No, not the vaguely racist Star Trek: The Next Generation episode. Although that would certainly qualify as a worst on some equivalent blog to this.
Ash pumps Brock for info on the Cerulean City Gym leader and Brock kind of plays along with it for a minute before telling him he can’t tell Ash the leader’s special attack because Gym Leaders stick together, brah.
Seeing as Brock refers to the leader as a ‘he’, Brock is either making all this up or he’s really trying to throw Ash off the trail for this battle. Of course, the Gym Leader’s code won’t be mentioned in every other gym battle where Brock is yelling advice from the sidelines.
Brock decides to split off from Ash to check out “stuff.” “What kind of stuff?” “Just… stuff.” You can just imagine the headlines.
PEWTER CITY GYM LEADER ARRESTED IN BROTHEL RAID
Local prostitute: “He made me call him the Crystal Onix.”
A small, additional WTF goes to Ash for quoting teachings of Sun Tzu that he learned from his Pokédex to Brock. What did that have to do with anything?
Ash enters the gym only to find a synchronised swimming performance where the crowd, and Pikachu, is going a little too nuts for the whole thing. Or at least, they’re going too crazy over the old “stick your legs out of the water AT THE SAME TIME” bit. Synchronised swimming can be beautiful and is so much hard work but it feels like the writers only watched the first 15 seconds of a routine before turning it off and animating it.
It is an aquarium, you dolt.
Note the presence of real-world style fish. That’s something the original series and games used to do that’s been phased out since; referencing the real world. As more and more Pokémon have been introduced, the need to reference real animals has faded (for example, if the “Cow-terpie” joke was made just a year later in a Johto episode, Ash would probably be dressed as a Miltank).
Real locations are still referenced sometimes, especially in the dub of the cartoon, but not nearly as much as in the early games where many real world locations and animals were all referenced in one form or another. I suppose as the Pokémon brand gained strength it was able to survive off its own internal consistency rather than having to anchor itself to reality.
Sorry, I know that was quite boring.
I thought I’d hate the Sensational Sisters because I remember them doing the whole Valley Girl thing and that seemed like a recipe for disaster. It turns out now that they remind me of the Fashion Club in Daria, which only endears me to them. I guess in that analogy, Misty is Quinn. Which makes Ash Daria and Brock Jane.
Gary Oak would be Trent because he’s the coolest.