You know, Aang needs to defeat the Fire Nation, and he needs to get to an island in the Fire Nation in a day.
That may not be the only thing he needs to hurry.
See, the problem is Aang needs to get to a Fire Nation temple in order to talk to Avatar Roku by the Winter Solstice. So far, so good. There’s two problems there.
One is Zuko, after rescuing Iroh, followed to where he saw Appa and found out where Aang went.
The other is a blockade led by Admiral Zhao.
That guy again? He sucks!
Interesting to note, Zhao would just assume arrest Zuko too. Zuko is banished from the Fire Nation for some as-yet unstated reason. So, getting Aang is one thing, but getting Zuko is a bonus.
Zhao seems to be a bigger dink than Zuko, but I covered how Zuko has some good qualities before. Zhao doesn’t seem to have any. Definitely the bigger dink.
As it is, Appa does manage to dodge fireballs, even catching Sokka when he falls off, and the group gets to the temple, only to find most of the priests there are loyal to the Fire Nation, not the Avatar. One guy helps, and with some trickery, Aang gets inside the vault.
That happens as Zhao shows up and captures Zuko, Sokka, and Katara. See? Dink. A major dink.
And here’s where Aang gets another problem. See, normally an Avatar would get all kinds of time to train in the other three elements aside from the one he or she is born bending. But Roku says Aang has a year. One year. That’s because there’s a comet coming that will amplify the power of all firebenders, including the Fire Lord, and he’s a really bad dude (plus Zuko’s father).
Fortunately, Roku manifests in spirit form to give Aang and his pals a way to escape. Sure, Zuko escapees too, but Zhao is the dink here, so I consider that a win.