As boring as this episode is, it has important events that all come together in two episodes later. (Azula's crew raiding the Kyoshi Warriors and the Guru who desires to meet Aang).
Even so, it was still terribly boring.
The more I watch it the more I find myself admitting that tbqh, it is boring. I really don't have so much of a connection to Appa, and the only reason why I have any pity for him is because Aang is so connected to him, and without him Aang would be miserable for a long time. If it wasn't that way, I would have not had any problem with them never finding Appa at all if they could somehow find some other way of quick transportation.
I used to try and defend the episode with the Kyoshi Warriors really bringing it back up to the top, but really, that's the only part of this episode that I like. Otherwise it is really boring and any time I watch it it's only to see the Kyoshi Warriors vs. Ozai's Angels.
I also despise the Air Temples and everything having to do with them. The Southern Air Temple wasn't that bad because it was quite emotional and done pretty well, despite the different animation style, as well as the Zuko/Zhao sub-plot. But I still don't like the way that episode looks overall and don't like the Air Temple. The Northern Air Temple (episode, not the actual temple... but yeah, that too) I really really despise. That episode was soooo filled with bad acting that it was just... cringe worthy. Probs one of my least favorites. As much as I think The Guru is an amazingly well done episode, I just in general don't like the way Air Temples look, so I didn't like that aspect of the episode. The Western Air Temple was beautiful in every way, but it had nothing to do with the Air Nomads at all, when 103, 117, and (to an extent) 219 did. So technically I just really don't like the Air Nomads, and that's because they're monks that don't ship Kataang. lolol Aang repopulating and changing Air Nomad philosophies FTW!
All that to say that I really don't care what happens to Appa, and I'll plainly admit that I hate
Momo. So this episode was really kinda a bummer for me.