You know... I'll probably be chewed out for this (I always am), but I miss comedic TRio. But I could be satisfied with a mixture of serious and humorous, more the latter than the former, but still fairly even. I miss TR's bad puns, I miss their "blast offs", I miss their little word play and rhyming, I even miss the boss fantasies (and they were probably the most annoying part of their "plans"). They're one of the reasons why I stopped watching BW. They took too sharp of a turn from goofy and incompetent to serious and dangerous. That kind of transition spells bad writing. What in the seven spiral galaxies caused such a sharp transition from one polar opposite to another? Again, I would settle for a roughly 50/50 blend of humor and seriousness, but this is way too much to endure. They seemed to have lost their souls, their passion, their... personalities. While they were serious in Kanto and Johto (as they were the main threat), they at least had the humor element. Here, they're just so... dark... so soulless... so... uncharacteristic.
Dr. Zager is also a royal pain, and a camera hog. I wish they'd get rid of him for good. How he became in charge of those three so quickly, and without complaint from the TRio baffles me. Plus all their missions, if you can call them that, in Unova seem so... empty. While their hair-brained schemes were tiresome every now and then, at least JJM seemed to enjoy what they were doing. While a little seriousness can go a long way, this is too much to intake. While some of their missions, like the Kami Trio and Meloetta, were pretty awesome, that degree of dedication and hostility was just so unlike JJM. AG seemed to deliver the best of all worlds when it came to TR, while DP was getting a little lackluster, it still made the grade. BW is just the pits with them.
If I was forced to choose between funny TRio and serious TRio, I'd go for funny without a second thought. I like that kind of humor, I like slapstick, I like bad puns (and I know a bad pun, since I tend to deliver them), I like them blasting off (sometimes more that once an episode). It just seemed to fit their character designs and overall personalities better. TR was designed to be only a weak threat, even Bill... I mean Butch and Cassidy were still a minor threat, and they were more competent and dangerous than Jessie, James, and Meowth could be (though I guess that's not difficult). I mean, ever since they introduced new villains like Aqua, Magma, and Galactic, Team Rocket's overall purpose was reduced, as they had to "compete" with the other teams. While they're the only ones still standing, I still find it hard to believe that Geovonni even believed their lies about being the reasons Aqua/Magma/Galactic were shut down. As he once said "Though you're plans wouldn't buy me a cup of coffee...", so why, all of a sudden, would he believe that Jessie, James, and Meowth, after constant failure, were the "sole" reason the other teams were shut down? So why did the writers feel the need to make us choke this down?
I'm sorry, but this is not what long-term fans of the series want to see. While some seriousness is fine, yes, too much is too much. I really miss the old days, which is why I continue to treasure any AG and DP DVDs I own, as they reflect how the series was designed. The show as a whole is designed to be fun, not turn into this slag. BW failed in all aspects, especially TRio. That's how I feel. I'd settle for a midway point, but not this. I thought there was hope when Jessie and James switched back to their white uniforms, but I was wrong.