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)
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)


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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First time Uncle Iroh redirects lightning. 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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Avatar's first all-out classic
3 April 2017 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

(Warning: SPOILERS)

Avatar: The Last Airbender aka The Legend of Aang is one of the best, richest shows of all time. It is considered in many corners as the best non-Japanese animated series. It would capture the hearts of kids, adults and critics alike and stand the test of time. While it is a Nickelodeon show, it deals with topics such as life and death, war and genocide, banishment and abandonment, love and hatred, revenge and forgiveness. These are pretty big themes for a kid's show and episode no.12 "The Storm" is often considered the first Avatar classic, the moment people began to see the series as much, much more than a young and entertaining show and began to regard it as a mythical, almost spiritual journey.


Sokka tries to earn some money by working for a fisherman. Despite forewarnings of an approaching storm, they leave, but not after the fisherman scares Aang away by verbally attacking him for abandoning the world. As the weather worsens, Aang flees to a cave where he tells Katara about why he fled 100 years ago. Meanwhile, Zuko, relentlessly chasing the Avatar, also encounters bad weather, and while his crew takes shelter inside the ship Iroh joins them and tells them of why Zuko was burned and banished. We go back and forth between the two narratives and end up with Aang saving Sokka and the fisherman and Zuko choosing to save the ship and crew rather than continuing the chase.

Good Stuff

What Avatar does best is juxtaposing the good and the bad and showing us the good has its flaws and the bad its reasons. The dual story gives us a ridiculous amount of backstory but it deepens the show and the characters. Both tells, somehow fittingly, are told around a fire. Watching usually calm Iroh showcase his power (something we always suspected) by redirecting lightning is a joy to behold. One of my favorite shots is when both parties cross paths in the eye of the storm, Aang looks back and Zuko looks up, and as the two lock eyes with uncertain expressions we get a true sense of destiny.

King character and character development

We learn so much more about the antagonist and protagonist. Aang lacks a certain character development throughout the series and by its finale he's still the wonderful mix of spiritual monk, playful child, and mighty Avatar. Stephen King once wrote that he mentally gave his characters tons of development and backstory, so that when he put them in a situation, rather than going "Erm..I'll have him do this, yes" the characters personality dictated how they responded. Aang is such a character. Brought up by peaceful, contemplating monks he knows no other way of looking at the world and in a sense, is complete. The struggle in him is more his peaceful upbringing and his violent surroundings, creating an internal conflict that would be touched upon again, most notably in the series finale. With another character having so much character development it would be too much to do the same for Aang.

Zuko is often regarded as Avatars best and most interesting character. His transformation has been labeled the best of any TV show, including the non-animated ones. That may be a bold statement but I find myself agreeing with it. Zuko goes from a violent, perpetually angry young man to a balanced, peaceful man. But the point is, we already sense there is much more to Zuko in season 1 and this episode, while not starting that view, certainly develops it. Zuko's struggle is his internal good vs bad conflict, his wish to regain his father's favor despite hating him, his disobedience to his uncle even when he knows, deep, deep down, that Iroh is right. Learning who burned him makes us understand why he is so evil, and in pretty much the next scene he saves lives, almost to present his internal struggle outwards.


Aangs conflict in his peaceful nature and his violent responsibilities as Avatar and Zuko struggling to understand himself makes Avatar such a deep, meaningful show. The Storm is a perfect example of this. In a mere 20 minutes Avatar upgrades and enhances its show, its narrative, its arc and its characters. In one superbly written episode that is a visual, artistic, and character development master class, this examination of protagonist and antagonist elevates a good show mainly for the young to a deep journey for all ages. The Storm is not Avatars last classic but it's certainly the first. 10/10

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