Zuko voice actor Dante Basco admits he’s never watched Avatar: The Last Airbender from beginning to end. Despite wrapping a three-season run in 2008, Avatar: The Last Airbender is as popular as ever. The beloved animated series hit Netflix in 2020 and immediately climbed the streaming service’s charts of content subscribers were watching. The affection for The Last Airbender even led the sequel series The Legend of Korra to top Netflix charts upon its debut.
This second life appeared to be exactly what Netflix wanted with a live-action Avatar series also in development. But, the show’s original creators departed the project in 2020 due to creative differences. There hasn’t been any news on the live-action reboot since, but people worldwide still binged Avatar: The Last Airbender. With 66 episodes that each run less than half an hour, new fans quickly made their way through The Last Airbender while older fans revisited the series. One of the many people who has been watching the series is Zuko voice actor Dante Basco.
Since Avatar: The Last Airbender arrived on Netflix in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, Basco began holding watch parties to watch episodes of the series with fans. Along the way, some of his other cast members joined, and they managed to raise over $30,000 for COVID-19 relief and the Trevor Project – an organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. During an EW interview, Basco discussed what he’s been doing with Avatar and revealed he “never watched the whole thing from the beginning to the end” before.
While Basco might have never watched all of Avatar: The Last Airbender before doing his streams, he got to experience the show in a brand new way. Since Zuko only appeared in 51 of the 66 episodes, there are several episodes that Basco never was ever involved with during the making of The Last Airbender. All of his Twitch streams are still up on his channel HonorSociety for fans looking for a new experience in watching the series again. Not only is Basco involved in the streams, but he often has other cast members join him to catch up and discuss the episodes.
It might have taken Basco twelve years to catch up on Avatar: The Last Airbender completely, but it is great to see he made the most of his first full rewatch. He helped raise money for charity and managed to give fans a break from a chaotic year. His efforts to bring more Avatar: The Last Airbender content to the world will continue with the cast reunion planned for tomorrow, January 9. And since there are plenty of actors who don’t like watching the movies or TV shows they help make, Basco might not even be the only cast member not to see the whole show.
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