Avatar: The Last Reviewbender (the show, not that god-forsaken movie)

You know that when he gets his glow on, you're pretty much fucked

You know that when he gets his glow on, you’re pretty much fucked

Avatar: The Last Airbender. If you haven’t seen this cartoon before, then you SERIOUSLY are missing out. I’m not even fucking kidding. You are missing out on one of the most amazing and in-depth American animations ever made. That’s right. This isn’t an anime, which is Japanese. THIS IS AMERICAN! This is a big deal, people.

But enough of my clear fan-boy antics, let’s get this review rolling. Be warned there may be spoilers, so read at your own risk.

Epilogue

Water

Water

Earth

Earth

Fire

Fire

Air

Air

Long ago, there was a time of peace. When the Water Tribes, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads, all lived together in harmony where the Avatar kept balance between the Nations. Each Nation was capable of bending a single element:

Water Tribes = Waterbenders
Earth Kingdom = Earthbenders
Fire Nation = Firebenders
Air Nomads = Airbenders

But everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. They wiped out the Air Nomads, bringing their race to the very brink of extinction. Only the Avatar mastered all four elements and only the Avatar could stop the ruthless Firebenbers. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. 100 years passed and the world was at war with the Fire Nation, who were nearing victory in the war. The world’s only chance is the Avatar, who hasn’t been seen for 100 years. But there are those who haven’t lost hope. Some believe that the Avatar will bring balance back to the world.

The Story

Cue the awesome intro music

Cue the awesome intro music

Avatar: The Last Airbender tells us the story of Aang, the current Avatar who was found in an iceberg by Katara, a waterbender, and her non-waterbending brother Sokka travelling around the world to help Aang master the elements of Water, Earth, and Fire, while evading the Fire Nation, and the banished son of their Fire Lord, Prince Zuko. Along the way, Aang, Katara, and Sokka meet many people and learn about the impact that the Fire Nation’s war is having on the world. Throughout this journey, they discover that the Fire Nation will win the war in one year if they are able to use the power of Sozin’s Comet, a comet that travels close to the planet and enhances Firebending to a level that will cause so much destruction that not even the Avatar will be able to restore balance. So now in a race against time, Aang must master all 4 elements within a year and stop the Fire Lord from destroying the balance of the world.

What, did you think I was going to do a season-by-season review like I did with Game of Thrones? Hell no, there is not enough time in the world to write an in-depth review into each season. If you want the full story, watch the show. Or just go to Avatar Wiki and read it all there.

The Characters

The most adorable and yet most bad-ass kid you will ever see

The most adorable and yet most bad-ass kid you will ever see

Aang is the current Avatar and is the only person in the world capable of bending all four elements. He’s also the last Airbender, since the Fire Nation committed a mass genocide on the Air Nomads to wipe out the Avatar and prevent them from interrupting their efforts in the war. Ironically enough, Aang survived by encasing himself in an iceberg for 100 years. Being an Air Nomad by nature, Aang is a very peaceful kid. He like to have fun and never resorts to violence unless it’s needed. And even then, it’s self-defense. But his struggle is that he is the Avatar and thus the only person capable of ending the war with the Fire Nation.

She'll bend your ass to the moon and back if you mess with her

She’ll bend your ass to the moon and back if you mess with her

Katara is a Waterbender and Aang’s close friend. She at first is a novice Waterbender and only  able to do the most basic of Waterbending. But with Aang’s help, she manages to travel to the North Pole and become a Waterbending master, effectively also becoming Aang’s Waterbending teacher to help him master the element. Always trying to keep the group together and being optimistic, Katara is the mother figure of the group.

The funniest character in this show

The funniest character in this show

Sokka is the older brother to Katara and is a Non-Bender. He can’t bend the elements, but he’ll fuck you over with his trusty boomerang. Over time, he learns the art of swordsmanship and forges a sword from a meteorite. He’s the comic relief of the group. Sarcastic, brash, and often skeptical of the power of Bending, Sokka is also a tactical genius. Often coming up with witty and inventive ideas, he’s the one that will usually come up with the winning strategy for the team.

She's tough as nails

She’s tough as nails

One of the most bad-ass characters on the show, Toph is not just an Earthbender. She is the world’s greatest Earthbender. Completely blind, Toph “sees” by feeling the vibrations in the ground with her feet. Along with her superior hearing, Toph essentially has 360 degree “sight”. Unyielding like the element she bends, Toph is literally as tough as nails.

One of the most perfect characters I've ever seen

One of the most perfect characters I’ve ever seen

Zuko is the banished prince of the Fire Lord and his one mission is to capture the Avatar and bring him back to the Fire Lord. A man of undying pride and honour, Zuko will never give up when it comes to getting what he wants. Over time, he grows so much as a character that he is easily one of the top favourite characters of this show, as well as one of the best characters in a cartoon, period.

The Bending

So on a scale of 1 - 10... How fucked are you?

So on a scale of 1 – 10… How fucked are you?

The bending in this show is simply amazing. The applications of elemental control is among one of the most creative that I’ve ever seen. You see, it’s not just purely water, earth, fire, and air. Each element can use a variety of sub-elements, such as:
Water: Ice, Mist/Fog, Plants, Blood (Under a full moon only)
Earth: Sand, Dust, Metal (Toph only)
Fire: Lightning
Air: Unofficially, it’s Sound. Air is the only element with no sub-element.

It’s also a known fact that each of the Bending Arts actually is modeled after real martial arts!

Water: Tai Chi
Earth: Hung Gar (Southern Praying Mantis for Toph)
Fire: Northern Shaolin
Air: Ba-Gua

This not only adds to the lore of the show, since there’s heavy Asian influence throughout it, but it also gives the characters proper form when they fight one another. When you see an Earthbender kick a large stone, you can see the power in it. When a Waterbender bends the water around them, you see the fluid motion in their arms. It’s just perfect.

The Lore of the Avatar-verse

Those are his past lives. ALL of them.

Those are his past lives. ALL of them.

There literally is so much in-depth history into the world of Avatar that it’s literally impossible to even think about where to begin. Throughout the series, we learn about the Avatars before Aang and their own turmoils that they faced. But let’s go into the most important lore of them all. The story of the Avatar.

The Avatar is said to be the spirit of the planet in human form. When an Avatar dies, he/she is reborn into the next nation, following the cycle of the seasons. The cycle goes as such:
Air: Autumn
Water: Winter
Earth: Spring
Fire: Summer
Most Avatars will spend the first 16 years of their life training in their native element, living a normal life and being unaware of their status. Upon their 16th birthday, they are told of their status and are told to travel the world to master the other 3 elements.

The Avatar is the only being on the planet capable of bending more than one element and thus is considered the most powerful Bender alive. This is also enhanced by a power called the Avatar State.

The Avatar State is a power that allows the Avatar to tap into all the power of the past Avatars, giving them immense power over the elements and essentially becoming a living god. The result of this is the glowing in the eyes, or tattoos for the Airbender Avatars. But like all power, it comes with a drawback. If the Avatar is killed whilst in the Avatar State, all their past lives will be killed with them and the cycle will be broken, meaning that the Avatar will cease to exist.

It is the role of the Avatar to keep balance between the Four Nations, as well as act as a bridge between the physical world and the Spirit World.

Conclusion

Avatar: The Last Airbender is easily my favourite American animation of all time, with my favourite anime being Dragonball Z, of course. It’s the perfect show for adults and children alike and it is one of those shows where you can learn many life lessons that can apply to you in real life. After all, I learned this from the show:

“It is important to draw wisdom from many different places. If you take it from only one place, it becomes rigid and stale. Understanding others, the other elements, and the other nations, will help you become whole.”

Fucking Iroh, always making me tear-bend with his philosophical bad-assery

Verdict: 10/10

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Tim wins Big Brother + A Message to Leesa Little

I WON, MOTHERFUCKERS!

I WON, MOTHERFUCKERS!

While I’ll admit that I’m not so particularly fussed about Tim winning, because let’s face it he won this from the beginning, I am disappointed that Jade didn’t get the position of winner.

Now, I’m going to be a man and admit that in the past, when the whole Ed and Jade thing was going on, that I did have some nasty things to say about her. As time went on, I began to see a different side of Jade and slowly began to lean towards her favour. That and basically Ed became an asshole and I frankly wouldn’t put up someone I was friends with for eviction, only then to lie about it later on.

So this is for you, Jade Pietrantonio.

Mi dispiace di essere uno stronzo

Mi dispiace di essere uno stronzo

There. I said it. History has just been made, people. I have apologized to someone for being an asshole to them.

But back on track, let’s talk about Tim. He’s been the subject of so much love and hate this season on Big Brother that I think he’s probably made Big Brother history. Me personally, I had a love/hate thing with Tim. As an artist, I totally loved how Tim was easily the most creative in the house. I loved how he could make a fun activity by using next to nothing, which is a very rare trait. I also loved his affinity with animals, being an animal lover myself. But, there is also some hate for Tim as well.

I hated how he constantly stirred up trouble when he could’ve of easily united everyone. He spoke his mind, which I’m not against, but he did so in a way that made others uncomfortable. And just as Boogs demonstrated, he couldn’t take what he dished out. That’s something I don’t like. If you’re going to be a pot stirrer, be one. But have the balls to take whatever you get back without having a sook.

Regardless, I’m not fussed that Tim won. If Jade had won, I’d be a lot more happier than I am  now. But there were things leading up to the finale that I found frustrating. Things that may reopen old battles, but you know what? Fuck it. If certain people are allowed to have their opinion, so can I.

Justynn Not Being Invited To The Finale

You tell 'em Peter

You tell ’em Peter

The amount of people who were bitching about Justynn not being invited to the finale honestly astounded me. First off, he was in the house for a week, at the most. Secondly, he wasn’t well received by the housemates and the general public while he was in the house. Thirdly, did we all forget about this:

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit B

He was FAKE! FAKE! F. A. K. E. He even ADMIT that he was put into the house without having to audition!

Thanks Leesa Little for giving me evidence to use to prove the exact opposite of what you wanted to happen

Thanks Leesa Little for giving me evidence to use to prove the exact opposite of what you wanted to happen

It should be noted that all of this sparked from the gorgeous Leesa Little, who with her incredibly biased blog, attempted to actually convince Big Brother to allow Justynn to come. Last time I checked, big executives don’t give a shit about what a biased internet blogger thinks, Leesa. Just a heads up.

Speaking of Leesa Little, that brings me to my next point:

Leesa Little. Biased Much?

Yep. I’m going there. Again.

I am now entering serious mode. There will be no humor included from this point on.

The last time I posted something about Leesa, her little army of Twitter trolls ATTEMPTED to try and make me seem like I was a bad person. This could be further from the truth. My ultimate goal with that blog post was point out that Leesa Little was biased and making a MUCH bigger issue out of something than it was meant to be. I called you a pathetic troll, the last time I blogged about you, which you took as being “vicious”.

So, allow me to make my point in a way that is more mature and understanding.

I am totally not OK with what the Lowers did to promote Ed, nor am I OK with Tahan’s boyfriend promoting her like he did. My stance against Leesa Little was that instead of making her point and moving on, she simply chose to make a much bigger issue out these matters, for no reason whatsoever.

Actually, no. There is a reason. Self-Promotion. She knows that after apparently striking gold with her Ed blogs, she decided to continue to “expose” them under the guise of “leveling the playing field”. Why? What do you gain out of “leveling the playing field”? You don’t work for Big Brother, nor do you work as a journalist. What do you possibly have to gain out of all this? For someone supposedly sick of Big Brother’s bias towards Tahan, you show a lot of bias yourself. You’ve openly attacked Ed, Xaiver, Jasmin, Tahan, and any other housemate you deem unworthy, and then you glorify Tim because you want him to win.

And let’s not forget your nasty and biased comments on Twitter.

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

Exhibit C

Exhibit D

Exhibit D

Exhibit E

Exhibit E

First and foremost, Exhibit E is to demonstrate her clear bias for Tim. As someone who wrote that “Jade’s a Gem”, it’s clear that she wanted Tim to win more. You’d think someone who wanted to “Level the Playing Field” would repost about BOTH contestants she likes, not just one.  It’s also clear that she’s not afraid to stick it to people who disagree with her, calling the Tahanians “Nasty Little Bitches”.

Funny… If most of Tahan’s fanbase are all teenage girls, and Leesa is 25 with a psychology undergrad… Why would she resort to calling young girls such foul things? You’d think a MATURE person would actually be… You know…. Mature? Just a thought, Leesa.

And before you get the oh-so brilliant idea to call me a stalker, as you’ve done to other people who’ve commented on your bias, let’s get some stuff straight first.

You are on the INTERNET! Your blog, as well as your tweets are all public, which means anyone can view them. You’ve blogged about David Reynolds and used his tweets as evidence for your stuff. Does that, by your definition, make you a stalker as well?

Also, I am not telling you that you are not entitled to your opinion.

EVERYONE is allowed to have their say.

By all means, blog away. But if you’re going to put yourself out there in the public domain like that, you have to accept that there will be others who disagree with you. Blatantly blocking anyone who doesn’t agree with your opinion is doing EXACTLY what you blogged about Big Brother doing. Blocking certain things to make you appear a certain way.

I attempted to post earlier on your blog, back when I had just started reading them, and found that my comment would not get uploaded, because you didn’t allow it. It should be noted that I was civil in it. You didn’t allow it, because you disagreed with it. That’s hypocritical.

My main beef with you, and it was always this reason, was that you made a very big issue out of nothing. Yes, the Lowers were wrong in what they did. You called them out. Good job on that. But when you continue to twist the knife, so to speak, it makes you out to be someone who’s just out for these people.

The Justynn issue is another one. You felt as though he was cheated by not being invited to the finale, yet you yourself included evidence that he was a fake housemate to begin with. Why would you be so adamant on having someone who planted into the house and was publicly outed as being fake to be invited to the Finale? The producers are not going to take 1024 people’s opinion on an internet blog poll seriously. If you had a much larger following and some influence with the media, you could’ve made a better stand. But as it stands, you don’t.

And not only that, it seems that Twitter is also sick of your biased views on people as well, Leesa. Here, let me show you Exhibit:

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B

B

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D

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E

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M

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Newsflash Leesa. It helps when you write a blog about screaming bloody murder about social media abuse from housemates if your hands aren’t actually covered in blood as well. You’ve displayed MULTIPLE times that you are able to dish out the dirt on these people, who you don’t even know outside of the house, and have your clear favourites. But what you haven’t displayed is the maturity level fitting of someone who supposedly has an undergraduate in psychology. You honestly need to pull your act together Leesa. If you’re going to blog about Tahan being a bitch over Twitter, or about Xaiver being an asshole over Twitter, you need to be sure that you’re not going to be put into a position where people like those above and many more will bite back at you and tell you exactly what they feel about you. Blocking them so that you’re stuck in your fantasy world where everyone loves and agrees with your opinion is not healthy. You studied psychology, you should know this.

Like I said earlier: If you’re going to put yourself out in the public eye like you did, you have to accept that people will disagree with you and voice their disagreement.

In Conclusion

Leesa, I have nothing personal against you. I really don’t. But as one blogger to another, you need to seriously stop being so biased in everything that you write and attempt to be a bit more open-minded. I’m sure if you did your research into the housemates you hated, you’d find some gems there as well.

To all of Leesa’s followers, I will not be commenting back to people about this matter. I’ve said what I’ve had to say and I am moving on from this issue.

Smack Your Children

I swear to God, there is no sound worse than a screaming child.

I swear to God, there is no sound worse than a screaming child.

I’ve been noticing a somewhat alarming trend, as of late, when it comes to this current generation of children. And what I’ve noticed is that they are literally the most spoiled generation of children to date. Seriously, Richie Rich doesn’t have it as good as some of these little bastards. Working in retail in the electronics department, I see a lot of parents coming up to the counter with their children and basically being ordered to purchase the latest game for them, with certain children going as far as to hitting their parents when they don’t get what they want. Note that these are not 2-3 year old children. I’m talking like 8-12. Yep. Kids who are nearly teenagers are throwing tantrums that would put Angelica Pickles on show. THAT is scary.

But what exactly is it about this generation of children that differs greatly from previous ones? Let’s delve into that shall we?

Technology

Oh shit, this bitch liked a photo of my teddy. She's down to drink milk

Oh shit, this bitch liked a photo of my teddy. She’s down to drink milk

This is the major contributing factor to why kids are growing up a lot more smart (ass) these days. They have a wide open world that’s available to them on a computer screen, and are now being taught from as young as kindergarten to operate a computer/iPod/iPad/Batmobile. Mind you, that’s just being taught at school. Kids as young as 2 are learning how to use an iPad, thanks to their parents. I’ll delve into why parents are fucking morons a little later on. But it’s thanks to the current boom in technology that children are learning new phrases and habits much more earlier than what would be a normal pace for them. I mean when I was a kid, all I had was a nice big park down the road to play sports in, a Mega Drive that only had Sonic the Hedgehog 1-3 + Knuckles, a fuckton of colouring books, and a couple of action figures. That’s it.

Today, I’ve seen fucking babies with iPods and iPads, watching some crap called Yo Gabba Gabba. And that also brings me to my next point.

Children’s TV Shows

... My fucking childhood... In one picture... Fuck, I'm going to cry now...

… My fucking childhood… In one picture… Fuck, I’m going to cry now…

Back when I was a kid, growing up in the 90’s, which was easily the best time era ever, we didn’t have this bullshit like Bratz, Ben 10, or any of that other shit. We had AWESOME cartoons like:
Hey Arnold
Rugrats
Catdog
Dexter’s Laboratory
Rocko’s Modern Life
Doug
Recess
Daria
Angry Beavers
Johnny Bravo
Arthur
DragonBall Z
Pokemon (First Series only, the new ones sucks balls)
Avatar: The Last Airbender (Ok that wasn’t made in the 90’s but fuck you, it’s still a good show)
Etc.

Back in my day as a kid, cartoons were actually targeted towards children and always had a somewhat pleasant feel to them. They didn’t exist, simply so that kids would go to buy the toys for Ben 10 and Bratz. They taught us life lessons. How you may ask? Well here are some examples:
Rugrats: Tommy Pickles taught us to be brave in the face of new and strange things that may be scary.
Arthur: The entire fucking show was nothing BUT life lessons in morality.
Hey Arnold: Arnold taught us to always have morals and respect.

Don'tcha wish your daughter was a slut like me?  Don'tcha wish your daughter was a whore like me?  Don'tcha?

Don’tcha wish your daughter was a slut like me?
Don’tcha wish your daughter was a whore like me?
Don’tcha?

Kid shows nowadays are nothing more than 30 minute ads so that your kids can run up to you later on and beg you to buy the latest alien toy that just came out on Ben 10. I mean, seriously guys. You cannot tell me that a show like Bratz has anything over Sailor Moon. Bitchy girls who think that being a total slut and dressing in slutty clothes means that they have a passion for fashion? Bitch please, Sailor Moon and her friends fought monsters from OTHER DIMENSIONS! They are not pretty little girls who like to slut it out for the boys… Mostly.

Parents, I ask you to simply sit down with your kids and watch some of the shows that they are watching. You’ll honestly be more shocked than you had originally hoped for.

Games

That motherfucker turned off Dora the Explorer. No one turns off Dora the Explorer.  No one.

That motherfucker turned off Dora the Explorer. No one turns off Dora the Explorer.
No one.

Yeeeeep. Video games. This is one of the biggest contributors for kids being total bastards nowadays. And who’s to blame? Parents. Simple as that. The amount of times I’ve had a parent come into the store to buy their 8 year old child either Black Ops 2, GTA V, or some other game like that, honestly astounds me. The games are CLEARLY rated MA15+ or R18+, AND YOU STILL BUY THEM FOR YOUR CHILDREN?! What is WRONG with you people? My parents actually BANNED me from watching The Simpsons, because it was deemed as being too rude.  THE FUCKING SIMPSONS!!! And here you are, allowing your children to play games that put them in the middle of a war-zone or to strive to be the biggest drug-dealing pimp in the city.

Spoiled Children and Stupid Parents

God knows this bitch needed a good smack when she was this age

God knows this bitch needed a good smack when she was this age

Yep. Parents. Your turn now. The parents I see that literally spoil their child rotten makes me want to give the parents a good slap in the face and remind them who the boss of their children are. I’ve actually told parents to stand up to their kids and say no to them, since the parents were complaining to their child about how expensive a toy or game is, yet the child bitches back and the parent caves in. I tell them that they’re the adults and the child listens to you, not the other way around. Most common response I get: “Oh I don’t want to make them upset”.

FUCK THE CHILD BEING UPSET! Seriously, you are NOT psychologically damaging your child by showing them that they are not the center of the universe. Spoiling them will psychologically damage them. I know that you want your child to be happy and nothing brings a bigger smile to your face than seeing your kid get something they want. But like everything in life, there is a limit to these things. You can NOT tell me that you are doing the child a service by giving them everything they want. That just leads to your child getting the expectation that whenever they want something, all they have to do is bitch and moan about it until Mummy or Daddy give it to them. Parents need to step the fuck up.

When you get that look from Mum or Dad, you just run. Run away and do NOT look back.

When you get that look from Mum or Dad, you just run. Run away and do NOT look back.

When I was a kid and I was being a bitch by crying over a toy, Dad just had to give me ONE look and I was just silent as the grave. THAT is what you need. Parents need to start disciplining their children again. And this leads to me to my next point.

Solution

This is all it takes, parents. This is all you gotta do to get a somewhat disciplined child.

This is all it takes, parents. This is all you gotta do to get a somewhat disciplined child.

It’s really easy guys. Smack. Your. Children. Simple as that. A good smack on the bum or a smack on the hand is enough for the child to see that you are not fucking around when you say no. Now, I’m not condoning the parents that literally beat their children. I am totally against parents being abusive to their kids. But parents these days have gone soft. It’s as simple as that. Children no longer fear them and know that by pushing the right buttons, they will walk all over their parents. Parents needs to look at how they were raised as children, and implement it into their own parenting skills. I know people who have been smacked by their parents and they turned out to be respectable members of society. Hell, my best friend’s father was in the military for 10 years and he borderline abused his son by smacking him with belts and shit. And yet my friend turned to be a normal person… Well… Kind of normal, but that’s beside the point.

Parents, you need to start growing a pair. If your kid is screaming and being a little shit, do NOT buy them that toy they want so you can shut them up. Do NOT buy them McDonalds if they’re constantly complaining. Generally, just don’t reward your child’s bad behavior.

Tough Love is the best kind of love you can give a child. And I’m speaking from 25 years of life experience with that one.