Pikachu got KOed without getting any real hit in. He's been so weak after the Zekrom drainage, that I am seriously starting to wonder that it's intentional and a plot point later on. That, or the writers are taking the new series nerf to a whole new level.
Also, I love pokabu,the fire starters are always really strong for Ash. I guess the water starter is comic relief for now, but I think he will develop and evolve, and be a awesome pokemon during the pokemon league.