Everything just ended abruptly, in my opinion. This is what happens when the writers decide to resolve two storylines--both Team Rocket being in Unova, and Meloetta
leaving the main cast--in less than twenty minutes.
Once again, I perceive Larry's ability to hear Meloetta
from miles away as yet another ridiculous plot device to more the storyline along. How Larry has this special ability is never explained, but presumably his knowledge of Meloetta and its connection with the people who originally created the Reveal Mirror has something to do with it.
It is also nice knowing that the main characters know the three Kami pokemon from their previous encounter with them back in BW060 and BW061. I don't think it was ever mentioned in the episode whether these pokemon were the exact same ones that the main characters fought before. It may have been the case that Team Rocket decided to catch the Kami pokemon to satisfy a requirement for their Operation Tempest, but considering how far back BW060 and BW061 were made, I don't think the writers knew that much about the Therian formes to have planned ahead that much. More likely than not, the Kami pokemon were obviously shoehorned into this plotline just so their Therian formes can debut in the anime. It felt that TR was only included here as the residual antagonists here because the writers had no other villains whose goals were diabolic enough to justify featuring these legendary pokemon in the anime.
It seems that the writers are a huge fan of deus ex machinas, and that is especially the case during this episode. The first instance of a DEM that i have seen was when the writersmade it so that Pikachu
was able to break free of the energy cage just by repeatedly using Iron Tail on it. Considering that Meloetta in its Pirouette Forme broke out of its own cage prior to BW082, I am not surprised that a non-legendary pokemon was able to break out of a similar cage. However, I felt that the Kami pokemon (who were much stronger than either of them) were not able to destroy the cages that TRio set for them back in BW061. It felt that these energy cases used during the two parter were inferior to the ones that were used on the Kami pokemon beforehand, which would not make much sense realistically due to the amount of planning and tactics detailing TR's plans in BW.
It was also nice to see J/J get their dues from the writers and have them interfere with Ash rescuing Meloetta while Giovanni attempted to control the Kami pokemon.
We also got a bit of "development" from Iris
, who expectedly decided to rush into battle against stronger opponents with absolutely no regard for its own safety or that of its friends. As consolation for those who disliked Iris for getting through the first two rounds of the Junior Cup using this Dragonite, the writers had the Kami pokemon practically wipe the floor of the pokemon until Iris showed up to protect it (again). Just when Iris was about to get attacked by Thundurus
, somehow Pikachu
was able to absorb the latter pokemon's electricity and protect Iris and Dragonite from the attack. After that mess, Iris somehow "calmed" Dragonite again with her power, and the Dragonite magically just obeyed its trainer once more without any logic or consistency. Is Dragonite going to obey Iris now from this point, or will it still rampage from time to time?
Consequently, the amount of focus that the writers spent on Iris and Dragonite practically made all of the other pokemon that assisted them--Cynthia's Garchomp
, and Larry's Golurk
--do little else other than get their asses kicked by the same pokemon that nearly did in Dragonite just seconds ago. Garchomp practically jumped up just to push Dragonite to avoid the pokemon from falling. It clearly shows that the writers were playing favorites once again by giving Dragonite so much screentime compared to the others.
And then the writers and animators pulled something similar to the plotline of B2W2 games and had the Kami pokemon freeze certain parts of the Unova region with their combined powers. How in the hell do pokemon who have the power to bring rainstorms and thunder suddenly obtain the power to freeze everything as well? While it may have been disastrous from the description, in reality the deep freeze caused by the Kami pokemon wasn't large enough to cause major damage to Undella Town's infrastructure.
Speaking of lazy attempts at resolving the plotline, Pikachu (after absorbing Thundurus's electricity) conjured up an Electro Ball so large and powerful that it destroyed the structure that bound Meloetta and forced it to supply power to the Kami trio. And then it turns out that Giovanni suffered from the same anger issues that did in Archie back in AG, in which he becomes obsessed with wanting to destroy everything in his sight after being taken out by the Reveal Mirror. Not too much resolves from that; TRio disagreed with Giovanni's decision to destroy Unova (rather than to take it over), pushed him out of the pentagram that he stood in to protect him from a landslide, and Giovanni immediately regained his senses and control once he left the seal. Then Giovanni and TRio decide to leave Unova and go back to their headquarters in Kanto. Then J/J mention that Ash's Pikachu is indeed a special pokemon, but it felt completely forced considering that Pikachu was only able to use such a powerful Electro Ball to save Meloetta because it had absorbed another legendary pokemon's electricity. But considering that TRio only started going after Ash's Pikachu because other Pikachu in the Viridian City Pokemon Center supplied it with extra electricity back in the second episode of the original series, I can't say that this was unexpected.
Unfortunately, it seems that this is the last that we will see of TRio in the anime. Usually special endings (such as Team Rocket Forever) that feature a montage of clips that depict scenes with specific characters in it signals the end of those characters.Since the majority of the clips in the ending feature Team Rocket and some of their important pokemon, it seems that this is the last that we will see of TRio, at least until the end of this series. Considering their long history on the main cast, TRio didn't deserve a departure like this. I felt that they should have been given much more, but unfortunately the writers don't seem to construct great goodbyes for recurring cast members in this anime any more. With that said, I will honestly be surprised if the writers decide to bring them back to the anime outside of the radio show that the TRio currently has.
And finally, Meloetta saves the day by using the same song that it used in the past ten episodes or so to calm the Therian pokemon. We also got to see a little bit of Oshawott
overreacting while trying to say goodbye to Meloetta.
Overall, this episode turned out to be better than I thought it would be. At the same time, however, the events at the end of the episode made me begging for more, especially with the "departure" of TRio in Best Wishes. I felt that the writers should have made a third episode so that the plotline does not appear to have a forced resolution.
With that said, there will be a few filler episodes for the next couple of weeks until Ash and co. arrive to the site of the Unova League.