Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 1 Episode 17

The Northern Air Temple

Aired Friday 6:30 PM Nov 04, 2005 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

When Aang and his friends hear rumors about surviving airbenders, they decide to stop by the Northern Air Temple on their way to the North Pole to see for themselves. What they find is a bunch of people who aren't airbenders, but have mastered the art of gliding. This upsets Aang because they have been defacing the temple. However, there was one part of the temple, where nobody has been able to enter and what Aang and his friends discover inside spells oncoming conflict.moreless

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  • The Northern Air Temple

    The Northern Air Temple was a really great episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. It was really cool to see the Northern Air Temple, though it wasn't quite how Aang remembered. The characters we met were fun and interesting. It was sad to see another part of Aang's world corrupted, destroyed, and used. This episode had a lot of character development for Aang as he remembers what is really important. I enjoyed watching the battle scene as the Fire Nation tried to invade and destroy the Temple. The ending was a fore shadowing of whats to come. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • As always, Avatar delivers.

    Like every episode, there's a clear moral that eventually gets itself resolved here. Although the issue of Aang letting go of the relics of his past behind in order for a community to be built in its place wasn't as thoroughly explored as the issues were in the couple past episodes, this episode contained an all around package. It covered not just one story, but a bunch of others, and the surprising part? It did it all in just half an hour. There's the stuff with Sokka realizing the genius part of his personality working on machines with the old man, and of course Aang accepting that artifacts that remind him of the past are being put to good use as a shelter. Not to mention the battle against the Fire Nation was pretty sweet to watch.moreless
  • Aang, Katara, and Sokka journey to the Northern Air Temple to discover nomads who have mastered the art of gliding and live in the Temple.

    This episode was okay, but it certainly wasn't my favorite. Parts of it were hilarious like when Sokka was spending time with the inventor and when Katara learned how to glide. Katara was really scared when she first tried to glide, but she ended up enjoying it later on. Aang followed her on his glider to make sure she would be okay, and even showed some tricks. With Sokka's help, the inventor solved the problem of a natural gas leak and even invented a hot air balloon for battle. This came in handy in the end when the Fire Nation tried to ambush the temple. With Aang's help, they were easily defeated.moreless
  • The Northern Air Temple is completely opposite from the Southern Air Temple!

    This episode is based on the true awesomeness of people who are not real air benders, but do have the spirit of them! Aang is also good for air bending as he is a real air bender and the only one left too! Once they get there however, tensions rise in Aang as important and sacred parts to the temple are getting destroyed. Aang is also disappointed that the rumors about real air benders here were not true, but it all works out in the end, as good things come again when the part about them having the spirit of air benders is correct, and it was also great when they stopped the Fire Nation invasion when there was a refusal of making weapons and nad giving them to the fire nation soldiers! That was nice seeing Katara fly around on the flying mechanism, but look out for thsoe bugs! Momo ate some of them too!moreless
  • The Gaang visit the Northern Air Temple

    The Gaang here stories of surviving aribenders at the Northern Air Temple. The Gaang decide to go look for themselves. They get there and find people that aren't aribenders but people who knew how to glide with gilders. Aang disrespect the people because they are gradually destroying the temple. Aang finally finds a door that is impossible to open unless they are an airbender. Behind the door leads to drastic conflicts. Meanwhile, the fire nation figures out where Aang is located and start plotting a plan. I think this episode deserves a ten because it was well written and adventurous.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • After we see the bison fountain we see the ceiling with pipes and a metal object with a tower like top in the bottom right corner of the screen; but after we see Aang's confused expression and we return to the same shot, the metal object is replaced with a wheel.

    • The Northern Air Temple was discovered by people walking up on foot; also, the Fire Nation army easily marched an entire unit up the walkways in order to get to the Northern Air Temple. But, earlier Aang says how the only way to reach a temple is through bisons.

    • As in The Southern Air Temple when Aang goes to open the sanctuary doors, the locks are in "open" position. when he performs the airbending, they are in "locked" position until he opens them.

    • While Katara asks how they can stop the incoming Fire Nation attack, her braid is missing.

    • While the Mechanist tries to plea his case and puts out the model blimp's fire, Aang's yellow collar turns orange-red like his shawl.

    • When Katara first flies on a glider, Teo flies in the sky with her. But a few moments later, Aang is with her, and Teo is on the ground, his glider attachment next to him.

    • Teo said only an airbender can open the door to the Northern Air Temple sanctuary, and this is the second time we have been told this (also at the Southern Air Temple). But, somehow, the crazy inventor was able to get into and out of the area many times, without possessing airbending abilities.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Aang: Our gliders.
      The Mechanist: Yes, little light flying machines. They gave me an idea. Build a new life for my son, in the air! Then everyone would be on equal ground, so to speak! We're just in the process of improving upon what's already here and after all, isn't that what nature does?

    • Sokka: Aang, you were right about air power. (Pointing to the sky) As long as we've got the skies, we'll have the Fire Nation on the run!

    • Aang: You know what? I'm really glad you guys all live here now. It's like the hermit crab, maybe you weren't born here, but you found this empty shell and made it your home. And now you protect each other.
      Teo: That means a lot coming from you.

    • Aang: This place is unbelievable.
      Teo: Yeh, it's great isn't it?
      Aang: No, just unbelievable.

    • Storyteller: So travelers, the next time you think you hear a strange large bird talking, take a closer look, it might not be a giant parrot, but a flying man! A member of a secret group of air walkers who laugh at gravity and laugh at those bound to the earth by it!

    • Mechanist (after knocking down a wall which contained on the other side of it a sacred statue of an airbender): What the doodle! Don't you know enough to stay away from construction sites? We have to make room for the bathhouse.
      Aang (extremely angered): Do you know what you did? You just destroyed something sacred! For a stupid bathhouse!
      Mechanist: Well, people around here are starting to stink.
      Aang: This whole place stinks!

    • Sokka: We better find some solid ground before it finds us!

    • Aang: Just remember to keep your mouth closed so you don't swallow a bug!
      (Later in the episode)
      Katara: Wait, how do you land this thing? (Katara begins to cough) Bug! That was a bug!

    • Aang (looking into Northern Air Temple sanctuary): This is a nightmare.
      Mechanist: You don't understand.
      Aang: You're making weapons for the fire nation.

    • Sokka: ... so then the question became, how do you keep a lid on hot air?
      Katara (whispering): Awww, if we only knew. (Aang, Katara and Teo begin to laugh)

    • Aang: The deal's off.
      Fire Nation Emissary: The Avatar.
      Mechanist: Aang, don't get involved.
      Fire Nation Emissary: If I don't get what I came for, the Fire Nation will burn this place to rubble!
      Aang: Get out of here! You're leaving empty-handed.
      Fire Nation Emissary: Then the destruction of this temple will be on your head.

    • Mechanist: We finally got the war balloon working, thanks to Sokka. That boy's a genius!
      Sokka: Thank you. You're a genius.
      Mechanist: Thank you. (Aang and Katara give each other weird looks)

    • Sokka: Why would you want to use fireflies for light?
      Mechanist: Hey close that up, they'll get loose! Fireflies are a non-flamable light source.

    • Teo: Besides, there's one part of the temple that hasn't changed at all.
      Katara (walking in a new hallway with air nomad symbols on the floor, approaching a door): Hey! It's just like the one in the other Air Temple.
      Teo: Only an airbender can open it, so inside it's completely untouched, just the way the monks left it. I've always wondered what it's like in there.
      Katara: Aang?
      Aang: I'm sorry, this is the last part of temple that the same as it was. I want it to stay that way.

    • Teo: Hey Aang, I want to show you something.
      Aang: I just can't get over it. There's not a single thing that's the same.
      Teo: I don't know about that. (picks up an insect-like creature) The Temple might be different, but the creatures that live here are probably direct descendants of the ones that lived here a long time ago.
      Katara (takes creature from Teo): You're right. They're kind of keepers of the temple's origins. (gives creature to Aang)

    • Mechanist (looks over to three lit candles): Look at the time (looks over to his construction crew) Come, the pully system must be oiled before dark.
      Sokka: Wait, how can you tell the time from that thing? The notches all look the same.
      Mechanist: The candle will tell us.
      Sokka (the top candle sparks four times): You put spark powder in the candles.
      Mechanist: Four flashes, so its four hours past mid-day. Or as I call it 4 o'candle.
      Sokka: Hahaha!!
      Mechanist: If you like that, wait till you see my finger-safe knife sharpener. Only took me three tries to get it right. (pulls 3 wooden fingers off his hand, throws them to Sokka)
      Sokka: Ahhh!

    • Aang (looking at a very different temple than the one he visited 100 years ago): This is supposed to be the history of my people.
      Katara: I'm sure some parts of the temple are still the same.

    • Katara (inside the temple, looking at all the pipes, etc. that now vacate the temple): Aang used to come here a long time ago. I think he's shocked it's so different.
      Sokka: So better!

    • Teo: Hey, you're a real airbender. You must be the Avatar! That's amazing! I, I've heard stories about you...

    • Teo: Hey there. You're pretty good.
      Aang: Yeah, I know, but I can do more than fancy gliding. (Aang proceeds to do airbending tricks, and succeeds)

    • Katara: They really are airbenders!
      Aang: No, they're not.
      Sokka: What do you mean they're not? Those guys are flying!
      Aang: Gliding, maybe, but not flying. You can tell by the way they move, they're not airbenders. Those people have no spirit.

    • Katara (as they are approaching the Northern Air Temple): Do you think we'll really find airbenders?
      Sokka: You want me to be like you, or totally honest?
      Katara: Are you saying I'm a liar?
      Sokka: I'm saying you're an optimist, same thing basically.

    • Storyteller: Jingle jingle. (holds bag for money, waiting for Sokka to put some money in)
      Sokka (reaches into pockets searching for some coins, but only finds a bug and some dirt) Sorry...
      Storyteller: Aww...cheapskates.

    • Aang: Aren't airbender stories the best?
      Katara: Was it realistic? Was that how it was back then?
      Aang: I laugh at gravity all the time. (laughs) Gravity.

    • Fire Nation Emissary: This defeat is the gateway to many victories.

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