Here comes my essay!
It started out as a generic Team Plasma episode, where Colress just talks too much. This time there was also some around-Ghetsis talking. Nicer than normal.
Of course, the kids saved the day because adults are useless.
Later on, we have Iris and her "Dragons are always innocent" thing that gets on my nerves. Let alone her tendency to try calming rampaging dragons, almost always in vainﾅ N had to jump to rescue her from Haxorus' attack, before shoehorning his "Tomodachi no koe na" phrase again. Come on, how many times does he have to say the very same thing?
Then we have some Looker comeback (With his BW112 radio-block, all fixed...) and after that, Ash scanned Haxorus again...
Haxorus' moveset didn't appeal to me either. Hyper Beam comes first. Come on, Hyper Beam was the defacto move that a Pokemon used to destroy an anime city in Generations 1 and 2!
It is 5 now, they should be more creative. Not only don't we get that, Hidden Power comes next!
COTD appearsﾅ You are Haxorus' trainer, so RETURN IT! At least Iris tried when Dragonite started its own rampage! Other than that, you did nothing. Thanks for your screentime.
Of course, Charizard comes out to save the day, and we get as wellﾅ Crustle?! Yay! Haven't seen it since the Junior Cup! It was nice to see it even for that short.
Not that it matters, for Team Plasma soon arrives to the scene. Boring talking ensues. Too bad, it was more than what I thoughtﾅ Of course, it is a free action
, and the former rampagers conveniently stop to show us just that (still, we can say it was Colress who controlled them, so he can stop them at will). Looker just got lost somewhere in that point.
JJM also appears (or better, is spotted by TP). The rampage battles continue, until everything is stopped by TR's motto with the very very very very unused footageﾅThey send 2 Pokes out, which is anotherfree action
of course. Angie the Plasma Grunt sends another Poke out, and we have seven
Pokemon sent out for battle! Except that the four from before are nowhere to be seen. It's now Angie vs JJM, and meanwhile Meowth Fury Swipes random grunts! At least, Meowth is somehow in-character, compared to JJ.
We swap to Looker supposedly stopping the rampage mechanism, and another swap to the 2v2 rampage battlesﾅ Until N the courageous guy who receives all attacks with ease stands out, and gets hit with two max-power attacks. Looks like even N the Pokeabsorber couldn't stand these ones!
Except that now everything has to close up, for the episode doesn't have enough time before finish. That is, we pull off the magic button (in the form of a false-aimed hit to the rampage controller). With a single move, the two rampaging dragons stop and get recalled, Team Plasma retreats and Team Rocket's stopped doing anything for some reason.
Finally, a mystery mist appears, and Anthea, Concordia, Gardevoir and Gothitelle appear out of nowhere (magic trick) to take N to their "refuge" (even more magic trick). There, the next ep will take place as everyone (including JJM) sneaked in. Convenient, huh? That's it.
Overall, it was pretty nice as an ep, as it was arguably the most action-packed N episode to date, with TR, JJM, Dragonite, Charizard, Crustle, Haxorus and Looker all appearing. It was flaw-ful and trope-ful, yet great. 9,5/10 by me.