I casually mentioned to three of my college friends during a video chat that Avatar: The Last Airbender–Nickelodeon’s groundbreaking 2005 show that we all adore–was coming to Netflix in the US today. A podcast was jokingly mentioned and the more I thought about it the more I though, “Why not us?” I’ve indulged in rewatch podcasts before, curious to see how other people interpreted the same stories and characters and themes. Why not do that with three people I’ve grown up with for almost twelve years now? Once we realized we were all serious, it was on.
Avatar is one of my god-tier fandoms, though I was never active in the ATLA fandom so much as a lurker quietly taking in and appreciating other people’s work. The show made a huge impact on me throughout high school and college. It’s a story that’s a contender for my first tattoo. It’s a story that shows me what we’re capable of in animation, in media aimed at kids, in trusting creators. It’s a show I hold as a benchmark for what I want to achieve with my creative writing and storytelling.
Our podcast is pretty straightforward. We watch an episode per week and discuss it. We plan on branching off and doing some deeper dives into specific themes and aspects of the show as well.
We’re just a couple of nerds who like to overanalyze and critique the media we love, and we’re hoping others are interested in that too.
For the first episode, we spent some time introducing ourselves and our relationships with the show, the development of the series, and the 11-minute unaired pilot of the show, which you can watch here before you start to listen.
Pod Sing Se is currently available on all of the podcasting platforms, so find us on your favorite!
Please give it a listen and join the conversation.