Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1, Episode 15: Bato of the Water Tribe  » TV  »
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  • People complained about Aang's white lie to get the two warring tribes to get along, saying it was out of character, but I think this was more extreme
  • Unfortunately, when he finally confesses due to guilt, they don't see it that way and send him on his way
  • On the one hand, it's not too farfetched for them to come to forgive him, but how interesting would it have been to see the group split up for an extended period of time


    • by David Finniss

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      The group comes across gear from a waterbending tribe, a sword, an arrow and the like.

      Sokka showcases impressive tracking skills and leads them to a boat that belonged to his and Katara’s tribe. There, they meet Bato, a family friend who tells them that he knows where their father is.

      As the group starts to catch up on old times, Aang starts to feel left out. He gets the impression that they plan on leaving him to go find their father.

      It gets so bad that when a messenger arrives to


      give them a map to their father’s whereabouts, Aang keeps it for himself and hides any evidence of the messenger’s presence.

      People complained about Aang’s white lie to get the two warring tribes to get along, saying it was out of character, but I think this was more extreme.

      I won’t go so far as to say it’s out of character, but it does seem odd. I understand his reasoning to some extent, Katara and Sokka are his family now and he doesn’t want to be left in the dust. Unfortunately, when he finally confesses due to guilt, they don’t see it that way and send him on his way.

      It’s odd, they don’t even ask him how long he had the map. The messenger could’ve arrived the night before. I guess it doesn’t matter as he could’ve easily shown it to them when he first got back.

      Meanwhile Zuko comes across a woman with a monstrous beast that has a very powerful sense of smell. It takes them awhile, and a few encounters with past characters like the fortune teller ...


      • Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1, Episode 15: Bato of the Water Tribe
      and the crazy lady (who’s still awesome) before they track the group down.

      Given the monster’s sense of smell, it was no surprise that the village’s perfume would be a factor. I figured it would be more of a decoy, but it is used in a different capacity.

      This episode gives us a glimpse into Sokka’s history. We see him as a young boy, eager to join his father, only to be left behind to care for his family. It isn’t until Bato shows up that he gets to partake

      in a rite of passage that all water tribe boys go through.

      I’m not sure how I feel about the quick fix for the conflict between the trio. On the one hand, it’s not too farfetched for them to come to forgive him, but how interesting would it have been to see the group split up for an extended period of time? Oh well, the episode is quite enjoyable and fleshes the characters out. Aang remains sympathetic and Sokka gets to show off his skills a bit more here than usual.




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