"Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King"




Original Airdate

July 19, 2008

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Writers: Michael Dante DiMartino, Aaron Ehasz

Director: Ethan Spaulding

Guest Stars: Mark Hamill (Ozai), Jennie Kwan (Suki), Grey DeLisle (Azula), Nick Jameson (Colonel Shinu)

Overview Edit

Aang prepares himself to fight the Fire Lord, but has difficulty deciding how to defeat him without taking his life. His friends stress him to kill the Fire Lord, but Aang insists it goes against his beliefs. In his sleep, Aang is drawn towards a mysterious island that appears suddenly in the sea. His friends find June the Bounty hunter to attempt to locate him again. The Fire Lord crowns himself Phoenix King and Aang awakens on the unknown island now in the middle of the sea.

Synopsis Edit

At the Fire Lord's beach house, Aang is practicing his Firebending while Zuko watches and demands more ferocity from him. At first Aang makes a feeble attempt but does much better with the next attempt. Everyone else is lazily sitting on the steps of the beach house. Katara prepares watermelon juice for everyone, causing Aang to excitedly abandon his training to get a drink. Zuko criticizes them all for being lazy. Sokka and everyone except an annoyed Zuko head to the beach to have a party.

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Katara uses Waterbending to surf on the waves, while Aang and Toph make sand sculptures. After Sokka makes a hideous sand sculpture of Suki, Zuko appears and attacks Aang ferociously, scaring everyone. He chases Aang off the beach and back into the house. Once cornered by Zuko, Aang Airbends Zuko out of the house, and everyone else comes to see why Zuko attacked Aang senselessly. Zuko angrily asks how they can relax and have a party when Sozin's Comet is arriving in three days. The others believe that the Fire Nation won the war after conquering Ba Sing Se and that Aang can just wait to defeat the Fire Lord after the comet comes.

Zuko tells them of the day before the eclipse he attended a war meeting, where he was glad his father finally accepted him back. The people in the meeting discuss a rebellion inside the Earth Kingdom that must be stopped. Zuko explains the nature of the Earth Kingdom’s people; they are strong and proud as long as they have hope. Hearing Zuko's words, Ozai believes that they must destroy their hope, and Azula suggests burning down the Earth Kingdom. Ozai accepts this idea and decides to use the power of the comet to crush the Earth Kingdom, just as Sozin himself used its power to wipe out the Air Nomads 100 years ago.


Zuko tells Aang he has no choice but to defeat Ozai before the comet comes, otherwise there will be nothing left to save. Aang is extremely downhearted by this news and is overwhelmed. But his friends suggests that they will fight alongside him to have a better shot at defeating the Fire Lord. With Aang comforted, the gang all have a group hug, including Zuko.

Later, Zuko teaches Aang the technique of lightning redirection. Zuko explains that though being able to hold that such energy is exhilarating, one wrong move could prove fatal. Aang thinks Katara would still be able to heal him if that happened, but she says she used up all of the spiritual healing water when Azula hit Aang with lightning. Zuko stresses that against an opponent as vicious as Ozai, Aang has no choice but to take his life. Aang anxiously replies he'll do just that.


Sokka makes a dummy, naming it the "Melon Lord" to use as practice for the group's strategy to take out the Fire Lord. The rest of the group (except Toph who acts as the Melon Lord's forces) create a diversion to provide Aang with the opportunity to deliver the finishing blow. During training however, Aang fails to finish off the puppet, saying it didn't feel right because of his peaceful nature. Irritated, Sokka slices the puppet's head off to show Aang how it's done, leaving Aang worried.

That night as they eat dinner, Katara finds a picture of a cute baby in the attic and shows it to everybody, thinking it's Zuko. Zuko states the picture is of his father, not him, and that the cute little baby grew up to be the terrible person Ozai is. Aang argues that even though Ozai is a terrible person, he shouldn't be killed to end the war, as it goes against his beliefs. He sees all life as sacred, and tries to think of another way to defeat him. Sokka jokes that as the Avatar, the Universe would probably forgive Aang for taking a person's life. Furious, Aang berates everyone for not being able to understand the position he is in and he storms off. Katara starts to follow him, but Zuko suggests he be left alone to figure the problem out himself.

Aang meditates on the beach house porch, accompanied by Momo. He and Momo later fall asleep, and with the sudden appearance of a strange small island off shore, Aang is unconsciously drawn towards the island, and Momo flies after him.

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The next morning, the others prepare to leave the beach house, but they cannot find Aang anywhere. They check the beach and find his footprints in the sand, leading into the wide open ocean. They deduce Aang didn't run away, as his glider and Appa are still at the house; that he wasn't captured, as there was no sign of a struggle, and that Aang isn't on a Spirit World journey, because his body would still be with them. They decide to split up to search Ember Island. The search is futile as no one finds Aang, until they realize Momo is gone as well (Sokka believes Appa has eaten Momo and comically climbs into Appa's mouth). They all look to Zuko as a leader, as he is an "expert on tracking Aang". Soon they are all flying on Appa towards the Earth Kingdom.

Meanwhile, preparing for departure, Fire Lord Ozai orders Azula to stay in the Fire Nation to be appointed the new Fire Lord. Initially angered by not going with her father, she decides the title of "Fire Lord Azula" "..does seem appropriate." Ozai then declares himself the Phoenix King, the ruler of the world, and departs for the Airship Base.

Back in the Earth Kingdom, Zuko leads the group into a tavern where they find June, the bounty hunter, to track Aang. Somewhere else, Momo wakes Aang up, and Aang sees with great surprise he is on a mysterious island in the middle of the sea.

Production Notes Edit

Series Continuity Edit

  • When the group decided to look for Aang, Toph insisted on being with Zuko, stating how everyone else had a life changing experience with him. This refers to Aang in "The Firebending Masters", Sokka in "The Boiling Rock", and Katara in "The Southern Raiders" when each character went on their respective journeys with Zuko.
  • When Katara and Suki are looking for Aang, they see the actors playing Aang and Toph from the play in "The Ember Island Players".
  • The music in the bar in which the gang finds June is the same music from the dance party in The Headband. The Track Team title this song "Cave Jivin'".
  • The war meeting that took place in "Nightmares and Daydreams" is revealed in full in this episode, also revealing the event that triggered Zuko's decision to betray his father and join Aang.
  • Colonel Shinu, the commander of the Yu Yan Archers, makes a reappearance in this episode. Since his debut in "The Blue Spirit", he has been promoted to a general.

Trivia Edit

  • The chanting that can be heard while when The Island/Lion Turtle calls to Aang causing him to sleepwalk/swim to him is a Buddhist chant, "Na Mo A Mi Tuo Fo" (spellings vary), and can also be heard during "Winter Solstice Part 2: Avatar Roku", when Zhao and his soldiers are about to attack Aang, as well as in "The Siege of the North, Part 2" when Aang goes into the Avatar State and walks into the pond.
  • Sokka's terrible sense of aesthetics is shown once more. Here, he creates an ugly sand sculpture of Suki which he is extremely proud of, despite its hideous appearance.
  • During the bar scene, June is seen fighting a man who she throws into a table, this character bears a striking resemblance to "Ryu", the protagonist of the "Street Fighter" game series. She fought the same guy in "Bato of the Water Tribe".
  • Though everyone else is in their season three outfit, Toph and Sokka are in their season two outfits, except in the part where Toph searches for Aang with Zuko, when she is wearing her season three outfit. At the end, Katara is also in her season two outfit.
  • This episode has the longest recap, due to the fact that this is the first part of the series finale. Viewers are reminded of the many cliffhangers and plot twists that are to occur during the four-part series finale. However, in other appearances of this episode, "The Legend So Far" has been shortened for unknown reasons.
  • This is first time Zuko has been in a group hug.
  • This episode is the first part of the two hour movie, Sozin's Comet, which pulled in an average of 5.6 million total viewers and achieved the highest Avatar rating ever with kids 6-11 and teens.
  • Toph suspected that Katara and Haru had a thing for each other, which surprises the entire Gang.
  • General Shinu returns from the episode "The Blue Spirit".
  • The order in which Sokka mentions the elements is the order in which they are in the Avatar cycle.
  • For the first time in the four part series finale, a secondary issue is raised in importance before Aang's well being. When asked what's going on, Sokka first points out that, "Zuko's gone crazy! I made a sand sculpture of Suki and he destroyed it!" Waiting a few moments before saying, "Oh, and he's attacking Aang".
  • Katara doesn't get as angry at Zuko as she made it seem she would when at the end of "The Western Air Temple". While she did forgive him in "The Southern Raiders", she still shows little to no signs of anger.
  • The passage of power from Ozai to Azula over the Fire Nation is very similar to how emperors would manage their home nation when given the title as Holy Roman Emperor in the Medieval Era. At the time, the Holy Roman Empire was considered the largest collection of power in the European Sphere.

Goofs Edit

  • There are times when Sokka's sword is the color of a regular sword rather than the usual black.
  • When Team Avatar is explaining why they are not fighting Ozai before Sozin's Comet, Aang's eyes briefly turn indigo just before Sokka says "no offense". This can be seen on the TV movie and the DVD.
  • When Aang sleepwalks to the "island" he is barefoot, but when Momo wakes him up he is wearing shoes.
  • When the gang first splits up to search for Aang after he disappears, Toph is wearing her Earth Kingdom outfit, but when she is searching alone with Zuko she is in her Fire Nation disguise. Katara is wearing her Fire Nation outfit all along. Then when they all meet back on the steps, Toph is back in her Earth Kingdom outfit, but Katara has changed to her Water Tribe outfit. This could be explained if Zuko and Toph were worried about being seen while searching for Aang, as Earth Kingdom clothes may arouse suspicion.
  • In the beginning of the episode when Zuko tells Aang to roar like a tigerdillo in the back Toph is wearing her Fire Nation costume, but at close up she's wearing her Earth Kingdom uniform.