After what happened the last time they battled, and the critism I got from others for pointing out my distate for Shuti's status, I can't say I'm impressed yet. I don't think I need to say much since I'm late and others have pointed it out, but I just want to make a point clear. It seems that moreso than any other rival in the past, the writers takes the current rival's Gary Stu-ness to the max. By making him a rookie, they just had to give him a powerful team so quickly. The simple solution would have to have made him an experienced trainer right from the start, like Paul. I can understand Ash's loss, but for crying out loud, why not make it a closer battle, or a tie. At the very least, have Pikachu K.O. more of Shuti's Pokemon. Instead, Ash pretty much gets steamrolled. I know we've had stuff like this in the past, but not to the degree of this battle, unless someone can name another one. What could have been a decent episode otherwise, was ruined by a cheap rival. Overall, my response to the outcome of this battle is NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
I hope the writers can come up with a good way to make this rivaly more interesting in the future. I had high hopes for this episode.
And on the bright side, I think I know who my starter in Black/White will be (guess which one). So I thank this episode for that.