The writers were just so desperate that as a last resort they finally decided to bring in N to the series. N, the most popular human character in the whole franchise. N, who had been ignored by the anime ever since the TP vs TR two-parter was indefinitely postphoned. N, who's appearance alone was half the cause of the hype of the B2W2 game promo anime. N, who looks definitely promising enough to attract the eyes of all pokemon fans and hopefully raise the ratings.
Okay. Gimmicky stunt defined.
But they're doing well... yet. (Episode N isn't over, so I can't say). Though, they did a good job in hyping people to nearly forget the damage done in Season Two. Yeah, I admit I was one of the hyped people as well. But bringing in a popular character to the show is one thing. Messing up the show is another thing. You can't cancel out the massive damage done to the show with N's appearance (and Charizard).
The damage needs to be dealt with properly with better writing - creative ideas and consistent plots that hold the episodes together. Simply tossing in everyone's favorite character isn't the solution. Yeah, it's working for N since the writers seem to be caring about him a lot. But look how Cynthia and Dawn were sacrificed. All the hype, and all the advertisements - all just to end in making people disappointed.
@ObjectionMan;Again, the writers aren't in complete control over all of these, you should KNOW that. And seriously, Dogasu, why are you fantasizing that the writers think their work is as bad as you and other fans here think it is? Just to validate all your bashing of BW? Hate to break this to you, but the writers and the other members of the staff don't give a crap about whether or not you keep watching. You, me, and all other Poke-geeks here aren't the intended audience. BW is doing perfectly fine with it's intended audience (KIDS, most of whom haven't watched the anime from the beginning) so there's no reason these gimmicks would mean anything other than merchandizing.
I don't want to sound offending or anything... but while I do understand that the writers don't have any obligation to care about the older fans, (the people who have loyally watched the series since Ash received Pikachu on Day 1), I don't really think they're doing fine with their intended audience - the KIDS. IF what they're doing now is what they thought was right for the KIDS, then I'm afraid they are rather underestimating the KIDS IQ. Children may be young - but they aren't stupid. If you watched at least the League, then you'd know what I'm talking about. Like people mentioned above, Trip got build up over the arc to appear as a powerful threat - only to be finished off on round 1. Then there was stupid Cameron who suddenly appeared with an overpowered Hydreigon. And there's Virgil, who was introduced for marketing reasons for Eevees, who posed as yet another threat as a rival for Ash - but never even got to battle Ash. Not even once. Just look at all the inconsistency for one League, and that's not even a third of the damage done.
Do you think kids won't notice that? Do you think it's alright to feed kids inconsistent, poorly developed, poorly planned-out plots, just because "they're young so it's okay - they won't even know anyways"? The answer's no because like I said, kids aren't stupid. They know what they're watching, and they know if something's not right.