Iwark in the first gym in DP? Also, how does that make Satoshi look stupid? All I saw was a little boy trying, in vain, to help his Pokemon who was depressed in a comedic fashion clearly meant for entertainment purposes.
Satoshi trains on-screen about as much as he did in AG. The DP-style training is something people seem to have grown accustomed to that is unfortunately fooling people into thinking he's not training. Training is not a plot, it's not part of a plot, it's something the characters should be assumed to be doing behind the scenes. Training is not relevant to the plot and it's usually as entertaining as watching paint dry. When we get training, it's usually intermixed with an entertaining plot and elements.(Hachiku debut, Waruvile antics, Poacher subplot, Gamagaru capture, Gang sickness) The thing about BW is most of the training clearly happens off-screen, it's not like DP which devoted many episodes to Pokemon training regularly. The writers are referencing and showing it on-screen every once in a while and having it done few times enough that the viewer is meant to assume "Hey it's happening off-screen." In almost every anime/cartoon/book/movie training is glossed over and isn't focused on for long intervals of time.(DBZ, One Piece, Naruto, even Star Wars) With good reason, training is considered the lowest common denominator in almost every form of fiction I've come across because no anime, manga, or show spends a long time on multiple cessions of serious training without some form of entertainment value. Because it's extremely boring.But the whole sub-plot just seemed like a way to give Satoshi's Pokemon some personal screentime without actually training them. I'm not kidding, the writers seem to be dead set against any training elements in the series. Hell, even when he's battling someone and it's getting interesting someone wanders in and stops it.
You're over analyzing a comedy subplot.Plus it doesn't make any sense logically. Even if we suspend our disbelief long enough to accept that a bullet seed... shard split apart and landed perfectly in Chaoboo's nostrils but there is no freakin' way they wouldn't have been incinerated by a single Flamethrower.