This episode reflects an actual “in-game” event in my original story for Luna and Terra Versions. This is the third encounter with Team Planetary, after the initial encounter at Pine’s Lab and a minor encounter at the Crater Gate. It is here in the games that it is first learned that Team Planetary is after the Meteoric Shards. Of course, Ash, Brock, and Ryu were all added on to the actual course of events. As for the end of Ash and Ryu’s battle, I was originally going to have Ash lose, but decided that I couldn’t do that so soon, so I decided on a tie. It actually works better, as it shows that neither trainer is right or wrong in their arguments.