What: IN THE FACE

Did Ash seriously just try to punch Misty right in the face? Wow. Whatever she said in the Japanese version to warrant that must have been some fierce stuff.

Best: Your Lack of Decorum is Most Displeasurable

Can’t you just let us pull the plugs in peace?

Best: The Daily Life of a Gym Leader

When you think about it, being a gym leader isn’t all about sitting around for PKMN TRAINER RED and RIVAL RODNEY to kick your ass so you can engrave their names on some little statues. So, yeah, I imagine all gym leaders have to deal with a stream of YOUNGSTERs JIMMY and LASSes SARAH trying to defeat Raichu and all the rest with Caterpie and Rattata.

No wonder most of them are overconfident and easily annoyed. Ash is probably the 50th child trainer waddling into a gym with an unevolved Pokémon this week.

Funnily enough, this Pidgey’s Pokemon Trainer looks more like Bill than Bill did last episode.

Best: Lax Dress Codes

Shirts are completely optional at this establishment but you better make sure you wear your earring in your left ear, lest anyone would think you were, you know, different.

Lt. Surge’s lackeys are Leather Clad Skinhead and Smirking Physical Education Teacher/Aerobics Instructor. I guess anyone with a suit is barred. I suppose I can understand that, it’s not like uniforms or discipline is a requirement in the armed forces.

Best: U-S-A, A-OK!

Lt. Surge is a pretty cool guy even if he suffers from character-of-the-day nine-tenths of an episodes assholeness. He’s having a good time with all this stuff and he’s pretty likable even if he’s not telling us about how he used a Raichu to murder Iraqis in the Gulf War or whatever it is he says in the games.

It’s good that Lt. Surge became an electric-type Pokémon trainer because it’d be a stupid name if he became a waiter or something instead.

  1. Delsaber says:

    This might be the only episode of the series that I can still remember with any clarity, other than fleeting moments from that Pokémon Island thing, or the one with the hidden village of Pikachus. Pikachu. Pikachii. Pikachese. Whatever.

  2. Rando says:

    congratulations on a successful breaking down of my favorite episode! i just think this one’s fantastic, what with the brief moments of foreshadowing, the slight complexity given to team rocket, and the introduction of ideas/morals other than just ‘don’t be a jerk, pokemon are our friends, blah blah’. that being said, i’ve always picked out the same ridiculous parts as you have – like after pikachu loses the first battle and is moping in the hospital, they’re all like ‘ooh it’s really upset that it didn’t have what it takes’ when it was probably thinking ‘why the FUCK would you make me do that?’

    american tv would be better if characters sporadically shouted obscenities in other languages.

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