Best: You’re Sleeping on the Couch Tonight

So I pressured you to fight someone who proceeded to kick your ass so hard you’re now in hospital, why you mad, though?

Bonus sensitivity points go to Ash declaring that he’ll win next time if Pikachu would stop being a lame-ass and try harder, because he was clearly sleepwalking through that last battle.

Worst: I Couldn’t Help But Overhear

Yes, you could. You weren’t sitting in the same room or anything, you just hung around outside listening to the conversation. Don’t lie, Nurse Joy.

Then she’s all “wow look at this thunder stone i happened to have sure would be nice wouldn’t it?” Is this ethical? This seems like when your doctor recommends you a prescription and you notice that all his pens, notepads, et cetera are branded with the drug company’s logo. Sure, a few steak dinners and male strippers seems like a fair price in exchange for shilling elemental stones from that store in Celadon City, but it’s unethical, Joy.

You’re the worst Nurse Joy since the last one.

Worst: Talkin’ About An Evolution

Pikachu doesn’t want to evolve, which is fine because he’s the mascot and he’s not allowed become the slightly fatter inverted-coloured mascot of the series but this is one of those “evolution will change your Pokémon completely and make him a tool” things and that’s lame.

We see lots of Pokemon evolve and they don’t particularly change. Butterfree is the same non-entity he was as a Caterpie, after all. Evolving into a Raichu won’t kill Pikachu. This is like that crummy David Tennant Tenth Doctor bit where he’s all “it feels like dying to meh” and “i dont want to guh” even though, no, it sucks your body is going to crap out and rebuild itself painfully but you’re still the Doctor.

Brock, in the Japanese version, is more neutral on the subject. He’s just kind of “yeah, evolving him is a thing you can do.” In the English version, the choice is basically given as “you want to murder pikachu and be a wussy cheater y/n.”

Worst, But Only Just: Electric Maus

Why is Pikachu so adamant about non-evolved revenge? Is he just sore that he got his ass kicked and is being stubborn? That doesn’t seem right, seeing as I only remember Pikachu winning one match and that was against a Cubone who probably just got back from its mother’s funeral. He’s lost to Onix, Goldeen and got blinded by Koffing without tearing any throats out. Pikachu was scared to battle, got cajoled into it, got its ass kicked and now it wants to fight even more.

It gets a worst not because it’s never explained but because it’s never noted that it’s never explained. It’s one thing to go “welp i guess we’ll never know why pikachu is filled with hate” and another to not acknowledge that Pikachu is seriously pissed off about all this.

So does Pikachu have some sort of beef against Raichu as a species? Was his father an abusive Raichu? Did Mama Raichu sell Pikachu to Professor Oak for X Special money? Perhaps Raichu are the pigs to Pikachu’s hard-working horses on Pokemon Farm. No wonder he was an asshole to Ash when they first met, he looked from Raichu to man and man to Raichu and couldn’t tell which was which.

Best: Uhuhuhuhuh, you were moved

I was not, Butt-Head.

James’ personality is starting to come into its own about now. The bishounen air about him is dead and has been replaced with this far cuter heart-on-his-sleeve thing. James is actually a nice guy who has fallen in with a bad crowd (who aren’t too bad either) and not in the way your parents think you’re just being misled when you do something wrong but when other people do it it’s because of the inherent evil that lies in their filthy souls.

Look at him bawl his eyes out over Pikachu’s ridiculous speech (“I will speak for all Pikachu and encite racial war!” Wanting to kill off what is basically his older self is some Logan’s Run stuff or at least some Wild in the Streets stuff. They’ll be giving Pichu’s the vote next.) while Jessie is moved a little less. He’s adorable.

  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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