The first time the Yu Yan archers attack Aang you can see it's really windy outside, and yet they still attack him with precision, but their arrows should at least be a little off course due to the immense amount of wind.
This is the first time Zuko appears in his Blue Spirit disguise.
In this episode it is shown that the Yu Yan archers are very effective when capturing the Avatar, yet they are never used again.
The concept of frogs being frozen is actually a scientific fact. Frogs really do freeze if exposed to lower temperatures. Also they can dethaw without any ill effects.
Zhao tells Aang that he doesn't plan to kill him because the avatar would just be reborn into the next nation in the cycle and the Fire Nation would have to search all over again. This shouldn't be a problem since the comet will arrive in less than a year giving the Fire Nation enough power to end the war once and for all before the next avatar would be able to talk, let alone bend anything. Also if Zhao kills Aang- the last airbender- then the next avatar would never become a fully realized avatar since he/she wouldn't have anyone to learn airbending from.
When the Blue Spirit was fighting one of the fire nation guards, he doused a fire blast with a bucket of water. But because of his constant movements, there was no way he could have brought that bucket with him and not spill a drop of water along the way. In fact, the bucket would have been empty.
Notice when Zuko was down on the ground, (knocked by that mysterious disappearing arrow shot by the Yuu Yan archers), unconscious, his head position keeps changing.
When Zuko's ship comes near the harbor, they are told that no ships are being allowed in the area. If his ship had just gotten to that area, and no ships had been allowed into the area, how could Zuko have been on the roof of the place when Zhao was promoted?
When Katara asks Momo for water, all the lemur hears is a bunch of babble. He constantly returns with everything BUT water. However, when Aang asked for marbles in The Warriors of Kyoshi, he was perfectly capable of understanding him.
Prince Zuko: My honor, my throne, my country. I'm about to lose them all...
Zuko: I've got nothing to report to Zhao. Now get off my ship and let us pass.
Soldier: Admiral Zhao is not allowing ships in or out of this area.
Zuko: (angrily) Off my ship!
Admiral Zhao (Speak through gritted teeth): Open the gate.
Colonel Shinu: Admiral, what are you doing?
Admiral Zhao: Let them out, now!
Colonel Shinu: How could you let them go?
Admiral Zhao: A situation like this requires precision.
Katara: Ugh! No, Momo, water. Wa-ter!
Aang (Yelling at the frozen frogs): Wait! Stop thawing! My friends have to suck on you! Please go back to being frozen!
Admiral Zhao: Hold your fire, the Avatar must be captured alive.
Uncle Iroh: Prince Zuko! Where have you been? You missed music night! Lieutenant Jee sang a stirring love song.
Zuko: I am going to bed. No disturbances.
(Iroh continues to play the Sungi Horn)
Admiral Zhao: Don't worry, you won't be killed like they were. See if you die, you'll just be reborn and the Fire Nation will have to begin its search for the Avatar all over again.
Aang (after saving Zuko): Before the war started, I used to always visit my friend Kuzon. The two of us, we'd get in and out of so much trouble. He was one of the best friends I ever had...And he was from the Fire Nation, just like you. If we knew each other back then, do you think we could've been friends too?
(Zuko blasts a fireball at Aang)
Admiral Zhao: We are the sons and daughters of fire, the superior element. Until today only one thing stood in our path to victory: the Avatar. I am here to tell you that he is now my prisoner. This is the year that Sozin's comet returns to grant us its power. This is the year the fire nation breaks through the walls of Ba-Seng-Se and burns the city to the ground.
Fire Nation Lookout: Says here that the Avatar can create tornadoes and run faster than the wind. Pretty amazing.
Another Fire Nation Lookout: Ahh, that's just a bunch of Fire Lord propaganda. There's no way that's true.
(Aang rushes by running faster than the wind)
Prince Zuko: What do they want?!?
Uncle Iroh: Perhaps a sporting game of Pai Sho?
Aang: That's how Sokka started yesterday. Now look at him. He thinks he's an earthbender!
Sokka (waving his fists around): Take that, you rock!
Aang: How's Sokka doing?
Katara: Not so good, being out in that storm really did a number on him.
Sokka: Aang, how was your trip? Did you make any new friends?
Aang: No, I don't think I did.
Aang: Who are you? What's going on? Are you here to rescue me?
(Zuko slashes Aang's shackles off)
Aang: I'll take that as a yes.
Aang (after an arrow is fired at him by the Yuu-Yan Archers): Uhh... I think you dropped this. (holds arrow up)
Aang: What am I suppose to do with frozen frogs?
Herbalist Lady: Why suck on them of course.
Aang: Suck on them?!
Herbalist Lady:The frogs skin excretes a substance that will cure your friends, but make sure you get plenty. Once those critters thaw out, they're useless!
Aang: You're insane aren't you?
Herbalist Lady: Thaaaat's right...Well, don't just stand there all day, get going! (throws some green goopy medicine at Aang's face covering his eyes)
Uncle Iroh: Is everything okay? It's been almost an hour and you haven't given the men an order.
Sokka: Katara? Please, water.
Katara: Listen carefully, Momo. I need you to take this to the river and fill it with water.
Uncle Iroh (to his Pai Sho opponents): Excellent! I take the pot... But you're all improving. I'm certain you will win if we... play again.
Admiral Zhao: I don't know how you've managed to elude the Fire Nation for a hundred years, but your little game of hide and seek is over.
Aang: I've never hidden from you! Untie me, and I'll fight you right now!
Admiral Zhao: Uh, no.
(When the sickness is making Sokka delusional)
Katara: How many times do I have to tell you Momo, we need water. Wa-ter… Oh forget it. Aang, please hurry.
Sokka: Who's this Aang kid you keep talking about, your highness?
Sokka: You know what I love about Appa the most? His sense of humor.
Katara: That's nice, I'll tell him.
Sokka (dazed and confused from his illness, laughs): Classic, Appa.
Although it was the original title, Cablevision's description calls the episode "The Red Spirit".
This episode was published in book format in Avatar The Last Airbender: The Lost Scrolls - Fire.
This chapter is Avatar co-creator Michael DiMartino's second favorite episode of the first season due to the enigma behind the Blue Spirit, the intense action sequences, and the twist ending.
This episode was originally titled The Red Spirit.
This episode is in the Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 1: Water, Volume 4 DVD, along with The Fortuneteller, Bato of the Water Tribe, and The Deserter.
This is the first and only appearance of the Yu Yan Archers.
According to the co-creators, the Blue Spirit Mask is a recolored Chinese Opera Wizard mask.
The basis of the sounds produced by the horn is the Duduk, a traditional woodwind instrument of ancient Armenian origins. Said to be one of the oldest double reed instruments in the world.
The Yu Yan archer's have a triangle rather than a Fire Nation flame emblem on their headpiece and quiver. This symbol shows up again in season two hinting at the possibility of a significant meaning such as the archers may be part of a specific order or group beyond archery. Perhaps the Fire Nation flame is a newer emblem and the triangle represents an older tradition.
Zhao's speech to the solders of the Fire Nation about being the "Superior element" is very reminiscent of the speeches by Adolf Hitler and his speeches stating that the Germans were the "superior race."
When one of the Fire Nation troops blows his horn the sound that it makes is the same horn sound that is used in the beginning of reality show Survivor's title sequence.
The mask worn by Zuko is somewhat similar to the mask "Hannya," worn in No theatre productions. No is a form of Japanese theatre back to the 14th century.
It also bears a resemblence to the mask worn by the Ruroni Kenshin character Hen'ya, a member of a society of ninjas known as the Oniwabon-shu.
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