Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 1 Episode 17

The Northern Air Temple

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Aired Friday 6:30 PM Nov 04, 2005 on Nickelodeon
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  • The Northern Air Temple

    8.5
    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!!!!!!!
  • As always, Avatar delivers.

    8.5
    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.
  • 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.

    8.5
    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.
  • The Northern Air Temple is completely opposite from the Southern Air Temple!

    9.0
    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!
  • The Gaang visit the Northern Air Temple

    10
    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.
  • Im on Aang's side

    9.3
    This epsiode reminds the poor sense that people has for history i mean WTF?!?!?! Did you people see how the refugees destroy that Temple with the excuss "Sorry we dont have where to live" i dont care!!!
    The destroy valuable history, statues and how knows what else and, like it wasn't enough, the guy was making war guns for the Fire Nation!!!
    The end was good but like Aang said "If we control the skies we have the Fire Nation under us" but... not for too long because the Fire Nation discover the air balloon!!!
    So now war get a new high in the skies... :):)
  • Cliffhanger!

    9.1
    Nothing really happened in this episode except a couple things. Like the great fight at the end of the episode. Also, the premier of a great character, War Mister Chin, he is a War Minister who premiered in this episode and The Drill which revealed he was afraid of Azula. Teo's character premier was great also, a handicapped kid that rides in a airbender type machine. I think The Southern Air Temple was better than this one. I thought Aang, Sokka, and Katara were actually going to meet some airbenders, I was hoping to see some. Overall, I give this episode 9.1.
  • getting closer to the north pole!

    9.3
    9.5/10. we saw the southern air temple and now the northern air temple. now all we gotta see is the eastern and the western. not that bad of an episode except now the fire nation got a hold of the inventor's invention, the hot air balloon. the fire nation guy that they lost and they won. by that he means that they failed at destroying the temple but they succeeded at getting an invention. now they will use that at the day of black sun, the solar eclipse. nice going sokka and the inventor. 5 more words to go. im done.
  • The gAang travel to the western airtemple where they find living people settled their. but their are secrets to the temple.

    9.4
    After hearing rumors about flying people, the kids journey to the Northern Air Temple to see for themselves. Upon arrival, they find not Airbenders, but an Earth Kingdom colony led by a mad inventor and his paraplegic son. The inventor has defiled the ancient landmarks with technological "improvements," similar in style to the Industrial Revolution. Aang is at first disheartened by the many changes to the temple, though he develops a degree of respect for the mechanist's son, Teo. Sokka begins to work with the Mechanist and came up with ways to detect natural gas leaks through use of rotten eggs.This state of relative happiness was not to last. Aang soon discovers that the Mechanist is supplying the Fire Nation with weapons inside the temple sanctuary where Avatar statues are suppose to be, in exchange for the safety of his newly settled village. He unearths a room filled with monstrous weapons of war, like self-propelled war wagons and attack balloons, all destined for use by the enemy. Later Aang demands to know when the Fire Nation would come for their weapons, the Mechanist states that soon. After that the War Minister Qin appears demanding for his weapons. Aang closes the door and traps the minister, Aang tells him that the deal is off, and slapping him in the face with an airbending move. War Minister Qin states "the destruction of this temple would be on your head". However, Aang realizes that they have something the Fire Nation don't have; Air power. Sokka and the Mechanist plan on how to improve the war balloon and how to fight back the Fire Nation using their gliders and the prototype war balloon. Sokka states that there are four different types of bombs; smoke, slime, fire and... when the machinist states stink "never underestimate the power of stink". The gliders fight with courage, but the Fire Nation tanks overwhelms them. Every time Aang flips them over, the cockpits also flip. Teo states that the tanks have a water balancing system. Katara use this to fight them, but there are too many. Appa arrives and retrieves Aang and Katara out of the battles field. Out of explosives, the people lose hope, but the war balloon appears, the Fire Nation doesn't attack seeing the Fire Nation emblem. Sokka drops several slime bombs but that doesn't stop the advancing army. Ultimately, Sokka, in a desperate maneuver, throws the balloon's hot air engine into a crack with explosive gas emanating from it. The resulting explosion crushes the invaders. Deprived of power, the balloon consequently dropped into the Fire Nation campgrounds. Qin and his soldiers finds it, saying, "This defeat is the gateway to many victories." as firebenders inflate the balloon.
  • great episode! keep them coming!!! :D

    9.8
    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. great episdode to do before the waterbending masters and it showed us insight on the other air nomads.
  • Aang and the gang travel to the Northern Air Temple after hearing stories of sighted airbenders.

    9.1
    A very cultural episode of the Avatar, 'The Nothern Air Temple" touches on the bases of archaeology, war, and of course new and old cultures. It works well as an episode because in it you are on both sides of the arguement at the beginning of the episode. Aang has a right to be angry for people using the old temple as a home but not treating the temple as it was. You also want to side with the inventor and his people because they have no where else to go and to them, the temple has been home for many a year. As I said you see things about war in here too and yes, there is a battle at the end. But I like that not only do see war but its dynamics here as well. The battle itself was really well cherographed and debut of the Fire Nation tanks should rank with those Empiral Walkers coming out of the fog in The Empire Strikes Back. Overall, this episode is very good.
  • One of the best episodes of the whole series! Great fighting scene and a cliffhanger that we didn't expect. Well done creators.

    9.7
    Avatar: The Last Airbender 117 is one of the best episodes there is. A fighting scene that leaves you on the edge of your seats, a special lesson and a strange twist. Teo's father is making wepons for the firenation, and we don't know what's going to happen next. Lots of stuff happens in this episode, but the end is most scary, or exciting I should say. Like all things avatar, this episode was exciting. I love the fact that when Katara tried flying on the glider, she swallowed bugs, and momo was just flying up into the air and eating as much as he wanted to. Great episode! Watch!
  • The Northern Air Temple Season 1 Chapter 17 A great episode. Loved it.

    9.9
    This was a really good episode. Aang goes to the Northern Air Temple, which he remembers from the time before he was frozen. Aang is at first unhappy with the changes. He remembers when the temple was filled with monks and holy. He thought it was an insult to the airbenders for The Mechanist and the rest of the people to make changes.

    However, Aang realizes that the air nomad monks no longer live and it's pointless to get angry since the monks will no longer need the temple. This decision is helped when Aang learns that Teo can't walk the only way he can move freely is by gliding. Also, Teo understand the spirit of airbending.

    Aang finds out that The Mechanist has been supplying the Fire Nation with inventions to use in the war. At first Aang is angry but then The Mechanist helps the gaang fight the Fire Nation when they come to take over the temple. Teo and everyone else learn that control of the air is important in battles.

    At the end, the Fire Nation find the war balloon. It is said that they are going to use that balloon to win more battle. They understand the importance of air in battle, too.
  • PERFECT!!

    10
    After hearing rumors about flying people, the kids journey to the Northern Air Temple to see for themselves. Upon arrival, they find not Airbenders, but an Earth Kingdom colony led by a mad inventor and his paraplegic son. The inventor has defiled the ancient landmarks with technological "improvements," similar in style to the Industrial Revolution. Aang is at first disheartened by the many changes to the temple, though he develops a degree of respect for the mechanist's son, Teo. Sokka begins to work with the Mechanist and came up with ways to detect natural gas leaks through use of rotten eggs.

    This state of relative happiness was not to last. Aang soon discovers that the Mechanist is supplying the Fire Nation with weapons inside the temple sanctuary where Avatar statues are suppose to be, in exchange for the safety of his newly settled village. He unearths a room filled with monstrous weapons of war, like self-propelled war wagons and attack balloons, all destined for use by the enemy. Later Aang demands to know when the Fire Nation would come for their weapons, the Mechanist states that soon. After that the War Minister Qin appears demanding for his weapons. Aang closes the door and traps the minister, Aang tells him that the deal is off, and slapping him in the face with an airbending move. War Minister Qin states "the destruction of this temple would be on your head". However, Aang realizes that they have something the Fire Nation don't have; Air power. Sokka and the Mechanist plan on how to improve the war balloon and how to fight back the Fire Nation using their gliders and the prototype war balloon. Sokka states that there are four different types of bombs; smoke, slime, fire and... when the machinist states stink "never underestimate the power of stink". The gliders fight with courage, but the Fire Nation tanks overwhelms them. Every time Aang flips them over, the cockpits also flip. Teo states that the tanks have a water balancing system. Katara use this to fight them, but there are too many. Appa arrives and retrieves Aang and Katara out of the battles field. Out of explosives, the people lose hope, but the war balloon appears, the Fire Nation doesn't attack seeing the Fire Nation emblem. Sokka drops several slime bombs but that doesn't stop the advancing army. Ultimately, Sokka, in a desperate maneuver, throws the balloon's hot air engine into a crack with explosive gas emanating from it. The resulting explosion crushes the invaders. Deprived of power, the balloon consequently dropped into the Fire Nation campgrounds. Qin and his soldiers finds it, saying, "This defeat is the gateway to many victories." as firebenders inflate the balloon.
  • New [lovable] characters introduced, and Aang dies a little inside.

    10
    After hearing rumors that the Northern Air temple might still harbor Air Nomads, Aang and company immediately follow the trail of his people.
    Upon entering his home, most cultural bearings were lost, and the colorful history of his people is gone. It is replaced by a concentrated group of people, all of which refugee's from the Earth Kingdom during a siege. Aang meets a young boy and his father, his new friend he quickly discovers no longer has the ability to walk. But has an incredible talent of flying. Aang is disgusted at the new dwellers in his old home, but soon finds them charming, and a great addition to his lost culture.
  • I first saw this episode on the DVD, and enjoyed some of the funny humor of the mechanist.

    9.1
    I can understand Aang's fury at the current use of the temple, with its machines and smoke of the inventions that now power it. He is even angrier when they visit one of the remaining parts of the original temple, only to see it in the process of being removed to put in a bath house. Then Aang visits the sanctuary, where he and his friends stumble upon many fire nation weapons, which as it turns out, are being made by Teo's father. Then the Fire Nation comes to raid the temple, but with Aang's help and the mecanist's war balloon, they are defeated.
  • A master in the temple

    9.1
    Went the gang enter to a air temple aang get angry because his one of the air temple are living people that are distroyng the temple obiusly he get angry but in the end he discover something that make changed his maid.i love this epi and is one of the reason what i wacht avatar this cartoons is good can you belive that 2 character in this show are lacking of one of thiers senses yes teo and toph .anyway the fire nation are abusing os does people and the biguns to attack them so sokka a brain doing solutions create a powerful machine that can kill the fire nation army well not kill them but stop them yes .

    I love the charcter of Teo he made remember toph both of the are great and the machine of teo it is oncrdible went i saw it i said i want one od this and whay not it was perfect i hape that teo in the 3 season have more toy like that really they are soooo usefull to stop the fire nation.
  • A new character is introduces that will not be in season 2, but he will return in season 3!

    8.8
    Aang and the others hear of flying people living in the northern a ir temple, and believe them to be living air nomads. upon going there, they find that the airwalkers arent air nomads, but refugees inhabiting the temple, led by an eccentric mechanist. they find out the mechanist is develping weapons for the fire nation, and aang shows himsef to the fire emissary, who in turn declares war on the temple. It is a short battle, but is still pretty cool. the temple succesfully defends itself with the help of aang sokka and katara, and the Aang leaves the temple at peace about his peoples temple being inhabited by refugees.
  • It may not seem like anything happens

    9.2
    This ep feels as if it were another filler ep, where the plot line doesn't move along again. But many important things happen in this ep that i believe will play an important part in eps to come, possibly s3. We are intoduced to some new characters and we get to learn a little more about Aang's past and more about the airbenders culture and way of life. We also see Aang developed more as he learns to accpt to loss of his peopel and see that life does go on through his new friends that he makes in this ep.
  • I love this episode.

    10
    The Northern Air Temple is one of my favorites episodes in the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I absolutely LOVE the animation. It just seems so perfect in this episode. The Aang and Teo flying scene when the gang first arrived at the Northern Air Temple was so amazing and fun to watch. It's so cool that there are actually people who have the spirit of airbenders and have learned how to manipulate gravity. And all the little inventions that the mechanist had made were so interesting. The fact that the mechanist was secretly making weapons for the fire nation added drama to the episode. I just think that The Northern Air Temple was a good episode.
  • Great episode.

    8.9
    Well the gaang goes to the Northern Air Temple once they hear that there are air benders there. This is not true though, there just regular people using gliders. Aang gets mad that the temple is being reconstructed because it is a sacred shrine to his people. It turns out that the guy doing all the reconstructing was actually being blackmailed in a way by the fire nation. So this huge battle takes place. It was awesome and in the end the fire nation have thier baloon but they pretty much win(as in the gaang won). My favorite part of this episode was when Katara was in the snow bending it to all the tanks and stuff. So yeah great episode.
  • A great episode.

    9.1
    Nothing really happened in this episode except a couple things. Like the great fight at the end of the episode. Also, the premier of a great character, War Mister Ching, he is a War Minister who premiered in this episode and The Drill which revealed he was afraid of Azula. Teo's character premier was great also, a disablited kid that rides in a airbender type machine. I think The Southern Air Temple was better than this one. I thought Aang, Sokka, and Katara were actually going to meet some airbenders, I was hopeing to see some. Overall, I give this episode 9.1.
  • Great episode.

    10
    Aang and the others hear of flying people living in the northern a ir temple, and believe them to be living air nomads. upon going there, they find that the airwalkers arent air nomads, but refugees inhabiting the temple, led by an eccentric mechanist. they find out the mechanist is develping weapons for the fire nation, and aang shows himsef to the fire emissary, who in turn declares war on the temple. the temple succesfully defends itself with the hepl of aang sokka and katara, and the Aang leaves the temple at peace about his peoples temple being inhabited by refugees.
  • This is a very good episode.

    10
    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; though 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.
    Very good episode Aang and the Gang arrive at the Northern Air Temple where they meet Teo and his father The Mechanist.
  • This episode was sad yet really good!

    8.5
    This episode was really sad but when i say sad i mean that it was only sad because all of this Airbending temple was destroyed and that made me mad because i have always wanted to see another Airbender on the show but this is really making it seem less and less likely. Other than that i think this episode was one of the best. it was good because of the whole scene with the one Fire Nation army getting beaten by about only six people. My favorite part of this episode was at the end. My jaw dropped. We all know the Fire Nation can get to anywhere on the watter and on the earth. now this shows that future episodes there will be something to do with the air and being able to catch Aang with a hot air balloon. All together i give this episode a B.
  • I'm a huge avatar fan, but this is one of the worst episodes ever.

    6.0
    Being an avatar fan, I can get emotional about some things. But this episode just p***** me off. How could anyone just destroy an ancient monument by building machinery like that! That's not all that makes it bad. There's kind of a wierd vibe to it. Call me crazy for getting all defensive about a fictional storyline, but this just made me want to punch the mechanist with one of my earth balls or blast him with one of my fire blasts. I was so glad when this episode ended. Sorry avatar fans, but I just didn't like this episode.
  • love it

    10
    i lik this part very much wene ang is mene fighting mushen whith earth bending toph to i belev tohp him well wen they were flying a rock was coming after them ang hit the rock and it burst into bits of rocks they got on the grond then they did some rill earth bending but tohp was the best she made those steris go strait they made a rock to go up the strait stars i thot it was very cool katara kept on saying sorry! i thote hat was a littl funny wen they proved longfang has seen bicen befor they wer lik yay god job tem then he aid this dosent pruve any thing abut the war then they all said ahhhhhhhhman then he said this was wharth looking into then they said okyahthatsfin they look in to it he sees it longfang gets arested they fly cuse they get notes toph got a not that says its her mom but it isent ang mets a guru katara and sokka findes were ther dad is well that all im telling byyyyyyyyyy
  • Filler but exciting.

    9.4
    Yes yes we all agree that this is a filler. Now if there were actual airbenders, this would be one heck of an episode! Think about it: another airbender in the gAang. Well, anywho, we meat some new friends,Teo, and some new enemies. The one part that questions me is at the end, when the fire nation dude is like," This defeat leads to many victories"... or something like that. But, I got really mad at the Dad when I found out that he was building weapons for the Fire Nation. Eek well, now he's a good guy and stopped.
  • This episode was about Aang seeing that he is gonna have to make sacrifises now that the world is different.

    8.7
    This episode is about Aang when he sees that things have changed but that some things are still the way that it used to be. In the beginning Aang wanted to see the whole temple and when he saw that the person who changed the temple was making weapons for the fire nation, Aang got very mad. At the end everyone that lives in the temple fight against a group of fire nation people and so the people from the temple win. My favorite part was when everyone that lives in the temple fight against a group of fire nation people and so the people from the temple win. I hope you liked this episode much more than I did.
  • Despite being told repeatedly that there are, in fact, NO surviving Airbenders, when Aang hears rumours, he feels the need to check them out.

    4.0
    Goodness gracious me what have we here?
    I'm sorry (it doesn't help that I'm currently in a bad mood) but this was undoubtedly the worst episode of season 1. I love Avatar, and told my friend to check it out. She took one look at this episode and judged that the whole series was "childish". I have to say, I agree with her on this episode. There was no real point to the story and very few lines of dialogue actually sparkled. It's a shame, because the visit to another air temple had the ability to be a great episode, but unfortunately, something got messed up and this abomination happened. (again, sorry but I'm in a really bad mood and am venting my anger out in this review) This is the only episode of Avatar that I haven't wished to see more than once, and even then I was tempted to turn it off halfway through. All in all, this episode sucks.
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