Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 3 Episode 11

The Day of Black Sun (2): The Eclipse

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Aired Friday 6:30 PM Nov 30, 2007 on Nickelodeon
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The Day of Black Sun (2): The Eclipse
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As the invasion force fights their way to the Fire Nation capital, the kids help Aang to find the Fire Lord in time for the eclipse, but there are a few surprises waiting ahead. Will Aang finally complete his mission or will he lose the battle against the forces of the Fire Nation?moreless

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  • Quite easily the best episode in the entire series.

    10
    Avatar has continually surpassed my own threshold of how good a show can be. Every single episode beginning from Book 1 has accumulated character development, story depth, and anticipation of what is going to happen when this series is over. In Day of Black Sun, I don't think any viewer could have foreseen what was to come in the storyline. The amount of breathtaking plot twists in the second half of Day of Black Sun easily makes this the best episode of Avatar yet. I cannot think of anything I have ever watched that has this amount of quality in its storytelling. There's many TV shows that just gives the viewer a good twist at the end of the episode and try to get them to watch the next one. This Avatar episode had at least three. The emotional end of this TV movie is very moving, and leaves much anticipation for what is to come next.



    After this series is over, the bar has been set very, very high for what American television shows should be. I always believed that people in Western culture do not take pride and seriousness in creating good animated television shows. Japan animation (anime) has always been the prime ideal example of what can be achieved if people applied all they have on it. Avatar can finally be our response to that.moreless
  • The Day of Black Sun (2): The Eclipse

    10
    The Day of Black Sun (2): The Eclipse was a perfect, action packed, awesome episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was full of character and plot development. The invasion of the Fire Nation continues and with the Eclipse moments away Aang discovers the Royal Palace and surrounding city are empty. I really enjoyed the battle scenes. Upon the Eclipse Aang, Toph, and Sokka encounter Azula who uses their time by distracting them. Meanwhile Zuko confronts Fire Lord Ozai and tells him the truth about Ba Sing Se. I thought the end of this episode and campaign were sad. There was an interesting ending!!!!!!!moreless
  • More action and less moronic humor.

    7.0
    This episode was better than the previous episode. Many great action sequences. But a question about the continuity of the show. How did Azula know toph was blind. The episode showed Toph's amazing earthing bending. Also the teamup between Aang Sokka and Toph was great. The conforntation between Zuko & His father was mixed. It showed how cruel Ozai is, but it was kind of lame. Zuko realizes people hate the fire nation. OMG! "We need to replace it with an era of peace and kindness" I would even laugh at that. Also you still don't know what happaned to Zuko's mother. Such vague description. I hate it when they beat around the bush. Ozai your villian say you were going to Kill Zuko! You also see how quick and cunning Azula is as she able to fend of the Avatar without earthbending. She is also able to lie with ease like a true sociopath.moreless
  • Amazing

    9.8
    This was a fantasic ending for the season. I actually thought they were going to win. It really had me going. I was so happy when he went into Avatar state, but was shot down. Did not see that coming. Zuko got me real po - ed in that episode. But then made up for it in the end when went against his dad. I really hate Azula but she was pretty tough when fighting. I really hated those Dai Lee guys or who ever they were called. Especially the leader. It was an amazing movie or episode which ever you prefer.moreless
  • Following up a great episode is another great episode!

    9.0
    The first part of this episode concentrated on the Avatar's invasion, and the second part of this two header concentrates on how Azula and the Fire Lord counters it. Although there isn't as much large scale fighting as the first episode, there's still some of the awesome fire, water, earth, and air bending that we have all grown to love over the course of this cartoon. The fight scene with Azula and her earth benders versus Aang and Toph is just a feast to the eyes. Even better though is when Zuko changes his allegiance. At first it seemed like he did it because he wasn't happy with himself, but he gave a great speech about it to his father. How he takes the Fire Lord's electrical attack and redirected it back at home just really sealed that part of the story really well.moreless
Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

Tyro

Guest Star

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

The Mechanist

Guest Star

Kristoffer Tabori

Kristoffer Tabori

War Minister Qin

Guest Star

André Sogliuzzo

André Sogliuzzo

Hakoda

Recurring Role

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

Fire Lord Ozai

Recurring Role

Michael Dow

Michael Dow

Haru

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (18)

    • The Fire Nation soldiers who looked at the eclipse were not wearing goggles which is odd considering that they were prepared for the invasion. The soldiers should have gone blind but they were apparently fine.

    • In this episode, it is revealed what War Minister Qin had in store for the War Balloon following the capture of it in "The Northern Air Temple".

    • When Azula taunts Sokka to the point that he ran towards her, Toph pinned her left hand to the wall at her left side, however when next seen she has both hands pinned to the wall above her head.

    • When Sokka took command of the invasion, there were several destroyed and frozen Fire Nation tanks. When the the Fire Nation air force attacks the submarines, the tanks are gone.

    • As Bato tells the gang to take the youngest and escape, you can see that the beads in Katara's bun are missing.

    • While Hakoda is talking as Katara sits him down, the gold bands on Toph's ankle bands are gone.

    • As Hakoda says that he suspects firebenders will appear any minute, you can see that the beads in Katara's bun are missing.

    • In Zuko Alone we learn the story of Zuko's upbringing. Specifically about the disappearance of his mother, Ursa. In this episode we learn that she is alive and that she was exiled.

    • In the episode The Blue Spirit, Aang has the ability to run faster than the wind, but he couldn't catch Azula in this episode.

    • When the swamp benders failed to defend the subs from the Fire Nation, Tho, Due and Huu appeared to be very close to the subs, but seconds later they all disappeared from the scene.

    • Originally, there was a cup on the little table beside Fire Lord Ozai, but when Ozai was telling Zuko about what happened to his mother, the cup disappeared for one moment, and then later re-appeared.

    • When Zuko first entered the Fire Lord's bunker there was a ceiling lamp hanging quite low to the ground on his right, but later the lamp disappeared and re-appeared later.

    • In the scene where the gang was planning for the search of the Fire Lord, at first there was no door behind Hakoda, but later it appeared to be a gaint door behind him.

    • When Aang, Sokka, and Toph are in the cave with Azula, Aang's new glider is shown with a very long tip while it is horizontal. A few seconds later, while Aang turns it vertical, the tip appears to shrink more than half its normal length.

    • The Fire Nation was under a total solar eclipse. As the sun was completely blocked out, it should have been pitch black, or at least very dark. Instead, the lighting is barely darker than normal.

    • It is shown that Zuko has mastered Iroh's technique of absorbing and casting back lightning by routing it through his stomach after he counter-attacks Ozai.

    • This is the first episode in which we find out what happened to Suki after her fight with Azula in Appa's Lost Days.

    • Sokka, Aang, and Toph run across a room with lava vents on the floor. Since lava has a temperature around 1,300 °F, the groups clothes, or even shoes would have caught on fire. Or in Toph's case, gave her burns on her feet.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Ozai: Why are you here?
      Zuko: I'm here to tell the truth.
      Ozai: Telling the truth during the middle of an eclipse. This should be interesting.
      (Ozai waves his hand and the guards leave the room)
      Zuko: First of all, in Ba Sing Se, it was Azula who took down the Avatar, not me.
      Ozai: Why would she lie to me about that?
      Zuko: Because the Avatar's not dead. He survived.
      Ozai: (angered) What?!
      Zuko: In fact, he's probably leading this invasion. He could be on his way here right now.
      Ozai: (stands up and points toward the door, furiously) Get out! Get out of my sight right now if you know what's good for you!
      Zuko: That's another thing. I'm not taking orders from you anymore.
      Ozai: You will obey me, or this defiant breath will be your last!
      (Ozai stands up, but before he is able to do anything, Zuko unsheathes his swords and brandishes them at him)
      Zuko: Think again! I am going to speak my mind, and you are going to listen.

    • (Katara looks off into the distance, with her father and a few others behind her.)
      Hakoda: Katara, is something wrong? You seem distracted.
      Katara: (hesitates): Yeah... is that... is that Aang?!
      (Aang flies into view, coming from the direction of the Palace. He lands and the others approach him.)
      Sokka: Please tell me your here because the Fire Lord turned out to be a big wimp and you didn't even need the eclipse to take him out.

    • War Minister Qin: The Fire Lord's chamber is that way down the hall to the left and up the stairs. You can't miss it.
      (Aang and Sokka both glare at him)
      Aang: (suddenly smiles cheerfully) Thanks!

    • Sokka: What would we do without you?
      Toph: Perish in burning hot magma.
      Sokka: Yeah, pretty much.

    • The Mechanist: Goodbye son.
      Teo: Bye dad. I'm really proud of you.
      The Duke: I'll miss you Pipsqueak.
      Pipsqueak: Take care, The Duke.
      Haru: We'll be back for you, Dad.
      Tyro: If we don't escape on our own first.
      Hakoda: We lost today, but we've never been this close. We tasted victory, and that counts for something.
      Katara: We'll miss you, Dad.
      Sokka: Bye dad. We won't be apart for too long this time. I promise.

    • Sokka: Stop wasting our time and give us the information. You're powerless right now, so you're in no position to refuse.
      Toph: And stick to the truth. I'll be able to tell if you're lying.
      Azula: Are you sure? I'm a pretty good liar. I am a four hundred foot tall purple platypus bear with pink horns and silver wings.
      Toph: Okay, you're good. I admit it.

    • (Toph metalbends through the door of the bunker)
      Sokka: I am so glad that we added you to the group!

    • Zuko: Uncle. (Sees the bars broken and the guard on the ground) Where is my uncle?
      Warden Poon: He's gone. He busted himself out. I've never seen anything like it, he was like a one-man army.

    • Azula: Dad's all the way at the end of the hall then down a secret stairway on the left. I'm sure he'll be more than happy to see you now.
      (Azula runs away)
      Sokka: I fell for it. I used up all our time.
      Toph: It's not your fault Sokka. Azula was ready for us. She had every move planned out.
      Sokka: And now it's too late.

    • (The Earthbender soldiers encounter a group of Firebender soldiers)
      Tyro: Stop! Surrender peacefully, and we will not harm you.
      Firebender: We will never surrender! (attempts to shoot fire but only produces a tiny spark due to the eclipse) Okay, we surrender.

    • Zuko: For so long all I wanted was for you to love me, to accept me. I thought it was my honor that I wanted, but really, I was just trying to please you. You, my father who banished me just for talking out of turn. My father who challenged me, a 13 year old boy to an Agni Kai. How can you possibly justify a duel with a child?
      Ozai" It was to teach you respect.
      Zuko: It was cruel, and it was wrong.
      Ozai:: Then you've learned nothing.
      Zuko: No, I've learned everything, and I've had to learn it on my own. Growing up we were taught that the Fire Nation was the greatest civilization in history. And somehow the war was somehow our way of sharing our greatness with the rest of the world. What an amazing lie that was. The people of the world are terrified by the Fire Nation. They don't see our greatness, they hate us. And we deserve it. We have created an era of fear in the world. If we don't want the world to destroy itself, we need to replace it with an era of peace and kindness.
      Ozai: (Laughing) Your Uncle has gotten to you, hasn't he?
      Zuko: Yes, he has.

    • Azula: Oh, sounds like the firebending's back on!

    • Zuko: After I leave here today, I'm going to free Uncle Iroh from his prison, and I'm going to beg for his forgiveness. He's the one whose been a real father to me.
      Ozai: (chuckles) That's just beautiful, maybe he can pass down to you the ways of tea and failure.
      Zuko: But I've come to an even more important decision. (pauses) I'm going to join the Avatar, and I'm going to help him defeat you.

    • Azula: So, Sokka's your name right? My favorite prisoner used to mention you all the time. She was convinced that you were going to come rescue her. Of course, you never came, and she gave up on you.
      Sokka (Distraught and teary eyed rushes to Azula): AAAGH!!!

      Azula: (Concealing a weapon): Come and get it...
      Toph: Sokka, look out! (Slams Azula's hand to a wall causing her to drop the weapon)
      Sokka (Pinning Azula even closer): Where is Suki?!

    • Azula: And since you can't see, I should tell you I'm rolling my eyes.
      Toph: (Angrily) I'll roll your whole head!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode aired along with The Day of Black Sun, Part One: The Invasion as a TV-Movie: The Day of Black Sun.

    • Although The Eclipse, being the second part of The Day of Black Sun, should be counted as the 11th chapter, in the American airing, it marked as Chapter 10 in the episode title. The Canadian and UK airing marked it as Chapter 11.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • It is revealed that the Fire Lord has a underground bunker under the capital. This seems to be somewhat of an allusion to the Führerbunker that Hitler spent most of his last days in during the end of World War II.

    • The eclipse glasses made by the Mechanist for the invasion forces are identical to Inuit bone goggles used to protect the wearer's eyes from the sun's glare on the snow.

    • The overall design for the Fire Nation zeppelins seem to be somewhat based on the airships found in early Final Fantasy games.

    • The Fire Nations use of Zeppelins is much like how Germany used them during WWI.

    • The Water Tribe troops are shown moving in a testudo or tortoise formation. This was commonly used by Roman Legions.

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