Here Comes The Squirtle Squad
by, 12th January 2012 at 09:19 AM (291 Views)
This episode starts with a change of pace--instead of arguing with Misty, Ash is singing. Very badly. I think that pitfall opened up beneath him just to shut him up.
Pikachu fries one of the Squirtles with one shot. I guess type matchups do matter this time.
I think this is the third ep in a row that we hear about Pokemon abandoned by their trainers. Almost makes you wonder if TPTB are trying to give other trainers a bad name, just to show how good Ash is.
And the TRio falls into another pitfall. That makes three pitfall mishaps for them in the first 12 eps. No wonder they'd use so many later on--they work well enough on them.
I think Meowth enjoyed bossing James around a little too much. Then again, I'm pretty sure every cat feels that way. (We have two at home, so I should know.)
So humans get captured by Pokemon? Is this Opposite Day? And then Ash has to beg tearfully to get released. I guess it's nice to see that Ash isn't too blinded by pride.
In the original Japanese, the Squirtles threaten to kill Misty if Ash doesn't return in time. In the dub, however, this gets changed to a purple-hair dye job. I think this is the first time that death gets edited out. (Though for Misty, purple hair might be a fate worse than death.)
From now on, Ash should stay away from rope bridges. (Of course, he won't.)
Surprise Gary cameo!
Holy [BLEEP]--are those guns the TRio wielded in the store? And then the customers pull more guns on Ash? Were the censors asleep? Truth be told, that does provide a nice touch of realism, knowing that humans do have weapons besides trained monsters. At least nobody dies. (Nobody important, anyway.)
Was Jenny Clone #3 really gonna try riding her motorcycle over a rope bridge? Does make me wonder how she got across the river, though.
Somehow, I had expected the Super Potion to function more like a hypospray. Ah well...
Little nitpick: When the gang starts to run for cover from the TRio's attack, Boss Squirtle is standing with all the others. Two seconds later, he's fallen and he can't get up. Not sure how exactly that happened. Does set things up for Ash to save him, and then for him to save Ash. (Not sure where the strength boost came from. Did Ash slip him a can of spinach or something?)
So the Teenage Mutant Ninja Squirtles go from Public Enemy #1 to Toast of the Town in 18 minutes. Well, it's a kid's show, so I can't complain too much about that.
And Boss Squirtle joins the team. I guess Ash doesn't have to battle to make the captures after all.
I'd call this a 3-star ep.
Next episode: "I'm not gay; I'm just British!"
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