Most unrealistic scene ever.
Everyone knows that the amount of Pokémon you find in tall grass is inversely proportional to how much a player wants to encounter a Pokémon. Based on that, Ash, Misty and Brock should be smothered by Oddish and Meowth or whatever else is on this bloody route.
This is the second of about five consecutive episodes where Ash, Misty and Brock will whine about being lost while the narrator makes some clumsy jokes about it all. It’s going to wear thin long before they get to Vermilion City.
Ash starts to make a move towards catching an Oddish only for Misty to step in. Clearly, Ash has little real intention of catching an Oddish so it’s nice of Misty to spare his blushes by declaring that because they’re near a spring about two inches deep, her water Pokémon should battle it.
It does make it difficult after Ash gets Charmander and he has to commit arson every time he sends it out to make things acceptable for battle.
On another note, I really like Oddish. When people talk about how the first 151-251 were better than anything following them, what they mean is there are fewer Pokemon like Oddish who is just a simple, simple design but that also gets across everything you need to know. That is, if they’re not just being blinded by nostalgia and ranting against anything made after the year 2000 for no reason.
Bulbasaur is a pretty cool dude. He’ll probably end up being the second most developed of the Kanto starters, behind Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard and considering the amount of focus that jerk gets, second place isn’t so bad.
Also, check out Ash’s reaction to seeing a Bulbasaur in the wild. That’s how any of us would have reacted back in 1996 if we had stumbled across a wild, catchable starter that we didn’t have. Of course, now we’d be too busy wondering about its nature and IVs to bother getting excited just from glimpsing one.
With Brock dead, Ash and Misty look for his corpse because it has some .52 ammo as well as a Nuka-Cola Quantum and now they don’t have to worry about karma loss. Unfortunately, Misty gets to set off every trap along the way. I mean, geez, you’ve got to put some points into your Perception, Misty. It can’t all go into Snark and Complain about your bike.
Ash clearly has a 1 in Intelligence and a 10 in Luck as far as his SPECIAL stats go.