  19. Bitter Work at the Internet Movie Database
  20. The Library at the Internet Movie Database
  21. The Desert at the Internet Movie Database
  22. TV.com - The Serpent's Pass
  23. The Drill at the Internet Movie Database
  24. City of Walls and Secrets at the Internet Movie Database
  25. Tales of Ba Sing Se at the Internet Movie Database
  26. Appa's Lost Days at the Internet Movie Database
  27. Lake Laogai at the Internet Movie Database
  28. The Earth King at the Internet Movie Database
  29. The Guru at the Internet Movie Database
  30. The Crossroads of Destiny at the Internet Movie Database
  31. 31.0 31.1 Powers, Gabriel. "Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book 2, Vl.1". DVDActive. http://www.dvdactive.com/reviews/dvd/avatar-the-last-airbender-book-2-vl-1.html. Retrieved June 5, 2008.
  32. Powers, Gabriel. "Avatar: The Last Airbender, Season Two Collection". DVDActive. http://www.dvdactive.com/reviews/dvd/avatar-the-last-airbender-season-two-collection.html. Retrieved June 5, 2008.
  33. "59th Creative Emmy Awards Nominations" (PDF). Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2007. pp. 1. http://www.emmys.tv/downloads/2007/59ptemmys_noms.pdf. Retrieved June 5, 2008.
  34. "Avatar: The Last Airbender Search". Amazon.com, Inc.. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Avatar%3A+The+Last+Airbender+%22Book+2%22+-CHK+-6PC&x=0&y=0. Retrieved June 5, 2008.
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