I know this marks the start of Team Rocket’s increasing convoluted past where Jessie is an orphaned, former biker, elite school drop out who wanted to be a nurse and also was a ninja and a weather girl (all before the age of 17), while James is a wealthy, old money, former biker, elite school drop out who wanted a Chimecho and is perpetually engaged to a southern belle Jessie-lookalike. There’s also knew each other as youths but never met until they joined Team Rocket as adolescents and basically it’s all very complicated and nonsensical.
Because of that some continuity hounds might not be fans of this but it’s kind of cute how Team Rocket flunked so hard (the lowest scores in the history of the school!) and how Meowth cheers them up by telling them they’re the best at being crap.
I’m sorry, I don’t mean to point out all the edits, really. They’re just really noticeable this episode, even to me.
First, the best: Joe shows Misty how her water Pokémon from Cerulean Gym are no match for his mighty plant Pokémon, using a training simulator that looks like the video games. It’s a really nice touch, even if it is a pretty obvious idea.
The worst? 4Kids didn’t feel like going to much effort changing the Japanese attack name on the screen so they slapped a gradient block over it and called it a day. Maybe they should just put a big censor bar over the screen next time if they feel so strongly about covering up the demon symbols that they think Japanese is.
THIS IS THE SOUND COMPUTERS MAKE SO YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN A ROOM WITH AT LEAST ONE COMPUTER OR POSSIBLY R2-D2
Thank the heavens that 4Kids was able to add in these noises otherwise I’d be wondering why Joe was making Pokémon battles appear on a top-load washing machine from the 1970s.
Misty uses her Starmie against Joe’s Weepinbel and wins. Later, Giselle uses a Graveler against Starmie and wins, despite the type disadvantage. It’s not really a big deal though because, hey, the Graveler is probably just like 30 levels higher than Starmie, which was probably 30 levels higher than Weepinbel, seeing as we’re doing levels today and massive experience gaps usually trump elemental types.
Usually the show just goes “elemental disadvantage = underdog” regardless of the results so it’s kind of neat to see the disadvantage overcome not by pluck and moxie but by power and strength.