Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 3 Episode 8

The Puppetmaster

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Aired Friday 6:30 PM Nov 09, 2007 on Nickelodeon
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  • Somewhat good

    5.0
    This episode was far better than the last one. The bloodbending was very unique as well as creepy. The scene when a young hana controls rats was compelling But this was not a "scary" episode as fans say it is. It might be scary for small children, but Koh the facestealer gave me more chills. The character of Hanna is simply a generic sterotypical evil witch. Which concides with the fact that this is an "Hallowen Episode". But the episode had a weak finish. How could Katara learn it so fast, I don't believe that master waterbender bull. This episode needed a grand finale (sigh) so facts had to be ignored
  • The Puppetmaster

    10
    The Puppetmaster was a perfect, stylish, haunting and very entertaining episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. I really enjoyed watching this episode as it opened with Sokka trying to tell scary stories. Katara tells a good one and then Toph claims to hear cry's from beneath the mountain. I thought the old lady the gang met was mysterious and it was interesting who she turned out to be. This episode had a lot of character development for Katara, and is an important episode giving the origins of her new ability. I look forward to watching the next episode of Avatar The Last Airbender!!!!!!!
  • Blood bending? Neat!

    9.0
    This is the stuff that makes people die hard fans of a certain series. It takes an already unique universe full of its own quirks and rules and then goes deeper within it. Although elemental bending doesn't seem like it is that much different from magic, it has its own set of rules and it started molding itself into its own type of power system when it starts exploring different concepts, like metal bending, and here, blood bending. How Katara and Hama were battling each other by sucking the life out of the life around them was a bit disturbing, but exhilarating at the same time. What is also neat is that since there are so few of them, and just about all of them are of good heart, we haven't seen any evil water benders, until this episode. Once again Avatar provides us with another highly quality episode.
  • Truly amazing episode

    10
    The group has camped out in the woods for the night. Sokka tells a horror story about a haunted sword, which completely fails to scare the other three. Katara begins to tell a scary story about Nini, a friend of her mother's who disappeared during a harsh winter in the Southern Water Tribe. The story leaves the entire group jumpy, and Toph adds to the fear by saying she can hear screaming coming from under the mountain. An old woman named Hama suddenly appears, offering them a safe place to stay for the night, as people in the woods had been mysteriously disappearing on full moons.

    The group accepts her offer to stay with her in her inn. Katara gets along with her very well, but despite the woman's kind treatment, Sokka grows wary of her. The next day, Hama leads her guests on a shopping trip, during which Sokka overhears some of the locals talking about the disappearances during the full moon. When Hama sends her guests ahead of her back to the inn, Sokka investigates the house for anything suspicious, finding a cupboard filled with wooden puppets in a hallway, and a locked door in the attic. Peering through the keyhole, he sees a box lying in the room beyond it, and decides the pick the lock with his sword. After breaking into the room, and Toph Earthbends her meteor bracelet into a key for the box. Just before they manage to open it, Hama walks in and catches them in the act. However, she opens the box for them and pulls out a water tribe comb, revealing she is from the Southern Water Tribe, but was captured a long time ago. She explains that she knows they are from the Southern Water Tribe, too, as she heard them talking in the woods.

    During dinner, the group also discovers that she is a Waterbender, as she Bends the soup into their bowls. She tells them her story of how she came to be in the Fire Nation: the Fire Nation captured all of the Southern Waterbenders during raids on the South Pole, over time whittling down their numbers until Hama was the last remaining. She, too, was then captured, and among those taken was the only who managed to escape. Katara is deeply moved by her tragic story, and Hama offers to teach Katara what she knows in order to carry on the tradition of the Southern Waterbenders, and Katara happily agrees to learn, wanting to know more about her tribe's cultural heritage. The next day, she leads Katara to a garden filled with fire lilies, and tells her that water can be drawn from anything. She demonstrates this by gathering the moisture from the air as well as harvesting the water from the flowers around them, before using it for some simple techniques. However, drawing water from the flowers dries and kills them, and while Katara is amazed by the demonstration, she also regrets that the fire lilies were destroyed. Hama dismisses her concerns quickly, reminding her that they were simply flowers. She then tells Katara she has one more technique to teach: one that can only be used at the full moon. When Katara expresses hesitance due to the rumors of disappearances, Hama reassures her, stating that two master Waterbenders under a full moon should be able to handle anything.

    Meanwhile, Aang, Sokka, and Toph, believing the disappearances to be the work of an angry spirit, carry out an investigation. However, after briefly exploring the area, Aang concludes that the town is surrounded by natural beauty--the townsfolk have done nothing to disrupt the environment or anger the spirits. Questioning one of the locals leads the group to "Old Man Ding", an elderly man and the only to escape being taken by the spirit. Ding tells the three that he never actually saw a spirit, but rather felt possessed and compelled to walk to the mountain. Unable to control his own movements, Ding almost walked into a cave. But then, the sun rose, and he regained control of his body. Toph realizes that she really had heard screaming coming from under the mountain earlier, and that the captured villagers must be imprisoned there.

    As Katara and Hama arrive in the forest, Aang, Sokka, and Toph discover an underground prison. Toph again crafts her bracelet into a key to free the villagers from their chains, and some of those captured state that it was not a spirit at all that captured them, but rather Hama. At the same time, Hama reveals to Katara the story behind her unique skill. While imprisoned by the Fire Nation, she and the other Waterbenders were completely separated from any and all water. The guards pumped in dry air into the cells and made sure the inmates' arms and legs were tied before feeding water to them. However, she eventually realized that water exists within all living things, and began to manipulate water in the bodies of rats that crawled into her cage. This technique, which she calls Bloodbending, could only be used with the influence of the full moon enhancing her abilities. After mastering the technique, Hama controlled one of the guards, forcing him to unlock her cage, and allowing her to escape after decades of imprisonment. Horrified by the idea of controlling another person's body, Katara refuses to learn Bloodbending. Hama argues with her, stating that they must have vengeance on the Fire Nation for wiping out their entire culture. The outburst leads Katara to realize that Hama has been causing the villagers to disappear, but Hama angrily states that the people of the Fire Nation deserve the same treatment that they gave to the Southern Waterbenders. Hearing this causes Katara to adamantly refuse to learn Bloodbending and to stop Hama from further terrorizing the town, and so Hama uses the technique to temporarily force Katara into submission.

    However, Katara quickly regains control of her body, reminding Hama that she draws power from the full moon as well, and also stating that her Waterbending is more powerful than Hama's. The two begin to battle, each drawing water from the grass and trees surrounding them, but it quickly becomes obvious that Katara is the superior combatant. But when Katara appears on the cusp of victory, Aang and Sokka arrive to assist her--and succeed in doing little more than providing Hama with an advantage, as she uses Bloodbending to send them against Katara. Katara evades their attacks and manages to freeze both Aang and Sokka to two separate trees to stop them, but this proves to be only a temporary solution. Hama frees them both and resorts to sending them flying at each other, with Sokka's sword pointing straight at Aang. At the last second, Katara uses Bloodbending to subdue Hama and protect Aang and Sokka. Toph arrives with the other villagers, who handcuff Hama and take her away, vowing to imprison her forever. Hama remarks that her work is done, as Katara has already willfully used Bloodbending, and laughs as she is dragged off. Katara breaks down into tears as her friends attempt to comfort her.
  • AWSOME EPISODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10
    This is a great episode,dark if not darker than kid television it`s self,i mean the creators and writers must of pulled impossible strings to get this to air.
    I really liked toph in this one,she seemed more mature and her voice seemed more mature too.I can`t beleive that not even once she craked a joke or used sarcasm.I liked aang in this one too,he was mature and brave too,along with sokka aswell.Katara really impressed me in this one,her waterbending,her bravery
    ,just her strength in genral.Well this episode will always be remembered aalong with thid great and Abseloutley Amazing Series.Avatar:the last airbender.
  • The southern water tribe episode

    8.3
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    In this not but said to be halloweent type of episode the kids are telling ghost stories. When toph says people are in the mountain. When a strange old lady named hama finds the kids she takes them to her hotel like place. After spending time with her they find out she was from the southern water tribe. And that she was the last water bender there before katara was born. Hama plans to show katara the pure form of waterbeing. Blood bending. Aang sokka and toph try to find out what spirit could be doing this. When toph leads them to the place they find out it was hama who was taking the people away. Aang and Sokka then try to find katara. Hama just trying to teach her lesson of life duty finally gets katara to bloodbend on aang and sokka. In the end Hama did her duty pass the power of bloodbending. Over all i liked this episode it was the best and it was the worst. But it was exciting to finally see a evil waterbender,
  • the gaang meet a southern water tribe water bender

    9.7
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  • very exicintg

    10
    he gang meet a waterbender who lives in the Fire Nation after being captured years ago. Katara becomes her pupil to further develop her waterbending, while Aang, Sokka, and Toph discover she might be connected to a bunch of disappearances. So can this mysterious waterbender be trusted? the new waterbednder from the souther water tribe is hama and she bloddbends people. now she is giving katara "lessons". she wants katara to bloddbend also so that the fire nation can pay for what they did. the episode was a very good episdoe and it was considered to be a type of halloween episdoe
  • After arriving at a mysterious town, which inhabitants are disappearing during the full moon, the gang meet a strange but helpful old lady. While Aang, Sokka and Toph investigate the disappearances, Katara discovers a power within herself.

    10
    After telling some ghost stories in the woods, not all of which are that scary, the gang meet a friendly but mysterious old woman and agree to stay in her inn for the night. After arriving in the town the kids discover that some towns people have been disappearing during the full moon. Thinking it is spirit related Aang, Sokka and Toph go to investigate the vanishing people. After searching through the inn-keeper Hama's belongings they discover that she was originally from the Southern Water Tribe and is a excellent water bender. When Katara goes with Hama to learn some new moves like pulling water out of thin air or from plants, the others find all of the missing people imprisoned underneath the mountain near the town. Later that day when the full moon is at its peak Hama attempts to teach Katara blood bending, a move which allows a user to control someone else's body through water bending, it's at this point that Katara realizes that Hama is responsible for all out the disappearances and they have an intense water bending battle. When Aang and Sokka arrive to arrest Hama she then uses the blood bending technique on them and katara is forced to use blood bending on Hama to prevent her from killing Aang. The towns people then arrest Hama and Katara breaks down in tears after Hama declares her a blood bender.

    This is a truly amazing episode, one of the best in the series. The plot twists and water bending battle easily makes this episode deserve a 10/10
  • aang and the gang meet a villian from the.....wait what, watertribe?

    10
    When Aang and the gang are camping in the woods an old lady named Hama invites them back to her inn. When they're in town they find out that people have been dissapearing in the woods on the full moon. Sokka thinks something is mysterious about Hama but later that night she reveals she is a waterbender from the Southern Watertribe and that during the raids she was stolen from her home. Then she offers to teach Katara waterbending in Southern Watertribe style. Katara learns she can bend water from thin air and suck it out of plants. Then Hama offers to teach her a move she can do only under the full moon. That night Hama tells Katara that she got out of the Firenation prisons by bloodbending (bending the water in peoples bodies)and reveals that she is the one making people disappear. When Katara refuses to learn the technique it results in a fight between the two Southern Waterbenders.
  • Another misused episode that lacks the emotion of other better episodes.

    6.8
    So here we have a great storyline, right? Yes. But do we get a huge plot development, with an exciting showdown, tons of character emotion? Nope, just another filler that doesn't exist outside this episode. Don't know what I mean? Well, bloodbending is not used, nor mentioned, outside this episode. I don't see how great it can be when we only see it for about ten minutes of the episode. At least if we see something like that, it be more, what should I say, "important". If bloodbending upsets Katara so much, why wasn't their more of a reaction in the episode, instead of her just crying at the end? This episode might've been better if it had been a two-parter.

    Still, it's another lacking episode.

    Edit- I take it back, this isn't the best episode of season 3. That title would go to The Avatar and the Firelord.
  • Some new type of bending for some people....

    10
    In this episode of avatar the last airbender, the episode starts out with the gang telling them some scary stories. then a lady finds them and she takes them to a near by town. when the lady is gone, they search around the house and find a box in the attack. inside was a comb from the southern water tribe. the lady says she's from there and then she teaches katara some new bending.

    She shows her that you can get water from any where. you can get it from the flowers, the grass, the trees, and even the air. then when the moon comes up the next night, the lady takes her out and the moon is full. then the other 3 find them and have to stop her. using bloodbending, she stops her. then everyone is freed that she took.

    Overall, this is a weird, but great episode with some new forms of bending.
  • In Hama's flashback we see Katara and Sokka's grandmother, Kanna. She does look a lot like Katara.

    9.6
    The group has camped out in the woods for the night. Sokka tells a horror story about a haunted sword, which completely fails to scare the other three. Katara begins to tell a scary story about Nini, a friend of her mother's who disappeared during a harsh winter in the Southern Water Tribe. The story leaves the entire group jumpy, and Toph adds to the fear by saying she can hear screaming coming from under the mountain. An old woman named Hama suddenly appears, offering them a safe place to stay for the night, as people in the woods had been mysteriously disappearing on full moons.

    The group accepts her offer to stay with her in her inn. Katara gets along with her very well, but despite the woman's kind treatment, Sokka grows wary of her. The next day, Hama leads her guests on a shopping trip, during which Sokka overhears some of the locals talking about the disappearances during the full moon. When Hama sends her guests ahead of her back to the inn, Sokka investigates the house for anything suspicious, finding a cupboard filled with wooden puppets in a hallway, and a locked door in the attic. Peering through the keyhole, he sees a box lying in the room beyond it, and decides the pick the lock with his sword. After breaking into the room, and Toph Earthbends her meteor bracelet into a key for the box. Just before they manage to open it, Hama walks in and catches them in the act. However, she opens the box for them and pulls out a water tribe comb, revealing she is from the Southern Water Tribe, but was captured a long time ago. She explains that she knows they are from the Southern Water Tribe, too, as she heard them talking in the woods.

    During dinner, the group also discovers that she is a Waterbender, as she Bends the soup into their bowls. She tells them her story of how she came to be in the Fire Nation: the Fire Nation captured all of the Southern Waterbenders during raids on the South Pole, over time whittling down their numbers until Hama was the last remaining. She, too, was then captured, and among those taken was the only who managed to escape. Katara is deeply moved by her tragic story, and Hama offers to teach Katara what she knows in order to carry on the tradition of the Southern Waterbenders, and Katara happily agrees to learn, wanting to know more about her tribe's cultural heritage. The next day, she leads Katara to a garden filled with fire lilies, and tells her that water can be drawn from anything. She demonstrates this by gathering the moisture from the air as well as harvesting the water from the flowers around them, before using it for some simple techniques. However, drawing water from the flowers dries and kills them, and while Katara is amazed by the demonstration, she also regrets that the fire lilies were destroyed. Hama dismisses her concerns quickly, reminding her that they were simply flowers. She then tells Katara she has one more technique to teach: one that can only be used at the full moon. When Katara expresses hesitance due to the rumors of disappearances, Hama reassures her, stating that two master Waterbenders under a full moon should be able to handle anything.

    Meanwhile, Aang, Sokka, and Toph, believing the disappearances to be the work of an angry spirit, carry out an investigation. However, after briefly exploring the area, Aang concludes that the town is surrounded by natural beauty--the townsfolk have done nothing to disrupt the environment or anger the spirits. Questioning one of the locals leads the group to "Old Man Ding", an elderly man and the only to escape being taken by the spirit. Ding tells the three that he never actually saw a spirit, but rather felt possessed and compelled to walk to the mountain. Unable to control his own movements, Ding almost walked into a cave. But then, the sun rose, and he regained control of his body. Toph realizes that she really had heard screaming coming from under the mountain earlier, and that the captured villagers must be imprisoned there.

    As Katara and Hama arrive in the forest, Aang, Sokka, and Toph discover an underground prison. Toph again crafts her bracelet into a key to free the villagers from their chains, and some of those captured state that it was not a spirit at all that captured them, but rather Hama. At the same time, Hama reveals to Katara the story behind her unique skill. While imprisoned by the Fire Nation, she and the other Waterbenders were completely separated from any and all water. The guards pumped in dry air into the cells and made sure the inmates' arms and legs were tied before feeding water to them. However, she eventually realized that water exists within all living things, and began to manipulate water in the bodies of rats that crawled into her cage. This technique, which she calls Bloodbending, could only be used with the influence of the full moon enhancing her abilities. After mastering the technique, Hama controlled one of the guards, forcing him to unlock her cage, and allowing her to escape after decades of imprisonment. Horrified by the idea of controlling another person's body, Katara refuses to learn Bloodbending. Hama argues with her, stating that they must have vengeance on the Fire Nation for wiping out their entire culture. The outburst leads Katara to realize that Hama has been causing the villagers to disappear, but Hama angrily states that the people of the Fire Nation deserve the same treatment that they gave to the Southern Waterbenders. Hearing this causes Katara to adamantly refuse to learn Bloodbending and to stop Hama from further terrorizing the town, and so Hama uses the technique to temporarily force Katara into submission.

    However, Katara quickly regains control of her body, reminding Hama that she draws power from the full moon as well, and also stating that her Waterbending is more powerful than Hama's. The two begin to battle, each drawing water from the grass and trees surrounding them, but it quickly becomes obvious that Katara is the superior combatant. But when Katara appears on the cusp of victory, Aang and Sokka arrive to assist her--and succeed in doing little more than providing Hama with an advantage, as she uses Bloodbending to send them against Katara. Katara evades their attacks and manages to freeze both Aang and Sokka to two separate trees to stop them, but this proves to be only a temporary solution. Hama frees them both and resorts to sending them flying at each other, with Sokka's sword pointing straight at Aang. At the last second, Katara uses Bloodbending to subdue Hama and protect Aang and Sokka. Toph arrives with the other villagers, who handcuff Hama and take her away, vowing to imprison her forever. Hama remarks that her work is done, as Katara has already willfully used Bloodbending, and laughs as she is dragged off. Katara breaks down into tears as her friends attempt to comfort her.
  • The most amazing episode of the series shows us all how powerful the techniques of waterbending all and how one remains the most terrifying because one who masters bloodbending could do anything to another person!

    10
    avatar episode The puppet master shows the powers of special techinques in waterbending! A great experience for katara and the gang but what they don't know is that the innkeeper is a waterbender from sokka and kataras tribe who was using bloodbending to free herself from the fire nation after capturing all the remaining waterbenders of the southern tribe. Hama teaches katara that where ever there is life there is water that they can bend like in plants sweat and air. But when the full moon blesses them with power hama teaches blooding and katara refuses to use it fight or control others
  • This is right up there in my top 3 episodes. Click on Continue >>>>

    10
    Wow! I loved this episode! There were moments when I doubted the episode but it proved to be excellent. So many aspects of Water Bending were introduced by Hama. Pulling water from flowers and air were two things I'd been waiting for the entire series. And bending body fluids! I remember saying that they should be able to do that when I watched the first two episodes of Avatar. This episode also had a great ending. Hama's work was done. Katara has become a blood bender. Chills! When Katara sinks to the floor in misery the temptation of using Bloodbending for evil purposes becomes more extreme. Great episode all in all!
  • Those that write this episode off as Average clearly are not Avatar fans. This episode is absolutely amazing. Firstly we got mystery. I mean it was already clear that Hama was the Puppet Master but what does the Puppet Master do? Who knows...

    10
    Those that write this episode off as Average clearly are not Avatar fans. This episode is absolutely amazing. Firstly we got mystery. I mean it was already clear that Hama was the Puppet Master but what does the Puppet Master do? Who knows...

    The Puppetmaster Bloodbends. This is quite brilliant. I actually long ago back in the middle of Season two discussed here on TV.com the strengths of each element of bending and one of the things I said was well technically the most skilled waterbenders would be able to extract water from their environment like the air, plants, animals, humans. But of course this is a kids show so you don't really wanna show someone getting the water sucked out of them but controlling the water inside people is close enough for me. The waterbending skills that Hama teaches Katara were absolutely brilliant, I hope we get to see Katara face off with Mai with her ice claws. This episode does not disappoint. Definitely in my top 15 favorite episodes.
  • The Gaang meets a mysterious old woman named Hama who at first is hospitable to the children, later revealing herself to be a waterbender of the Souther Water Tribe, yet reveals a dark side, when the moon is full.

    6.0
    I felt this episode was too quick of an advancement in the way of waterbending, especially for Katara. By the end of the episode, Katara has learned to bloodbend, but this doesn't have any consistency with the amount of time and effort she had to put into her former moves. She took months just to learn to push and pull water. She took a few days to even perform a simple water whip from the scroll. Even after training at the North Pole under a master. Then, when Katara attempts to fight Hama, she isn't even taught anything about the bloodbending technique. It is simply used by Hama on her and a few moments later, she is able to do it back. This move took -years- for Hama to create and master in prison, yet somehow Katara is just able to perform it with nothing more than a glance.
    Although the move itself and the other waterbender survival techniques were interesting additions to waterbending, I felt they presented and wrapped it up far too quickly as an "Oh by the way" episode, to simply establish a premise for Katara to use the move again later in the series when she must.
  • Hama was a waterbender that was captured by the Fire Nation but escapes by learning to bend human blood. In present times, the Gaang travels to a village and learns of disappearances in the woods. Later they learned that this was caused by Hama.

    9.0
    It is good to see an Avatar episode with a darker and more mature plot. The Bloodbending was very creepy and interesting and Hama, although a villian, was given a past where she was corrupted by her hatred of the Fire Nation, just like Jet. However, this episode seemed to be just one big filler, only trying to develop Katara's character and completely ignore the fact that Aang will have to face the Fire Lord very soon(even though he doesn't fight him during the invasion). I would certainly love to see Katara Bloodbend in future episode and even though this was a filler, it was one of those fillers that you wouldn't mind watching. Overall, good episode.
  • In this episode Katara is forced by Hama, a fellow water bender from the southern tribe to learn how to blood bend. Hama forced Katara to do this by bending the blood in Sokkas and Aangs blood and made them attack each other.

    9.7
    This episode was one of the better one in the series! However not that much happened in the episode, the episode was still very good and I enjoyed it immensely. The blood bending was really cool! If you can blood bend you can control people, so make them do what ever you want them to do. Katara was forced to learn blood bending by Hama, a crazy old woman from the southern water tribe who she thought she could trust. And of course there was a twist and Hama was capturing and leaving in chains, fire nation folk from her village, for punishment for imprisoning her for so many years. Avatar has to be one of the best show on TV.
  • Avatar Rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10
    this is one of my favorite episodes, because Katara gets more powerful and the writers show more ways of waterbending. The weirder it get the more i want to see the show. i got all the episodes in DVD and this , in my opinion, is the best. P.S. i'm just writing this because the review must have more then 100 words. . m m m m m m m m m m m m m mm m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m mm m mm m m m m m mm I'm Done!
  • The Gaang comes to a town where they meet an old lady from the water tribe.

    8.5
    This was a very interesting episode. It introduces a new villain and is slightly darker in tone than the other episodes. The plot was pretty good, it was well written, had some of the best animation sequences in the climax at the end, cool fight scenes with good composition. It also introduces a really cool new technique unique to water benders. The concept of this technique which is to control the body like a puppet was a nice idea. What I liked even more was that the villain in this episode was an old lady from the water tribe. I like this because it somehow makes this have a more eerie feeling. The ending for this episode was good since it did not end in that typical happy ending kind of ending many episodes have. The only thing that was lacking was that it did not drive the plot too much, though it did give some nice background information about the water tribes past. Still this was better than most of the early Season 3 episodes.
  • One of the best this season.

    9.0
    This is a really good episode.We learn that there were Southeren Watertribe Waterbenders.And it also shows how war can change good pepole(Hama).The problem was that there was a little too much comedy(At least until the last few minuites).It kind of took away the dark feel.

    I was suprised at how Katara was tortured,and that Aang was almost killed.I think that the Waterbenders might have died off-screen,since Hama diden't rescue them.And the puppets in Hama's closet were a nice gag.

    It wasen't as scary as I thought it would be(possibly because I knew what would happen,but I quess that is my falt).In concluesion,I give this episode a nine out of ten.
  • Love it. the guy who came up with this is gunise... for real. i always get exceting when i watch and it get better every episode. and anng and katara rocks. the are finally together. and toph ans sokka kick ass too.soka is so funny.

    10
    Love it. the guy who came up with this is gunise... for real.
    i always get exceting when i watch and it get better every episode. and anng and katara rocks. the are finally together.
    and toph ans sokka kick ass too.soka is so funny. and the creteurs is awsome too. i loveeeeeeee the avatarthis show is the best of the best anime show ever .... i mean for real the show got emotion, fear , courage and LOVE... the others anime is just fight all the time. and the action on this show is soo good , the marshal art is differents than others anime.this show is the best of the best anime show ever .... i mean for real the show got emotion, fear , courage and LOVE... the others anime is just fight all the time. and the action on this show is soo good , the marshal art is differents than others anime.
  • I was really disappointed in this episode.

    7.4
    I think this may be the worst episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, ever. No point of this at all. Stupid filler episode. This was supposed to be a Halloween type episode. No action at all. Except Hama trying to beat Katara, but that was barely anything. Zuko and Iroh didn't even appear. Well, I should start saying Zuko and Azula because because they're together and Zuko and Iroh aren't. Well, this was the worst episode of Avatar ever. Barf. The only thing that was cool was the bloodbending part. Which was Ok, not really cool. Overall, I give this pathetic episode a 7.4.
  • A classic 'horror episode' that leaves more questions than answers. Doubtfully, ever being answered.

    9.6
    This is where Katara learns that injustice and cruelty runs in the heritage of her own tribe of the south. Hama, an elderly lady, revealing herself to be the last water bender before Katara's generation to exist. She tells Katara the awful things she had to teach herself in order to survive a horrifying ordeal brought to her unwilling encampment by the Fire Nation. It is not the only slightly unpleasant labor camp that earlier in the season, Haru and his father were forced to join, it is much worse. In Hama's confinement, she developed a new type of bending. Unaffectionately referred to as blood bending. A dangerous type of bending causing ones body to not belong to them.
    This of course, is against Katara's ethics. And refuses to learn, (But still masters in almost no time flat) only brings fans to another question.
    If Katara can bend the water within the body, could she do one of her favorite techniques, and freeze the water already inside the host?
    Or could Aang possibly contort the 'air' inside a persons lungs? Bending just evolutionized.
  • The Avatar and his friends are camped out in the woods when a old lady (Hama) helps them out.They find out Hama is a waterbending and ask if she can teach Katara. The others are on edge about disappearances in the village and find out who in involved.

    9.2
    I thought that this episode was a filler. However, it was good because now Katara can waterbend many different ways. Also, we are introduced to bloodbending. Hama teaches Katara this skill and now Katara can use it on other people.
    If Katara can work on this skill, then she could command the Firelord to do anything she wants him to do. However, I thought that it was weird that Hama imprisoned those people for no reason because they did nothing to her. Not everyone in the FireNation is evil just look at Sokka's Master and Iroh. I think this episode will lead to many great things later in the season. Kataang Supporter!!!!
  • The Gaang runs into a woman that will do practically anything to get revenge....

    10
    First off the episodes starts with a dark forest with the children telling ghost stories which sets up for the appearance of a really horrific event that takes place. This episode was the only episode that I have seen in a Y7 rating that has actually made me shudder in fear. Hama's story of how she was mistreated by the Fire Nation was rather unsettling and very reminiscent of a concentration camp but the main thing that scared me out was the Bloodbending, a darker aspect of Waterbending that indicates a certain amount of mastery and understanding of the element but as shown in the show to be highly unethical since it involves the controlling of a person. I did like the fact that it showed that not even Water Tribe members are immune to cruelty, adding more complexity to an already good show. The part that really made me jump was part were Sokka under the control of Hama actually tries to stab Aang with his sword, a very intense moment. I do like how they showed that Katara was moral enough to resist the temptation to use this power for personal vengeance. The ending was equally chilling as the fight with Bloodbending with the line: "My work is done. Congratulations Katara, you're a Bloodbender." Aside from the horror elements of the story there was some good humor such as Sokka's insomnia and his defense of the Moon Spirit. A well done episode. Bravo
  • In this episode the gang end up investigating the disappearances in a town. They meet an old lady, which they soon find out is is a water bender and has been the one behind the disappearances, using Blood Bending which Katara also learns unintentionally.

    7.5
    In my opinion is was a satisfying episode and worth your time to watch. The episode became quite popular when rumors of the two brilliant words were formed... "blood bending". It had me in it's grasp, I felt it was a must see episode, and now I think it isn't really a must see episode. It's the storyline I didn't like... it lacked something. I'm not too sure what but something. I sort of felt the episode was a simple filler to spare time... I might change that opinion if I see any further use of "blood bending" in the series from Katara (I do also know that it might be used rarely due to that full moon fact)...

    The episode was entertaining at the most, I can't deny that. I like the battle at the end, even if it was cut short. I especially loved the emotion that came from Katara when she was about to see Aang just stabbed but luckily stopped Hama with blood bending which she supposedly learned suddenly.
  • The puppetmaster.

    5.2
    Hmmm. . . I didn't really like this episode all that much. Sure it gave us bloodbending which seems really wicked sweet, but they gave Katara bloodbending!! When is she ever going to use it, especially when she never wanted it in the first place. I think it's probably just a filler. And the old grandma was creepy; she almost killed Aang too!!! I was panicking when Sokka and Aang were about to collide!! I have seen many other episodes that were a lot better and I might give this one a bit more credit if Katara ever uses bloodbending. I might.
  • Ooh... Bloodbending!

    10
    Go bloodbending! This is a great episode! I wanna see more bloodbending in future episodes really badly, and it looks I have to wait a while right now. Boo. B o o. Plus, I'm never going to watch-avatar dot com anymore because of the virus thing… so, I'm waiting until The Western Air Temple airs on TV. Back on topic, 10 out of 10 for this episode. It was a mix of cool and creepy, which I like. Kind of like the swamp or something. Just a darker episode. Watch this episode. ( If you haven't yet )Usualy is you watch the series you've watched this. I'm still trembling from thos episode. I'm gonna watch it over and over again when I get the DVD Book 3 Fire; Volume 2!!! Can't wait! (Volume 2 comes out some time in January)And, I just have to do it again. Go BLOODBENDING!!!! Whoo-hoo!
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