Avatar: The Last Airbender: Book 2, Episode 10: The Library
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  • Seeing the owl transform into an almost griffin like creature was interesting


    • by David Finniss

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      Man, this show is good. The group comes across a professor who is looking for an ancient library filled with centuries worth of knowledge. Sokka convinces them to join him, thinking that they can learn about the fire nation to begin forming a strategy.

      This episode is quite mystical in nature as the library is guarded by a spirit that takes the form of a giant owl. The voice sounded so familiar, but I couldn’t place it. It turns out, he was voiced by Hector Elizando and he did a fantastic job.

      There’s just


      something awe inspiring about this episode. It has a sort of “Indiana Jones” feel in some respects and the ending scene with the professor was very much in that vein.

      We also learn that there are desert dwellers who are called sand benders. Isn’t that basically just airbending? I don’t know, seemed kind of odd to me.

      As with the first season finale, the score for this episode really augmented the awe you felt as a viewer seeing all of this unfold.

      Sokka continues to deliver with the humor, delivering quite a few great ...


      • lines of dialogue.

        The final chase sequence was amazing. Seeing the owl transform into an almost griffin like creature was interesting.

        Even though we know that the fire nation is bad and that Aang and crew are acting in the world’s best interests, the owl raises a good point about justifying war and abusing his knowledge.

        The episode ends on a cliffhanger as the aforementioned band of sandbenders have kidnapped Appa. Toph did what she could, but the sand hindered her abilities and with the owl trying to sink the library, she had

        her hands full, thus Appa was taken away.

        It is also revealed that fire benders are weakest during a solar eclipse. I’m pretty sure there was mention of the firebenders getting their power from the sun, but even putting that aside, it makes sense as water benders get their power from the moon and the whole opposite thing.

        This was a great episode that had a wide scope despite it’s relatively small setting (the library is freakin’ huge, but it’s still just a single building). The voice work was top notch and the score also thrived.




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