BW2EN3: The New Gym Leader - Cheren!
SHIPPING HINT! SHIPPING HINT! They're shaking hands, oh my God, that clearly means they are meant to be!
It's been two years since Best Wishes
started and in this episode, Cheren is finally introduced, well, his B2W2 counterpart. Looking back at early BW episodes, it truly is a shame that BW Cheren was scrapped in favor of Trip whose story was pretty much like that of Cheren, a character wishing to become the strongest. Sadly enough, while his story had potential, Trip's development was poorly handled and ultimately rushed which led to him losing in the first round of Unova League. I don't know whether the writers would have handled Cheren better than Trip, but I do know that if we had Cheren instead of him, we would have been saved from those countless 'Trip is a copy of Paul' arguments. Plus, his interaction with Bianca would have been more interesting to witness. Oh well, no use talking about what could have been.
Something I really liked in this episode was Iris being bored by school and books.
That perfectly fits her previous characterization.
As an episode itself, this one didn't stand out too much. Cheren was portrayed as a decent character and a suitable newbie gym leader but there was nothing particularly interesting about him. The plot of this episode was lame and merely there to take some time from the episode, time that could have been invested in writing the battle between Cheren and Ash. Sadly, we were stuck with Oshawott VS Herdier, and what a shocker - Oshawott lost. Again.
Oshawott VS Herdier. Gee, I wonder who will win -.-
Honestly, I liked Oshawott at the beginning of BW, but with time, I began to lose respect for him. Right now, it is clearly obvious that all those episodes he got were for nothing. He's a walking merchandise product who exists for one purpose only - to sell toys. I dare to call him one of the weakest members of Ash's team, like seriously, when was the last time this damn otter made a solid contribution? Versus Clay? I sincerely despise Oshawott. Ash, a trainer who has defeated 8 gym leaders prior to his battle against Cheren, lost to a newbie gym leader with one of the first Pokémon that were with him from the very start in Unova. Where the hell did all the Oshawott development go? Seriously, and I truly mean this, Oshawott makes Scraggy look like a powerhouse.
Overall, an average episode that I wouldn't bother watching again. The battle is mediocre, the outcome is expected and the plot of the episode is so poorly written and overused that it sucks badly.
BW2EN4: Achroma VS Handsome! Plasma-dan's Conspiracy!!
Aww, well if it isn't my favorite evil scientist? :3
Roughly two years have passed since the TR VS TP two-parter was postponed due to to an unfortunate catastrophe that stroke Japan. Ever since, fans have been hoping for Team Plasma to re-appear, and with this episode, their wishes were finally fulfilled. Perhaps not in the way they wanted them too, since they were eager (and are still eager) to see the two-parter re-aired. However, I wouldn't be ungrateful, I'm happy that we're getting Team Plasma in any shape or form rather than none.
I expected more out of this episode, but overall - I'm not unhappy with the outcome as it was a nice introduction to Team Plasma. Their actions and experiments, perhaps unwillingly, affected the forest Pokémon which is exactly what drove and eventually led to Ash and co. meeting Looker and then confronting Team Plasma.
TRio being seemingly back in-character.
Team Rocket also played a role in this episode and ... I'm actually starting to believe that the writers ARE trying to make a transition between serious TRio and our old, lovable TRio. The way Meowth acted reminded me of the good old days and while Jessie and James are still not fully their old selves, I'm hoping that as time passes by they'll once again begin showing off their emotions like they did before. If they can manage to have TRio act human and not like robots and keep it professional, it could be a win/win situation for those who like BW TRio and hate old TRio and vice-versa.
And the 'father of the year' award goes to ... *drumbeats*
Since I don't speak Japanese, I have no idea what Colress and other grunts discussed with Ghetsis, but it was nice seeing him - even as a hologram. The plot of this episode reached its climax as Looker, Ash and co. reached their secret hideout where experiments where being carried out. Things got particularly violent when the controlled Pokémon started directing their attacks at Ash, Iris and Cilan. As they fought back, something surprising happened. Axew used Giga Impact! Yes, you heard me right! 27 episodes after leaning this move, somehow, Iris remembered Axew had it. Now, what about Outrage? It's been FAR longer since we last saw that move.
Hair ornament used Giga Impact! It's super effective!
And of course, unavoidably, Pikachu ended up being controlled by Team Plasma. What will Ash do? How can anything defeat the power of modern brain control technology? There is nothing that can ... oh wait, I forgot. POWER OF FRIENDSHIP!!!
Colress being unusually aroused by the power of friendship.
At the very end, JJM appear, hack into Colress's data and steal it. But all is well as Colress has already the saved data on his laptop. They manage to escape activating the self-destruct sequence which will obviously not harm our main characters. The episode ends with TRio blasting off like in the good old times.
And they actually say ya na kanji this time too :D
Overall, this was a solid and interesting episode.
The fact that Team Rocket stole the data from Team Plasma (which I hope wasn't destroyed when they blasted off) might mean that they're doing this on Giovanni's order and that we might get some TR vs TP confrontation down the road, but only this time, with them not as serious as before. Colress was a typical villain at the start, but the way he got excited when Pikachu broke free from his control made him intriguing for me. He was obviously excited by the fact that Ash's voice could help Pikachu return to his normal self which, according to his game portrayal, is exactly how he was supposed to react.
Looker didn't leave much of an impression on me, he wasn't all that interesting tbh. Though I did find his disguise very believable, so that's a plus, I guess.
Yep, good episode and a solid first step towards the Team Plasma plot.