Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 1 Episode 7

Winter Solstice (1): The Spirit World

Aired Friday 6:30 PM Apr 08, 2005 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

When Aang is assigned to help defend a town from a monster that has been plaguing the town, his lack of ability and knowledge becomes obvious, as he doesn't know what to do. However, when Sokka tries to rush to Aang's rescue during the fight, he himself becomes captured and is taken away by the monster, which turns out to be from the spirit world. Aang promises Katara that he'll find Sokka and bring him back, but with Aang even doubting himself, will he be capable of finding where the monster went?moreless

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  • When the gang visits a town being harrassed by spirits Sokka and Aang end up being introduced to the Spirit World. Can Aang and Sokka get out of it though?

    Another good addition to the series right here. The gang travels to a town and find out a forest near it is burned to death by Fire Nation. For some reason i felt this episode was a bit lengthy for no reason. The only good thing is that Aang is finally learnining about his destiny but theres just not much to discuss which is why this episode is just.... there and leads to the next one. I really wish Part One was better. But on a very lighter note this episode is very entertaning and funny and a little bit dramatic with Katara and Aang. We see how Much Katara cares about Aang, and how the gang seems to want to solve every problem. Again, very good episode but for a episode that was supposed to be plot heavy it doesnt deliver for that purpose.moreless
  • Story is starting to heat up.

    What is interesting about this episode is that unlike other cartoons, Avatar actually takes the time to develop some of its antagonists too, such as what we saw here with Zuko and his uncle getting captured. It was interesting how despite spending most of his time pursuing the Avatar, he decided to hunt down his captured uncle instead. Even by a little bit it developed Zuko's character somewhat. On the main parts of the episode, which concentrated on the forest spirit, it wasn't quite to par with what we have normally seen in past episodes, but it still sent a good message in the end, if a bit cliche. A well executed one though.moreless
  • The Spirit World (Winter Solstice (1))

    The Spirit World (Winter Solstice (1)) was a superb episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was full of character development for Aang. I like the scenes where General Iro torments his nephew Prince Zuko. I thought this episode had tones of Princess Mononoke with the Forest Spirit Concept and I thought it was very interesting. It was cool to see more of the Earthbenders, and to see them square off with Iro and Zuko. Sokka is lost in the spirit world and the only hope is to speak with Avatar Roku, however this is easier said than done. I look forward to watching the next episode of Avatar The Last Airbender!!!!!moreless
  • Aang must figure out a way to save a village before it is destroyed by a spirit...

    This episode was very cool. For the first time in the series, we see Aang enter the spirit world. When he and the gang arrive at a village, they are told by the people that a spirit comes and takes people away in the night; never to return again. They ask Aang for help, but Aang has no idea how to go about saving them. While meditating, he comes across a dragon spirit who takes him to the spirit world. There, he converses with spirits and Avatar Roku. Roku tells him what he must do: he must go to a temple located in the Fire Nation. Aang comes back to the real world and tells everyone what he must do. Meanwhile, Iroh is captured while bathing in a hot spring. Zuko turns down the chance of capturing the Avatar to save him from the earth bending soldiers.moreless
  • Oh yes, this episode REALLY starts the awesomeness of this show, and provides us with what i think is our first truly amazing and exciting episode!

    Okay! We got Aang Traveling with his companions, this episode i believe starts off on them on top of Aang's flying Bison: Appa. Then they see a blackened are that is quite large, they go down to see it and they find out that it is land that was burned down. Now on to the main idea of this episode's story: First off, this episode was exciting and i loved it! It was an episode with great action and also had some epicness juice in it. We also got a double packed episode, which is an episode and story but was broken down to two episodes with two different parts to the story. The first one was the very two episodes that premiered for this show, now these two epsidoes make the second one. Now the third one i believe are the book's last two chapters. Well now for thsi episode, it was exciting to watch since we see Aang enter the spirit world, and he needs to find out some secrets about the Winter Solstice. Aang also discovers about hs previous Avatar life known as Avatar Roku. Roku has a pet dragon while for Aang its a flying Bison. All Avatars have a specific animal guide. Let the fun begin! What shall happen next in the second part to this? We'll find out! We see more of Iroh in the episode too, and he gets captured by Earth Benders!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Zuko: (To a bathing Iroh) Enough. we need to leave now! Get out of the water.
      Iroh: Very well. (stands up)
      Zuko: (looks away in horror) On second thoughts, why don't you take another few minutes.

    • Aang: Hello? Spirit, can you hear me? This is the Avatar speaking. I'm here to try to help...and stuff.

    • Villager: As the solstice approaches, the natural world and the spirit world grow closer and closer, until the line between them is blurred completely.

    • Fire Nation Soldier: Maybe there has been a land slide sir.
      Zuko: Land doesn't slide up-hill. My uncle has been captured by earthbenders!

    • (Prince Zuko rescues Uncle Iroh from the earthbenders. They look down proudly at their handiwork. Zuko puts his hand on Iroh's shoulder.)
      Zuko: Now, will you please put on some clothes?

    • (After sniffing Iroh's sandal and making a face)
      Zuko: Yep, that's Uncle Iroh alright.

    • Earthbender Captain: Surrender yourselves! It's five against two. You're clearly outnumbered.
      Uncle Iroh: That's true. But you are clearly outmatched.

    • Iroh: Where are you taking me?
      Captain: We're taking you to face justice.
      Iroh: Right. But where specifically?
      Captain: A place you're quite familiar with, actually. You once laid siege to it for 600 days. But it would not yield to you.
      Iroh: Ah, the great city of Ba Sing Se.
      Captain: It was greater than you were, apparently.
      Iroh: I acknowledge my defeat at Ba Sing Se. After 600 days away from home, my men were tired, and I was tired (he yawns), and I am still tired.

    • Sokka (noticing footprints of Fire Nation soldiers): Fire Nation! Those evil savages make me sick! They...
      Katara: Shh!
      Sokka: What, I'm not allowed to be angry?

    • Katara: Those clouds look so soft, don't they? Like you could just jump down, and you'd land in a big, soft cottony heap.
      Sokka: Maybe you should give it a try.
      Katara: You're hilarious.

    • Katara: You ready to be cheered up Aang?
      Aang: No.
      (Katara throws acorn at his head)
      Aang: Ow! How was that supposed to cheer me up?!
      (Sokka laughs)
      Sokka: Sure cheered me up!
      (Katara throws second acorn at Sokka's head)
      Sokka: Ow! Yep, I probably deserved that.

    • Katara: I think you can do it, Aang.
      Sokka: Yeah...we're all gonna get eaten by a spirit monster.

    • Aang: I found a way to contact Roku's spirit.
      Katara: That's great.
      Sokka: Creepy, but great.

    • Uncle Iroh (to Prince Zuko): You should take your teacher's advice and relax a little. The temperature's just right. I heated it myself.

    • Sokka: What happened?
      Katara: You were stuck in the spirit world for twenty-four hours! How do you feel?
      Sokka: Like I seriously need to use the bathroom!

    • Sokka: We could use some supplies...and some money.
      Katara: Sokka!
      Sokka: What? We need stuff.

    • Aang: All I need to do is... figure out what I need to do but, after that, no problem!

    • Village Resident: You are the great bridge between man and spirits.
      Aang: Right... that's me.
      Katara: Hey great-bridge guy, can I talk to you over here for a second?

  • NOTES (3)


    • The "Spirit World" is a reference to actual beliefs of many cultures about life after death. Especially, the Egyptians believed that when a soul died they would go into a sort of spirit world. Also, the ancient Greeks had their beliefs about an underworld which is similar to a spirit world.

    • When it is said that the spirit world comes closer to the world of living near the winter solstice, it is a reference to some neo-pagan cultures where the veil between the spirit and living worlds was believed to be more sparse during winter and especially winter solstice.

    • Aang refers to Appa and Avatar Roku's dragon as animal guides. This is a clear reference to familiars, servants of supernatural beings, such as witches and wizards, who were usually animals. Such species were commonly black cats, snakes, toad or frogs, and owls. Like Avatar animal guides, these creatures usually displayed high intelligence and wisdom almost equal to that of their masters, if not above an average human, despite their animal origin.

    • The giant wooden panda found in the center of the devastation looks similar to some totem poles in northern Native American tribes, or like old shrines dedicated to the kami in the Shinto religion. These carvings were to house a spirit or pay homage to them in some way to keep them from causing trouble.

    • The ostrich-horses resemble the chocobos in the Final Fantasy series.