Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 1 Episode 10

Jet

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Aired Friday 6:30 PM May 06, 2005 on Nickelodeon
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While traveling towards the North Pole, the group almost gets captured by the Fire Nation. However, when a charismatic young man and his band of rebels attack the Fire Nation's camp and rescue them, the gang learns that the rebels are trying to resist the Fire Nation's motives to expand their territory. Katara and Aang really enjoy their time with the band of rebels, but Sokka soon discovers that they aren't as noble as meets the eye.moreless

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  • Great way to show how righteous anger can turn into wrong Actions

    10
    In this episode, I felt sorry for Jet that he lost both his parents to the Fire Nation, but I felt even more sorry for the innocent he attacked when he lured Aang and Katara onto his side which I'm glad Sokka resisted! This is shown from what Sokka saw Jet do to that poor old man that he attacked and nearly killed. This shows lots of character development in Sokka because he shows that just because someone is Fire Nation doesn't necessarily mean he is willing to harm them! But most importantly, Sokka saved everyone's lives in that village Jet destroyed just in time!moreless
  • Jet

    9.5
    Jet was a superb episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. I really enjoyed watching this episode as Aang and the gang meet Jet, a charismatic rebel leader whose gang operate some what like Robin Hood or Peter Pan with a twist. This episode had a lot of character development for Sokka who is continually being challenged and questioned. I think Aang and Katara learned a lot from this experience. The fire snaps scene with Aang and Momo was funny! This episode sets up future episodes as I'm sure we will see Jet again. I look forward to watching more episodes of Avatar The Last Airbender!!!!!!!moreless
  • The gang travels to a forest and meet a gang of liberators called the Freedom Fighters. Led by a man named Jet. Katara takes a liking to him, but will she be blinded from Jet's true side because of it?moreless

    9.5
    I like this episode alot. We finally get to see how ruthless the firenation is. All of the freedom fighters have tragic stories involving the firenation. It really shows the daily struggle of war victims and what they now must do and what drives them to do it.

    The beginning started out well with action and jokes about Sokkas Instincts... poor guy. The plot quickly went to meeting Jet and you could instatnly tell Katara was falling for him. This story was more about katara and sokka. I liked that alot and i like how Sokka never trusted jet. It was horrible what they did to that old man. Even though he was fire nation they were about the beat him up. I like how sokka is serious when he needs to be. i really wish they showed off jets way of life better and showed him as more of a leader.... that victory speech... sucked.....

    anyway when sokka found out the true plot i was stunned. To think they would drown a whole town... Finally the best parts of the episodes was the final confrontations. Alot of drama in this part as Katara felt betrayed by Jet. The sequence with jet and aang fighting was flawless and one of the best parts of the season. After the dam exploded i actually was in shock that the show would take a turn like that but then we found out sokka saved the day by telling all the villagers to leave. perfect how this wasnt a totally happy ending but still managable. The good guys cant always win completely. Very very good episodes and one of the seasons best for memoreless
  • An episode that broaches the issue of how far is too far to defeat the enemy?

    9.1
    This episode introduces many new characters to the show. The characters are a group of teenagers that have been directly hurt by the Fire Nation. They form a group called the "Freedom Fighters" and their sole goal is to rid the world of the Fire Nation. Whilst the group appears to be on the "good side" by wanting to defeat the Fire Nation, the tactics they employ are highly questionable. This episode broaches a topic that is quite sophisticated for a children's show. How far is too far in a war? There is never an easy answer to this question, but this episode deals with the question maturely and adeptly.moreless
  • If I didn't know any better I thought this was a full length feature film!

    9.0
    Once again another episode of Avatar is packed with so much quality that a half hour animated episode felt like an hour special. Although we have only been introduced to Jet in this episode, his character development was so great that it equals to that of an entire seasons character development! It's amazing how we know this guy so well in just a matter of ten minutes. Just some brilliant acting. And the fight between Jet and Aang is arguably the best in the show so far; the creativity and dynamics of battling around the woods was just awesome. Overall this is the best episode so far.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Jet's gangs clothes are based after different nations clothing. The reasoning behind this is his gang scavenged clothes from warn torn areas.

    • Aang is supposed to be in love with Katara but did not express any jealousy over her liking Jet.

    • The name of the village is Gaipan.

    • When Smellerbee attempts to catch Sokka after he first runs away, Pipsqueak has lips.

    • At one part Appa is lying on the top of the trees. The top branches of any tree are newly grown twigs and they shouldn't be able to support a ten-ton bison.

    • When Jet ask Katara to bend the water from underground. She replies "I've never used bending on water I can't see. I don't know."

      But in the episode Imprisoned, she bends water from a well. She also bends the water out of Aang's chest in The Warriors of Kyoshi.

    • When Jet is commenting on Aang and Katara's bending after his speech during dinner, Katara's braid is missing.

    • Before the commercial when Jet and his gang are talking about blowing up the dam with Sokka listening in it is dark. When the show came back from commercial it was light.

    • When the group decides not to fly on Appa, Aang gets tired of carrying his pack and teases that Sokka's instincts should carry it. Even if they weren't flying, they could have let Appa carry the supplies in his saddle to ease their walk.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Jet: Sokka, you fool! We could free this valley!
      Sokka: Who will be free? Everyone will be dead.
      Jet (Angrily): You traitor!
      Sokka: No, Jet, you became the traitor when you stopped protecting innocent people.

    • Aang (after having glider stolen by Jet): I won't fight you!
      Jet: You'll have to if you want your glider back!

    • Katara: Who made you the boss?
      Sokka: I'm not the boss. I'm the leader.

    • Katara: Why Jet? I can't believe I trusted you! You lied to me. You're sick and I trusted you!

    • Katara: Jet, I'm sorry about how Sokka's been acting.
      Jet: No worries, he already apologized.
      Aang (with a look of disbelief on his face): Really? Sokka apologized?
      Jet: Yeah, I was surprised too. I got the sense that maybe you talked to him or something.
      Katara: Yea, I did.

    • Katara: Hey Jet, nice speech.
      Jet: Thanks, by the way I was really impressed with you and Aang. That was some great bending I saw out there today.
      Katara: Well, he's great, he's the Avatar. (blushes) I could use some more training.

    • Fire Nation solider: They're in the trees! (a freedom fighter then falls from the trees onto the Fire Nation soldiers head and laughs)

    • Jet: Aang?
      Aang: I'll get up on my own.
      Jet: Grab hold of me Katara.

    • Katara: Um... thanks for saving us Jet. We're lucky you were there.
      Jet: I should be thanking you. We were waiting to ambush those soldiers all morning. We just needed the right distraction, and then you guys just stumbled in.
      Katara (Scoffing): We were relying on instinct.
      Jet: You'll get yourself killed doing that. (Sokka listens in and with an angry face he walks away)

    • Sokka: Look, my instincts tell me we have a better chance of slipping through on foot. And a leader has to trust his instincts.
      Katara: Ok, we'll try it your way, O Wise Leader.
      Aang: Who knows, walking might be fun!
      (After traveling for a long period of time)
      Aang: Walking stinks! How do people go anywhere without a flying bison?
      Katara: I don't know, Aang. Why don't you ask Sokka's instincts? They seem to know everything.
      Sokka: Haha, very funny.
      Aang: I'm tired of carrying this pack.
      Katara: You know who you should ask to carry it for a while? Sokka's instincts.
      Aang: That's a great idea. Hey, Sokka's instincts! Would you mind --
      Sokka: Okay, okay. I get it.

    • Pipsqueak: You think my name is funny?
      Aang: It's hilarious.
      (Aang and Pipsqueak start to laugh; Pipsqueak slaps Aang on the back)

    • Sokka: These are fire nation traps. You can tell from the metal work. We better pack up camp, and get moving.
      (Aang, Katara, and Sokka start to pack up camp)
      Sokka: Uh, no flying this time.
      Aang: What? Why wouldn't we fly?
      Sokka: Think about it. Somehow Prince Zuko and the fire nation keep finding us. It's because they spot Appa. He's just too noticeable.
      Katara: What, Appa's not noticeable.
      Sokka: He's a gigantic fluffy monster with an arrow on his head; it's kind of hard to miss him. (Appa growls)
      Aang (to Appa): Sokka's just jealous 'cause he doesn't have an arrow.

    • Aang: Sokka, look what the Duke gave me!
      (Picks out a sparkler, and throws it at Momo; Momo hisses; he then climbs up on Aang's shoulder and takes some sparklers out, and throws them at Aang's feet)
      Aang: Ow, hey, quit it!

    • (Aang jumps to help the hog-monkeys)
      Sokka: This is gonna take forever.
      (Throws his boomerang cutting the ropes and releasing the hog-monkeys )
      Aang: That works.

    • Aang (to Sokka, as they are flying away on Appa after Sokka saves everyone in the village): We thought you were going to the dam. How come you went to the town instead?
      Katara: Let me guess. Your instincts told you?
      Sokka: Hey, sometimes they're right.
      Aang: Uh Sokka, you know we're going the wrong way, right?
      Sokka (turning Appa around): And sometimes they're wrong.

    • Aang: I think that's enough, and I'm not saying that to be lazy.

    • Sokka (to a troop of firebenders): If you let us pass, we promise not to hurt you!
      Katara (quietly): What are you doing?
      Sokka: Bluffing?
      Captain: You? Promise not to hurt us?
      (An arrow is seen after the Captain falls to the ground)
      Aang: Nice work, Sokka! How'd you do that?
      Sokka: Uh... instinct?

    • Katara: You're the leader?! But you're voice still cracks.
      Sokka: I'm the oldest, and I'm a warrior, (in a deeper voice) so I'm the leader.
      Katara: If anybody's the leader, it's Aang. He is the Avatar.
      Sokka: Aang? He's just a goofy little kid.
      Aang: He's right.

    • Katara: Why do boys always think someone has to be the leader? I bet you wouldn't be so bossy if you kissed a girl.
      Sokka: I-I've kissed a girl-you just haven't met her.
      Katara: Who? Gran-Gran? I've met Gran-gran.
      Sokka: No—besides Gran-Gran. Look, my instincts tell me we have a better chance of slipping through on foot, and a leader has to trust his instincts.
      Katara: Okay, we'll try it your way O' Wise Leader.

    • Katara: Jet, you monster!

    • Katara (with tears in her eyes): Where's Sokka?

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Jet's hideout is very simmilar to Peter Pan's hideout in the 1991 movie Hook.

    • It is possible that Jet's name was taken from the movie West Side Story because in that movie the gang called the Jets would whistle in order to communicate. Jet does this with his Freedom Fighters as well, and it can be inferred that this is how the name was though of.

    • The "blasting jelly" that's used to blow up the dam is possible based on the real explosive Gelignite, which is also called Blasting Gelatin.

    • Watanabe
      The series honors the works and influence of Shinichiro Watanabe within this episode. Jet's charisma, close-combat skills, and physical features (especially hairstyle) all resemble that of the fictional bounty hunter Spike Spiegal, the main protagonist of the anime/manga series Cowboy Bebop. Jet also shares the name of the series secondary protagonist, Jet Black. Futhermore, the animation used during the duel between Jet and Aang draws heir to a typical exceptionally choreographed Wantanbe fight sequence, especially in regards to the anime Samurai Champloo in terms of the use of traditional weaponry. Jet even manages to express some of the mannerisms of Mugen, one of the series three main protagonists, especially in regards to the habit of chewing on a blade of grass. The creators have openly stated that they were heavily inspired by and cherish his work on both anime series.

    • Jet's weapons are know as the twin tiger head hook swords, very rare and ancient Chinese weapons dating back to the Qing Dynasty. Best used against a spear, the techniques that the hooks can be utilized for include hooking, drawing, hugging, carrying, holding, pressing, piercing, shaping, hanging, pulling, lifting and locking; almost all were demonstrated by Jet in the episode. The swords were most recently seen being used in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

    • The duel between Jet and Aang echoed the treetop battles from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

    • The idea of Jet and his Freedom Fighters seems like the idea of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, living where the enemy (Fire Nation/Captian Hook), can't find them and trying to kill all of the enemy.

    • The Duke could be a jest at one of the character's in Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In the book, the Duke was a con man, while the Freedom Fighters came across while Duke while he was trying to steal their food.

    • The rebels' treetop town is similar to the 1991 movie Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves where Robin (Kevin Costner) and his 'merry men' build huts and bridges in the trees to defend themselves from the sheriff's men.

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