GLC in every possible sense was episode which wrapped up journey and OS as whole, and while "Hoenn Alone"was last episode it served more as transition between Johto and Hoenn than saga finale in reality.
Needless to say im not sure why you keep on insisting how this was filler when in reality it wasn't setting up plot of Pikachu becoming ill depowering him like we have chance to see at start of every new region for one or another reason.
I really didn't find it pointless at all, in fact I thought it set the stage for AG quite well. We saw for the first time in ages how helpless Ash was without his friends and Pokemon watching his back so it got me wondering how he was going to handle Hoenn on his own like that. I never have thought of it as a filler whatsoever.
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Simple. This was the only 4Kids series ending. The AG and DP ones were better... (just a joke, no rage wars please...)
As for the episode itself, I don't consider it filler. It is a transition episode, lots of them happen at the begginings and ends of sagas.
I don't understand why Brock and Misty left the previous episode...why not just make that the finale instead of having one afterwards?
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I'm also guessing they wanted to have the series end the way they started - with Satoshi and Pikachu by themselves. Gives the series a nice sense of symmetry.
I find this thread quite petty. Instead of complaining that ""Gotta Catch Ya Later" was followed by a less important episode, why not complain that the AG and DP finales were each followed by a one-week break? Any episode is better than nothing. Well, there were previews of the next series in each of those two breaks, but we could have easily done without those.
Either way, they could have extended the AG series by at least one episode (there didn't have to be a triple airing, and even AG had a clip show back in 2005), and they could have definitely extended the DP series (which had fewer episodes than AG did despite lasting two more months). So why complain about the original series ending with a transition episode? The real finale was "Gotta Catch Ya Later", and the Hoso episodes continued the older characters' stories.
Mainly my complaints were that the final episode was terrible. I would have rathered seen something with Ash's older pokemon at Oaks.
Kingler, which had been used in the Whirl Cup), so I don't think that that we needed to see them at Oak's Laboratory just yet. We ended up getting that episode just two months after the end of the series.
@Silktree, the reason why AG has one more episode than DP despite lasting two months less are apart of possible baseball games that delayed episodes with no warning, was because that until 2004, TV Tokyo doesn't air the past movie around the movie release in the standard Pokemon timeslot. The movie takes 2 episodes each year, one for air and one for Naruto. Also, take note that Naruto didn't existed in OS and I think that the series had other timeslot in AG until around 2005.