Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 1 Episode 11

The Great Divide

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Aired Friday 6:30 PM May 20, 2005 on Nickelodeon
8.3
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While on their way to the North Pole, Aang and his friends arrive at a giant canyon where two groups of refugees are bickering over who should get to go across. Aang decides to walk across with the two groups to ensure they don’t fight one another. However, he soon learns that the two tribes have been feuding for one hundred years and they both believe their actions are justified. But when the predators inside the canyon start to come out, Aang is stuck trying to defend both tribes from each other and the vicious wildlife.moreless

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  • Tolerable but still a dud

    6.5
    I am aware that avatar the last airbender is one of the best shows out there, but like all great tv shows, it has to have a dud. This episode is considered so. While not relevant to the plot of the show, The Great Divide did something that I thought would never happen in an Avatar episode. The problem, Aang lied for his own benefit. That was very out of character for Aang. While it is a filler episode, you've got to keep the characters in character writers. Nevertheless, it was not as bad as most post movie spongebob episodes but it is still considered the dud.moreless
  • Well, every show must have at least ONE terrible episode.

    7.5
    The Great Divide, OK, you see, I don't really consider this a "bad episode", I just consider it highly irrelevant to the plot, and unnecessary, I mean, you would get the series' plot without this, right?

    OK, now with the actual episode. A brief summary: Aang is about to cross a canyon, but two groups of people ask for help, so Aang and the other ones split up and they get to the other side.

    The episode itself is not actually bad, it's just, a filler for the next one, yeah. I find this episode so boring, so much, that I just change the channel when it shows up. So, the score I'm not giving the 6.5 to the episode, I'm giving it because it's not important for the show, I believe that this episode, is the only episode that I find boring.moreless
  • A decent episode.

    7.5
    This episode presented a clear theme, and that's settling differences. It started off with a teaser in how Katara and Sokka were in disagreement about setting up their camp, and then the theme expanded into two tribes in a 100 year feud. It was pretty nice to see how the feud was settled, in an innocent lie by Aang that was for the greater good, but although it was doing such a nice job of developing this idea of two tribes with its clear sets of rules and principles, where it falls a bit is believability. How a 100 year feud can be handled because not only did they work together for just a single second, granted it was to survive, but they fell for the words of a 12 year old boy? I dunno, seems a little bit too convenient of a way to wrap up an episode just because it was running out of time.moreless
  • The Great Divide

    8.0
    The Great Divide was a really great episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. I really enjoyed watching this episode as we got to see more character development for Aang. I think this episode definitely touched upon a darker side of humanity's nature, but it was all redeemed in the end. This episode had good action, drama, intrigue, and character development. I enjoyed seeing Aang work with two opposites to make them whole. I think this episode had great action, interesting intrigue, character development, and a great over all story. I look forward to watching more epioses of Avatar The Last Airbendermoreless
  • OK...

    6.5
    This episode was the first episode that i said "Ok not excelent but not too bad" the animation its a little bad when the Zhang tells his story about Wei Jin and Jin Wei but the canyon crawlers where a fine kind of monster

    Nothing really good happend its like this episode was like to complete the 20 of Season 1 because the plot its simple "Get to the North Pole" but How do you do a simple plot in 20 episodes? Easy you start to create chapters to fill the 20 and this was its one that did not support anything of the plot or nothing just fun to complete the 20 episodes of Season 1

    6.5/10 :):)moreless
Roberta Farkas

Roberta Farkas

Zhang Leader

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Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Gan Jin Leader

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Scott Menville

Scott Menville

Gan Jin Scout

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • According to Aang, Appa has five stomachs.

    • When Katara prepares to throw the wood at Sokka (after yelling at him and before the wood falls on him), the blue beads connecting her hair loopies to her bun are brown like her hair.

    • When arguing about the how slim the chance of rain was, Sokka comments on it being the dry season. This is illogical due to the fact that the show characteristically uses the four temperate seasons, not the two tropicals. Also evident is the fact that given the time of year the show has indicated towards being situated in, it would've been the wet season.

    • The tour guide's arms clearly weren't broken because when Aang was talking about eating their weight in lychee nuts on the small cliff, the guide climbed up. He would've needed his hands.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Aang: Guys! Focus! How many times do I have to say it? Harsh words won't solve problems. Action will!
      Zhang Leader: Perhaps the Avatar is right.
      Gan Jin Leader: Yes, perhaps he is.
      Zhang Leader: Harsh words will never solve our problems.
      Gan Jin Leader: Action will!
      (Both take out their swords and whip them together)

    • Aang (gets really mad and starts to yell): Alright, here's the deal. We're all going down together, and Appa here will fly your sick and elderly across. Does that seem fair!?

    • Aang: Uh, you could share the earthbender and travel together?
      Gan Jin Leader: Absolutely not! We'd rather be taken by the Fire Nation than travel with those stinking thieves.
      Zhang Leader: We wouldn't travel with you pompous fools anyway!

    • Canyon Guide: Sorry about the wait, youngsters. Who's ready to cross this here canyon?
      Katara: Um, one of them I think.

    • Katara: Sokka, you're supposed to put the tarp on top of the tent. You know, so we don't get rained on.

    • Aang: You know, I take it back! Harsh words aren't so bad!

    • Canyon Guide: ...all food better be in your gut or in the garbage.

    • Gan Jin Scout: Hey, if you're looking for the canyon guide, I was here first!
      Katara (sarcastically): Oh, canyon guide. Sounds informative.

    • Katara: How can you not be fascinated Sokka? This is the largest canyon in the entire world!
      Sokka: Then I'm sure we'll be able to see it very clearly from the air while we fly away.

    • Katara: Sokka wait, I don't care about this stupid feud. I just want us to get out of here alive.
      Sokka: Me too. I only took their side because they fed me.

    • Canyon Guide: They're coming back for me! They've had a taste and they're coming back for me.

    • Katara: I could just stare at it forever...
      Sokka: Okay, I've seen enough.

    • Sokka: Why don't you ask Miss Know-It-All, Queen of the Twigs.
      Katara: Oh yeah, well, you're Mr. Lazy-Bum, King of the... Tents!

    • Gan Jin Leader: Maybe you Zhangs wouldn't have so many sick people if you weren't such slobs!
      Zhang Leader: Well if you Gan Jins weren't so clean, maybe you wouldn't live to be so old!

    • Aang: You could call it luck, or you could call it lying.
      Sokka: What?!?...
      Aang: I made the whole thing up.
      Katara: You didn't... that is so wrong.

    • Aang (drooling): Is that...egg custard in that tart?

    • Sokka: His job's gonna make us cross this whole thing on foot, isn't it?

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • At the end of this episode, the camera moves up and we can see a big monolith on the left and the mountains behind it. The monolith is similar to The Devils Tower monolith located in Wyoming, USA.

    • Rashomon
      The situation between the two tribes is a "Rashomon effect", in which multiple individuals who are witnesses to an event are able to produce substantially different but equally plausible accounts of it. The literary concept/psychological effect is used countlessly in various forms of entertainment (primarily films and episodes of television programs) and was popularized by Akira Kurosawa's 1950's film Rashomon, in which a crime witnessed by four individuals is described in four mutually contradictory ways. The film in turn based on two short stories by Japanese writer Akutagawa Ryunosuke, regarded as the "Father of the Japanese Short Story."

    • The names of the two tribe's forefathers appear to be the antithesis of the other, Jin Wei and Wei jin, which itself is a play on how family names are positioned in Eastern and Western culture. In many Eastern cultures, family names are placed before their given names, while in many Western cultures, family names serve as surnames.

    • The Great Divide canyon was an obvious reference to the Grand Canyon. Katara even went as far as calling it the largest canyon in the world.

    • The Canyon Guide bore a strong resemblence to Aang's Bonzu Pipinpadaloxicopolis, the Third disguise of Aang's in The King of Omashu.

    • In Mandarin Chinese, "Zhang" means dirty while "Gan Jin" means clean. Both words clearly match the characteristics of each tribe.

    • When the Zhang Leader tells her side of the story about the feud, the animation style in the flashback is similar to that of the Japanese anime film, Dead Leaves.

    • Jin and Wei were both kingdoms in the Three Kingdoms era of China. Jin came from Wei, after the Sima family (Jin) assumed power over the Cao family (Wei), though they were the names of individuals in this episode.

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