Avatar: The Last Airbender (season 3)
|Book 3: Fire|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of episodes||21|
|Original run||21 September 2007 – 19 July 2008|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||16 September 2008 (NTSC)|
1 February 2010 (PAL)
Season Three (Book 3: Fire) of Avatar: The Last Airbender, an American animated television series on Nickelodeon, first showed its 21 episodes on television from 21 September, 2007 to 19 July, 2008. The season was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, and it starred Zach Tyler Eisen, Mae Whitman, Jack DeSena, Jessie Flower, Dante Basco, and Grey DeLisle as character voices.
This third and final season focuses on Aang's quest to defeat the tyrannical Fire Lord Ozai. In the season's beginning, protagonist Aang and his friends Sokka, Katara, and Toph are traveling through the Fire Nation, conjuring a plan for invading the Fire Nation and looking for a teacher to teach Aang Firebending. Midway through the season, Aang gathers friends he met in previous episodes and leads a failed invasion into the Fire Nation. Former antagonist and anti-hero Zuko changes sides and joins Aang, serving as his Firebending teacher until the season finale, when Aang finally defeats the Fire Lord and ends the war.
The final season features 21 episodes, one more than the previous two seasons. The season finale consisted of the four episodes showed together as a two-hour television movie. Season Three received a similar positive critic to that of the previous seasons. The season, and especially the finale, received much critical acclaim, with praises from sources such as DVD Talk and IGN.
Production[change | change source]
The season was produced by and aired on Nickelodeon, which is owned by Viacom. The show'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, which consisted of Aaron Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch Ehasz, Tim Hedrick, John O'Bryan; along with creators DiMartino and Konietzko.
Cast[change | change source]
|Zach Tyler Eisen||Aang|
|Olivia Hack||Ty Lee|
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 Awakening||Giancarlo Volpe||Aaron Ehasz||21 September 2007||301|
|2||The Headband||Joaquim Dos Santos||John O' Bryan||28 September 2007||302|
|3||The Painted Lady||Ethan Spaulding||Joshua Hamilton||5 Οctober 2007||303|
|4||Sokka's Master||Giancarlo Volpe||Tim Hedrick||12 Οctober 2007||304|
|5||The Beach||Joaquim Dos Santos||Katie Mattila||19 October 2007||305|
|6||The Avatar and the Firelord||Ethan Spaulding||Elizabeth Welch Ehasz||26 Οctober 2007||306|
|7||The Runaway||Giancarlo Volpe||Joshua Hamilton||2 November 2007||307|
|8||The Puppetmaster||Joaquim Dos Santos||Tim Hedrick||9 November 2007||308|
|9||Nightmares and Daydreams||Ethan Spaulding||John O' Bryan||16 Νovember 2007||309|
|10||The Day of Black Sun Part 1 The Invasion||Giancarlo Volpe||Michael Dante DiMartino||30 November 2007||310|
|11||The Day of Black Sun Part 2 The Eclipse||Joaquim Dos Santos||Aaron Ehasz||30 November 2007||311|
|12||The Western Air Temple||Ethan Spaulding||Elizabeth Welch Ehasz & Tim Hedrick||14 July 2008||312|
|13||The Firebending Masters||Giancarlo Volpe||John O' Bryan||15 July 2008||313|
|14||The Boiling Rock Part 1||Joaquim Dos Santos||May Chan||16 July 2008||314|
|15||The Boiling Rock Part 2||Ethan Spaulding||Joshua Hamilton||16 July 2008||315|
|16||The Southern Raiders||Joaquim Dos Santos||Elizabeth Welch Ehasz||17 July 2008||316|
|17||The Ember Island Players||Giancarlo Volpe||Tim Hedrick, Josh Hamilton & John O'Bryan||18 July 2008||317|
|18||Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King||Ethan Spaulding||Michael Dante DiMartino||19 July 2008||318|
|19||Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters||Giancarlo Volpe||Aaron Ehasz||19 July 2008||319|
|20||Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno||Joaquim Dos Santos||Michael Dante DiMartino||19 July 2008||320|
|21||Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang||Joaquim Dos Santos||Michael Dante DiMartino||19 July 2008||321|
DVD releases[change | change source]
Between 30 October 2007 and 16 September 2008, Nickelodeon sold four DVD volumes and a complete box-set. Each of the four volume DVDs had one disc and five episodes, with the exception of volume four, which had six episodes, and the boxed set had all twenty-one episodes on five discs. The boxed set of DVDs was sold on 1 February 2010 in the UK.
|Volume||Discs||Episodes||Region 1 release (USA)||Region 2 release (Europe)||Region 4 release (Australia)|
|1||1||5||30 October 2007||Not released||1 June 2010|
|2||1||5||22 January 2008||Not released||TBA|
|3||1||5||6 May 2008||Not released||TBA|
|4||1||6||29 July 2008||Not released||TBA|
|Box set||5||21||16 September 2008||1 February 2010||TBA|
Critic[change | change source]
Like the previous 2 seasons, the critic was positive overall. Jamie S. Rich from DVD Talk said, "In addition to the solid writing, Avatar the Last Airbender also has amazing animation. The character designs, with its roots in classic Asian folklore, are colorful and inventive, and the overall animation is smooth and consistently executed". Jamie S. Rich wrote in another review:
This final season in the trilogy is turning out to be the best... At this point in the story, major things are happening, with the characters going through changes and the various plot elements coming together. Thankfully, the show creators never rest, and the quality control is top-notch. The writing is smart, and the animation always impressive.
Henrik Batallones, a BuddyTV Staff Columnist, also noted the wide variety of positive reviews from the press for the season finale, noting that sources such as the New York Times and Toon Zone gave Avatar "glowing reviews".
The season also received praise for its video and sound quality. Nick Lyons from DVD Talk felt that the video quality appeared better than previous seasons, which had also garnered additional awards. He also remarks that the sound is "spot on...as per usual." At the 2008 Annie Awards, the season won "Best Animated Television Production for Children". At the same Annie Awards, Joaquim Dos Santos won the "Best Directing in an Animated Television Production" caption for his directing in "Into the Inferno". Joaquim Dos Santos also gave Avatar a nomination at Annecy 2008 for his work with "The Day of Black Sun Part 2: The Eclipse". Additionally, music editor and composer Jeremy Zuckerman and the sound editing team were nominated a Golden Reel award for "Best Sound Editing in a Television Animation" for their work in "Avatar Aang".
Film adaptation[change | change source]
The final part of the planned The Last Airbender trilogy is expected to be based on Book Three with the main cast of the first and second films and M. Night Shyamalan to return as director, writer and producer.
References[change | change source]
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- Mell, Tory Ireland (July 22, 2008). "Sozin's Comet Review". IGN. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
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- 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 May 29, 2008.
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- Fox, Margalit (July 25, 2006). "Mako, 72, Actor Who Extended Asian-American Roles, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved November 6, 2008.
- The Awakening on IMDb
- The Headband on IMDb
- The Painted Lady on IMDb
- Sokka's Master on IMDb
- The Beach on IMDb
- The Avatar and the Firelord on IMDb
- The Runaway on IMDb
- The Puppetmaster on IMDb
- Nightmares and Daydreams on IMDb
- The Day of Black Sun Part I The Invasion on IMDb
- The Day of Black Sun Part 2 - The Eclipse on IMDb
- The Western Air Temple on IMDb
- The Firebending Masters on IMDb
- The Boiling Rock Part 1 on IMDb
- The Boiling Rock Part 2 on IMDb
- The Southern Raiders on IMDb
- The Ember Island Players on IMDb
- Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King on IMDb
- Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters on IMDb
- Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno on IMDb
- Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang on IMDb
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- "Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 3". Play.com. Retrieved January 30, 2010.
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- "'Avatar' Officially Over, but Perhaps Not Quite So". BuddyTV. July 22, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2008.
- "Avatar The Last Airbender Book 3 Fire, Vol. 1 : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved November 22, 2008.
- "2008 Annie Awards: For Your Consideration". Annie Awards. Retrieved December 2, 2008.
- "Annecy 2008 - Official Selection". Annecy 2008. 2008. Archived from the original on November 13, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2008.
- "56th Golden Reel Awards Television Nominees - Best Sound Editing in a TV Animation" (PDF). Motion Picture Sound Editors. 2009. Retrieved January 31, 2009.