Best: Get to Da Choppah

Ash has to rush to the vacuum pump to stop Pikachu getting sucked up or else… what? He’ll be sucked outside and will have to hang out with Seel for a few minutes and dry off? Team Rocket were just blasted off again, twinkle, there’s no rush. It’s not like after floating around in the pool for a minute and a half that Pikachu is in any danger of getting more wet.

Seven episodes in and apparently Team Rocket are already more dangerous after they’ve left. Next episode they should just shoot themselves at the start and they should be guaranteed to get that Pikachu by the end of the episode.

Worst: Oh, Look. Another Badge.

God damn it.

Look, I like Misty. I also like when everyone on this show are presented as competent Pokémon trainers but if you’re not willing to have Ash, the primary protagonist of the show, beat Misty to get a badge in lieu of him fighting the real gym leaders then maybe you should just have him give up and go back to watching the Pokémon League on television back in Pallet Town.

Yeah, he didn’t use Pikachu, as if elemental match-ups mean much on this show but it’s still cheap. It’s pretty simple to do. Have Ash use Pikachu from the start and have him beat Staryu, then have Starmie beat Pikachu only for Butterfree or Pidgeotto to pull out the win. That way Ash looks good because he won and Misty looks good because she took down the one Pokémon that should have wiped the floor with her.

Worst: “Yo, Brock-o!”

No. Never say this again.

Best: Brock to the Future

Brock seems like he’s in a real hurry to get out of Cerulean City, just glancing at Ash’s Cascade Badge then immediately telling everyone it’s time to go. Tomorrow’s Cerulean Times headline:

CERULEAN CITY PROSTITUTE MURDERER STILL AT LARGE
Giant Rock-Hard Snake Thing seen leaving scene of crime

Best: More Petty Bickering

I’m coming to realise that nearly every episode of Pokémon will likely end with Ash and Misty arguing over something petty and useless while Brock thinks about following in his father’s footsteps and abandoning them.

Misty should really just play the bike card. Then she wouldn’t have to try and explain why her Starmie was getting its ass kicked by Pidgeotto.

  1. Delsaber says:

    Wasn’t expecting that Sons of Anarchy reference, and then you go and follow that up with Daria. Well played. I’ll have to YouTube that I guess since it’s not syndicated any more and the DVD set cut out a lot of the music.

    I’m imagining a lucrative black market of poached Staryu cores. Probably ground up and used as aphrodisiacs.

    How anyone could spend that much time paired with Jessie and still be a homosexual I have no idea. No one’s THAT gay, to steal a line from Archer.

    “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.”

    …oh christ, don’t make me do this…

    • David says:

      Oh, the Daria DVDs are worth it even with the music changes. I guess it’s one of the few times when I can understand why they had to do it.

      Maybe James’ heterometer was overloaded by being around her so much.

      Best and Worst of The Naked Now!

      Best: lol data has a wiener

  2. Rando says:

    re: staryu sequence – it’s so weird what different countries will allow in children’s entertainment, and therein, the lessons kids learn. i guess america opted for heteronormative stereotyping at early ages than diverse love and acceptance :\ not shocking.

  3. David says:

    It’s especially strange when you consider that, overall, Japanese societal views towards homosexuality are not particularly more liberal than in the United States.

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