Aang relives the events after finding out that he is the Avatar 100 years ago and tells them to Katara, while Iroh tells the story of Zuko's scar and banishment to the crew.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zach Tyler ...
Aang (voice) (as Zach Tyler Eisen)
Katara (voice)
Sokka (voice) (as Jack DeSena)
Prince Zuko (voice)
Appa / Momo (voice)
Uncle (voice)
Fire Lord Ozai (voice)
Monk Gyatso (voice)
Fisherman (voice)
Fisherman's Wife (voice)
Dour Monk (voice)
Senior Monk (voice)
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After Aang, Katara, and Sokka run out of money, they meet a fisherman who confronts Aang about running away from his destiny as the Avatar. Sokka goes with the fisherman to earn some money and Aang tells Katara about why the fisherman was indeed correct and tells her why he was in the iceberg when they met. Iroh also tells the crew about what happened to Zuko and why he has a scar and the reasons why he is banished. A terrible storm begins to form and Aang must save Sokka and the fisherman, while facing his fears as the Avatar, and Zuko must put aside his selfish reasons for hunting Aang to save his crew. Written by shadowangel91

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3 June 2005 (USA)  »

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Princess Azula makes a "cameo" appearance - she can be seen standing next to Iroh when Ozai punishes Zuko. Technically, this marks Azula's first appearance in the show (outside of the opening credits), but she isn't identified or named this time. The viewers don't even learn of her existence for another eight episodes, and don't hear her speak for another nine. See more »


When Katara walks into the cave where Aang is hiding, her shadow overlaps Aang's but we don't see it fall on him. See more »


[first lines]
Katara: We need you, Aang.
Aang: I need you, too.
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One of the episodes that made A:TLA the great show it came to be known as
26 January 2017 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

As a typical Ehasz episode, "The Storm" does many great things at once. It furthers character development, putting most of the characters into situations that challenge them in a meaningful way and require them to grow as a person. Through that, personalities change from static familiar tropes into characters that feel alive and whose decisions you are looking forward to. At the same time, much needed back story to Aang and Zuko is provided. Up to "The Storm", Zuko has been quite one-dimensional, not really being more than an inserted villain to keep the protagonists on the move. The parts of his past that get exposed here do a lot to make him feel like an actual person. Zuko also for the first time gets to make some choices that allow the viewer to sympathize with him, when he risks his own life to save a crew member and prioritizes the ship's safety over hunting the Avatar at all costs.

Aang also gets to confront what is probably his main weakness that he keeps working on throughout the entire series. His tendency of avoidance, to run away when he feels overwhelmed, is a big source of grief, suffering and self-loathing to him. It comes along naturally with his greatest traits, his independence and committal to staying true to himself — if he finds himself in a situation where he is unable to get along with any choice imposed on him by others, running away is his natural instinct. This challenge for Aang being introduced here starts a trend of him gradually overcoming his fleeing instinct and facing his problems and enemies that's engaging to the viewer.

Sokka and Katara don't get much development, but they get to play out their strengths, with Sokka having some delightful humorous moments and Katara showing sympathy and friendship to Aang.

Even the side-characters that only show up in this episode, the grumpy old man and his wife, are written well and get some genuinely funny lines that are delivered in serious situations without sounding out of place.

The only two scenes that I wasn't completely happy with are the short cut of the smelly airbender that one of the teams have to include into their group and Zuko's past Agni Kai with his father. The former seemed kind of out of place and contrary to A:TLA's usually rather inclusive philosophy. I suppose it might have been there to show that it wasn't really sound logic to exclude one person for being too good at the game, yet include another one that's (supposedly) similarly bad or unpopular. Still, even then I don't think it accomplished anything, and I wonder why it was inserted at all.

The latter always felt a bit constructed to me. Usually, you'd expect a prince to get away with the kinds of things Zuko said in opposition to the council general. From a later perspective, we understand that the Firelord had already been disappointed in Zuko for quite a long time, as I understand it for lack of natural talent and not being willing to make whatever sacrifices that are necessary to reach military goals and more power, so Zuko speaking out only gave Ozai an opportunity to get rid of him. On the one hand, I like how only through information we received later on did this flashback make sense somewhat, on the other hand it makes it seem strange that Zuko would work so hard to get accepted back by his father who treated him that badly. Still, altogether I think it was a good choice to set up his past and give an explanation for his built-up anger.

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