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WATCH: Melai Cantiveros is an elemental flight attendant bender in Netflix's new video for 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'

By Yoniel Acebuche Published Feb 21, 2024 3:25 pm

Melai Cantiveros, known for her silly humor and bizarre facial expressions, welcomes you as a flight attendant elemental bender on "Appa Air" in her latest promotional video. 

In an almost 3-minute video for Netflix's live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender, Momshie Melai playfully mimics the elemental powers as part of the airline's safety procedures.

"For your safety, keep your seatbelts fastened throughout the flight. Your destination, The Philippines, is full of wondrous wonders with rich, diverse experiences of water, earth, fire, and air," the comedienne began while citing various country's destination sites such as Coron, Palawan, Chocolate Hills, Mayon Volcano, and Bangui Windmills, representing the four elements.

Melai also portrayed the role of Katara, a skilled water bender born in the Southern Water Tribe in the animated series, as she uses her water-bending skills to teach passengers how to act in case of a water landing.

"Furthermore, the waterbender in your vicinity is always ready to lend you a helping hand."

For cabin pressure changes, Melai served as an Airbender, "Let the nearest airbender supply you with more oxygen; now you have an instant aircon."

As an Earthbender, the Ma’am Chief: Shakedown in Seoul star uses her power to stow all carry-on items in the overhead cabin properly.

Melai Cantiveros portrayed as Firelord Ozai

While channeling Firelord Ozai vibes, Melai reminds the passenger in Appa Air that "smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, is strictly prohibited on this flight."

Of course, a promo video is not complete without the main character. At her finest, Melai portrayed the role of Avatar Aang with his iconic with the latter's iconic bald head and a glowing arrow when he enters the Avatar state.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is a live-action reimagining of the award-winning and beloved Nickelodeon animated series from 2005 to 2008. Albert Kim serves as showrunner, executive producer, and writer.

The upcoming series depicts how the four nations—Water Tribe, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads—once lived in harmony, with the Avatar keeping peace. Everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked and wiped out the Air Nomads, the first step taken by the Firebenders toward conquering the world. With the current incarnation of the Avatar yet to emerge, the world has lost hope.

Hope springs forth when Aang (Gordon Cormier), a young Air Nomad — and the last of his kind — reawakens to take his rightful place as the next Avatar. Alongside his newfound friends Sokka (Ian Ousley) and Katara (Kiawentiio), siblings and members of the Southern Water Tribe, Aang embarks on an action-packed quest to save the world and fight back against the fearsome onslaught of Fire Lord Ozai (Daniel Dae Kim).

But with Crown Prince Zuko (Dallas James Liu) determined to capture them, it will be challenging for the group. They'll need the help of the many allies and colorful characters they meet along the way.

A live-action film titled The Last Airbender attempted to retell the story in 2010 but it was met with bad reviews with many fans of the anime series slamming the movie version for "whitewashing" or casting white actors in the hero roles.

Avatar: The Last Airbender premieres on Thursday, February 22, on Netflix.