“A bitter disappointment”: “Avatar” live-action series from Netflix receives mixed initial reactions

The first reactions to the Netflix live-action series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” have arrived, and they are divided into two distinct factions.

Following “One Piece,” we are presented with “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” the next Netflix live-action adaptation of an extremely popular animated series. Some media representatives have already had the opportunity to watch the first episode of the soon-to-be-launched adventure series and share their opinions on social media. While some aspects are praised, many are also criticized.

Under the title “Avatar – The Last Airbender,” an animated series debuted in 2005, blending adventure and fantasy and attracting a considerable adult audience despite being classified as a youth series. Both critics and audiences agree: the animated series is a true masterpiece, as evidenced by its ratings of 100% and 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.

After the main series concluded in 2008 with the finale of the third season, the spin-off “The Legend of Korra” followed. Additionally, the universe was expanded through numerous comics, five video games, and the live-action film “The Last Airbender” (which, however, turned out to be a massive flop). Now, Netflix is releasing the live-action adaptation as well.

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The first reactions to Netflix’s “Avatar” series

Given such success, it was inevitable that a successful studio like Netflix would eventually take on an adaptation of “Avatar.” But how is the newly revamped adventure centered around the protagonist Aang (Gordon Cormier) being received by the trade press? The answer is provided by the first reactions in the following lines:



If you want to see for yourself what “Avatar” is all about, you can stream the live-action series on Netflix starting February 22, 2024. If you don’t already have a subscription to the streaming service, we recommend the combo package from Sky Q, which also gives you access to fantastic HBO series like “House of the Dragon” and “True Detective.”

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