Avatar: The Last Airbender (season 1)

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Avatar: The Last Airbender (season 1)
Avatar- The Last Airbender Book 1 DVD.jpg
Cover for "The Complete Book 1 Collection" DVD
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release February 21 (2005-02-21)[1] – December 2, 2005 (2005-12-02)[2]
Season chronology
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List of Avatar: The Last Airbender episodes

Season one (Book One: Water) of Avatar: The Last Airbender, an American animated television series produced by Nickelodeon Studios, aired 20 episodes from February 21, 2005[1] to December 2, 2005.[2] The series was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko,[3] and starred Zach Tyler Eisen, Mae Whitman, Jack DeSena, Dante Basco, Dee Bradley Baker, Mako Iwamatsu and Jason Isaacs as the main character voices.

The season revolves around the protagonist Aang and his friends Katara and Sokka going on a journey to the North Pole to find a Waterbending master to teach Aang and Katara. The Fire Nation is waging a seemingly endless war against the Earth Kingdom and the Water Tribes, following the long-ago disappearance of the Air Nomads. Aang, the current Avatar, must master the four elements (Air, Water, Earth, and Fire) to end the war. Along the way, Aang and his friends are chased by various pursuers: banished Fire Nation Prince Zuko, along with his uncle and former general Iroh, and Admiral Zhao of the Fire Navy.

Each episode of Season One attracted more than a million viewers on its first airing. Season One won "Best TV Series" and "Best Animated Television Series" in the boys 9- to 14-year-old demographic at the 2005 Pulcinella Awards, which gives awards for excellence in animation.[4]

Between January 31, 2006 and September 19, 2006, five DVD sets were released in the United States, each containing four episodes from the season. On September 12, 2006, Nickelodeon also released the "Complete Book 1 Collection Box Set", which contained all of the episodes in the season as well as a special features disc.[5] The original releases were encoded in Region 1, a DVD type that plays only in North American DVD players. From 2007 to 2009, Nickelodeon released Region 2 DVDs, which can play in Europe.[6]

The first book has been adapted into a live-action film, The Last Airbender, directed by M. Night Shyamalan and released in 2010.[7][8]

Production[edit]

The show was produced by and aired on Nickelodeon, which is owned by Viacom.[3] The show's executive producers were co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who worked alongside episode director and co-producer Aaron Ehasz.[3][9] Eight episodes were directed by Dave Filoni.[9] Animation directors Lauren MacMullan and Giancarlo Volpe directed five episodes each, and Anthony Lioi directed two.[3]

Episodes were written or co-written by a team of writers, which included Nick Malis, John O'Bryan, Matthew Hubbard, James Eagan, Ian Wilcox, Tim Hedrick and Elizabeth Welch Ehasz.[10] All of the show's music was composed by "The Track Team", which consists of Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn,[3] who were known to the producers because Zuckerman was Konietzko's roommate.[11] Two alternating Korean studios[9] were enlisted to provide animation production support for the series, DR Movie and JM Animation Co.[12]

Pilot[edit]

A pilot episode for the series was made in 2003. It was animated by Tin House, Inc., written by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, and directed by Dave Filoni. Mitchel Musso voiced Aang in this pilot but was later replaced by Zach Tyler Eisen when the show began production. In the episode, Sokka and his sister Kya (Katara was named Kya at the time of the pilot) must travel the world to find masters for Aang, who is the Avatar; however, they must evade a critical foe, Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation, who wants to capture Aang.

This episode was first publicly released as one of the extras in the NTSC season 1 DVD box set, which were not available with the previously-released individual volumes. As the PAL box set lacks extras, the episode was not made available on DVD in PAL regions. The episode was released with audio commentary from the creators, which unlike commentary on other episodes in the season is not possible to disable on the DVD set.[13] On June 14, 2010, the unaired pilot was made available with and without commentary for the first time via the iTunes Store.[14]

Cast[edit]

Most of the show's main characters made their debut within most, if not all, of the first episodes: Zach Tyler Eisen provided Aang's voice, Mae Whitman as Katara's voice, Jack DeSena as Sokka's voice,[3] Dante Basco as Zuko's voice, Mako as Iroh's voice,[3][15] and Dee Bradley Baker as the voices of both Appa and Momo.[10] Additional supporting characters include Admiral Zhao voiced by Jason Isaacs,[10][16] and Jet voiced by Crawford Wilson.[10][17]

Reception[edit]

Film critics appreciated the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender because it attracted the attention of "an audience beyond the children's market with crisp animation and layered storytelling."[13] As for the video and picture quality, Gord Lacey from TVShowsOnDVD.com claims "the colors are bright, and the picture is nearly flawless." He says later in the review that "the audio is very nice, with lots of directional effects and nice musical cues."[18] Barnes & Noble reviewer Christina Urban praised the season's masterful combination of "elements from Chinese kung fu, Tibetan philosophy, Japanese martial arts forms, and even Hindu spiritual beliefs".[19] According to Aaron Bynum from AnimationInsider.net, "the series posted double digit year-to-year gains in May". He also said that the show has been number one in the boys 9- to 14-year-old demographic, and has attracted many age and gender groups in its pool of 1.1 million viewers who watch each new episode.[20]

In addition, the season has won many awards throughout its runtime. During the 33rd Annual Annie Awards, the show was nominated for the "Best Animated Television Production" award. Because of the episode "The Fortuneteller", the show was nominated for the "Writing for an Animated Television Production" award. For the episode "The Deserter", the season was nominated for and won the "Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production" award.[21] During the 2005 Pulcinella Awards, the season won the "Best Action/Adventure TV Series" award as well and the general "Best TV Series" award.[4]

Episodes[edit]

No.
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TitleAnimated byDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code [1]
11"The Boy in the Iceberg"JM AnimationDave FiloniMichael Dante DiMartino
Bryan Konietzko
February 21, 2005 (2005-02-21)101
Katara and Sokka, two siblings from the Southern Water Tribe, discover a boy trapped inside an iceberg floating on the sea while fishing. They free him and learn that the boy is Aang, an Airbender of the Air Nomads. This surprises them, as airbenders were believed to be extinct for 100 years. Aang, along with his flying six-legged sky bison, Appa, returns with Katara and Sokka to their village, where he amuses the villagers with his airbending. Meanwhile, Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation, along with his uncle, Iroh, is patrolling the surrounding waters in desperate search of the Avatar, the only one who can bend all four elements. Katara confides in Aang that she wishes to learn waterbending, but can't, as she is the only waterbender in the Southern Water Tribe, so he promises to take her to the Northern Water Tribe to learn it. As they explore an abandoned Fire Nation ship, Aang is unaware of the war that has been happening for 100 years, leading them to believe that Aang was trapped inside the iceberg for 100 years. The two then accidentally set off a signal flare on the ship, alerting Zuko to them, believing Aang to be the Avatar.
22"The Avatar Returns"JM AnimationDave FiloniMichael Dante DiMartino
Bryan Konietzko
February 21, 2005 (2005-02-21)102
After signalling the Fire Nation to the village, Aang is banished, despite Katara's objections. Zuko soon descends on the village and demands the Avatar be surrendered to him. Aang returns to the village to defend it, where he reveals that he is, in fact, the Avatar. He then surrenders himself to Zuko as long as the villagers are left alone, to which Zuko agrees. Katara and Sokka then decide to pursue Aang on Appa. Aboard Zuko's ship, Aang is at Zuko's mercy, but he eventually manages to break free from the guards and does battle with Zuko in the process. Aang is nearly defeated by Zuko, getting knocked into the water and almost drowning, but he saves himself using waterbending in his Avatar State. With the help of Katara and Sokka, Aang escapes from Zuko. As the three ride away on Appa, they set a course for the North Pole so that Aang and Katara can learn waterbending.
33"The Southern Air Temple"DR MovieLauren MacMullanMichael Dante DiMartinoFebruary 25, 2005 (2005-02-25)103

Aang is eager to return to his home, the Southern Air Temple, despite Katara's warnings that things may have changed in the 100 years since he was last there. Aang shows Katara and Sokka around the now-deserted temple, while reminiscing about his time with his mentor, Monk Gyatso, as Katara tries to hide any traces of the Fire Nation to spare his feelings. The three then enter the air temple sanctuary, where they find statues of every previous Avatar (who are also Aang's past lives), as well as a flying lemur. While chasing the lemur, Aang discovers a room full of Fire Nation helmets surrounding Gyatso's skeleton, and enters the Avatar State in his grief. Once Katara and Sokka calm him down, he comes to the realization that the Fire Nation has killed every airbender except him. As they leave the temple, they adopt the lemur as a pet, which Aang names Momo.

Meanwhile, Zuko stops at a Fire Nation base to make repairs to his ship, where he is greeted by Zhao, a commander in the Fire Nation Army. Zuko tries to hide the fact that he has seen the Avatar, but Zhao finds out and takes on the task of capturing him, deeming Zuko a failure. Zuko refuses to accept this, as capturing the Avatar is the only way he can return from his banishment from the Fire Nation. Tensions rise between the two, so they challenge each other to a firebending duel (known as an agni kai), which Zuko wins, although he spares Zhao.
44"The Warriors of Kyoshi"JM AnimationGiancarlo VolpeNick MalisMarch 4, 2005 (2005-03-04)104
Looking for a short break from their travels, Aang brings the gang to the Earth Kingdom's Kyoshi Island, where he seeks to ride "Elephant Koi," large fish who inhabit the surrounding waters. However, they are captured by the Kyoshi Warriors, a group of warriors (consisting entirely of girls) who protect the island. But they are freed when Aang proves he is the Avatar, and Aang quickly gains reverence among the island's inhabitants. But his popularity, especially among the girls, soon goes to his head, creating a rift between him and Katara. Meanwhile, Sokka is embarrassed about being bested by girls, and tries to prove himself stronger than the Kyoshi Warriors. But he is quickly proven wrong, so he asks to be trained by their leader, Suki, who manages to change his sexist attitude. Aang's desire for popularity soon puts himself and Katara at risk when he tries to ride a Unagi, as well as the whole island when Zuko gets word of his location. Zuko attacks, but Aang, Katara, and Sokka all manage to escape before the entire island is destroyed.
55"The King of Omashu"DR MovieAnthony LioiJohn O'BryanMarch 18, 2005 (2005-03-18)105
The next stop on the group's trip around the world is the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu. There, Aang shows Katara and Sokka the Omashu mail delivery system, which he and his friend Bumi (a Hindi word meaning 'Earth') used to ride for fun a hundred years ago. The trio gives the chutes a try but runs into trouble after it destroys a cabbage merchant's cart. Put in front of the crazy king of the city, the three are unexpectedly given a feast, as the king suspects that Aang is the Avatar. When the king's suspicions are confirmed, he imprisons the three and puts Aang through three deadly challenges to test his skills and earn their freedom, including a duel with the king himself. After Aang passes all of the challenges, he realizes that the king is his old friend Bumi, who informs Aang of what his task as the current Avatar entails.
66"Imprisoned"JM AnimationDave FiloniMatthew HubbardMarch 25, 2005 (2005-03-25)106
Aang, Katara, and Sokka camp near a small Earth Kingdom town where they meet a young earthbender named Haru. However, the town is occupied by the Fire Nation, and earthbending is outlawed. But Katara convinces Haru to save an old man using earthbending, only to have the same old man turn Haru in. Katara then devises a plan to save him by getting herself arrested for earthbending. When she arrives at the Fire Nation prison, a metal sea fortress that is impervious to earthbending, she finds that all of the prisoners have lost hope due to their inability to bend. But Katara successfully leads a rebellion with Aang and Sokka's help by giving the earthbenders all of the coal on the fortress. The earthbenders all escape and return to their occupied towns with plans to rebel against Fire Nation occupation, thanks to Katara's words of motivation.
77"Winter Solstice, Part 1: The Spirit World"DR MovieLauren MacMullanAaron EhaszApril 8, 2005 (2005-04-08)107

Aang finds himself in a small Earth Kingdom village that is being attacked by Hei Bai, a monster from the Spirit World. The village believes that Aang can make peace with the spirit, since the Avatar is the bridge between the Physical and the Spirit World. Aang unsuccessfully tries to calm the monster, which kidnaps Sokka in the process of attacking the village. Aang pursues him, but he is knocked out and ends up in the Spirit World, where he cannot be seen or heard. While there, he is told that Avatar Roku has a message for him on the Winter Solstice. After returning, Aang proceeds to calm the attacking spirit, restoring peace to the village.

Meanwhile, Iroh gets captured by Earth Kingdom soldiers while bathing in a hot spring. The soldiers plan to take him to the Earth Kingdom capital, Ba Sing Se, to face justice, but Iroh proves to be a formidable firebender, even when restrained. Zuko eventually catches up with the soldiers to help free him, forgoing his chase for the Avatar for the time.
88"Winter Solstice, Part 2: Avatar Roku"DR MovieGiancarlo VolpeMichael Dante DiMartinoApril 15, 2005 (2005-04-15)108
Aang, Katara, and Sokka travel to the Fire Temple inside the Fire Nation so that Aang may receive a message from Avatar Roku before sunset. The three are attacked at a blockade led by Zhao, but they make it through successfully. Zuko also pursues them through the blockade, despite being banished from the Fire Nation. When the three arrive at the temple, the servants of the temple, the Fire Sages, are not loyal to the Avatar anymore and attack them. But one sage who is still loyal leads them to the temple sanctuary. Aang manages to enter the sanctuary after narrowly escaping capture by Zuko and the other sages. Zhao arrives shortly afterwards with intent to apprehend Zuko and capture Aang. Avatar Roku appears to Aang and informs him about "Sozin's Comet," which will return in just under a year and give the Fire Nation the power to finish the war, so Aang must master all four elements and defeat the Fire Lord before then. Roku's spirit then manifests inside Aang's body, repelling Zhao's forces and destroying the temple, allowing Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Zuko to escape.
99"The Waterbending Scroll"JM AnimationAnthony LioiJohn O'BryanApril 29, 2005 (2005-04-29)109
Aang grows frantic over the fact that he must master all elements to defeat the Fire Lord in less than a year, so Katara begins teaching Aang waterbending, despite her limited training. But waterbending comes naturally for Aang, much to Katara's frustration. Later, while in town to buy supplies, Katara finds a waterbending scroll at a store run by pirates, which she steals. Katara struggles to learn the technique in the scroll, while Aang picks them up quickly, further frustrating Katara. Meanwhile, Zuko runs into the pirates and agrees to help them find Aang and the scroll. They soon find and capture Aang, Katara, and Sokka. But Sokka turns the pirates against Zuko, and the three escape in the ensuing fight, with Aang and Katara using their newfound waterbending skills.
1010"Jet"JM AnimationDave FiloniJames EaganMay 6, 2005 (2005-05-06)110
A band of guerrilla fighters, led by the rogue Jet, rescue Aang, Katara, and Sokka from a small group of Fire Nation soldiers. Jet invites the team back to the Freedom Fighters' hideout, where the group plots out its attacks. Sokka has suspicions about Jet, however, which leads the young rebel to tempt Sokka with missions. His plan fails, making Sokka more skeptical of Jet's motives. Aang and Katara decide to help Jet "save" a nearby Earth Kingdom town, but Jet's real intent is to drown the village, willing to sacrifice the lives of innocent civilians to destroy the Fire Nation garrison there. However, Sokka manages to evacuate the city, Earth and Fire citizens alike, in time to avoid Jet's plot.
1111"The Great Divide"DR MovieGiancarlo VolpeJohn O'BryanMay 20, 2005 (2005-05-20)111
The next destination the gang stumbles into is the Great Divide, the world's largest canyon. The group starts bickering, so Aang decides to put his Avatar skills to the test. He successfully solves their minor disputes, but Aang tries to put his skills to practical use, when two Earth Kingdom tribes, who have been in a feud for 100 years, need to cross the canyon together. Aang sends Appa across with most needy people of the two tribes, and, with the help of a knowledgeable earthbender, guides the rest across the vast, dry landscape. In the end, Aang is able to end the feud, and the two tribes travel together to the capital city of Ba Sing Se.
1212"The Storm"JM AnimationLauren MacMullanAaron EhaszJune 3, 2005 (2005-06-03)112

The group is in need of money, so Sokka decides to help out a fisherman who is willing to pay him to help him on his next fishing trip, even though a storm seems imminent. The fisherman recognizes Aang as the Avatar "who turned his back on the world". Aang runs away in guilt, but Katara manages to track him down. Aang reveals to Katara that the monks at the Southern Air Temple wanted to send him away to the Eastern Air Temple to separate him from Monk Gyatso, the only person who cared about Aang as a person instead of as the Avatar. This led Aang to run away from home and, after getting caught in a terrible storm, eventually seal himself in the iceberg. Meanwhile on Zuko's ship, Zuko's crew begins to question his leadership, until Iroh explains that the Prince was scarred, not in a training accident as they were led to believe, but in an agni-kai with his own father. His father had taken offense when Zuko spoke up in a meeting with his generals. When Zuko refused to fight, his father gave him his scar, and then banished him. Zuko was commanded never to return until he found and captured the Avatar.

When the storm hits, Sokka and the old man nearly drown, but they are rescued by Aang and Katara. Aang is forced to enter the Avatar State, mirroring the events that led to him being trapped in the iceberg for a hundred years, but this time he is able to escape alone with the old man, Sokka, and Katara. Zuko also acts heroically when his ship is struck by lightning. A member of his crew becomes trapped on the bridge, and Zuko is able to rescue the crewman with the help of the lieutenant Iroh had educated earlier. Iroh also redirects lightning on screen for the first time in this scene. Zuko then sees Aang flying away on Appa, but elects not to pursue them in order to keep get his crew to safety.
1313"The Blue Spirit"DR MovieDave FiloniMichael Dante DiMartino
Bryan Konietzko
June 17, 2005 (2005-06-17)113
Sokka suffers from an illness due to his exposure to the elements during the storm. When Katara begins to contract the illness as well, Aang goes to a nearby herbalist institute in hopes of finding a cure for his friends. On his way to collect the remedy the herbalist recommends, Aang is kidnapped by a group of Fire Nation Yuu Yan archers, commanded by the newly promoted Admiral Zhao. A masked marauder, however, rescues Aang from Zhao. The "Blue Spirit" is knocked unconscious during the escape, and Aang discovers that he is Prince Zuko. Aang offers him friendship, but departs when he is violently rebuffed.
1414"The Fortuneteller"JM AnimationDave FiloniAaron Ehasz
John O'Bryan
September 23, 2005 (2005-09-23)114
Katara, Aang, and Sokka go into a village that relies solely on the predictions of a fortuneteller, Aunt Wu. Sokka is skeptical and refuses to believe anything the fortuneteller says, and tries to disprove all the predictions she makes. Katara, on the other hand, is obsessed, and keeps returning to the fortuneteller for more predictions on her love life. Aang, who has become smitten with Katara, attempts to attract her attention throughout the episode, with limited success; eventually he attempts to fetch a rare flower from the lip of a nearby volcano, which is revealed to be on the verge of erupting — a direct contradiction to Aunt Wu's predictions. Katara and Aang use waterbending to manipulate the clouds as a warning to the villagers, and the group manages to evacuate the village before the volcano erupts. As the lava comes toward the town, Aang pushes it back with strong airbending, causing Sokka to comment that Aang is a "powerful bender". This catches Katara's attention, as Aunt Wu had earlier predicted that she would marry a "powerful bender".
1515"Bato of the Water Tribe"DR MovieGiancarlo VolpeIan WilcoxOctober 7, 2005 (2005-10-07)115
Sokka, Aang, and Katara find a seemingly abandoned Water Tribe fleet ship. Camping out by the boat, the kids discover that it belongs to Bato, an old friend of Katara and Sokka's father, Hakoda, and fellow member of the Southern Water Tribe. While they reminisce about the old days, Aang feels left out; when a messenger arrives with a message from Hakoda, with instructions to find him, Aang intercepts it and keeps it to himself, fearing they will abandon him. Later he comes clean about the message, but Sokka, furious at Aang for keeping it from them, is insistent on leaving to find his father. Meanwhile, Zuko finds a bounty hunter, June, to help him track down the Avatar. This leads to a skirmish, with Katara and Sokka returning to rescue Aang and resume their collective journey to the North Pole.
1616"The Deserter"JM AnimationLauren MacMullanTim HedrickOctober 21, 2005 (2005-10-21)116
The protagonists travel into a Fire Nation town, which is hosting a festival of Fire Nation culture. Unfortunately, Aang's identity is discovered, but a strange man, Chey, helps the gang escape. Chey tells the trio about "the deserter", a man named Jeong Jeong who is the first man to desert the Fire Nation army and live. More importantly, he is a powerful firebending master who is not allied with the Fire Nation. However, Jeong Jeong initially refuses to teach Aang because he is still haunted by his failure to teach self-control to a previous student. It is only when Avatar Roku intervenes that Jeong Jeong consents to teach Aang. Aang, unfortunately, shows the same disregard for discipline, and accidentally burns Katara. This leads her to realize that she use her waterbending to heal, but Aang still comes to regard firebending as dangerous and vows never to firebend again. Meanwhile, Aang is tracked down by Admiral Zhao, who is revealed to be Jeong Jeong's undisciplined former student. He fights Aang, but Aang is able to escape him by using his lack of self-control against him; he causes Zhao to burn his own ship.
1717"The Northern Air Temple"DR MovieDave FiloniElizabeth Welch EhaszNovember 4, 2005 (2005-11-04)117
A storyteller tells the gang of a group of people who travel in the air. According to the story, these people reside at the Northern Air Temple. The group decides to check it out, but are disappointed to just see normal people gliding. Aang is saddened that the Northern Air Temple has changed so dramatically since the time when he visited over 100 years ago, as its current residents have remodeled it extensively. Teo, a young paraplegic, convinces Aang to open the one remaining area of the temple left untouched. Aang is shocked to see the room stored with dozens of inventions with Fire Nation insignias on them. The Mechanist, Teo's father, confesses to aiding the Fire Nation with building weapons in exchange for the safety of his son and his people. When the Fire Nation comes to collect their latest invention, Aang tells them to leave. The Fire Nation proceeds to launch an attack against the temple, but Aang and the villagers manage to successfully defend against the attack. The Fire Nation, however, does manage to recover the Mechanist's newest invention, a war balloon.
1818"The Waterbending Master"JM AnimationGiancarlo VolpeMichael Dante DiMartinoNovember 18, 2005 (2005-11-18)118
After the journey to the Northern Air Temple, the group lurks around the waters surrounding the North Pole, seeking out the Northern Water Tribe. They are found by a group of waterbenders from the tribe, who show them the way. Upon arriving, the gang is welcomed warmly by the citizens of the Northern Water Tribe, and the chief of the tribe throws a huge party in celebration. Sokka meets Yue, an attractive princess whom he falls for. Aang and Katara seek to learn waterbending from a master named Pakku, but he refuses to teach Katara due to sexist customs. Katara proves herself worthy, both by demonstration of technique and by invoking the memory of Pakku's beloved ex-fiancee—Katara's own grandmother, who could not stand to live under the Northern Water Tribe's misogyny—and Pakku relents. Meanwhile, Admiral Zhao hires the pirates from "The Waterbending Scroll" to assassinate Zuko; hearing his nephew was killed, Iroh agrees to assist Zhao with an attack on the North Pole. But Zuko has survived, and, with Iroh's help, sneaks aboard Zhao's lead ship as his fleet departs.
1919"The Siege of the North, Part 1"DR MovieLauren MacMullanJohn O'BryanDecember 2, 2005 (2005-12-02)119
As the Fire Nation's forces close in on the Northern Water Tribe, the leaders and citizens scramble to find a way to defend against the armada. As night begins to fall, Admiral Zhao decides to heed Iroh's advice and halt the attack since waterbenders are stronger under the moonlight. Zuko leaves Zhao's ship and infiltrates the tribe on his own, seeking to capture Aang. Aang believes going into the spirit world and speaking to the moon and ocean spirits could give him the wisdom to defeat the Fire Nation. However, after Aang's spirit leaves for the spirit world, Zuko arrives to kidnap his body; despite stern resistance from Katara, he succeeds when dawn breaks and it is revealed that the Fire Nation is stronger in sunlight.
2020"The Siege of the North, Part 2"JM AnimationDave FiloniAaron EhaszDecember 2, 2005 (2005-12-02)120
Zuko struggles to find shelter in the freezing temperatures of the North Pole, while Sokka, Katara and Yue search for him and Aang. At the Northern Water Tribe, firebenders and Fire Nation tanks manage to infiltrate the city. When Aang returns from the Spirit World, Sokka, Katara, and Yue are able to follow his spirit to his body. Admiral Zhao slays the moon spirit, Tui, in spite of warnings from both Aang and Iroh, who explain that the whole world depends on the moon. Without the moon the waterbenders lose their ability to waterbend. Aang goes into the Avatar State and, in joining with the Ocean Spirit La, destroys the Fire Nation armada, with the exceptions of Iroh and Zuko. Zuko finds and fights Zhao, and Iroh remains with the kids to try to revive Tui. He recognizes that Yue was touched by the moon spirit as a baby, thus explaining her unique white hair, and Yue gives her life to save the Moon Spirit. Zhao is pulled underwater by the Ocean Spirit in retaliation for slaying the Moon Spirit, refusing to accept Zuko's help when he attempts to save him; Zhao is never seen again. At the end of the episode, Fire Lord Ozai, Zuko's father, assigns Zuko's sister Azula a mission: to hunt down her traitorous uncle and brother.

DVD releases[edit]

Region 1[edit]

Nickelodeon started releasing Season One DVDs in North America on January 31, 2006 with a series of single-disc sets containing four episodes per disc. Later the Complete Book 1 Collection was released on September 12, 2006 containing all twenty episodes plus extras on six discs.

Region 2[edit]

PAL versions of the single-disc volume sets started being released on February 19, 2007;.[6] As with the original Region 1 NTSC DVDs, each set contains four episodes per disc.[6][22][23][24][25] The Complete Book One Collection was released on January 26, 2009 containing all twenty episodes on five discs.[26] These Region 2 releases lack the commentary tracks and other DVD extras found on the Region 1 releases.

Volume Discs Episodes Release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 1 4 January 31, 2006[27] February 19, 2007[6] March 15, 2007[28][29]
2 1 4 March 28, 2006[27] June 4, 2007[22] July 5, 2007[30]
3 1 4 May 30, 2006[27] September 3, 2007[23] March 13, 2008[31]
4 1 4 July 18, 2006[27] February 18, 2008[24] June 19, 2008[32]
5 1 4 September 19, 2006[27] May 26, 2008[25] March 5, 2009[33][34]
Box set 6[35] 20[35] September 12, 2006[27] January 26, 2009[36] June 4, 2009[37][38]

Film adaptation[edit]

The Last Airbender is a live action film based on the first season of the animated television series and had a theatrical release on July 1, 2010. The film was directed by M. Night Shyamalan.[7][8]

Footnotes[edit]

1.^ Production code format taken from the commentary for "Sozin's Comet: The Phoenix King"

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