Best: A Vermilion Tail: Rattata Goes West

I guess some of A.J.’s Pokémon really did have enough of his strict training. Or maybe he just released them after he discovered their hoop-jumping antics weren’t enough to secure victory against the mighty Seel in Cerulean City.

Best: The Gym Leader’s New Groove

After experimenting with Brock being competent for about two episodes, the series has finally found the niche that Brock will occupy for the next 13 years: Brock as a pervert who will try and get with every woman he encounters for the remainder of his tenure on the show. It’s been hinted at before: He asked out the Officer Jenny in Cerulean City and he crushed on Giselle last episode but this is where they start to make it a key part of his personality.

Like a lot of Pokémon tropes, it will eventually be played into the ground and will just pass like brain static when you see it after a while but seeing as they didn’t seem willing to try and juggle a third competent, active trainer in the cast, it’s what you have to take if you want to see some Brock in your episodes.

Best: Turnabout Trap Builders

Team Rocket’s attempts to make it to the village has ended in them ricocheting from one trap to another like some sort of incredibly awesome pinball table that I will pay good money to have custom made.

At least Jessie is smart enough to appreciate the little ironies of falling into traps while no-one ever falls into theirs. And James can appreciate a good trap when he’s in it.

Worst: Inappropriate Crying Theatre

Misty feels bad for trying to catch Oddish earlier in the episode and has a complete emotional breakdown while apologising. Oddish obviously doesn’t really care but apparently this is the straw that broke the camel’s back and a torrent of emotions flow from Misty here that will never be referenced again, including her becoming something she hates due to her desire to catch Pokémon and win battles.

Look, the thing is, no matter what happens after the fact, almost no Pokémon wants to be captured. That’s why you beat them up until they curl up in a fetal position and then steal them away from their lives, friends and family in the wild. Misty should have made sure she was okay with this before she set out to be a great Pokémon trainer.

To make it hilariously overwrought, Oddish then wipes the tears from her eyes with his leaves. It’s the most over-the-top thing I’ve seen since I saw Over the Top, the Sylvester Stallone arm-wrestling movie.

Best: Team Rocket’s Group Research

Team Rocket attack the hidden village with a giant baseball stadium that float through the aid of six balloons. It’s that kind of episode.

James came up with the plan, apparently but it was Meowth who had the idea to tie balloons to the stadium to make it float. Which means James’ plan was what? To just go watch a baseball game? I hope not because I’d feel bad if James’ ideas for fun outings and team bonding are always being twisted into convoluted crimes by his so-called friends. He’s such a nice boy but that crowd he hangs out with…

  1. Rando says:

    was that a Fievel reference!? <3

    you know, i honestly never realized there was a 10-character name limit (though that totally makes sense). with all the weird-ass names, i just assumed that somewhere along the line, someone through Feraligatr was clever.

    i'm starting to get the impression that you somehow dislike tracey sketchit :\

    • David says:

      It was either going to be Fievel or Maus and I went with the slightly cheerier option.

      I haven’t watched the Orange Island stuff in years so I’m actually wondering if after 10 or so years my opinion on Tracey Sketchit will have changed. We’ll find out in about a year and a half.

  2. Flare says:

    “Look, the thing is, no matter what happens after the fact, almost no Pokémon wants to be captured. That’s why you beat them up until they curl up in a fetal position and then steal them away from their lives, friends and family in the wild.” = The cold, hard truth about Pokemon.

    • David says:

      There’s only room for one shitty website around here, so I’ve removed all the spam links forcing you suckers to remain here for all eternity.

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