Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 3 Episode 6

The Avatar and the Firelord

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Aired Friday 6:30 PM Oct 26, 2007 on Nickelodeon
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  • Finally something Good.

    9.0
    This episode is my one and only favorite of Avatar season 3. The episode was focused on the life of Avatar Roku and his friendship with Fire Lord Sozin. At first I thought Roku telling Aang this story was pointless and it was simply another episode filler. But later on I discovered it was foreshadowing the lame and inevitable friendship between Aang and Zuko. The scene when Sozin left Roku to die stunned me because Avatar is a children's program. This certain scene shows mature themes such as betrayal, cruelty and death. Roku powers impressed me in the winter solecist but his bending powers just looked like he was showing of. The dialouge between Aang's friends was idiotic as usual. "Do they have bathrooms in the spirt world" (Katara) "As a matter of fact they do not". Lines like this stopped me from giving this episode a perfect 10. I must also complain about the new voice for Uncle Iroh. It sounds like a drunken impression of Mako and Mr. Miyagi
  • The Avatar and the Firelord

    10
    The Avatar and the Firelord was a perfect and engaging episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was full of character development and revelations about both Avatar Roku and Fire Lord Sozin. I thought this episode had a great story, character driven scenes, wisdom and humor. I found Avatar Roku's past with Fire Lord Sozin very interesting. I also thought it was cool that Iroh finally has spoken to Zuko. Iroh gives Zuko revealing information that may change him. I enjoyed the action, drama and intrigue. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!
  • Aang is taught an important lesson. Will he learn it?

    7.7
    Now that I have a better idea of the relationship between Roku and Prince Sozin before, and soon after, the Fire Nation revealed Roku's identity as the avatar, and some idea of the relationship after Sozen became the Fire Lord, my prior relationship ideas flew out the window. Putting that aside, it did fill me in with some important details. Although the comet was still years away, the Fire Nation was well on its way to its mission of world conquest. The way the avatar "vanished", as stated in the episodes' introduction, was in a haze of volcanic ash and poisonous gas with only one witness, Sozin, who likely spoke nothing of it. It's not like Sozin didn't give Roku a last chance for rescue, but it was probably merely a way to woo Roku to work with Sozin on his mission. Aang's role was to learn from Roku's experiences, and, probably, to be suspicious of the contemporary Fire Lord's offers of help or mercy.
  • This was truly a fantastic episode. It is the first one this season that has reminded me of the good ol' episodes of Avatar.

    10
    This was truly a fantastic episode. It is the first one this season that has reminded me of the good ol' episodes of Avatar. It had the perfect combination of disaster and happiness. From when Roku was young and very happy with his good friend Sozin, to when he died because of his used-to-be-good-friend Sozin, it wasn't anything like what we've seen this season. I don't know if I'm the only one or not, but the season 3 episodes don't have the same essence, they're just different somehow. I'm not quite sure how they are different, they just are. The Avatar and the Firelord has been the only episode so far that has had that same essence. I think that it lost its kids-showiness when Sozin left Roku there to die. That was awful!!! But it was also my favorite part. Seeing Aang as a baby wasn't so bad either, it provided some nice black-mail!
  • What the eff!

    9.5
    What an amazing episode, and to make it even amazing is the fact that Zuko and Aang weren't really big parts of it. So far Avatar has done a really great job of handling its flashback episodes. The character development is nice and steady, and the directing is just awesome. It executed its life lesson well; even fire nation people can be good, just like Roku. It was especially great how they portrayed the friendship between Roku and Sozin so well. Though what really pushed this episode forward is the huge huge plot twist at the end. Zuko is the great grand child of both Sozin and Roku? Seriously! Didn't expect that at all and it continues to leave me dropping my jaw in shock.
  • One of the best episodes of the series.

    9.2
    Avatar the last airbender
    The Avatar and the Firelord,
    In this episode aang is called by roku in his dreams to come to his home to learn about roku life and of how the war started. While a mystery person leaves a note to zuko to finally know of his great grandfather demise. Aang travels to the place. And goes into the state. Zuko and Aang learn of how Sozin and Roku were best friends. Even after the avatar stuff. We learn of how sozin wanted to spread and roku want the four nations in tacked. In the end Roku is killed by fumes from a volcanoe while sozin goes into his plan to start a war and kill the airbenders. In the end of the learning. Roku is zuko's great grandfather.Great scences by sokka and katara
  • We get to see into Roku's past, before the war began,as both Aang and Zuko learn of their pasts.Roku and Sozin were once friends when they were young.Once Roku was done training as avatar,things changed and Sozin his plans for Fire Nation world rule.

    10
    Great episode, showing Roku's past: from Sozin and Roku being friends, to Roku learning he was the avatar, to how the war began, and Roku's death. Zuko is shocked to learn that his great grandfather, grandfather of Ursa, was Roku. As Iroh reveals this to Zuko he is stunned and we begin to see another mental struggle take place within Zuko. The character development of Zuko once again takes a turn which will be seen in future episodes to come. It was also great to see more of Roku's connection to Sozin were more than just enemies but also friends and nothing summarizes this more than the final memory of Roku's past: trying to stop a volcano from destroying his town.
  • sozin and roku were once friends

    10
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  • A great episode about roku and sozins past

    10
    The story of Avatar Roku and Fire Lord Sozin gives Aang and Zuko insight into their predecessors' mingled pasts. As the episode begins, both living characters receive messages---Aang is visited in a dream by Roku, who tells Aang to go to Roku's home while it is the summer solstice, where he meditates to meet Roku in the Spirit World. Zuko, meanwhile, finds a note outside his door, telling him that he must find out about his great-grandfather's death, in order to understand his own destiny. Zuko then discovers a secret message in the note, which says that the secret is kept by the Fire Sages, whom Zuko tracks down, finding the secret "Last Will and Testament" written by Sozin.

    In their youth, Roku and Prince Sozin were best friends, and they even shared the same birthday, which they celebrated together. On their sixteenth birthday, Roku was informed of his destiny by the Fire Sages, and the two were forced to separate as Roku went to learn mastery of the three other elements. Before leaving, Sozin gave Roku a gift of the headpiece worn by the Crown Prince. Afterwards, Roku went on his journey and trains with members of all the Four Nations. At the Southern Air Temple, Roku learned to master Airbending, and made a close friendship with Monk Gyatso, much to Aang's surprise and delight. Roku tells Aang that some relationships transcend lifetimes, as Gyatso proved when he continued his friendship with Aang.

    After mastering Airbending, Roku traveled to the Northern Water Tribe and the Earth Kingdom to master the other two elements and fully become the Avatar. Twelve years later, Roku returned to the Fire Nation, where Sozin had become the Fire Lord. Roku wound up marrying his childhood sweetheart, Ta Min, with Sozin as his best man. At the wedding, Sozin commented that the Fire Nation was going through a period of great prosperity, and told Roku that together, the two of them could spread it to the world by expanding the empire. Roku was greatly disturbed by this, telling Sozin that the Four Nations are meant to be kept separate and that he should not think of this again.

    Years later however, Roku discovered that Sozin had set up colonies in the Earth Kingdom, and went to rebuke him. Sozin, angered, attacked Roku, and the two engaged in a battle, with Roku finally destroying most of the palace and defeating Sozin, sparing his life in recognition of their past friendship, but warning him never to move forward with his plans again, lest he be killed as punishment.

    Twenty-five years later, Roku's Island is consumed in a volcanic eruption so massive that the Fire Lord can see and feel it from a hundred miles away, and flies in on his blue dragon to assist his old friend. The two use their bending to try to contain the lava flow. While running away from danger Roku is overwhelmed by poisonous gases. Even though Roku calls to Sozin to help, Sozin leaves him laying on the ground, explaining that now that Roku is out of the way his plans seem possible again. He flies away on his dragon, leaving Roku to die. Roku's red dragon, Fang, encircles him to protect him as hot ash rolls buries and kills them. Shortly afterwards, Aang is born to the Air Nomads. Sozin's testament then ends, explaining about his later attack on the Air Nomads, but as Aang manages to escape, he spends the rest of his life searching, so that he can find and destroy "the Last Airbender".

    Awakening from his vision with Roku, Aang tells his friends that the message of the story was that, as Roku and Sozin were both Fire Nationals, any person is capable of great good or evil. The group takes comfort at Roku's words that friendships can transcend lifetimes. Meanwhile, having finished his story, Zuko angrily goes to the Fire Nation jail tower and bursts into Iroh's cell. He accuses Iroh of having sent him the message, and then angrily demands the point, as the testament did not even reveal anything about Sozin's death. Iroh explains that the message did not refer to Zuko's paternal ancestor, Sozin, but to his mother's grandfather, and reveals this to be Avatar Roku. And that their combined heritage is the reason why Zuko was still conflicted over his moral dilemma. He then produces the lost crown prince's headpiece and gives it to a stunned Zuko, explaining that because of his heritage, Zuko has the power to redeem their family and the Fire Nation by restoring the balance in the world.
  • great flasbacks

    10
    The tale of Avatar Roku and Fire Lord Sozin is revealed to Aang and Zuko by different sources. Both learn about themselves and are shown the origins of the war. But will Zuko and Aang learn anything from this? Zuko goes to the dragon something catacombs and finds the secret history and then he learns more about sozins past with roku. the note he found said he needed to know more about his great-grandfathers death to know more about his own destiny. aang went on a spiritual journey with roku and they also went to the southern air temple. awesome episdoe
  • kool to know about the past

    10
    On the summer solstice Aang visits Avatar Roku's home where he meditates with him to see Roku's past. Meanwhile Zuko receives a misterious note that tells him to read the last testaments of Firelord Sozin. As the story goes on we learn that Roku and Sozin were best friends. On the day of Roku's wedding Sozin ask for his help in conquering the world which Roku denies. Later Roku sees Firenation colonies in the Earth Kingdom which revolves in a minor fight between him and Sozin. Roku warns Sozin that if he doesn't do away with his plan it will result in his permanent end. Later the volcano near Roku's home erupts and he has to battle it for the village's safe get away. Sozin shows up to help but when Roku goes down because of the toxic gas Sozin betrayes him and leaves him there for dead. In the end Aang learns that everyone needs a chance to do good even Firenation. Zuko sees Iroh and learns that Avatar Roku was actually his Mother's grandfather and that the will to do good will always be inside him.
  • A great episode that answers almost all the answers in the past

    10
    Roku appeared in aang's dreams to tell him to go to his homeland to learn more about their shared past in order to know how to save the world and how it started I thought this was a great episode because it showed about Roku and Sozin's Past on how they were the very best friends. When Roku and Sozin shared their birthdays together The Fire Sages told Roku that he was Avatar The 2 best friends separate so that Roku can learn the 4 elements when Roku came back he was a fully realized avatar and got married to Ta Min. Sozin Suggests that they should make the war and stuff. but Roku rejects it and they had a fight. Roku's death was such a tearjerker because he's dragon died with him. and the surprising twist at the end to find out that Zuko's great grandfather is Avatar Roku! That was truly surprising

    Overall I love this episode
  • The Awakening" Avatar Roku appears before Aang and tells him that Aang had inherited his mistakes here we finally learn what were the mistakes Roku had made.

    10
    The story of Avatar Roku and Fire Lord Sozin gives Aang and Zuko insight into their predecessors' mingled pasts. As the episode begins, both living characters receive messages---Aang is visited in a dream by Roku, who tells Aang to go to Roku's home while it is the summer solstice, where he meditates to meet Roku in the Spirit World. Zuko, meanwhile, finds a note outside his door, telling him that he must find out about his great-grandfather's death, in order to understand his own destiny. Zuko then discovers a secret message in the note, which says that the secret is kept by the Fire Sages, whom Zuko tracks down, finding the secret "Last Will and Testament" written by Sozin.

    In their youth, Roku and Prince Sozin were best friends, and they even shared the same birthday, which they celebrated together. On their sixteenth birthday, Roku was informed of his destiny by the Fire Sages, and the two were forced to separate as Roku went to learn mastery of the three other elements. Before leaving, Sozin gave Roku a gift of the headpiece worn by the Crown Prince. Afterwards, Roku went on his journey and trains with members of all the Four Nations. At the Southern Air Temple, Roku learned to master Airbending, and made a close friendship with Monk Gyatso, much to Aang's surprise and delight. Roku tells Aang that some relationships transcend lifetimes, as Gyatso proved when he continued his friendship with Aang.

    After mastering Airbending, Roku traveled to the Northern Water Tribe and the Earth Kingdom to master the other two elements and fully become the Avatar. Twelve years later, Roku returned to the Fire Nation, where Sozin had become the Fire Lord. Roku wound up marrying his childhood sweetheart, Ta Min, with Sozin as his best man. At the wedding, Sozin commented that the Fire Nation was going through a period of great prosperity, and told Roku that together, the two of them could spread it to the world by expanding the empire. Roku was greatly disturbed by this, telling Sozin that the Four Nations are meant to be kept separate and that he should not think of this again.

    Years later however, Roku discovered that Sozin had set up colonies in the Earth Kingdom, and went to rebuke him. Sozin, angered, attacked Roku, and the two engaged in a battle, with Roku finally destroying most of the palace and defeating Sozin, sparing his life in recognition of their past friendship, but warning him never to move forward with his plans again, lest he be killed as punishment.

    Twenty-five years later, Roku's Island is consumed in a volcanic eruption so massive that the Fire Lord can see and feel it from a hundred miles away, and flies in on his blue dragon to assist his old friend. The two use their bending to try to contain the lava flow. While running away from danger Roku is overwhelmed by poisonous gases. Even though Roku calls to Sozin to help, Sozin leaves him laying on the ground, explaining that now that Roku is out of the way his plans seem possible again. He flies away on his dragon, leaving Roku to die. Roku's red dragon, Fang, encircles him to protect him as hot ash rolls buries and kills them. Shortly afterwards, Aang is born to the Air Nomads. Sozin's testament then ends, explaining about his later attack on the Air Nomads, but as Aang manages to escape, he spends the rest of his life searching, so that he can find and destroy "the Last Airbender".

    Awakening from his vision with Roku, Aang tells his friends that the message of the story was that, as Roku and Sozin were both Fire Nationals, any person is capable of great good or evil. The group takes comfort at Roku's words that friendships can transcend lifetimes. Meanwhile, having finished his story, Zuko angrily goes to the Fire Nation jail tower and bursts into Iroh's cell. He accuses Iroh of having sent him the message, and then angrily demands the point, as the testament did not even reveal anything about Sozin's death. Iroh explains that the message did not refer to Zuko's paternal ancestor, Sozin, but to his mother's grandfather, and reveals this to be Avatar Roku. And that their combined heritage is the reason why Zuko was still conflicted over his moral dilemma. He then produces the lost crown prince's headpiece and gives it to a stunned Zuko, explaining that because of his heritage, Zuko has the power to redeem their family and the Fire Nation by restoring the balance in the world.
  • The Tale Of Avatar Roku and Firelord Sozin revealed to Aang and Zuko through the testament of Sozin and Avatar Roku's spirit.

    10
    Before the War the avatar and the firelord were fireinds this of course was Roku and Sozin!! the two were like milk with cerial aka inseperable. when the day that Roku found out he was the avatar everything changed. Roku had to go on and learn the 4 elements and travel the world during which Sozin became Firelord. the two met again after 12 years, then Roku got married where the first proposal of the war!! but roku said no way To Sozin then Roku found out one day that Sozin had gone ahead and colonised an Earth Kingdom town which then Roku battled Sozin and of course lost Duh !!! hes the Avatar. then came the fateful day when Rokus home island volcano erupted and he had to stop it from hurting anyone then he battled the volcano and Sozin came to his rescue but Sosin betrayed him and let roku die!!! then about 12 years later the war began destroying the Air temples and the search for the AVATAR!!!!.
  • Circumstances change, and the past of a country and of a boy is revealed.

    9.8
    Sozin and Roku are revealed to have been friends. Best friends in fact, even sharing the same birthday. I almost put 'Tearjerker' as this episodes dubbing, but decided not to. The way that Sozin and Roku's relationship changes proves that absence does not make the heart grow fonder. In this episode you are on the edge of your seat as you see Roku and Sozin fighting a volcano to save the small island. (This episode also makes you wonder why a volcano won over a fully awakend avatar, but in the episode 'The Fortune Teller' Aang also stopped an erupting volcano... With ease.)
    The story is told, and Iroh speaks to Zuko for the last time.
  • This episode is basically a flashback episode of the old days between Avatar Roku and Firelord Sozin and how the war between the four nations actually started. Wait... I forgot to mention that Avatar Roku and Firelord Sozin were best friends..

    10
    WOW!! That was my reaction from start to end. Let me see, firstly the introduction of Roku and Sozin being childhood best friends was quite a surprise but still nothing that hasn't been done before. Just think the about the friendship of Lex Luthor and Clark Kent in Smallville. See any similarities? But anyway, moving on we were shown the training routines of a rookie Avatar into full fledged one. I gotta say the training scenes of Roku with his respective element masters were really cool. Not to mention that little shot with Roku displaying mastery over the four elements. Just excellent. That was really captivating but what really shone in this episode was the character developments of Zuko. And hopefully I'm not spoiling this for anyone but for Zuko to be related to both Sozin and Roku?? Wow... It really added a whole new dimension to this already complex and misunderstood character. That, to me, was the selling point of the episode. Because it really underlines the moral struggles and conflicts within Zuko. That speech by Uncle Iroh in the end was really memorable and heartfelt and I really felt this is the episode where Zuko actually manages to overcome his darker side to follow the path that he knows and believes is right. No longer is he just a desperate Prince vying for daddy's affection and approval. This episode acts as a cadence to Zuko's complete transformation and my gosh was it absolutely convincing and majestic. Full credits to the writers for this episode. I believe not many people could have predicted Zuko's lineage to turn out the way they did. :)
  • Many questions, "answered"

    10
    The story of Avatar Roku and Fire Lord Sozin gives Aang and Zuko insight into their predecessors' mingled pasts. As the episode begins, both living characters receive messages---Aang is visited in a dream by Roku, who tells Aang to go to Roku's home while it is the summer solstice, where he meditates to meet Roku in the Spirit World. Zuko, meanwhile, finds a note outside his door, telling him that he must find out about his great-grandfather's death, in order to understand his own destiny. Zuko then discovers a secret message in the note, which says that the secret is kept by the Fire Sages, whom Zuko tracks down, finding the secret "Last Will and Testament" written by Sozin. In their youth, Roku and Prince Sozin were best friends, and they even shared the same birthday, which they celebrated together. On their sixteenth birthday, Roku was informed of his destiny by the Fire Sages, and the two were forced to separate as Roku went to learn mastery of the three other elements. Before leaving, Sozin gave Roku a gift of the headpiece worn by the Crown Prince. Afterwards, Roku went on his journey and trains with members of all the Four Nations. At the Southern Air Temple, Roku learned to master Airbending, and made a close friendship with Monk Gyatso, much to Aang's surprise and delight. Roku tells Aang that some relationships transcend lifetimes, as Gyatso proved when he continued his friendship with Aang. After mastering Airbending, Roku traveled to the Northern Water Tribe and the Earth Kingdom to master the other two elements and fully become the Avatar. Twelve years later, Roku returned to the Fire Nation, where Sozin had become the Fire Lord. Roku wound up marrying his childhood sweetheart, Ta Min, with Sozin as his best man. At the wedding, Sozin commented that the Fire Nation was going through a period of great prosperity, and told Roku that together, the two of them could spread it to the world by expanding the empire. Roku was greatly disturbed by this, telling Sozin that the Four Nations are meant to be kept separate and that he should not think of this again. Years later however, Roku discovered that Sozin had set up colonies in the Earth Kingdom, and went to rebuke him. Sozin, angered, attacked Roku, and the two engaged in a battle, with Roku finally destroying most of the palace and defeating Sozin, sparing his life in recognition of their past friendship, but warning him never to move forward with his plans again, lest he be killed as punishment. Twenty-five years later, Roku's Island is consumed in a volcanic eruption so massive that the Fire Lord can see and feel it from a hundred miles away, and flies in on his blue dragon to assist his old friend. The two use their bending to try to contain the lava flow. While running away from danger Roku is overwhelmed by poisonous gases. Even though Roku calls to Sozin to help, Sozin leaves him laying on the ground, explaining that now that Roku is out of the way his plans seem possible again. He flys away on his dragon, leaving Roku to die. Roku's red dragon, Fang, encircles him to protect him as hot ash rolls buries and kills them. Shortly afterwards, Aang is born to the Air Nomads. Sozin's testament then ends, explaining about his later attack on the Air Nomads, but as Aang manages to escape, he spends the rest of his life searching, so that he can find and destroy "the Last Airbender". Awakening from his vision with Roku, Aang tells his friends that the message of the story was that, as Roku and Sozin were both Fire Nationals, any person is capable of great good or evil. The group takes comfort at Roku's words that friendships can transcend lifetimes. Meanwhile, having finished his story, Zuko angrily goes to the Fire Nation jail tower and bursts into Iroh's cell. He accuses Iroh of having sent him the message, and then angrily demands the point, as the testament did not even reveal anything about Sozin's death. Iroh explains that the message did not refer to Zuko's paternal ancestor, Sozin, but to his mother's grandfather, and reveals this to be Avatar Roku. And that their combined heritage is the reason why Zuko was still conflicted over his moral dilemma. He then produces the lost crown prince's headpiece and gives it to a stunned Zuko, explaining that because of his heritage, Zuko has the power to redeem their family and the Fire Nation by restoring the balance in the world.
  • First time something was revealed between Avatar Ruko and Firelord Sozin, sad but amazing...

    10
    Ruko and Sozin were originally friend but finally break up becauswe of their different opinions on the state of the world, Sozin wanted to expand the map of the fire nation while Ruko intended to keep the state of the four nations the way it was. A fight began when Sozin crossed the line and went ahead with his plan, two good friends never spoken for 25 years. Only when the volcano erupted and engulfed Roku's villiage, Sozin appeared at the time when Ruko needed the help the most. However, later when Ruko was badly hurt by the poisoness gas, Sozin chose to leave Ruko and let him meet his fate. While all this happening, the spirit of Ruko was like an outsider of all the events, he seemed already forgave Sozin for what he did to him 120 years ago. Just like Aang said, Ruko wanted to tell Aang: "Everyone, even the firelord is worth giving a chance..."
    To forgive is a virtue for everyone especially for the avatar if he want to bring peace to the world in war. Killing the firelord may not be the best way of doing all this. Will Firelord Ozai get what he deserves, we will wait and see...
  • Above average. This is great.

    9.0
    Informative is a great way to describe this episode. I didn't expect an episode like this coming. With Aang and Zuko's side of the story are both very great and very informative. But many different errors. Really, no action. In this episode, we learned a lot about Avatar Roku. It took him 12 years to learn all of the elements that the Avatar needs to master. On Zuko's side of the story, we learn that at Roku's wedding, future Fire Lord Sozin was his best man. There were best friends. But Sozin became a different man when he was Fire Lord. He wanted to take over the world. He fought Roku, the Avatar, and won! Overall, great episode, I give it a 9.
  • We learn about the history of Avatar Roku and Firelord Sozen as Zuko and Aang learn about their destiny.

    9.4
    This is a fantastic episode that does nothing to further the plot of the series but provides much needed insight into the world in which our characters live. This is a personal favorite of mine for two reasons, 1) It involves Zuko's backstory and he is by far my favorite character in the series and 2) This series is so great becuase it takes time to do an episode like this that focuses away from the main characters in order to better explain the series as a whole. Through the flashbacks we learn how the Fire Nation began the war and a great deal about the past Avatar. Amazing watchability, it can be watch over and over.
  • Aang and Zuko's connection....

    9.6
    This is a really excellent episode. It go's over the true story of Roku and Sozin, and Aang and Zuko's connection to that. It was a well written episode that answered a lot of questions. It tells us why Zuko and Aang have always been connected. Through Roku...Aangs previous life, and Zuko's grandfather. It also explains why Zuko was always fighting with himself. Yet when it comes right down to it, he tried to do decent things. The story of Roku and Sozin showed a friendship that was changed with someone's greed, but who thought at that time it was okay. It shows how even the nicest people can go bad.

    It also leads the question..if Zuko can be bad, can he become good and in a way reintroduce that once friendship of Roku and Sozin?
  • An absolutely amzing episode!

    10
    This episode reveals Avatar roku's past, and the audience is sucked in as we learn about his surprisingly close friendship with firelord Sozin. it was entailing and intense to see how close Roku and Sozin were and how their friendship breaks with the disagreements they ahve over Sozin's future plans. I feel that what Zuko learns at the end from his uncle is a great pivotal point, as it initiates his change in heart. This episode opitimizes the greatness of this show. I've already seen it ten times and i still wouldn'nt mind watching it again. You'd be crazy not to watch it
  • The avatar and the Firelord.

    8.1
    This episode was okay. I liked it from the fact that it gave some interesting information about Zuko's grandfathers/Avatar Roku. I was interesting to see their past lives and that they were best friends and all. I also liked how Zuko got more interested on what his destiny [I hear this word too many times now in the series] should be. Maybe he's finally knocked some sense in his head. I always love Zuko and this episode was no exception. However, the animators better make him make up his mind because it's been about three seasons already and he still doesn't know what to do. It's getting irritating.
  • this episoide was very creative. i loved it

    10
    the episoide of the avatar and the firelord was great. i was so happy to see the past of avatar roku. it was so interesting and intense. i couldn't keep my eyes off the screen. it had many surprises as well. it showed that avatar roku was best friends with the fire lord. not any fire lord though. the one who started the whole entire war. not only showing roku's life this episoide changes zuko. i think this episoide changed zuko's heart. this is why i feel that zuko confronted his father and decided to help the avatar. (the day of black sun episoide.) all in all this episoide was informative and had a good lesson to it. there is good and bad in every nation.
  • This was truly a fantastic episode. It is the first one this season that has reminded me of the good ol' episodes of Avatar.

    10
    This was truly a fantastic episode. It is the first one this season that has reminded me of the good ol' episodes of Avatar. It had the perfect combination of disaster and happiness. From when Roku was young and very happy with his good friend Sozin, to when he died because of his used-to-be-good-friend Sozin, it wasn't anything like what we've seen this season. I don't know if I'm the only one or not, but the season 3 episodes don't have the same essence, they're just different somehow. I'm not quite sure how they are different, they just are. The Avatar and the Firelord has been the only episode so far that has had that same essence. I think that it lost its kids-showiness when Sozin left Roku there to die. That was awful!!! But it was also my favorite part. Seeing Aang as a baby wasn't so bad either, he was so cute!
  • Well done, I think.

    8.9
    I was suprised at first, to find out that Avatar Roku and Fire Lord Sozin were close friends, and even more suprised to find out that they were both Zuko's great grandfathers. What shocked me even more, however, was that they eventually betrayed each other; well, primarily Sozin in his hope to start a war with the other nations. Roku died from the volcanic gas, while Sozin went on to, as Azula put it, "a long and succesful life. Shortly after Roku's death, little Aang was born, and that is the first time that we see him as a baby that would become the next Avatar.
  • Aang and Zuko learn more about Roku's and Sozins past.

    9.7
    Aang goes to Roku's island during the summer solstice to enter hte spirit world and talk to Roku. Elsewhere, Zuko receives a letter from Iroh that says to enter the fire bone catacombs to read Sozins final testimony. Aang and Zuko learn more about Sozins and Roku's past. Roku and Sozin were friends in the past and later on after his Avatar training, Roku marries a girl from the fire nation royalty. Sozin proposes to Roku to take over the world, and Roku refuses, so Sozin goes ahead with his plan anyways, battling Roku. Later on, on Roku's island, the volcano erupts, then Sozin comes to help Roku. However, when Roku can't escape, Sozin leaves Roku to die. It is also revealed form iroh that Roku is Zuko's great grandfather, Ursa's grandfather is Avatar Roku.
  • Well, if I hadn't seen the trailers, then I wouldn't have seen the Roku/Sozin friendship coming!

    8.4
    Ooh, informative episode. It focused mainly in the past, with little present-day action going on, except at the end where the shocker of learning that Zuko is a direct relation to Avatar Roku.
    It was sad how the war and lust for power corrupted Sozin so much so that he left his best friend to die, but it was also a great insight into how screwed up the Fire Nation royal family actually is. The scent of foreshadowing is in the air when we discover that both Roku and Sozin have dragons the same colour as the one's in Zuko's dream (if that made sense).
    It wasn't my favourite episode, but it's definitely an interesting one.
  • A forgotten friendship between Sozin and Roku...

    9.7
    This episode starts out with Roku telling Aang that he is going to tell him how the war began. He tells Aang to meet him on his island on the day of the Summer Solstice. Aang is in his sleep and replys saying "okay, Roku." Meanwhile Zuko is awoken in the dead of night and finds a latter telling him he need to know his great-grandfather's demise. The next day, the gAang flys to the island on Appa, while Aang uses his bending to use the clouds as a shield from eyes. As they lend, Katara says that there is nothing there, but once Toph steps on the ground with her sensing feet, she explains to the rest of the group that there's an entire village here, all buried in ash. Somehwere else, Zuko is looking at a statue of his great-grandfather, Sozin. Azula comes strolling by and tells him to get a portait and to use his good side (the one without the scar.) As Azula is about to leave, Zuko asks her if she know anything about Sozin. Azula explains to him that Sozin waited for the comet (later renamed Sozin's comet) to come before planning an invasion. He lived a life of war and as a milatary person. He died in his sleep peacefully. Zuko takes one last look at the statue then walks away. However Aang is on a mountain cliff overlooking an ocean/sea. He meditates until he reaches the Spirit World. Roku greets him while on his dragon and off they go. Zuko is in his bed tossing and turning as if something is on his mind. He can't seem to figure out how the person wants him to know about his great-grandfather with just that scroll. He throws it aside and it lands on top of a lamp. The lamp's light reveals a niew message that tell Zuko more information. Its tell him to go to the Fire Sages, since they know the secret history. Zuko immidetly rushes there. He hides behind a wall as he watches a Fire Sage push his hand against the floor and uses his firebending to unlock a hidden stairwell. Zuko does the same and follows the old man. At the end of the path, he reaches a room with two scrolls on pillars in front of a dragon statue, most likely Fang, Avatar Roku's dragon. Zuko reaches for the scroll which reads, the Final Testiment of Fire lord Sozin. as he reaches for it, the screen fades into Aang's journey with Roku in the Spirit World. Aang hops on Fang and asks where they are going, Roku tell uim he's going to tell him his past. Their shared past. Aang smiles as they ride away. In the Dragon Room, Zuko reads Sozin's scroll. Sozin syas he can't deal with this and remembers when things were more peaceful. A flashback shows Sozin and Roku as teenagers, practicing thier firebending in a one-on-one game. Sozin wins after he traps Roku and trips him against a stuck up tree root. Aang and Roku (in their Spirit Forms) watch this as well. Aang can't believe that he was friends with Fire lord Sozin. Roku corrects him and tell him back then he was only Prince Sozin. As Sozin and Teen Roku leave the field, a girl passes by them and Teen Roku goes Ga-ga. Sozin tells him to tell her something, but Teen Roku can't. He flops onto the ground as Sozin sprinkles grass blades on his face. Roku explains to Aang that love is hard when your young. Aang says he doesn't need to be told that. In the next scene, it shows a party and Aang asks who is it for. Roku tell him that Sozin and him shared many things, including a birthday. As the two walk down the stairs, Teen Roku almost falls after the sigh of the same girl from before. sozin saves him, but then all of a sudden, Fire sahes arrive. Sozin asks if his father is okay due to the presense of the powerful Fire Sages. The Sahes say no, but they do annoucne the next Avatar. Avatar Roku. The camera goes back to Zuko who is sitting against the wall reading what Sozin's comment after the party. Sozin knew that Teen Roku had to leave and he didn't feel down about it, he was happy for him, but Teen Roku wasn't. Sozin tries to cheer him up, but Roku tells him its nit. Everything is gonna be different now, as Teen Roku explains. The flashback for now ends, and it shows Zuko still reading it while Aang (still in his meditative state) farting. Sokka explains that its because theres no bathrooms in the Spirit Realm, XD! Aang leaves the flashback as well and gets back onto Fang's back and rides with Roku to another place... flashback.. thing, yeah. Roku tells Aang that he went to the Southern Air Temple to train for Airbending, just like Aang. There Roku met Gyatsu, Aang's old master. The two became best friends and Hyatsu even taught Roku how to Air surf. Aang is amazed and Roku tells him that friendships can be so strong they can ever transeng life times. Next on Roku's bending mstering trip he reaches the Northern water Tribe to learn Waterbending which was espessially hard for him. But in time, Roku got it. He moved onto the Earth Kingdom where he trained for earthbending. He trained with his Master who later became a lifelong friend.Roku admits the training was hard but the results were worth it. When Roku and Sozin finally met again, the two had completely chnaged. Some for the good.... but some for the worse. Avatar Roku was a fully realized Avatar. Sozin still respects Roku and sees him as an equal, even though Roku is much more powerful. A few months laster roku got married with the girl from before and Sozin was his best man. Sozin says on wedding days, they look to the future and Sozin finally tell Roku what his plans are. Roku tells Sozin to lighten up and have fun, but Sozin still goes along with telling him his plan. Sozin syas the two are so powerful and they know each other so well that they could do anything. So he finally says that he wants to take over the world with the help of Roku. Roku is ourgaed and syas the Four Nations are just that, four and they need to remain that way. He leaves and tells Sozin this is the last he wants to hear about it. But Sozin went behind Roku's back and already started the plan. As Roku flys over an earth Kingdom city, he sees a Fire Nation Flag over the Earth Kingdom one. Roku storms into the Fire Lord's room and tell Sozin that this has gone too far and he needs to stop. Sozin refuses and this leads into a battle were Roku wins. Roku spares him due to their past friendship and gives him a second warning. They don't see each other for 25 years then. Roku spent most of his free tim at his home on an island.. with a live VOLCANO! So anyway the volcano awakes Roku while he sleeps, but Roku quickly jumps into action. Roku leads everyone to safety while he takes on the active volcano. Sozin, who was 100 feet away could still see the smoke and feel the rumbling. On the volcano, Roku despretely tries to stop from inhaling the deadly gases. Soon lava flows from the volcano top and Roku braves himself. But Rokue is too good for that and fight back the volcano. Spirit Aang is amazed how Roku does it and is winning. Spirit Roku admits that his success didn't last long. He uses airbending to freeze some lava to use as land. He bracely fight the gases and the lava while fang worries about him. He then moves on into the mouth of the volcano, while from far away his wife and other people who care about him watch and worry as well. Soon Sozin comes to come and help Roku. Roku thanks him for coming and greatly appreacates it. He also warns not to breathe in the toxic gas. They race down the volcano trying to escape. Roku stops to cough out some bad gas, and his vision blurs and he even falls down on his knees. He admits its too much. He begs Sozin for help but Sozin tells him without him he plans are suddenly possible. He leaves Roku to his death and flys away on his own dragon. Roku know is betrayed by his best friend and trys to cough out the bad fumes. He dies on that volcano. As he sees Sozin fly away, it flashes to a new scene where the next Avatar is born, Aang. Spirit Aang and Spirit Roku are all watching this and tells Aang to use this information for future refrences. Zuko finishes up reading the scrolls, and sees that Sozin tried to search for the Last Airbender after he wiped out the entire Airbending people and still didn't find him. Zuko is shocked to see that, that is all there was. Zuko storms into the jail cell that Iroh was in and asks him why he sent it assuming that he did. Iroh tells him that he read the story of one of his great-grandfathers, but also read about the other one at the same time. Knowing this information is valueable information, Iroh explains. Zuko has evil and good inside him and only he can cleanse the badness in their family for good. Iroh gives him the crown prince artifact. Aang tells the rest of the gAang what he found out in his dream. Aang tells the rest that the people can have good inside them. The gAang finishes the episode by holding hands.
  • Avatar Roku shows Aang his past with firelord zozin and Zuko learns Zozins part of the story throw scrolls. which made for an excting episode.

    9.5
    This is one of the best episodes ive seen in a long time. It had alot of good fighting scenes and a good story line. This is one that really grabs your attention. It gave avatar fans what they where hungry for by showing the relationships between roku and zozin and how they became enemys i would have to say this is a must watch episode. It show how avatar roku died then Aang was born as the new avatar. The next really juicy episode is Day of the Black Sun which i think all of us are waiting for from the UK.. if they ever show it before we do. which is a mystery. hopefully we see it this weekend.
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