Avatar: The Last Airbender: Season 1, Episode 1

The Boy in the Iceberg (21 Feb. 2005)

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Two teenage siblings (Sokka and Katara) living in the South Pole discover a very strange boy (Aang), along with his pet flying bison Appa, in an iceberg. But can they trust him when he ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Aang (voice) (as Zach Tyler Eisen)
Katara (voice)
Sokka (voice) (as Jack DeSena)
Prince Zuko / Additional Voices (voice)
Appa / Additional Voices (voice)
Uncle (voice)
Gran Gran (voice)
Madeline Lovejoy ...
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Luke Zampas ...
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Two teenage siblings (Sokka and Katara) living in the South Pole discover a very strange boy (Aang), along with his pet flying bison Appa, in an iceberg. But can they trust him when he accidentally draws the war to their village's doorstep? Written by Anonymous

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Although there are many astronomical oddities throughout the series, suggesting significant differences between our Earth and the Avatar world (or indicating the filmmakers' poor knowledge in astronomy), the first two episodes provide a generally accurate depiction of the sun's position at the southern polar region in December (we know it's December, because the winter solstice occurs shortly afterward): the sun is up around the clock (Sokka even mentions the midnight sun) and stands relatively low over the horizon. That being said, the sun is too low for the exact pole - only about 4-5 degrees. At the pole it should be around 20 degrees above the horizon in December. This can be explained if the village is about a thousand miles away from the pole (which is still within the polar circle, though). Or it can be simply added to the other oddities of the Avatar world. See more »


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Katara: [voiceover] Water. Earth. Fire. Air. My grandmother used to tell me stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar kept balance between the Water Tribes, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads. But that all changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar mastered all four elements. Only he could stop the ruthless firebenders. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years have passed and the Fire Nation is nearing victory in the war. Two ...
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Underwhelming considering what I've heard about the show
10 February 2015 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

I haven't actually got the box set of the show so I am not exactly going to be reviewing other episodes. While this is probably one of the better shows to air on Nickelodeon, I just think what happened wasn't really enough to get me interested in what many now consider something like the best cartoon show ever made.

The plot is that there are different nations that can master different elements with magic. Earth, water, wind and fire. The Fire Nation is now at war with the other nations... for some reason and the only hope is The Avatar, a prodigy that comes around every once in a while that can master all four elements. 100 years later, Katara and Sokka - two water benders in the south pole find a boy named Aang and something that looks like a cross between My Neighbor Totoro and Where The Wild Things Are. Aang can air-bend. However him being broken out of the ice Aang froze himself in basically became a beacon for a Fire Nation ship to follow and capture the Avatar.

I know this is probably going to be one of those shows that would mean that judging the whole show based on the first episode would not be fair because this show is basically one continuous story-line of three children out to stop The Fire Nation (presumably). But even then I don't think the humour is that funny and although Aang and Katara are both interesting and likable, I feel that while this isn't a bad pilot I might have been a little more open to watching the rest of it if they developed things just a tiny bit more and no, I don't feel like buying the box set (and I will under no circumstance get those "You'll get the first few episodes, but not all the season" DVD's that are circling around) just to realise stuff like the motivations behind what I just saw.

So I hope at this point the rather obsessive fan-base of the show can understand why I am a little hesitant on getting the whole box set. I mean don't get me wrong, I would say that over time this might get better but as of right now, it hasn't hooked me, not even for a look at the second episode (although maybe that might change) so I would say to the fans enjoy the show that you love because even though I won't really watch it, I can still see why it does have it's fans.

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