Or, “How To Do A Clip Show The RIGHT Way”
BECOME A MEMBER! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbR1LuGgBQ9R1pV-dpREnCg/join
So, clip shows. We know ‘em, we mostly don’t pay attention to ‘em because they’re usually just a means to fill episode order obligations. Most TV shows just have these recap episodes and we really think nothing of them afterwards, because they’re truly pointless in the grand scheme of the series that they typically appear in.
However, some shows try to at least have some fun with the idea of an episode that’s just a glorified highlight reel, and I think the episode that did this best was Book 3, Chapter 17 of Avatar: The Last Airbender, that being “The Ember Island Players”. Taking place at a theater on Ember Island — an island first seen in the episode “The Beach” — Team Avatar takes a break from preparing for the final battle with Fire Lord Ozai to catch a play written about their many adventures, formed from secondhand accounts of the gang by people that they met on their journey.
What ensues is a gloriously cheesy, overdramatic, and somehow both completely falsified and totally on-the-nose recap of the adventures of Aang, Sokka, Katara, Suki, Zuko, and Toph over the course of the series, as the play covers basically everything they did up until that point in the show, serving as both an effective catch-up episode before the four-part finale kicks off, and as a nice piece of introspective self-parody that very few shows are willing to do, and even fewer actually do well.
So, let’s settle in and take in some local theater, as I talk about why I think “The Ember Island Players” is perhaps the best recap episode of any show I’ve ever seen!
MY VIDEO ABOUT THE GREAT DIVIDE:
MY VIDEO ABOUT PRINCE ZUKO:
MUSIC USED IN THIS VIDEO:
▶ “Under Her Control” (Final Fantasy VIII OST)
▶ “Gaur Plain (Night)” (Xenoblade Chronicles OST)
▶ “Meet Groose” (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword OST)
▶ “sans.” (Undertale OST)
▶ “Fear” (Final Fantasy VIII OST)
▶ “Galbadia Garden” (Final Fantasy VIII OST)
▶ “The Salt Flats” (Final Fantasy VIII OST)
▶ “Cactus Jack (Galbadian Theme)” (Final Fantasy VIII OST)
▶ “Mall Music 3” (Dead Rising OST)
OUTRO MUSIC: Last Heroes – “Dimensions”
Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO DIRECTLY SUPPORT MY CHANNEL:
(You’re in no way obligated to do so, but any contribution, big or small, helps to improve my content!)
FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
▶ Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SuperNerdDaniel
▶ Tumblr: http://supernerddaniel.tumblr.com
▶ Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/supernerddaniel
▶ Discord: http://discord.gg/aG9ZRa5
▶ T-Shirts: http://www.teepublic.com/user/supernerddaniel
▶ TikTok: http://www.tiktok.com/@supernerddaniel
▶ 2nd Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCap3RbpTgEUd8Z6GKovHLeg
CREATIVE LIBERTIES: (1:19)
SCATHING REVIEWS: (8:37)
WRITTEN BY THE VICTORS: (11:24)
#AvatarTheLastAirbender #ATLA #TheEmberIslandPlayers #SuperNerdDaniel