Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 2 Episode 13

The Drill

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Aired Friday 6:30 PM Sep 15, 2006 on Nickelodeon
9.5
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The Drill
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Having made it to the outer wall of Ba Sing Se, the kids confront a Fire Nation army that is driving a massive Fire Nation drill, which poses an imminent threat to the last Earth Kingdom stronghold. Meanwhile Zuko and Iroh make crucial mistakes which begin to attract Jet's suspicions. Can Zuko and Iroh keep their cover? Will Aang manage to save Ba Sing Se from the Fire Nation?moreless

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  • The Drill

    9.0
    The Drill was a really superb episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. This episode was very entertaining, full of action, drama, intrigue, character and plot development. I thought this episode was cool because we got to see a glimpse of the great Earth Kingdom City's outer Defense. It was cool to see Azula, Ty Lee and Mai in action again as they tried to preven the Avatar and gang from disabling their drill. I think this episode turned out well. I thought it was interesting that Jet picked up on Iroh heating his tea and he has decided to follow Iroh and Zuko. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Another Avatar episode, another quality watch.

    9.0
    Unlike other episodes, this doesn't really have a life lesson or issue with morality. Despite this we are still treated to an excellent episode filled with some awesome action, showdowns, and potential tension between two of Aang's enemies. Like in almost every episode, it's impressive how elemental bending can serve the people in the Avatar world in terms of technological engineering. The way those soldiers used earth bending as a vehicle, trains, etc. The showdowns between the various fighters weren't the best in the show; there have been better action and fight scenes before, but the showdowns themselves were just exciting. And there's also the Jet and Zuko conflict that will eventually turn into an all out war between the two factions. Exciting to see what will happen out of that.moreless
  • Will Aang find aapa and destroy the drill

    9.0
    After Aang learns that the fire empire plans to use a freaking big drill that looks like a dudes rod and can the Fire empire affond to build the drill wait a flippin mintue Fire empire plus a machine use to destroys a wall or planet eqauls a spoof of Star wars drill eqauls death star. Then Aang battles Auzla you know when Auzla was about to punch Aang and Aang use a rock fist to block that could of been a good time to go into the Avatar State. Then Aang jump up high and found a hole to destroy the drill ait a flippin mintue a target hole destroy the drill thats another star wars thing manmoreless
  • Aang and the gang must find a way to destroy a Fire Nation drill that's attempting to penetrate the city of Bah Sing Seh...

    9.6
    Aang, Sokka, and Katara board the drill that is attempting to penetrate the walls of Bah Sing Seh. Katara freezes a man to get a map of the drill, and together, she and Aang use waterbending to destroy the inner structure. They are caught by Ty Lee and Mai, so they run to the sludge pipe and escape that way. Ty Lee chases after them, but Mai stays behind. Katara and Toph use their bending to plug up the drill while Aang goes to the top to deliver the final blow to the drill. Azula catches him and they fight. While Azula is coming back to her senses, Aang delivers the final blow and destroys the drill before Bah Sing Seh is captured.moreless
  • Almost perfect.

    9.9
    The Drill is a fantastic episode full of loads of action and other things. Azula VS Aang is always a good match. The only bad things about it is that Zuko wasn't involved as much as other episodes, and the animation wasn't too good. Other than that, fantastic episode. My favorite part is when Aang ran down the wall of Ba Sing Se and made Azula go flying. The whole fight was good. The episode would have been better if Suki was in it. I was surprised and shocked at the end of this episode. I give this episode an almost perfect, 9.9.moreless
Kim Mai Guest

Kim Mai Guest

Ying

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Brian Tochi

Brian Tochi

Than

Guest Star

Karen Maruyama

Karen Maruyama

Bureaucrat

Guest Star

Cricket Leigh

Cricket Leigh

Mai

Recurring Role

Olivia Hack

Olivia Hack

Ty Lee

Recurring Role

Crawford Wilson

Crawford Wilson

Jet

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • As Mai moves to close the hatch of the slurry pipeline, her right thumb is as black as her glove.

    • Given that the Drill was a metal structure that is driven by a steam engine, why didn't Azula use her lightning to attack everyone? The metal would have conducted and spread out her attack, and given that it runs on steam, it wouldn't have affected the vehicle itself.

    • When Azula jumps off the edge of the drill, she falls a long way. Azula may be good, but she's not immortal, and that fall should've broken bones.

    • When Aang is being held against the wall by Azula and about to be blasted by lightning, the camera zooms into his opened eye, which is brown. But in numerous other episodes we see that his eye color is steel gray.

    • How could Azula possibly stop herself from sliding down the side of the drill? As we see before the slurry is extremely slippery, and she was halfway down when she stopped herself. Moreover, there's no way she could climb up.

    • When Katara asks Toph to help hold back the slurry as Toph approaches, Toph's pants are already covered in slurry but when she takes her stance to bend the slurry, her pants are suddenly clean before she puts her foot on the ground and dirties her pants.

    • When Azula is sliding on the top of the drill and crashes into Aang, they both go in different directions down the side of the drill. In the aerial view of them sliding across the top of the drill, Azula is nowhere near the edge, but in the next scene, she is already sliding down.

    • All the concentration of mud on the pipes, the pressure should have crushed anything inside them, especially when Toph and Katara bend it together. But when Ty Lee is pushed inside and then outside she just seems unharmed.

    • Katara shouldn't have been able to hold back all that rushing slurry on her own, let alone be able to splash Sokka and still keep it up. That stuff was coming in a rushing torrent, was the length of the entire drill and more was coming, and was mud, which is very heavy. Not to mention she should have been exhausted from cutting through the braces.

    • When Katara is talking about Ty Lee in the infirmary, she's wearing her necklace, but when she stands up and asks Sokka what's up, her necklace is missing.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Aang: You shouldn't give 100% of your energy into anyone strike. You've gotta be quick and accurate. Hits a series of points, and break your opponent's stance. And when he's reeling back, you deliver the final blow. His own weight becomes his downfall. Literally.

    • Aang: Everyone inside that wall...the whole world...is counting on us.
      Sokka: The whole world minus the Fire Nation, that is.

    • Jet: What do you think, Longshot?
      (Longshot, mute, looks back expressionlessly)
      Jet: I can respect that.

    • Sokka: Toph, Come on!
      Toph: No way am I going in that metal monster. I can't bend in there. I'll try to slow it down out here.
      Sokka: Okay, good luck.

    • Customs Lady: So, Mr. Lee, and Mr.....umm Mushy, is it?
      Iroh: It's pronounced Moo-shee.
      Customs Lady: You telling me how to do my job?
      Iroh: Uh, no no no. (speaking charmingly) But may I just say that you're like a flower in bloom, your beauty intoxicating.
      Customs Lady: You're pretty easy on the eyes yourself handsome. (makes cat-claw gesture) Raorrr. Welcome to Ba Sing Se.
      Zuko: I'm gonna forget I saw that.

    • General Sung (smiling): It is an honor to welcome you to the outer wall young Avatar, but your help is not needed.
      Aang: Not needed?
      General Sung (smugly): Not needed. I have the situation under control. I assure you the Fire Nation cannot penetrate this wall. Many have tried to break through it, but none have succeeded.
      Toph: What about the Dragon of the West? He got in.
      General Sung (startled): Well... uh... technically yes. But he was quickly expunged. (more confidently) Nevertheless, that is why the city is named Ba Sing Se. It's the impenetrable city. They don't call it Na Sing Se. (belly laughs, then becomes serious) That means penetrable city.
      Toph: Yeah, thanks for the tour, but we still got the drill problem.
      General Sung (pacing back to look out over wastes): Not for long. To stop it, I've sent an elite platoon of earthbenders called the Terra Team.
      Sokka (thoughtfully): That's a good group name, very catchy.

    • Katara: Aang, what are you doing here? I thought you were looking for Appa?
      Aang: I was, but something stopped me. Something big.

    • Wounded Earthbender (About Ty Lee): She hit me with a bunch of quick jabs, I felt like I could barely move. Then she cartwheeled away.

    • Sokka: Come on, Team Avatar!
      Katara: Enough with the Team Avatar already! No matter how many times you say it, it's not going to catch on!
      Sokka: Okay, how about the Boomerang Squad? See, it's good, 'cause it's got Aang in it. Boomer-AANG.
      Aang: I kinda like that one.
      Sokka: Or how about the Aang Gang? Or the Fearsome Foursome.
      (Katara starts walking off)
      Katara: Forget it, Sokka.
      Sokka: What? We're fearsome!

    • Mai (seeing her teammates covered in slurry after the Drill's been destroyed): We lost.

    • Iroh: I know there is no use crying over spilled tea... (breaking up) but that's so sad.

    • Toph: You want the Avatar's help now?
      General (meekly): Yes, please.

    • Ty Lee: Look at that dust cloud, it's so poofy... Poof!

    • Sokka: Good technique little sister, keep it up! Don't forget to breathe!
      Katara: You know, I am just about sick and tired of you telling me what to do all day! You're like a chattering hog-monkey!
      Sokka: Just bend the slurry woman!

    • Zuko (speaking to Iroh through clenched teeth): What are you doing firebending your tea?! For a wise old man, that was a pretty stupid move!

    • Aang (While cutting metal through waterbending): What I would give to be a metalbender.

    • Mai (looking at the slurry): Ugh! Disgusting.
      Ty Lee: Come on, you heard Azula. We have to follow them.
      Mai: She can shoot all the lightning she wants at me... I am not going in that wall-sludge juice.

    • Aang: So, the question is, how are we going to stop that thing?
      Sokka: Why are you all looking at me?
      Aang: You're the idea guy.
      Sokka: So, I'm the only one who can ever come up with a plan. That's a lot of pressure.
      Katara: And, you're also the complaining guy.
      Sokka: That part I don't mind.

    • Ty Lee: Wow, Azula! You were right! It is the Avatar! (smiles at Sokka) And friends...
      Sokka: Hey... (Katara drags him away)

    • General Sung (after the Terra team is taken out): We're doomed!

    • Aang (to General Sung): Tell your men to stop throwing rocks down here!
      General Sung: Men, whatever you do, don't stop throwing rocks down there!

    • Katara (to Ty Lee): Try and block my Chi now, circus freak!

    • Sokka: AHH! It's so dark in here! I can't see anything!
      Toph (sarcastically): Oh no! What a nightmare!
      Sokka: Sorry.

    • Sokka: I'm the idea guy, you guys are the chop everything up with waterbending guys. Together, (dramatically pointing one finger into the air) we're Team Avatar!

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode along with The Serpent's Pass as the TV-Movie: Secret of the Fire Nation.

    • Character Debut: General Sung

      This general is part of the Council of Five, loyal to the Earth King, and is the person in charge of protecting the wall.

    • This episode is in the Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 2: Earth, Volume 3 DVD, along with The Library, The Serpent's Pass, City of Walls and Secrets, and The Tales of Ba Sing Se.

    • Director Giancarlo Volpe was nominated for and won the 2007 in the category "Directing in an Animated Television Production" at the 34th Annual Annie Awards for his work on this episode.

    • For Comcast Digital Cable subscribers, this episode, along with The Serpent's Pass, was available for viewing On Demand beginning September 12, 2006.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • The drill conquest could be compared to the Greeks trying to defeat Troy with the Trojan Horse. Both wars lasted a considerable amount of time and both had kingdoms behind a wall.

    • Once inside the drill, Sokka states that while he was the "idea guy", Aang and Katara were the "chop things up with waterbending guys." This alludes toward the possibility that Katara's name is derived from the word katar, which are Indian arm swords, as Sokka expresses chopping motions with his arms while delivering the statement.

    • The method for moving the the stone cars of Ba Sing Se's monorail system is similar to that of the locomotion of the stone "cars" on The Flintstones.

    • The train station where Jet, Smellerbee, Longshot, Zuko, and Iroh came to to go to Ba Sing Se is similar to the Grand Central Station in New York City.

    • The sheer size and architechture of Ba Sing Se's outer wall is very much similar to that of The Great Wall of China, which was one of the locations Avatar co-creators Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko visited during their trip to China the year before.

    • "Fearsome Foursome" is seems to be a play on Marvel Comic's Fantastic Four.

    • Iroh: I know there's no use crying over spilled tea.
      This is a reference to the saying "It's no use crying over spilled milk."

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