For a kids cartoon this often has some pretty funny one-liners, and I’m guessing an atheist or two is on the writing team.
The show centers around three main characters: Aang, Katara, and Sokka (Sokka is very cynical and skeptical of just about everything); getting over the whole: air, water, fire, earth bending stuff being very much beyond any physical reality (hey, its a kids cartoon after all) there are often some very atheistic/scientific comments made.
The episode played on ABC tonight (The Fortuneteller, Episode No: 14, Season No: 1, originally released in 2005) was about the group meeting a fortune teller (Aunt Wu), who specialises in reading the clouds to decide if the local volcano is going to erupt. Not surprisingly the volcano starts to erupt but none of the villagers believe our group when they try and tell them, because the fortune teller told them it wasn’t going to happen.
There are some fantastic comments in this episode that point out how people will believe in anything, or twist words to match what they already believe in. Here’s some I liked:
Sokka (To “red shoe guy”): I bet Aunt Wu told you to wear those shoes.
Red Shoe Guy: Sure did. She said I’d be wearing red shoes when I met my true love.
Sokka: Uh-huh. And how many times have you worn those shoes since you got the fortune?
Red Shoe Guy: Every day.
Sokka (furiosuly): Then of course it’s going to come true!
Red Shoe Guy: Really?! You think so?! I’m so excited!
Sokka: Can your fortune telling explain that?! (points to volcano eruption)
Villager: Can your science explain why it rains?
Sokka: Yes! Yes it can!
or this, after the group changes a cloud so that Aunt Wu now thinks the volcano is going to erupt (even though it has already started to) and warns the villagers, who now believe its erupting and help the group, through some amazing and not very scientific methods, save the village:
Calm Man: But Aunt Wu predicted the village wouldn’t be destroyed and it wasn’t. She was right after all.
Sokka: I hate you.
If you get a chance watch this episode. I believe you can download individual episodes from tv.com which is where I got the quotes from, or buy the lot on DVD. Might have to obtain a copy just for this episode.