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This article is about the first book of Avatar: The Last Airbender. For the first book of The Legend of Korra, see Book One: Air.

The cover art for the The Complete Book 1 Collection features Katara, Aang, Sokka, and Zuko.

Book One: Water () is the title of the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender, created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The title refers to the Avatar Cycle: water, earth, fire, and air. The story of Aang learning waterbending is primarily focused on during this season, together with Team Avatar's journey to the North Pole.

The season began airing on February 21, 2005, with "The Boy in the Iceberg", and ended at twenty episodes on December 2 of that year, with "The Siege of the North, Part 1" and "The Siege of the North, Part 2" each airing on that date. It was followed by Book Two: Earth.

Official summary

"After a lapse of 100 years, the Avatar-spiritual master of the elements-has returned. And just in the nick of time. The Four Nations (Water, Earth, Fire, and Air) have become unbalanced. The Fire Nation wants to rule the world, and its first conquest will be the Northern Water Tribe. It's up to a 12-year-old Airbender named Aang to find a way to stop it. Join Aang, Katara, Sokka, Momo, and Appa as they head north on the adventure of a lifetime. This deluxe box set includes all 20 action-packed from Book 1: Water."

Episodes

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Original air date: February 21, 2005
Written by: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
Directed by: Dave Filoni
Production number: 101
Summary:
Sokka and Katara, two teenage siblings living in the South Pole, discover Aang and his pet flying bison, Appa, trapped in an iceberg. After Katara frees him, she discovers that he is an airbender and the siblings take him to their home village in the Southern Water Tribe. Meanwhile, his unfreezing attracts the attention of the Fire Nation's Zuko intent on capturing him.
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Original air date: February 21, 2005
Written by: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
Additional writing: Aaron Ehasz, Peter Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg
Directed by: Dave Filoni
Production number: 102
Summary:
Prince Zuko attacks the Southern Water Tribe seeking to capture the Avatar, Aang. Katara and Sokka fly in on Appa to save Aang from the Fire Nation. After realizing that he is the long lost Avatar, they agree to accompany him on his travels to master the other elements.
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Original air date: February 25, 2005
Written by: Michael Dante DiMartino
Directed by: Lauren MacMullan
Production number: 103
Summary:
While journeying to the North Pole, Aang, Sokka, and Katara explore Aang's former home, the Southern Air Temple. Aang learns of his people's genocide at the hands of the Fire Nation; his anger triggers his Avatar State, which in turn alerts the world that the Avatar has returned. Meanwhile, Zuko and his uncle, Iroh, have their ship repaired at a Fire Nation port commanded by a rival, Commander Zhao.
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Original air date: March 4, 2005
Written by: Nick Malis
Directed by: Giancarlo Volpe
Production number: 104
Summary:
As Aang and his friends begin crossing the expansive Earth Kingdom, they are captured by the female warriors of Kyoshi Island. Sokka is trained by the Kyoshi Warriors while Aang lets the villagers' reverence go to his head. Zuko finds out that Aang is on Kyoshi Island; he attacks the village and Aang and his friends escape on Appa.
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Original air date: March 18, 2005
Written by: John O'Bryan
Directed by: Anthony Lioi
Production number: 105
Summary:
While in Omashu, Aang and the gang accidentally destroy parts of the city on a joyride on the city's mail system. The King of Omashu challenges Aang to three tasks that require creative thinking before allowing Aang and his friends to leave the city.
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Original air date: March 25, 2005
Written by: Matthew Hubbard
Directed by: Dave Filoni
Production number: 106
Summary:
Aang, Katara, and Sokka camp at a small Earth Kingdom town where all the town's earthbenders are arrested by the Fire Nation. Katara accidentally gets an earthbender, Haru, arrested. In her guilt, she tricks the Fire Nation into arresting her so she can help to free the earthbenders from the inside.
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Original air date: April 8, 2005
Written by: Aaron Ehasz
Directed by: Lauren MacMullan
Production number: 107
Summary:
The gang finds themselves in a small Earth Kingdom village under attack by a Spirit World monster. Aang attempts to stop the monster from destroying the town and is accidentally transported to and trapped within the Spirit World. Meanwhile, Iroh gets captured by a group of Earth Kingdom soldiers and Zuko must track him down.
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Original air date: April 15, 2005
Written by: Michael Dante DiMartino
Directed by: Giancarlo Volpe
Production number: 108
Summary:
Aang must travel to the Fire Temple, while battling Zuko and Zhao, to receive a message from Avatar Roku. He soon finds that even the once loyal sages of the Avatar are against him.
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Original air date: April 29, 2005
Written by: John O'Bryan
Directed by: Anthony Lioi
Production number: 109
Summary:
Katara steals a waterbending scroll from a band of pirates and begins to teach Aang waterbending before they reach the North Pole. Zuko and Iroh learn that the pirates were robbed by the Avatar and team up with them in order to capture Aang.
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Original air date: May 6, 2005
Written by: James Eagan
Directed by: Dave Filoni
Production number: 110
Summary:
Traveling by foot, Team Avatar accidentally stumbles into a Fire Nation camp. The soldiers immediately surround them, though the team is saved by Jet and his Freedom Fighters and invited back to their treetop hideout. There, the team learns about the orphans living in the woods and fighting the Fire Nation soldiers who dare to set foot in the forest.
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Original air date: May 20, 2005
Written by: John O'Bryan
Directed by: Giancarlo Volpe
Production number: 111
Summary:
While crossing a canyon on foot, Aang has to mediate between two tribes, the Zhangs, and the Gan Jins, who have been feuding for almost one hundred years. After sending Appa to the other side with the sick and elderly, they become trapped in the canyon when their earthbender guide's arms are broken.
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Original air date: June 3, 2005
Written by: Aaron Ehasz
Directed by: Lauren MacMullan
Production number: 112
Summary:
While a storm approaches, Aang tells Katara why he ran away from the air temple one hundred years prior. Meanwhile, on Zuko's ship, Iroh tells the crew the tale of how the prince received his scar and was banished from the Fire Nation.
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Original air date: June 17, 2005
Written by: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino
Directed by: Dave Filoni
Production number: 113
Summary:
Aang must travel to an herbalist to retrieve a cure for the ill Sokka and Katara. While returning to his friends, he is attacked and captured by the Yuyan Archers, sent after him by the newly promoted Admiral Zhao. A mysterious masked swordsman, the "Blue Spirit", assists Aang in escaping his imprisonment.
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Original air date: September 23, 2005
Written by: John O'Bryan, Aaron Ehasz
Directed by: Dave Filoni
Production number: 114
Summary:
Katara convinces Sokka and Aang to travel to a village after hearing of a fortuneteller named Aunt Wu who resides there. Aang and Katara become excited when the fortuneteller predicts their love-lives. Sokka, however, doubts Aunt Wu's predictions and is proven correct when the volcano she predicted would not destroy the town becomes active.
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Original air date: October 7, 2005
Written by: Ian Wilcox
Directed by: Giancarlo Volpe
Production number: 115
Summary:
Sokka and Katara meet Bato, a warrior from the Southern Water Tribe, at an abbey. When Aang overhears that Sokka and Katara are excited over the prospect of reuniting with their father, he hides a map leading to their father's location. Meanwhile, Zuko, using Katara's necklace, hires a bounty hunter named June to track down Aang.
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Original air date: October 21, 2005
Written by: Tim Hedrick
Directed by: Lauren MacMullan
Production number: 116
Summary:
After being chased out of a Fire Nation festival, Aang, Sokka, and Katara encounter a group of Fire Nation deserters, led by firebending master and ex-admiral Jeong Jeong. After realizing this could be his only chance to learn firebending, Aang – with the help of Avatar Roku's spirit – convinces Jeong Jeong to teach him firebending. Meanwhile, Admiral Zhao continues his chase for the Avatar.
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Original air date: November 4, 2005
Written by: Elizabeth Welch Ehasz
Directed by: Dave Filoni
Production number: 117
Summary:
After hearing tales that people with the ability to fly are inhabiting the Northern Air Temple, Aang and the crew travel there, eager to meet airbenders. However, they instead find a misplaced tribe of Earth Kingdom natives, who, much to Aang's disappointment, have renovated much of the temple.
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Original air date: November 18, 2005
Written by: Michael Dante DiMartino
Directed by: Giancarlo Volpe
Production number: 118
Summary:
Finally reaching the North Pole, Aang finds a waterbending master. However, the master refuses to teach Katara being that women are forbidden to learn the art. Meanwhile, Sokka spends time with Yue, Princess of the Northern Water Tribe. Admiral Zhao hires the pirates to assassinate Zuko while he prepares a massive fleet to invade the North Pole.
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Original air date: December 2, 2005
Written by: John O'Bryan
Directed by: Lauren MacMullan
Production number: 119
Summary:
The Northern Water Tribe braces against the attack by the Fire Nation. Meanwhile, Zuko sneaks into the North Pole to capture the Avatar. Aang, realizing that the Water Tribe cannot defeat Zhao's fleet alone, decides to visit the Spirit World to get help from the Moon and Ocean spirits.
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Original air date: December 2, 2005
Written by: Aaron Ehasz
Directed by: Dave Filoni
Production number: 120
Summary:
Sokka, Katara, and Yue follow Zuko to save Aang. In the Spirit World, Aang learns the identities of the Moon and Ocean spirits and that they are in danger. As Aang returns to the real world, he is saved by Katara. Meanwhile, Zhao succeeds in capturing the Moon Spirit, the source of all waterbending. Aang enters the Avatar State to destroy the siege, Zuko defeats Zhao, and Yue gives her life back to the Moon Spirit to save the Water Tribe.

The episodes were first released on five DVDs, with four episodes to a DVD, before a box set containing all twenty episodes of the season was marketed. The DVDs were released throughout 2006, and a collector's edition containing additional bonus features was later released on June 22, 2010.

DVD Volume title Episodes Release date
Avatar The Last Airbender – Book 1: Water, Volume 1 "The Boy in the Iceberg", "The Avatar Returns", "The Southern Air Temple", "The Warriors of Kyoshi" January 31, 2006
Avatar The Last Airbender – Book 1: Water, Volume 2 "The King of Omashu", "Imprisoned", "Winter Solstice, Part 1: The Spirit World", "Winter Solstice, Part 2: Avatar Roku" March 28, 2006
Avatar The Last Airbender – Book 1: Water, Volume 3 "The Waterbending Scroll", "Jet", "The Great Divide", "The Storm" May 30, 2006
Avatar The Last Airbender – Book 1: Water, Volume 4 "The Blue Spirit", "The Fortuneteller", "Bato of the Water Tribe", "The Deserter" July 18, 2006
Avatar The Last Airbender – Book 1: Water, Volume 5 "The Northern Air Temple", "The Waterbending Master", "The Siege of the North, Part 1", "The Siege of the North, Part 2" September 19, 2006
Avatar The Last Airbender – The Complete Book 1 Collection All episodes of Book One. September 12, 2006
Avatar The Last Airbender – The Complete Book 1 Collection (Collector's Edition) June 22, 2010

Trivia

  • This season of the Avatar series won several awards, including "Best TV series" and "Best Animated Television Series", at the 2005 Pulcinella Awards.[1]
  • A live-action movie of the first book directed by M. Night Shyamalan, titled The Last Airbender, was released in 2010. Unlike the series, the movie was not a critical success.[2]
  • The fifth episode of Book One, "The King of Omashu", was the most-watched episode of the season, reaching 3.54 million viewers in the U.S.[3]

References

  1. Avatar: The Last Airbender (season 1). Wikipedia. Retrieved on July 21, 2014.
  2. The Last Airbender - Reception. Wikipedia. Retrieved on July 21, 2014.
  3. Avatar: The Last Airbender (season 1) - Episodes. Wikipedia. Retrieved on July 21, 2014.

See also

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