I’ll admit it, when I heard that there was a planned sequel to the much-beloved cult series Avatar: The Last Airbender, I was worried. The original series is, as far as I’m concerned, probably the most perfect animated show that has ever been created. It was beautifully drawn, meticulously thought-out, and written to appeal to a wide range of people. It even got me to like it, and I’m generally (someone who just doesn’t get animated series. (There is literally only one flaw in the original Avatar that I can think of, and that is that Katara and Aang end up together instead of Katara and Zuko, which is a betrayal I still have yet to recover from. Why would you create two characters who are perfect for each other and then not pair them together!? Why?!)
Irrational anger aside, there are a lot of concerns with rebooting a franchise as beloved as Avatar. There needs to be an almost impossible balance between enough new that old fans won’t be bored, but not so new that it’s unrecognizable. It should refer to the old show enough to treat returning fans, but not rely on it so new fans won’t be helplessly lost.