The Ultimate Test
by, 27th February 2012 at 08:10 AM (822 Views)
"It all began with a simple question from Misty..." The narrator should've said "dumb question," as Our Gang was on their way to the next gym, so why would Misty have given Ash grief about not winning a badge in a while? She should've pestered TPTB for dragging things out. And she seemed to have completely forgotten that Ash actually did get some of his badges via legitimate victories (the Thunder and Soul Badges). And on a semi-related note, Pikachu seemed pretty over last ep's camera-shyness.
So passing one special test can get someone admitted straight to the Pokemon League? I guess, but where's the fun in that? Plus it would seem to make Ash's prior gym battles pointless. In hindsight, that was probably a good indicator of how well Ash wouldn't score. Of course, I suppose it would work for people like Joy Clone #15, but should she actually get into the league, would she have her own Pokemon to use in league functions?
So Ash almost recognized J&J? I guess that's an improvement over other times, but that boy needs to get either his eyes or his head checked if he can't see through the bad disguises sooner. Of course, James apparently couldn't see through Jessie's disguise, but he's an idiot, so I'll let that go. (And for future reference, glasses do not an effective disguise make.)
One thing I did wonder about: why couldn't the applicants use their own Pokemon? I know it's good to test how well trainers can adapt to different circumstances, but wouldn't it be more effective to test how well they've raised their own Pokemon?
The correct answers to Part I of the test were: false, true, false, true, false, and I have no [BLEEP]ing idea on the Koffing one. And Ash should've known the answer to the Hitmonlee one, since he battled one before. As for James, was he recalling the incident on the St. Anne when he got mad over hearing the name of Magikarp? If so, good but subtle continuity.
The "Jigglypuff seen from above" question on Part II was the testing equivalent of a cheap shot. And apparently, Mr. Instructor never considered that one of the questions might've had multiple answers.
Nice of TPTB to leave the Type Matchups switch on for Part III of the test, as seen when Squirtle took out Charmander and James' Pikachu failed epically against Graveler. And is it me, or did the test Charizard look a little small compared to others of its species. And as a side note, James' team would've matched Ash's if Bulbasaur had evolved several eps ago.
Ash's reaction at getting a Weezing was priceless. (And good pictures for Shutterbug.) Helluva coincidence that he'd end up with the same lineup as the TRio (minus Lickitung), though I wish we could've seen how his regular team stacked up against the Eeveelutions.
The TRio should've known better than to try using the instructor's own Pokemon against him, but they're idiots, so I'll let that go. And nice to see them taken out by the counterparts of their own Pokemon.
So Ash realized that this kind of test-taking wasn't his thing? Good for him. As we see for the rest of the show, Ash is best on the road.
Too bad we never got to see how the Meowth mix-up got resolved.
Next: The debut of Cassidy and...and...what's his face...
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