Nickelodeon stream the previously unaired Avatar: The Last Airbender pilot

Nickelodeon stream the previously unaired Avatar: The Last Airbender pilot


As Avatar: The Last Airbender enjoys something of a resurgence in popularity, Nickelodeon streamed a previously unaired pilot episode.

Since arriving on Netflix in May, ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ has enjoyed something of a renaissance. Now available to a wider audience and with news that the streaming service are developing a live-action adaptation*, the animated series is enjoying a renewed lease of life.

‘The Last Airbender’ premiered on Nickelodeon in 2005 becoming a success with critics and fans alike. A three season run ended in 2008. The show is highly praised for it’s art direction, sense of fun and unique world building.

But a network generally won’t commission a season without some proof of concept, commonly known as a pilot episode. Pilot episodes can often throw up some significant differences to a show’s final form. For example, the pilot episode of the A-Team had an entirely different actor playing Face. Captain Kirk wasn’t in charge of the Enterprise in the first pilot (there were two) of Star Trek.

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Fans can now pour over the differences between a pilot for ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and the first episode that aired back in 2005, thanks to a Nickelodeon Twitch stream celebrating Avatar’s origins. Titled ‘Avatar: Creating the Legend’, the one hour fifteen minute broadcast is a must for die-hard fans. The pilot episode can be seen at around the 43 minute mark.

Noticeable differences to the first aired episode, ‘Chapter One: The Boy in The Iceberg’, include a much slower paced introduction, a different starting point for the story, and a name change for Katara (referred to as Kya). Other than that Aang’s humour and the animation style aren’t too dissimilar. At least, to my untrained eye.


* Whilst fans held high hopes for a live-action series of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ being developed by Netflix, news recently broke that the show’s original creators had left the project.



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