Avatar: The Last Airbender: Book 1 Episode 19: Siege of the North Part 1  » TV  »
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  • Katara quickly rises to become one of the best students, while Aang himself is quite skilled, he lacks the determination that Katara has
  • One would think that fireballs would be no problem for a waterbending tribe surrounded by, ya know, water, but instead they take a different defensive approach and actually let a bunch of them strike the walls before they attempt to mount a defense
  • While there was a nitpick or two to be found, I enjoyed it and each character had a chance to shine


    • by David Finniss

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      As the fire nation approaches, Aang and Katara continue being trained at the hands of the master. Katara quickly rises to become one of the best students, while Aang himself is quite skilled, he lacks the determination that Katara has.

      Admiral Jao is eager to wipe the tribe off the map, and they begin their siege.

      One would think that fireballs would be no problem for a waterbending tribe surrounded by, ya know, water, but instead they take a different defensive approach and actually let a bunch of them strike the walls before they attempt to mount a defense.

      Aang doesn’t want to make the same mistake he made a hundred years ago and rushes


      out to take on the fleet. He does his best, and takes down over a dozen ships, but the fire nation has more ships than he can hope to take down.

      It’s revealed that the waterbenders get their powers from the moon, which makes a lot of sense given the tides. Iroh advises that they wait until morning before continuing the assault. It’s a logical strategy, though I have to wonder why the water nation didn’t take the opportunity to go on the offensive.

      Aang decides to consult the spirits. After some meditation, he makes it to the other side. Katara explains that as long as his body isn’t moved, he should ...


      • have no trouble finding his way back.

        Go figure, this is when Zuko appears. Katara actually manages to hold her own against the fire bender. It’s only when the sun rises that Zuko is able to gain a true advantage. By the time Katara awakens, Aang and Zuko are gone.

        The Yue/Sokka romance gets a lot more development here. We see them try to be friends, only for both of them to find the temptation quite great. It gets to the point where Yue insists that they can’t see each other at all.

        The relationship is handled well and never does it get too sappy or heavy handed. The writing

        in this regard is quite strong. There are some humorous bits where Sokka tries to act suave, but all in all, the matter is handled seriously.

        We also meet Yue’s fiance, and not surprisingly, Sokka doesn’t like him. In true love rival fashion, he’s a bit of a pompous jerk and is more interested in marrying Yue for political influence than for any genuine feelings for her.

        This episode was more action oriented. While there was a nitpick or two to be found, I enjoyed it and each character had a chance to shine.

        I can’t wait to see how part 2 pans out as we wrap up season 1 of this surprisingly fun show.




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