Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 3 Episode 19

Sozin's Comet (2): The Old Masters

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Aired Friday 6:30 PM Jul 19, 2008 on Nickelodeon
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Sozin's Comet (2): The Old Masters
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Zuko takes everyone to June the Bounty Hunter, hoping that she can find Aang. When her Shirshu, Nyla, can't find Aang, she reveals that he does not exist in their world anymore. They decide to find Iroh instead, and they wind up at Ba Sing Se. There they meet up with the Order of the White Lotus and Zuko finally reconciles with his uncle. They try to convince Iroh to face Ozai, but he says that only the Avatar can. Despite not knowing where Aang is, everyone leaves to go face their own respective battles. Meanwhile, Aang winds up on a moving island, where he consults the past Avatars about what he should do when he faces the Fire Lord.moreless

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  • Sozin's Comet (2): The Old Masters

    10
    Sozin's Comet (2): The Old Masters was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. I really enjoyed watching this episode because we got to see some familiar faces from the past, there was lots of action, drama, and intrigue. I thought it was cool how all the old masters came together through the White Lotus. Zuko learns more about his destiny as the gang learns that only Aang can face the Fire Lord and end the war peacefully. I enjoyed the ending of this episode where Ozai is ready to start his campaign. I look forward to the series finale of Avatar The Last Airbender!!!!!!!moreless
  • aang talks to the past avatars and the rest of the gaang meet their teachers

    9.9
    aang talks to 4 past avatars. the one we all know, avatar roku, the avatar before aang. then he meets avatar kyoshi, the avatar before roku. she created kyoshi island. we see her in 2 episodes "the warriors of kyoshi" and "avatar day". then he meets a water tribe avatar, avatar kuruk. he is the avatar before kyoshi. we have never seen him in any other episodes. we only see him in a game called "escape from the spirit world". when aang still couldnt decide to kill the firelord, he had to talk to an air nomad avatar, avatar yangchen. we have only seen her in "escape from the spirit world"moreless
  • Surprisingly emotional.

    9.0
    With the planning of the first invasion, we thought that all of the allies of the Avatar were already gathered and captured, but an even stronger underlying force has been revealed to be hiding in the shadows; the old masters. These kinds of stuff, turning tides within a battle and hidden twists that greatly shifts the power struggle of the war, just makes your adrenaline rush! Plus Bumi single-handedly taking back Omashu by himself was a sweet sight. Though Avatar might have also served itself its finest emotional scene, one that deserves an award! The reunion between Iroh and Zuko was truly sweet!moreless
  • Sad that it is getting closer to the end, but episodes are getting better..

    10
    The thing I like about the episode, was for one, Zuko finaly catches up with Uncle, 2 anyone who did not see the short "Escape from the spirit world" got to see the past Avatars one more time Roku, kyoshi, kuruk, and yangchen before the show ended, and three - after all this talk about a lion turtle, we finaly get to see one. point's I like were that Zuko kept uncle's sweaty sandle from Book 1 water Chapter 7 Winter solistce part 1 the spirit world, which I found funny. June remembering Zuko from season 1 and thinking that Katara was his girlfriend, getting to see paku, jeong jeong, bumi, and master piando again. Over all this episode is a great episode, but is not the last.moreless
  • The gang finds themselves near Ba Sing Se at the camp of the Order of the White Lotus. As Zuko reunites with his uncle, Aang wakes up on a deserted island. Aang soon realizes he is on a lion-turtle, and the wise creature gives him significant knowledge.moreless

    10
    This was another amazing episode of the series finale. We start off by finding the Order of the White Lotus. I've been dying to find out who they are and what they do, and we finally find out! Piandao, Bumi, Iroh, Pakku, Jeong Jeong, and Iroh are all members! It was such a shock finding out that Bumi, Jeong Jeong, and Pakku are members of the White Lotus! I kind of knew everyone else were members. It was also so funny to hear that Pakku is Katara and Sokka's grandfather; Pakku finally married Gran Gran! It was funny yet so heartwarming to hear that. The most touching part of this episode was definitely when Zuko reunites with Iroh. It was so heartwarming and just so touching. It was so sad to see Zuko trying to say sorry, when all of a sudden Iroh just turns around and embraces him. It was touching! What was also interesting was to see how everyone splits up: Zuko and Katara head off to face Azula, the White Lotus plans to conquer Ba Sing Se, and Suki, Toph, and Sokka try to disrupt the Fire Nation airship fleet from burning the world. What I also loved about this episode was seeing how Aang talked with his past lives. It was wonderful to see Roku and Kyoshi again, and it was such a treat to see new Avatars, Kuruk and Yangchen. It was interesting to see their advice, and my favorite was Yangchen's advice that the Avatar is attached to earthly problems and must "do whatever it takes to protect the world." What ticked me off was that it was so hard to understand the lion-turtle's voice. I was still able to fully hear it, but it took some effort. The lion-turtle provided an interesting piece of amazement for me. As the lion-turtle said, they lived long before the Avatars and told Aang to fight the darkness. Although I was confused, it all made sense with the next two episodes. This seriously a touching, beautiful, and knowledgable episode. Part Two of the series finale was exactly what I expected: freaking great!moreless
Jennifer Hale

Jennifer Hale

Avatar Kyoshi, June

Guest Star

Keone Young

Keone Young

Jeong Jeong

Guest Star

Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick

Piandao

Guest Star

James Garrett

James Garrett

Avatar Roku

Recurring Role

André Sogliuzzo

André Sogliuzzo

King Bumi

Recurring Role

Victor Brandt

Victor Brandt

Master Pakku

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Since both Bumi and the guards stared at the eclipse they should of gone blind or at least suffered severe retinal burning. However, Bumi was fine.

    • It is revealed that the female face that was seen on Koh the Facestealer in "The Siege of the North (1)" was Avatar Kuruk's love interest, Ummi. However, this was also revealed in the online game/web episode, "Escape from the Spirit World".

    • The smell sample which Zuko presents June is the sandal which Iroh intentionally drops during the events of the season 1 episode The Spirit World (Winter Solstice, Part 1).

    • It is revealed that Master Pakku, King Bumi and Jeong Jeong are members of the Order of the White Lotus.

    • It is revealed that Pakku married Gran Gran making him Sokka and Katara's grandfather.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Zuko: Uncle, you're the only person other than the Avatar who can possibly defeat the father Lord.
      Toph: You mean the Fire Lord.
      Zuko: That's what I just said.

    • Kuruk: (to Aang) When I was young, I was always a "go with the flow" kind of Avatar. People seemed to work out their own problems, and there was peace and good times in the world, but then I lost the woman I loved to Koh, the Face Stealer. It was my fault. If I had been more attentive and more active, I could have saved her. Aang, you must actively shape your own destiny, and the destiny of the world.

    • Kyoshi: In my day, Chin the Conqueror threatened to throw the world out of balance. I stopped him, and the world entered a great era of peace.
      Aang: But you didn't really kill Chin. Technically he fell to his own doom because he was too stubborn to get out of the way.
      Kyoshi: Personally I don't really see the difference, but I assure you, I would have done whatever it took to stop Chin. I offer you this wisdom Aang, only justice will bring peace.
      Aang: I knew I shouldn't have asked Kyoshi.

    • Aang: Everyone expects me to take the Fire Lord's life, but I just don't know if I can do that.
      Roku: In my life, I tried to be disciplined and show restraint, but it backfired when Fire Lord Sozin took advantage of my restraint and mercy. If I had been more decisive and acted sooner, I could have stopped Sozin and stopped the war before it started. I offer you this wisdom Aang: you must be decisive.

    • (Zuko is trying to persuade Iroh to help them fight Ozai)
      Iroh: No Zuko. It won't turn out well.
      Zuko: You can beat him, and we'll be there to help.
      Iroh: Even if I did defeat Ozai, and I don't know that I could, it would be the wrong way to end the war. History would see it as more senseless violence, a brother killing a brother to grab power. The only way for this war to end peacefully is for the Avatar to defeat the Fire Lord.

    • Aang: Avatar Yangchen, the monks always taught me that all life is sacred. Even the life of the tiniest spider-fly caught in its own web.
      Yangchen: Yes, all life is sacred.
      Aang: I know, I'm even a vegetarian. I've always tried to solve my problems by being quick or clever, and I've only had to use violence for necessary defense, and I've certainly never used it to take a life.
      Yangchen: Avatar Aang, I know that you are a gentle spirit, and the monks have taught you well. But this isn't about you, this is about the world.
      Aang: But the monks taught me that I had to detach myself from the world so my spirit could be free.
      Yangchen: Many great and wise Air Nomads have detached themselves and achieved spiritual enlightenment, but the Avatar can never do it, for your sole duty is to the world. Here is my wisdom for you: selfless duty calls you to sacrifice your own spiritual needs, and do whatever it takes to protect the world.

    • (Iroh wakes up, stretches, and sees Zuko; he looks away.)
      Zuko: Uncle. I know you must have mixed feelings about seeing me. But I want you to know, (Starts crying) I am so, so sorry, Uncle. I am so sorry and ashamed of what I did. I don't know how I can ever make it up to you, but I--
      (Iroh grabs Zuko and embraces him with tears in his eyes)
      Zuko: How can you forgive me so easily? I thought you'd be furious with me.
      Iroh: I was never angry with you. I was sad, because I thought you'd lost your way.
      Zuko: I did lose my way.
      Iroh: But you found it again. And you did it by yourself. And I am so happy you found your way here.
      Zuko: It wasn't that hard, Uncle. You have a pretty strong scent.

    • June: Oh great, it's Prince Pouty. Where's your creepy grandpa?
      Zuko: He's my uncle, and he's not here.

    • Bumi: So what about you guys? Did you do anything interesting on the day of the eclipse?
      (Zuko and Sokka look at each other)
      Zuko: Nah
      Sokka: No, not really

    • June: (to Zuko and Katara) I see you worked things out with your girlfriend.
      Zuko: (At the same time Katara is talking) She's not my girlfriend!
      Katara: (At the same time Zuko is talking) I'm not his girlfriend!

    • Aang (to Momo): You're right. Maybe an Air Nomad Avatar will understand where I'm coming from. (Momo stares at him) I know you can't really talk. Pretending you can just helps me think. (pause) I'm going to pretend I didn't pretend to hear that.

    • Suki: So wait. How do you all know each other?
      Bumi: All old people know each other. Don't you know that? (laughs)

    • Pakku: It is respectful to bow to an old master, but how about a hug for your new grandfather?
      Katara: That's so exciting! You and Gran-Gran must be so happy to have found each other again.
      Pakku: I made her a new betrothal necklace and everything.
      Sokka: Welcome to the family, Gramp-Gramp!
      Pakku: You can still just call me Pakku.
      Sokka: How about...Grandpakku?!
      Pakku: No.

    • (Zuko holds up Iroh's old sandal with flies buzzing around it)
      Sokka: You saved your uncle's sweaty sandal?!
      Toph: I think it's kinda sweet.

    • Sokka (referring to June): Hey, I remember her. She helped you attack us!
      Zuko: Yup. Back in the good old days.

    • Avatar Roku: You're right Aang, all the past Avatars all their experience, and wisdom is available to you. If you look deep inside yourself.
      Aang: So where am I Roku? What is this place?
      Avatar Roku: I.. don't know Aang. But I see that you are lost in more ways then one right now.
      Aang: I am, I need to figure out what to do once I face the Fire Lord.

    • Aang: I guess I don't have a choice, Momo. I have to kill the Fire Lord.

    • Bumi: Well, here we are. Welcome to old people camp.

    • (in a flashback)
      Fire Nation soldier: What do you think you're doing?
      Bumi: Taking back my city. You've got no firepower, and it's payback time!

    • Lion-Turtle: The true mind can weather all the lies and illusions without being lost. The true heart can tough the poison of hatred without being harmed. Since beginning-less time, darkness thrives in the void, but always yields to purifying light.

    • (The Order of the White Lotus blasts through a wall)
      Bumi: Well, look who's here!

    • Bumi: Wait. Someone's missing from your group. Someone very important. Where's Momo?
      Sokka: He's gone. And so is Aang.
      Bumi: Oh well. So long as they have each other I'm sure we have nothing to worry about.

  • NOTES (4)

    • According to the commentary, it was originally planned for June to appear earlier in the season to help them find The Mechanist.

    • This episode aired along with "Sozin's Comet (1): The Phoenix King", "Sozin's Comet (3): Into the Inferno", and "Sozin's Comet (4): "Avatar Aang" as the TV-Movie/Series Finale: Sozin's Comet: The Final Battle.

    • Even though this marks the first appearance of Kuruk and Yangchen in the show, it does not mark the first time they've ever been seen. They were featured in web comics months before season 3 even started.

    • This episode is available in the Book 3: Fire, Volume 4 DVD, along with, "The Southern Raiders", "The Ember Island Players", "Sozin's Comet (1): The Phoenix King", "Sozin's Comet (3): Into the Inferno", and "Sozin's Comet (4): Avatar Aang".

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • The Lion-Turtle is a reference to Urashima Tarou, a Japanese legend about a fisherman who rescues a turtle and for this is rewarded with a visit to the Palace of the Dragon. Many variations of this story exist and it has been referenced in a great many Japanese stories.

    • It's highly possible that the lion-turtle references to the buddhas of meditation in which a lion is the transport to achieving ether (energy).

    • The island on the Lion Turtle's back is like the island on the turtle's back in the Legend of Zelda game: Majora's Mask

    • The Lion Turtle island featured in this episode seems to be a allusion to creation mythology in Asian civilizations.

    • The lion turtle is like The Vanishing Isle from the movie Aladdin and the King of Thieves.

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