I finally got a chance to see this episode and I loved it, even in English. I don't quite understand why Iris' line about there being no bad Dragon-types has everyone so pressed. :/ Honestly, I just don't quite understand why it's being made out to be such a big deal, people have to remember Iris is a little girl. I'm sure at some points in our lives we've come across young children who will defend something to the end and claim that there's no way this happened or there's no way this person would do this. Even then the show has driven home the point multiple times that there's no such thing as an evil or bad Pokemon. For exampleTogepi was more mischievous than anything else, Litwick were more so sadistic and Ash, Iris, Team Rocket, and Cilan did invade their mansion, Hunter J's Salamence was being commanded by J herself, the Hydreigon at the beginning of the episode only attacked Dragonite because Dragonite most likely started it, and Dragonite only starts fights with tough opponents because he has a strong battle spirit. Dragonite even, while battling, protected the wild Pidove flock that were fleeing the scene between the two Dragon titans. When it comes to Dragonite, I honestly got Excadrill vibes this episode, tough guys who are soft on the inside.
Dragonite was definitely ornery this episode and that's mainly due to it being paranoid of anyone that came near, it's hard to trust anyone when you've been injured, attacked by Magnemite, than you see someone coming and it's easy to assume the worst and that explains Dragonite's fits in a way. Dragonite attacking the Magnemite, Hydreigon, and almost roasting Iris was indeed due to lingering paranoia from its previous encounters with other Pokemon and humans this episode. Dollars to doughnuts on Dragonite hurting someone in this episode, I knew there was no way Dragonite would actually BBQ Iris or any other human this episode because the writers aren't going to show a human-being being viciously hurt by a Pokemon in a serious manner like that in this show. I liked how Ash and Dawn used their Water-type mascots to help out, not to mention that small discussion on what it means to be a Dragon Master was a nice moment of talk between the three, Cilan managing to find the camera which was the ultimate resolution of the episode was cool. It also made reminded me Cilan can be a detective without going all sparkly and such, just like he managed to find Marigold's Foongus back in the Ricard episode. Meloetta calming down Dragonite was awesome too, mainly because it was good to see her using her soothing song to chill out an aggressive Pokemon.
I liked the opening scene where we see Dawn and Iris talking and we see how their personalities contrast with Dawn caring more about her hair and Iris not really give to much support toward her looks in the same vain, especially since the instrumental version of "By Your Side~Hikari's Theme" was playing. Bonus points on Dragonite keeping its voice, it made sense it would though since this a "Riolu-ish" like situation. Where the Pokemon doesn't really say its name and its talking is more so growls and barks like in the game so there's no point in replacing its voice, I think the last time we got a Riolu-ish situation was back with Luke's Zorua which would bark like a puppy rather than say her name. That's great because I really like Dragonite's vicious voice. The brawl between Hydreigon and Dragonite in the beginning of the episode was great, we got to see some strong Dragons going at it like that and the clash between Dragon Breath and Flamethrower was indeed some grade-A animation.
I'm not surprised Iris jumped at the chance to weigh in on the issue of Dragonite attacking the power plant. I thought the scene where Iris blocks the path between Dragonite and those powerful Pokemon and saying her previous line about Dragon-types not being bad was a pretty heavy moment. Jenny didn't seem as much effected by Iris saying that, more so effected by the fact she's so passionate about Dragon-types and Dragonite even got wide-eyed at her saying that. It kinda reminded me of the Deino episode back in BW where the village Elder calmed down that enraged Druddigon, showing it wasn't a bad Pokemon when treated with a little TLC. I actually loved that Iris announced that, because even though it was a pretty childish thing to say since its a blind-defense in itself, Iris stood up not only for Dragonite but every Dragon in the world. Like I've said previous times before, I love that Dragonite. Its grumpy face is such a contrast from the norm and he was conflicted about wanting to stay with Iris, of course it also seems to be pretty bad about expressing its emotions since it let out a loud roar when asked.
Regardless, the Dragon Master in Iris wanted to help Dragonite and she did what any other main character in this show would do. This episode just proved how much Iris cares for Dragons. I may not be too happy about the impending fate of, but, hey, that just can't be helped. Great episode for sure and Iris' line at the end of the episode about "catching Dragonite by the good faith of Dragons" being dubbed as "Catching a Dragonite is a dream come true!" was cute in itself and I'm glad the capture music was left untouched and the VA did a good job at the "Deal, go Poke Ball!" scene as well.