Charizard's Burning Ambition
by, 16th May 2012 at 05:22 AM (243 Views)
For a group that walks as much as they do, I wouldn't expect Our Gang to be so tired from walking...
Kinda interesting to see the TRio owning up to the fact that they're no match for Our Gang in a straight-up battle, especially against Charizard. While I can certainly understand why the TRio would fear The Charizard, it would mean more if we'd actually seen the big guy used more often. As a matter of fact, since evolving, Charizard has been used against the TRio a grand total of...six times. And only two of those times since Johto started. Not to mention the fact that the TRio has freqently attacked Our Gang while showing no fear of The Charizard. A little more setup for this would've been nice.
And that kinda tied in to what Brock and Misty were saying to Ash--that using a Charizard would be unfair when most Pokemon wouldn't be a match for it. While that may be somewhat true (like in "The Double Trouble Header"), it doesn't take into account that there are plenty of Pokes that have given The Charizard a run for his money, so keeping him around would be a smart idea. Plus it seemed like they were criticizing the use of powerful, fully-evolved Pokemon, which is not a good thing to do as Pokemon evolving and becoming powerful is simply what happens.
A pink bow on a Charizard? That just doesn't work as far as I'm concerned. Couldn't there have been a better way to show that Charla was a girl?
Ash claimed he'd never flown on Charizard. Actually, he's done it twice as of this ep (though he was asleep once, in "Attack of the Prehistoric Pokemon"). So not only did this make Ash a liar, it also made Charizard look unaccountably weak for not being able to carry Ash any real distance. Remember, this is the same Charizard who's defeated four Pokemon with Seismic Toss, and yet he couldn't fly with Ash on his back?
A valley full of super-sized Charizard? Coooooooool. I do hafta wonder, though--the Charizard may train there and make themselves stronger, but then what do they do with that strength? If they spend all their lives cloistered in the valley, then what use is their strength?
Liza's comment that only weak Charizard would show off like Ash's Charizard had kind of a Zen feel about it. Charizard did seem like the littlest bull in the pasture, desperate to prove his strength. (Actually, he kinda was.) Watching him repeatedly get the crap kicked out of him was painful. It had to be, if it got the TRio to sympathize with him.
Now I'm convinced that the fire on Charizard's tail has some kind of internal fuel that resists water. (I think the Olympic Torch is like that.) And I guess it takes strength for a Charizard to stay in water overnight without going under.
The Transformer du joir was probably the ugliest one yet. And watching the TRio altruistically letting themselves get blown up was weird.
If you listen very carefully during the last scene, you can probably hear the sound of Ash's heart breaking. It's believable that he'd be struggling with his desire to keep Charizard with him and his hope that Charizard can find happiness, even without him. I haven't seen a moment that emotional for him since "Pikachu's Goodbye," and this was almost as tear-jerking.
Next: Dracoman's episode collection reaches its first major gap.
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