Avatar: The Last Airbender (season 2)
|Book 2: Earth|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original run||17 March 2006 – 1 December 2006|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||11 September 2007 (NTSC)
20 July 2009 (PAL)
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.
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." Season 2 has won multiple awards, including the "Best Character Animation in a Television Production" award from the 34th Annie Awards and the "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation" award from the 2007 Emmy Awards.
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. 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. Most of the individual episodes were directed by Ethan Spaulding, Lauren MacMullan and Giancarlo Volpe. 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.
Cast[change | change source]
From the first season[change | change source]
|Zach Tyler Eisen||Aang|
New characters[change | change source]
|Olivia Hack||Ty Lee|
|Clancy Brown||Long Feng|
Mako's death[change | change source]
Episodes[change | change source]
|Episode's number||Τitle||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod. Code|
|1||The Avatar State||Giancarlo Volpe||Aaron Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch Ehasz, Tim Hedrick & John O'Bryan||17 March 2006||201|
|2||The Cave of Two Lovers||Lauren MacMullan||Joshua Hamilton||24 March 2006||202|
|3||Return to Omashu||Ethan Spaulding||Elizabeth Welch Ehasz||7 April 2006||203|
|4||The Swamp||Giancarlo Volpe||Tim Hedrik||14 April 2006||204|
|5||Avatar Day||Lauren MacMullan||John O' Bryan||28 April 2006||205|
|6||Blind bandit||Ethan Spaulding||Michael Dante DiMartino||5 May 2006||206|
|7||Zuko Alone||Lauren MacMullan||Elizabeth Welch Ehasz||12 May 2006||207|
|8||The Chase||Giancarlo Volpe||Joshua Hamilton||26 Μay 2006||208|
|9||Bitter Work||Ethan Spaulding||Aaron Ehasz||2 June 2006||209|
|10||The Library||Giancarlo Volpe||John O' Bryan||14 July 2006||210|
|11||The Desert||Lauren MacMullan||Tim Hedrick||14 July 2006||211|
|12||The Serpent's Pass||Ethan Spaulding||Michael Dante DiMartino & Joshua Hamilton||15 September 2006||212|
|13||The Drill||Giancarlo Volpe||Michael Dante DiMartino + Bryan Konietzko||15 September 2006||213|
|14||City of Walls and Secrets||Lauren MacMullan||Tim Hedrick||22 September 2006||214|
|15||Tales of Ba Sing Se||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||Giancarlo Volpe||Elizabeth Welch Ehasz||12 October 2006||216|
|17||Lake Laogai||Lauren MacMullan||Tim Hedrick||3 November 2006||217|
|18||The Earth King||Ethan Spaulding||Jonh O' Bryan||16 November 2006||218|
|19||The Guru||Giancarlo Volpe||1 December 2006||219|
|20||The Crossroads of Destiny||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. 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.
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. 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".
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". In 2007, the show was nominated for "Outstanding Animated Program" in the 2007 Emmy Awards for the "City of Walls and Secrets" episode, though it did not win. However, the show did win the "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation" award for Sang-Jin Kim's animation in the "Lake Laogai" episode.
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. 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|
|2||1||5||10 April 2007||Not released||6 August 2009|
|3||1||5||22 May 2007||Not released||29 October 2009|
|4||1||5||14 August, 2007||Not released||31 March 2010|
|Box set||5||20||11 September 2007||20 July 2009||9 September 2010|
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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- Rich, Jamie S. (September 12, 2007). "Avatar The Last Airbender — The Complete Book 2 Collection". DVD Talk. Retrieved June 6, 2008.
- "Annie Awards: Legacy - 34th Annual Annie Awards". International Animated Film Society. February 9, 2006. Retrieved April 26, 2008.
- Mesger, Robin (September 8, 2007). "59th Creative Emmy Awards Winners" (PDF). Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. pp. 11–12. Retrieved June 5, 2008.
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- 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.
- 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.
- "Dante Basco". 2005. Retrieved March 31, 2008.
- Fox, Margalit (July 25, 2006). "Mako, 72, Actor Who Extended Asian-American Roles, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved November 6, 2008.
- "Season 2". Avatar: The Last Airbender. IGN. Retrieved 21 July, 2008. Check date values in:
- The Avatar State on IMDb
- The Cave of Two Lovers on IMDb
- Return to Omashu on IMDb
- The Swamp on IMDb
- Avatar Day on IMDb
- Blind bandit on IMDb
- Zuko Alone on IMDb
- The Chase on IMDb
- Bitter Work on IMDb
- The Library on IMDb
- The Desert on IMDb
- TV.com - The Serpent's Pass
- The Drill on IMDb
- City of Walls and Secrets on IMDb
- Tales of Ba Sing Se on IMDb
- Appa's Lost Days on IMDb
- Lake Laogai on IMDb
- The Earth King on IMDb
- The Guru on IMDb
- The Crossroads of Destiny on IMDb
- Powers, Gabriel. "Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book 2, Vl.1". DVDActive. Retrieved June 5, 2008.
- Powers, Gabriel. "Avatar: The Last Airbender, Season Two Collection". DVDActive. Retrieved June 5, 2008.
- "59th Creative Emmy Awards Nominations" (PDF). Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2007. p. 1. Retrieved June 5, 2008.
- "Avatar: The Last Airbender Search". Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved June 5, 2008.
- "Avatar: The Last Airbender — Season Two DVD Information". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved October 28, 2008.