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Yip Yip Hooray! An Avatar Podcast
81 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Avatar Aang: Series Finale
The Yip Yip crew ends the podcast with who it started with, inviting Jessica over for a socially distanced breakdown of the finale and the series as a whole. Jordan theorizes why the rest of the world let the Fire Nation subjugate them. Jessica is still really drawn to Azula and feels she gets done dirty in the finale and wishes her brother Zuko had more colors in his firebending. Katie discusses why Aang clings to his culture more than other Avatars. Jessica breaks down the old Avatars’ advice. Jessica and Katie pine for one more Azula scene. Yip yip!
101 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
The comet arrives! The group finishes Avatar: The Last Airbender by watching the series finale “Sozin’s Comet” with chapters 18: The Phoenix King, 19: The Old Masters, 20: Into the Inferno, and 21: Avatar Aang. Jordan talks about Zuko’s quest for forgiveness in the back half of Book Three. Troy still hasn’t seen Black Panther. Katie loves the score in the last episodes. Jordan feels like the Spirit World is intervening in the events of the finale. Katie is unimpressed with Katara during the Final Agni Kai. Troy takes exactly two notes, namely how Toph still can't bend wood. Jordan repeats the very last word spoken in the series and it's perfect.
53 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Calm Before the Comet
It's our penultimate podcast before the series finale! Katie and Jordan catch up with Jessica on The Boiling Rock, The Southern Raiders, and The Ember Island Players. Jessica shares how she thinks the series will end, which may or may not include Toph killing Ozai. The group destress distress by talking Bake Off. Katie discusses field trips with Zuko and his chemistry with Aang. Everyone wants more Toph-centric storylines. Jordan is still upset how the Moon is the original water bender and introduces a Yue theory. Jordan wishes Suki had been recruited at the beginning and realizes Earth Kingdom girls don’t mess around. Jessica feels Mai needed a proper apology from Zuko and Zuko should have also apologized to everyone for the Book Two finale. Katie seems to think having someone bloodbend you would be a relaxing experience. Jordan despises Whale Tail Island, so the group tries to rename it.
62 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Red Hot Revenge and Ember Island Drama
It's the calm before the comet! The Yip Yippers discuss Book Three chapters 16: The Southern Raiders and 17: The Ember Island Players. As a teen, Jordan could never appreciate the journey of the final episodes prior to the finale. Troy assumes Azula effectively tracks Team Avatar because they’re currently not bathing. Katie forgets who Haru is. Jordan goes on a tirade about the Hama and Kya connection theory. Katie loves that Azula is unstoppable. Jordan is angry that no citizens of the Fire Nation can identify Zuko as a member of the royal family. Awkward seating shenanigans is Katie’s favorite moment in Ember Island Players. Troy discusses his issues with the theatre. Katie isn’t impressed Jordan finally realizes Ember Island Player’s three-act structure coincides with a season of Avatar. Jordan discusses the stacked voice acting cast for the play versions of Team Avatar and Co. Troy hates musicals.
53 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
The Boiling Rock
Let's go to prison! This episode, we cover Book Three, chapters 14 and 15, "The Boiling Rock" Troy apparently hates the name “Boiling Rock” and would rather have Friends-style episodic titles like “The One Where Sokka Gets a Sword”. Jordan is curious about Zuko’s redemption. Katie loves the dynamic between Zuko and Sokka. Troy believes Azula had a “Powerpuff Girl” moment and is creeped out by The Warden. Katie loves Zuko trying to be wise and philosophical. Troy has trouble with today’s slang. Katie gives heart-eyes for Sokka’s heart-eyes. Everyone agrees Suki is fantastically hardcore. Troy and Jordan argue over gravity-defying stunts in these episodes. The Blu-Ray subtitles typo "hot squats" as "hop squats" but Jordan still wants to do them and feel the burn and addresses the single worst Sokka moment in the series. Katie thinks Boiling Rock would have made for a wild series finale.
67 minutes | Nov 7, 2020
Hello, Zuko here.
Hello, podcast here. This episode, we cover a turning point in the series with Book Three, chapters 12: The Western Air Temple and 13: The Firebending Masters. Jordan goes on a scorched earth tirade about the eight-month hiatus between the original airing of Day of Black Sun and Western Air Temple. The gang talk Zuko’s job interview. Troy tries not to get distracted by Greg Baldwin as Iroh, because he wants to know more about Iroh before he became Dragon of the West. Katie announces Boomerang is MVP of Western Air Temple, but Jordan argues Toph is MVP of the episode, and pretty much 90 percent of all episodes. Troy wants to know Combustion Man’s name and Jessica wants to learn more about his backstory. Jordan is surprised with Katara’s final line of Western but Troy thinks it’s justified. Jordan is unimpressed with Aang’s regression in the episode. Troy picks up the real-world inspiration for the Dancing Dragon immediately. Jordan isn’t pleased with the end credit song sneaking into the show. Jessica is still holding out hope Cabbage Man is going to show up and announces her favorite character is Azula.
100 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
The Day of Black Sun
It’s time for the Day of Black Sun! This episode we cover the special mid-season finale The Day of Black Sun Book Three chapters 10: The Invasion and 11: The Eclipse. We’ve waited an entire season for the invasion of the Fire Nation and... they fail. Katie and Troy hijack the opening of the podcast, the gang discuss high school, and Jordan waxes poetic about his dear friend Smiley Jr. Troy assumes Dee Bradley Baker was drinking while doing Appa’s voice during the invasion. Jordan accuses Troy’s “tea” of being something Iroh wouldn’t touch. Sokka’s public speaking fears resonate with Troy. Katie says Appa is MVP for the duo of episodes. Jordan didn’t know Aang kept his Fire Nation pants and boots. Nobody can explain the Gaang’s new outfits. Troy hates all gliders. Jessica joins to give all her hot takes!
41 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
BONUS: Azula von Detten
We recap the first six chapters of Book Three with Jessica, who is loving the Fire Nation fashion. Jordan shows off his Appa pillow. The gang discuss the issues of a hairy tattoo. Jessica announces her Netflix preview is Aang with a full head of hair at the Fire Nation school. Jordan shares Iceland is an inspiration for Fire Nation and Jessica says Vikings cut all the trees down.
61 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Bloodbenders and Nightmares
It's the calm before the Invasion! This episode, we cover Book Three chapters 7: The Runaway, 8: The Puppetmaster, and 9: Nightmares and Daydreams. Troy still has difficulties pronouncing Toph’s name. Katie notices any Toph-centric episode always has some confrontation with Katara. Jordan really wanted to see Toph go for a dip in her money like Scrooge McDuck and loves projecting personality traits and hobbies onto Sparky-Sparky-Boom-Man. Katie spots a super weird moment where Sokka and Aang foam at the mouth, Foam-at-the-Mouth-Guy style. Troy and Jordan argue about which bending discipline could bend wood. Troy has a new favorite villain. Jordan draws parallels between Hama and Aang. The crew dive into the ethics of advanced waterbending. Troy announces “This better not be a weird episode,” right before we watch “Nightmares and Daydreams”. Jordan reveals the unexplored concept of Momo being Monk Gyatso reincarnated and has beef with Aang’s nightmare visions. Troy thinks Aang should have focused on reopening all his chakras prior to the invasion.
58 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
The Avatar and the Fire Lord
We tackle some history in this episode with Book Three chapters 5: The Beach and 6: The Avatar and the Fire Lord. Nobody can agree on how many Wiggles there are. Troy says “Zuko is finally out of the closet”(?) Katie isn’t happy with “The Beach” because characters were objectified, body-shamed and featured aging women as sight gags. Jordan feels like Lo and Li were stripped of their character in favor of spouting proverbs. Jordan and Katie are bothered that Zuko and Mai have one of the shows only romances and it drips of toxicity in this episode. Erik von Detten makes out with Azula. Zuko’s assassin is revealed to be modeled as the “Anti-Aang”. Katie questions how Roku and Sozin were friends and theorizes the whole 100-Year War could have been avoided has Sozin explored outside the borders of the Fire Nation. Katie wonders if Sozin thought he was going to be the Avatar. Troy discusses the altered relationship between Aang and Zuko after the royal lineage is revealed. Jordan waxes poetic about portraits of previous Fire Lords not named Sozin, especially one who has mustache for days.
49 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
Sword Sokka and Ripped Iroh
Our friends are leveling up! We discuss chapters 3: The Painted Lady and 4: Sokka's Master. Nobody knows what exactly is in Troy’s hair. Katie describes Piandao as a “sexy mysterious guy with a Batman voice.” Everyone debates whether or not "The Painted Lady" is this season’s “The Great Divide”. Katie appreciates how the episode raises awareness of water pollution, but hates Katara’s bulging anger-vein. Jordan reveals this is the first episode we see a female Firebender that’s not Azula. Katie is bothered by Aang objectifying Katara as The Painted Lady and loved the group effort for Katara’s dramatic entrance. Everyone wishes the Dock, Xu, Bushi joke was better. Katie thinks Sokka’s sulking is weird and Troy thinks if Sokka was going to feel that way, it should have been Book Two. Jordan breaks down the Aang-in-armor scene and how it was a joke about the ill-fated line of Avatar toys, which did not include any female characters.
37 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
Flamey-O! Book Three Begins!
We head to the Fire Nation as Book Three begins! This episode we cover the season premiere "The Awakening" and Chapter Two: The Headband. It’s Troy’s birthday! And Katie can’t remember how old he is. Troy yelled out an expletive when Hairy Aang showed up on screen. Jordan recounts the numerous spoilers in Nickelodeon’s trailer for Book Three. Jordan loved Mae Whitman’s performance in the series premiere with Katara’s father Hakoda and Katie appreciated how her father gave her the space to express herself. We finally see Ozai’s full face and nobody is impressed with how his head doesn’t fit his body. Troy announces all warfare is based on the art of deception. Katie discusses how Zuko’s scar changed him and how Aang needs his honor back, which is a very Zuko thing to say. Troy is happy to see Aang’s glider go. Jordan thinks JM Animation was at the top of their game in “The Headband” and Troy doesn’t agree that the episode is clearly an homage to “Footloose”.
73 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
The Crossroads of Destiny
Chakras! Destinies! Onion and banana juice! The Book Two finale had it all. This episode, the gang covers chapters 19: The Guru and 20: The Crossroads of Destiny; Katie and Jordan definitely cried more than once. Jordan discusses the Christlike ending. Jessica announces her disdain for Empire Strikes Back, Jordan’s favorite, then says she likes Jar Jar Binks. Katie is happy Katara didn’t waste the Spirit Oasis Water on Zuko. Jordan discusses how accurately chakras are presented in “The Guru” and how each vision is tinted with the color associated with the real-life chakra Aang was working on; he announces his favorite chakra is the sacral chakra, obviously. Katie argues many of Aang’s chakras focus too heavily on Katara and Jessica is curious why his connection to Appa wasn’t there. Nobody is impressed how fast Aang plows through his chakras. Jordan thinks “The Guru” is distractingly ugly at times and wishes JM had done it. Jessica is curious about the other Southern Water Tribe kids Katara and Sokka’s age and Jordan assumes a plague wiped them out. Katie loves Azula’s Earth Kingdom outfit. Troy can’t remember who gave Zuko the scar on his face. Yikes.
56 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Bad Trips Under Lake Laogai
The gang is all here! This episode tackles Book Two, chapters 17: Lake Laogai and 18: The Earth King. Jordan thinks Long Feng has nice calves. Ba Sing Se freaks Jessica out. Jordan wants to know what happened to Joo Dee 2 and discovers Sokka is left handed. Katie discusses the differences between Zuko and Iroh's journey. Jessica wants to know what secret ingredient, other than love, Iroh is putting in the tea to make it so good. Everybody dislikes the name of “Whaletail Island”. Katie is crushing hard on the Blue Spirit. Jordan realizes he has never understood a plot point in “Lake Laogai” until today. Troy thinks the episode deserves an Emmy and Jordan reveals IT DID. Everyone dives into Zuko’s visions.
68 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Leaves from the Vine
It's time to tearbend. This episode, the Yip Yippers cover Book Two chapters 14: City of Walls and Secrets, 15: Tales of Ba Sing Se, and 16: Appa's Lost Days. Jordan cries big man tears as soon as Iroh steps foot on that grassy knoll before singing "Leaves from the Vine." Katie finds out Troy has dimples and at some point we all sing “Say my Name”. Ba Sing Se reminds Katie of our trip to Singapore and some of the more Orwellian elements. We discuss Long Feng’s methods for keeping knowledge of the war out of the city. Jet makes Katie sad. Troy doesn’t have much faith in the people of Ba Sing Se being much help. Katie is disappointed all the boys get their own vignette in Tales of Ba Sing Se but Katara and Toph have to share one. Troy hates Sokka’s haiku showdown. Jordan wishes Tales of Ba Sing Se was an episode focused solely on Iroh. Katie appreciates Jin’s directness in asking Zuko out and everyone is emotional learning about Appa's lost days.
68 minutes | Aug 9, 2020
The Secret of the Fire Nation
Secrets! Mechanical beasts! Real beasts! This episode covers the two-part special "The Secret of the Fire Nation" which is Book Two, chapters 12: The Serpent's Pass (a huge showcase of girl power) and 13: The Drill (a huge showcase of industrial power). Jordan calls everyone “chitters”. Katie and Troy’s hips are going out and their cousin drives by on his motorcycle. Jordan talks about the Serpent’s Pants and the Avatar trading card game. Blasphemous Troy says Jet is forgettable. Katie observes that we reconnect with a ridiculous amount of characters from first season and she agrees with Jordan that Toph is MVP in these episodes and discuss the golden seal of the Flying Boar. Jordan breaks down the themes of the Sokka and Suki scene on the plateau with dizzying detail. Katie is shipping Zuko and Jet. Troy and Jordan argue over Smellerbee. Troy says “Bong Sing Se” which sounds like a counterculture festival. Troy thinks everything is a plot hole and Katie says the Drill’s slurry looks like fake cheese or old gravy.
53 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
The Fury of Aang
This episode we go on the greatest mini-vacation as well... to the Library! We dive into Book Two Chapter 10: The Library and Chapter 11: The Desert, which aired as a one-hour special in July 2006 as "Avatar: The Fury of Aang". Troy is paranoid every new character introduced is actually undercover Fire Nation, including giant owl Wan Shi Tong. Troy also discovers everyone but him is left handed. Jordan calls out his friend Bob for not re-stringing his guitar to teach him. Fruit-Juice-Sword-Guy reminded us of Cold Stone. Troy says the fruit juice looks vegan, so Katie and Jordan question what is in the mango drink. Katie is unhappy that Sokka is a library kleptomaniac while also discovering she clicks her tongue and thinks the art style in "The Desert" is horrendous and realizes DR Movie really does make everything look terrible. Troy may have recently escaped from a cult? He may need a friend. Jordan drops the bomb “The Desert” is the exact midway point of the series. Oh, the places we'll go!
59 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
Zuko Alone with Friends
Yip Yip, friends! This episode we cover the Book Two chapters 7: Zuko Alone, 8: The Chase, and 9: Bitter Work. Troy starts this episode jacked up on "green tea". Jordan talks about all the "Zs" in the Fire Nation Royal Family, which confuses Katie because she thought it was Fire Lord "Susan". Katie and Troy spread conspiracies about the House of Windsor and similarities to the Fire Nation. Jordan draws parallels between the way Zuko and Aang approach new villages and decides Aang is probably more effective. Troy decides to stand up halfway through because...? Jordan reveals Lo and Li apparently are the pilots of the weird freaky train thing in "The Chase" and Katie isn’t happy about mongoose lizards. Troy and Jordan disagree on whether or not Zuko is a kid and Troy announces he is fed up with the motivations of our antagonists and wants Azula’s motivation to be torture. It gets crazy.
60 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
One Tough Toph
Yip Yip, friends! This episode, we tackle Book Two chapters 4: The Swamp, 5: Avatar Day, and 6: The Blind Bandit. Troy decides it's important to distinguish between Mulan 1 and Mulan 2 by naming them so. Katie struggles to find a name for her newfound "Momo Moments", Jordan suggest Momo-ments, obviously. Jordan notices there are no female swampbenders and the fact Aang gets triumphant music when he attacks Huu. The group discusses Sokka's unfortunate lack of processing his vision of Yue and Katie announces the elephant rat in Avatar Day is disturbing. Foam-at-the-Mouth guy from Kyoshi Island returns to give Katie gets the hiccups and Jordan believes he might secretly be a waterbender. Troy and Jordan discuss the merits of raw dough to Katie's disbelief. Teddy Roosevelt makes an appearance. Earth Rumble VI takes Katie back to Guadalajara where she and Jordan watched Lucha Libre and everyone loves Toph, obviously.
56 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Book Two Begins!
New journeys! New outfits! New... haircuts? Yip Yip Hooray covers the first three chapters in Book Two: Earth - The Avatar State, The Cave of Two Lovers, and Return to Omashu. Troy thinks The Avatar State episode should have been the Book One finale for some reason, Jordan is rightly freaked out by Azula's sifus Lo and Li, and Katie is pretty sure Uncle Iroh gets a sweet tan. Everyone gets in their underwear, which makes Katie uncomfortable and everyone laughs during The Cave of Two Lovers, which Katie keeps accidentally calling the Cave of Secret Lovers... spicy. Troy's Book Two prediction is for Azula to capture and torture everyone we love this season. Yikes.
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