This is the first time Aang uses the Avatar State to channel the spirit and become one of the past Avatars.
We learn that Aang must master all the four Bending arts before the end of the summer or else he won't be able to defeat the Fire Lord.
As of this episode, Aang and his friends have been to each of the four nations.
When Zuko questions Zhao following him, Zuko's ponytail is missing.
While Sokka nervously comments on being in the Fire Nation, Katara's right bead in her bun is brown like her hair.
While Katara is looking over Appa's saddle for the Fire Navy, before Aang urges Appa to go faster, her braid is missing.
After Sokka, Aang and Katara turn around to see the fire sages Katara's eyes are messed up. One is looking up and the other is looking down.
While Appa is flying above the clouds and avoiding the projectiles, his lower lip is fur less and gray like his upper lip should be. His mouth also looks too big.
When Avatar Roku is finished destroying the temple and it zooms in back to Aang. Aang's eyes are glowing but his arrow is not.
When Avatar Roku/Aang unleashes a barrage of fire onto the attackers, the Fire Nation soldiers faceplate's eyes close as if they were real eyes.
When Commander Zhao orders his blockade ships to stop, they immediately come to a dead halt, which is impossible in water.
At the end of the previous episode the moon was crescent-shaped, most likely to symbolize Aang's journey to the crescent island. However in this episode, which as openly stated in the previous takes place the very same night, the moon is full.
(A fireball is shot at Appa and the gang all hold their noses and make expressions of disgust)
Katara: Aang, we have to get out of Zuko's range before he fires another hot stinker at us!
Iroh: Really Prince Zuko, couldn't you shoot them down with something more fragrant?
(Zuko ignites the fireball)
Roku: One hundred years ago, Fire Lord Sozin used that comet to begin the war. He and his Firebending army harnessed its incredible power and dealt a deadly first strike against the other nations.
Aang: So the comet made them stronger?
Roku: Yes. Stronger than you could even imagine.
Aang: But that happened a hundred years ago. What does the comet have to do with the war now?
Aang: If we fly north, we can go around the Fire Nation ships and avoid the blockade. It's the only way.
Katara: There's no time.
Aang: This is exactly why I didn't want you to come; it's too dangerous!
Katara: And that's exactly why we're here.
Zuko: You're too late, Zhao. The Avatar is inside and the doors are sealed.
Zhao: No matter, sooner or later he has to come out.
Zuko: If Zhao wants to follow my trail of smoke, than that's exactly what I'll let him do.
Katara: Sokka, you're a genius!
Aang: How is Sokka a genius? His plan didn't even work.
Sokka: Come on, Aang. Let her dream.
Katara: You're right. Sokka's plan didn't work. But it looks like it did.
Aang: Did the definition of "genius" change in the last hundred years?
Avatar Roku (to Aang): Sozin's comet will return by the end of the summer, and Fire Lord Ozai will use its power to finish the war once and for all. If he succeeds, even the Avatar won't be able to restore balance to the world. Aang, you must defeat the fire lord before the comet arrives.
Sokka (in disbelief): We made it to the Fire Nation... (slumps his shoulders) ...Great...
Commander Zhao (On his ship, after Roku destroyed the temple): No prince, no Avatar, apparently the only thing I do have is five traitors.
Great Sage: But Commander, only Shyu helped the Avatar.
Commander Zhao: Save your stories for the Fire Lord. As far as I'm concerned, you're all guilty! Take them to the prison hold!
Zuko (after Aang broke away from him and entered the area where Avatar Roku's spirit would appear): Why did you help the Avatar?
Shyu: Because it was once the sages' duty. It is still our duty.
Aang: They were waiting for me...
Sokka: Hey, don't feel bad, you're only a hundred years late!
Aang: Follow me!
Sokka: Do you know where you're going?
Sokka: His butt may be trying to tell you something...
Katara: Please don't go, Aang. The world can't afford to lose you to the Fire Nation. Neither can I.
Uncle Iroh: Sailing into Fire Nation waters...of all the foolish things you've done in your sixteen years, Prince Zuko, this is the most foolish!
Zuko: I have no choice, Uncle.
Iroh: Have you completely forgotten that the Fire Lord banished you? What if you're caught?
Zuko: I'm chasing the Avatar! My father will understand why I'm returning home!
Iroh: You give him too much credit. My brother is not the understanding type.
Katara: How's Aang going to make it out of this?
Sokka: How are we gonna make it out of this?
This episode was published in book format in Avatar The Last Airbender: The Lost Scrolls - Fire.
This episode is in the Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 1: Water, Volume 2 DVD, along with The King of Omashu, Imprisoned, and The Spirit World (Winter Solstice Part 1).
Character Debuts: Fire Sage Shyu, Avatar Roku
Avatar Roku is the Avatar in the opening theme that is using each element.
Avatar Roku's sanctum only opening during the winter solstice is a reference to the many structures built by ancient cultures that aligned with solstices. For example, Stonehenge is in line with both solstices. Also, the Newgrange in Ireland is designed to allow a beam of light at sunrise of winter solstice to shine directly into a stone basin inside a chamber.
Avatar Roku's temple is clearly modeled off a pagoda, a tiered tower with multiple eaves commonly found in China, Japan, Korea, Nepal and several other Asia regions. Most were built to have a religious function, most commonly Buddhism, and were often situated near temples. Some like the one here served as temples themselves.
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