My first Episode Review
by, 12th July 2012 at 11:53 AM (708 Views)
With this being the first review I've ever written, I decided to begin with this particular episode. Tips, comments, advice are welcome, and be brutally honest about it please.
After gathering Revival Herbs for the Driftveil City Gym Leader Clay, Ash went to the Gym to challenge for his 5th Gym Badge. One of Clay's underground workers was there to take Ash and his friends down to where the underground battlefield is. The worker had very high regards for Clay's Pokémon. He was unsure of whether Ash's Pokémon were strong enough to defeat Clay's Pokémon. He told Ash that Clay's Pokémon were very powerful. This scene in the elevator where he was talking about Clay's Pokémon showed that Ash would have to endure a tough battle to be able to win. Both Clay and the worker were full of confidence in the strength of Clay's Pokémon. After heading down to the underground mine and handing Clay the Revival Herbs, they headed towards the battlefield. The music that was used when they entered the battlefield had a very dramatic effect that was very fitting for the Gym Match.
Clay brought out his Krokorok to begin the match, as Pikachu became pumped up and really wanted to battle. Pikachu was pumped up because of his known rivalry with a Krokorok before. Ash was very smart when he realized that Pikachu could not be used since Krokorok is a ground type, so he brought out Oshawott instead. Krokorok dodged Oshawott's Razor Shell, and then used a new animation of Sandstorm to surround the battlefield. With the battlefield being made up of rocks and a sandy surface, this new Sandstorm animation made sense. The Sandstorm itself came from large vibrations on the ground, as sand is whipped up in the air to hit Oshawott. Oshawott had sand in his eyes, so when he attacked he would keep missing. Krokorok took advantage by hitting Oshawott with attacks. Sandstorm was consistently used as it is normally used for in the games. It lasted several turns and the accuracy of Oshawott was lowered because of it. Ash used some creativity by having Oshawott use Water Gun to put an end to Sandstorm and used Water Gun to send Krokorok out from under the ground to be able to defeat it.
Clay brought out his Palpitoad to battle next. Both Cilan and Iris made observation that Palpitoad looks stronger than Ash's Palpitoad. There didn't appear to be any difference between them other than color, so there was really no indication as to why they even made that observation. Palpitoad easily overpowered Oshawott and took him down, which showed how powerful Clay's Palpitoad really was. Ash made another smart decision by bringing out his Snivy to face Clay's Palpitoad. Unfortunately, Ash had Snivy use Attract on Palpitoad which did not appear to be necessary for this battle. The battle was very short and Snivy defeated Palpitoad with several Grass-Type attacks. The battle seemed to be very rushed, and should have been longer. Clay was very unprofessional as a Gym Leader after Ash defeated his Palpitoad. He stomped and threw a fit about Ash not battling him head on.
Clay brought out his Excadrill to battle Snivy. Excadrill proved to be even stronger than Clay's other Pokémon by blocking Snivy's attacks and easily taking her down with Horn Drill. Ash realized that Excadrill was very powerful, and needed a Pokémon that could endure attacks prior to taking it down. Instead of using a Super-Effective Pokémon like Tepig, Ash decided to go with Roggenrola. With Excadrill being very powerful, and able to block attacks very easily; Ash made the right choice in this situation since Roggenrola is known to be very tough and can withstand a lot of attacks regardless of the type disadvantage in the battle. Roggenrola started out the battle with Sandstorm, which wasn't really necessary with both Pokémon not being affected by the attack. Excadrill hit Roggenrola with several Drill Runs, and hit it with Horn Drill without knocking Roggenrola out. It wasn't explained well, but Horn Drill appeared to not be effective only because Roggenrola was getting ready to evolve into Boldore.
After evolving into Boldore, its Sturdy Ability was demonstrated when Boldore was able to endure Excadrill's Horn Drill. Boldore proves to be a very tough battler and was able to take down Excadrill with only Rock Blast and Rock Smash. Unlike Roggenrola, Boldore was shown to be very affectionate, as it hugged Ash after the battle was over. After the battle, Clay finally showed professionalism as a Gym Leader by accepting defeat, handing Ash his Badge, and wishing him luck on his journey to become a Pokémon Master.
Overall, the Gym Match was very well done. There was a second evolution and then winning event in a row in this match, so it was very repetitious. Ash was shown to really be using his head in this match, unlike his match with Elesa in Nimbasa City. The contrast between the two episodes was done very well, and was very well thought out and executed in this episode.
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