Talk about wasted opportunities.
It was a nice battle at all, but there was still too much dub music. At least we got what seems to be a new vocal song. It was a bit hard to hear though.
It also would've been nice if there was a little less commentary and more fighting. It felt like just as we were getting into the flow of things someone would comment on the battle. I know that's nothing new, but do we really need a peanut gallery during the last Contest ever?
Something interesting is that scene of Jessie throwing away her Contest dress and how they talked about focusing on Team Rocket again. (Though I think Kojiro talking about a comeback to the path of evil was more telling.) Amazing how long ago the foreshadowing began.
It's much better character development wise to make her almost win (prove she's getting closer to Zoey's level) but still lose (prove she can handle losing now and be totally ok with it) and prove her maturity to her mom (giving her back the ribbon, saying she now has her Poké and friends) despite her lose
It's a perfect ending for Dawn's character... beating Zoey would just ruin it
Hopefully one day we'll see Dawn beat Zoey or at least hear about it somehow, but even if we don't, I'm happy with what they did
'sides, just because it hasn't happen doesn't mean it couldn't have.
i wish Dawn beat Zoey in the semi-finals and then lost against Nando or some other "expert coordinator"-type person
Ash wanted to prove Paul wrong, so obviously they'd make him win to resolve this
Zoey was a mentor to Dawn who constantly helped Dawn get over her problems and is like a figure for Dawn to idolize and aim to be like her one day
It's different, with Ash they really HAD to make him win to get a conclusion for their rivalry... while with Dawn and Zoey, it really wasn't about one being better than the other or anything like that
By losing the GF instead of winning it, we could see Dawn's reaction to a lose again... and she acted very mature about it
She also proved that despite the fact she just lost, she finally realized what her mom told her since way back at DP 12 - she now has her Pokémon and friends and doesn't need to rely on her mom anymore
It's much more effective when the character realizes this despite losing rather than after winning...
I can't see how Dawn's development could be any more "complete" than thatPersonally, it would've really completed her character development.
I honestly felt like this episode was the perfect conclusion of Dawn's story...
I'm not glad that Dawn lost but I'm not sad about it either. I am happy that the final battle was epic.
i guess the writer were kinda unfair when they made May break down after she lost against Solidad
Iris calls Ash as kid (as in a beginning trainer) and Ash doesn't mention the fact that he's competed in five leagues so far.
Maybe. I would've like it if Dawn and Zoey tied showing that they were equally matched too.
Dawn's story was very different than May and it focused on her learning to steal with losing, so it'd be extremely stupid if she'd cry in this ep... this ep was the conclusion of Dawn, not degrading her to DP12-Dawn
Ash obviously only acted like that cause he was extremely excited of being in a brand new region filled with Pokémon he never saw and that actually has NO old Poké at all...
It'd be stupid if Ash wouldn't act like that and would be totally out of character
Also, Iris often tell him he's a "kid" for no real reason at all... she just likes to tease him like that, that's part of her character
Why would he mention it randomly? he's not trying to prove anything to Iris... he's just doing whatever he wants and wonders why she insist on following himand Ash doesn't mention the fact that he's competed in five leagues so far.
Also, Oak did tell Ash he'll see here Pokémon that he never saw in Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh...
You can't really tie for something like that... what would they do? split the cup and each gets half?...Maybe. I would've like it if Dawn and Zoey tied showing that they were equally matched too.