The Great Divide (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

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The Great Divide (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
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"Eh, let's keep flying." - Ember Island Player Sokka
Part of Season: 1
Episode Number: 11
Air Date: May 20, 2005
Writer: John O'Bryan
Director: Giancarlo Volpe
Previous episode: Jet
Next episode: The Storm

"The Great Divide" is the eleventh episode of Book One (season 1) of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The episode focuses on the main cast trying to cross the titular Great Divide, the world's largest canyon. When tensions arise, Aang tries to ease it by telling the "story" of the land's ancestors.

Bad Qualities

  1. While the episode is nowhere near horrible, Its plot is rather insignificant and weak to the series as a whole, being the only episode in the entire series that serves as filler.
  2. It's quite clear that Aang is making up the story of the land's ancestors on a whim (and even if he weren't, it still doesn't make much sense).
  3. Aang's gloating at the others was out-of-character. Not to mention that him not feeling bad about being dishonest is also OOC, as all the other times he lies in the show, he feels bad about it.
  4. Furthermore, Katara being impressed with Aang lying about the fake story is just as OOC, since she'd normally call Aang out on his actions.
  5. Both the Gai Jin and Zhang tribes are really unlikable, as they fight over petty squables and they bring food despite the guide telling them not to bring any food.

Good Qualities

  1. The creators are aware of how bad this episode is. Avatar Extras even makes a little mention of this.
    • A later episode, "The Ember Island Players" pokes fun at this episode, with actress Aang mentioning the Great Divide in the play, but actor Sokka dismissed it and told the Gaang to keep flying.
  2. A few funny moments, such as Aang's reaction to the egg custard tart and Appa and Momo fighting over a melon.
  3. The Canyon Guide is a pretty entertaining character.
  4. The animation and voice acting are still top-notch.




6 months ago
Score 3

I like this episode

I have so many unpopular opinions

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