BF was a lot of wasted potential. I still really enjoyed it for the most part since important things were happening in almost every episode, but they just didn't do what they could have with it. Ash was traveling around where he started his adventure, but they didn't really relate back to that at all. Other than them throwing Misty in at the beginning, we didn't see anything to remind us of the earliest season. We were explicitly told we were in towns with gyms and characters we had met, but we saw none of it.