I guess Iris
had to have an episode here since she won't be doing much during next week's episode.
Overall, the episode felt average. It was nice seeing Ash and Cilan in women's clothing. I also liked that the writers had brought back Oshawott
's feud; we really didn't get to see much of that ever since Tepig
evolved, so it was nice to see it here, even if it only meant to serve as a plot device. I also liked that Cynthia told Ash and co. that Higaki City was close to Opelucid City, and that Iris reacted as if she really didn't want to go there at all.
The only complaints I've had with this episode were the characters that had starred in it and the characters who just stood on the sidelines and did nothing. Ash and Pikachu
were present alongside Iris, Cilan, and the pokemon, yet they haven't done anything in the episode other than become excited or say phrases that almost gave away their true genders. Meanwhile, we've seen Iris and Cilan use some of their more overused partners (Emolga
) once more, which is even more arduous to watch considering that these pokemon battled in the episode and they kept using the same moves over and over again. There was just one element to the Cilan battle that I liked, and it was that there was sludge underneath the battlefield as well, which made it impossible for Pansage to effectively use its Dig.
And of course, the titular battle of the episode (Snivy
), had both good and bad elements within it. Although it was nice that the writers gave Cinccino a proper episode in which it was featured in (as opposed to the cameo episodes that it had when it was used by a trainer in the WTJC), I didn't like seeing Cinccino get paired up against Snivy. I felt that Emolga should have been the one to stop Cinccino, considering that Emolga was the pokemon that the Flower Troupe had called "ugly" at the start of the episode.
Snivy was simply just standing there like all of the other pokemon had. Furthermore, Snivy is Ash's pokemon, so he should have been the one to use it to defeat Maya. The two battles at the end of the episode should have been Snivy vs. Roserade
, and Emolga vs. Cinccino.
To add even more insult to injury, Snivy use the exact same moves that it had been using since its debut, and it never felt that Snivy truly struggled in this battle at all. Snivy effortlessly dodged most of Cinccino's attacks like it was nothing. There was hardly much strategy other than Iris ordering Snivy to attack head on with brute force. Even if Iris had only ordered Snivy to use its Leaf Storm to erase Cinccino's oil coating so it could not clean itself off after it got dirty and wet, the execution of this battle still felt like a copout to what might have turned out to be decent.
It was also not good to hear Iris arrogantly laughing every twenty seconds.
So yes, this episode wasn't the best filler, but we will get some better episodes during the next few weeks so I won't be complaining much more here.