Best: Maddie Blaustein

At this point in the show, the late Maddie Blaustein is only voicing some of the characters of the day, like Seymour, A.J. and Damian (and later Lt. Surge) but by episode 34, she’ll be the full-time voice of Meowth (as well a member of the Tranny Road Show, the performing group composed of transgendered performers and artists). But those five characters I’ve just mentioned are so different in voice and tone, I think it gives a good impression of the range she had, even if sometimes she just went “screw it” and used her Solomon Moto from Yu-Gi-Oh! voice.

The main reason I’m giving her a best is because she has Damian say “Char-min-der” and that just plain cracks me up as does Damian’s parting line “Well, tell them they was the ones what started it.” That be done good English speak make.

Worst: The Honour of the Battle

Nurse Joy steps in to stop the brewing Pokémon battle, because they’re not supposed to be used to settle personal disputes. What the hell? That’s all they’re used for on this show. The School of Hard Knocks episode was just a stream of personality clashes fueling Pokemon battles for 22 minutes.

Later on there’ll be an increase in the number of friendly battles but for now most every Pokémon battle will be required to have some sort of grudge running alongside it. But my real question is why Brock isn’t trying to peek up her dress? It’s the perfect opportunity.

Worst: All Spearow Are Bastards

Why do you do this, Pokémon writers? I’m surprised the Spearow/Fearow line didn’t get cut from Pokémon Yellow like the Beedrill line (which in the anime are evil Butterfree) and the Team Rocket Pokémon did so we’d know how unclean they truly are.

This show talks a lot of guff about all Pokémon being nice and only the trainers being bad but I guess some Pokémon are genetically disposed to evil. A murder of Spearow (almost certainly the biased terminology they would use) try to speed along Charmander’s death for no real reason.

I’d almost feel sorry enough to raise a Spearow out of spite if Fearow didn’t look dumb and paled in coolness to Farfetch’d, the glorious bird Pokémon master race. Anyway, Ash and company turn up to rescue Charmander and bring him back to the neat-looking log cabin Pokémon center.

Worst: Joy-mping to Conclusions

That’s my entry into the 2012 Bad Pokémon Episode Title Pun Contest, by the way. I hope I can count on your vote.

Just like in episode 2, a Nurse Joy decides that Ash has been taxing his Pokémon to near death rather than waiting for his explanation. Is this a genetic thing? And luckily (for the writers) Damian and his gang have already left (in the night, in the middle of a thunderstorm) so that confrontation will be postponed.

Then she goes and leaves the window open after saving his life so he escapes back to the rock. That’s the window located right next to the Charmander whose life could be snuffed out by the slightest breeze. Way to go, Nurse Joy.

Really though, only Brock seems upset and both Ash and Misty are eager to move on and forget this whole depressing business. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, blah blah blah, let’s go eat.

Best: Team Rocket’s Ultimate Weapon

Is it good or bad that by episode 11, Team Rocket digging holes is enough of a trope that the show can hang a lampshade on it? I can’t tell you if it’s a sign of strong or lazy characterisation.

But what I can tell you is that buying a large Dalek to dig holes for you can only be a good thing. Think of the Doctor Who episode “Dalek” but with these awesome characters.

Ash: “What’s the nearest city?”
Giovanni: “Vermilion City.”
Ash: “Population?”
Giovanni: “Like 35 NPCs and a Machop.”
Ash: “All dead.”

Besides, only a TARDIS could explain why Ash is still 10 years old some 15 years and five regions later.

  1. Delsaber says:

    “Brock has gone all Dr. Manhattan and is having conversations with the past or something and I’m just waiting for him to clone himself to try and seduce Nurse Joy.”

    I’m sure the internet will Rule 34 this one eventually.

    There should really have been little red Rs on those Team Rocket rubber suits.

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