First Day of Class!

For those who read Bryan's post, you know that a group of students at Brown University have put together a massive course syllabus on Avatar. Well we just had our first day of class today!  After introductions and logistics, our professor asked; why is Avatar distinct, why is the show so special to so many of us?

We debated this question for nearly an hour.  We talked mostly of the show's complexity, moral ambiguity and relatability.  We talked about its epic nature.  We talked about its deep roots in spirituality and culture.  We talked and we talked.  We barely scratched the surface.  What do you think?  Why is Avatar so special?