NOTICE: I originally made a large mistake in the episode, and claimed Brenda’s next contest would be at Cosm City, instead of Starnight City. If you were one of the people who read this early draft of the episode, I apologize for the confusion. A corrected version has been published.
Read episode 96 here.
Ash and Brenda have reached an impasse. Ash wants to go to Penum City for his next gym battle, but Brenda wants to go to Starnight City for her next contest. The problem is, they’re in the opposite direction. Solving this problem is going to take some out of the box thinking.
Also, the Pokédex page has been updated accordingly.
Only 3 more episodes until the 100th Episode Special!
I can certainly say it always feels good to come back to writing after such a long break, and I do apologize that it had to be the episode before the gym battle where I stopped.
I’ve explained before that each Tenno gym battle is supposed to show off a different positive trait of Ash’s. This gym battle was all about the improvised and unorthodox strategies that Ash is known for. Whether it’s Heala causing Yang-Xing to slip, Turtsol purposefully taking hits to absorb energy, Pikachu sacrificing itself to deliver one massive attack, or Heala blocking Lock-On, Ash always seems to have something up his sleeves. One interesting problem this theme caused my writing was that most of these strategies involve Ash’s Pokémon delivering a finishing blow without first being knocked out. So, if I wanted each of Ash’s Pokémon to get at least one of these creative moments, I would have to have Ash have a perfect victory against Astrid and lose no Pokémon. Clearly that would not make for a good battle, as there would be no tension, drama, or excitement. Not to mention, it would also make Astrid look somewhat incompetent as a gym leader. I kept that closely in mind as I wrote the battle, and was very careful to show off Astrid’s strength at every chance I could. Having Cyclpotic single-handedly turn the battle around helped with that issue too.
Cosmic Quest is back with Episode 96! Read it here!
Ash and Astrid have their gym battle under a starry night sky. Can Ash prove he’s a real star? Or will he fail to shine?
Also, the Pokédex and Tenno League pages have been updated accordingly. Check out the Tenno League page for sprites of Astrid and the Celestial badge.
And don’t forget, we’re now only four episodes away from the 100th episode special!
This last episode (which came out four months ago), was a bit of an awkward one. As you might have guessed, I really like outer space. To be more specific, I am studying to be an astrophysicist. There’s just so many crazy facts out there about space, and I wanted to use this episode to share them. Every single fact that Astrid shared about the distance scale is completely accurate to the real world, and it’s absolutely mind-boggling. Now, I unfortunately got a little carried away with Astrid’s lecture, leading to it taking up a very large portion of the episode, and leaving me with very little time to work on the actual story of the episode. This, unfortunately, lead to the rest of the plot being somewhat rushed and awkward. If you ask me, it was worth it, but I’m clearly biased.