Vote for your Favorite Episode of Cosmic Quest!

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With nearly 100 episodes of Cosmic Quest behind us, I thought it would be fun to have everyone vote for their favorite episode of Pokémon Cosmic Quest. So please, leave a comment on this post saying what your favorite is. Or even your top five, if you want. If it’s a two-parter, feel free to say both parts. Just tell me what you like. Then, before the 100th episode, I’ll post the results so we can all see what people’s favorite episode of Cosmic Quest is.

So as to not influence votes, I’ll share my favorite at a later date.

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Episode 99: Let’s Get Going!

Celebrate a nostalgic trip back to Kanto with Ash in this Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee special! Come on everyone, let’s go!

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Ash has been invited to meet an old friend. Together they reminisce about old times, back when Ash was a brand new trainer. It’s the untold story of one of Ash’s earliest adventures in Kanto.

Some of you may know, I normally try to post game tie-in specials the night before the game launches. Unfortunately school had me so busy last night that I completely forgot. Sorry about the delay. I hope you’re all enjoying the new games.

Also, this is it. The next episode is Episode 100! I’ll be taking my traditional winter break to play Let’s Go, Pikachu and to enjoy the holidays, but when I come back in two months or so, it will finally be time for the 100th episode special. In the mean time, stay tuned to this website for updates and 100th episode special-related content. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite episode of Cosmic Quest!

Episode 98 Review

It’s been a while, but The Guardian and Bushido have finally made their return. Sometimes it can be a little hard to properly space things. I try to be careful not to overuse characters like the Guardian, and spread out their appearances, but before I know it, it’s been 50 episodes since their last appearance. Sorry about that.

Anyways, as was probably clear from the episode, this was meant to act as a sequel to the original Guardian episode, and also opened up the possibility for future episodes. This is indeed a series of interlinked episodes. This episode, like other Guardian episodes, was meant to replicate the feeling of a superhero TV Show or movie. For this episode, that meant using the standard format of hero fights villain and is forced to retreat, hero regroups and figures out the villains weakness, and then the hero and villain have their final confrontation. A superhero origin story was even thrown in for good measure. The other result of going for the superhero feel was the fast paced action of this episode. Instead of writing the battles in this episode as Pokémon battles, I wrote them as fast-paced superhero battles. This escalated further when Guardian and Bushido went head-to-head. It is, for obvious reasons, rare to see humans fight humans in Pokémon, so this was certainly something different and interesting. I felt the need to push the superhero action further, and I wanted to show Guardian was more than just an expert Pokémon trainer. Sure, he’s on his own level when its comes to his skills as a trainer, but that alone doesn’t make him a superhero. I had to justify that he himself is special too. That’s why there was the origin story and his hand-to-hand fight.

Episode 98: The Marvelous Guardian

Hope Halloween didn’t make you sick of costumes, because there’s some more in episode 98!

Bushido, samurai super-villain, and arch-nemesis of The Guardian has launched an attack against Global Tech. Now it’s up to the dynamic duo of Ash and The Guardian to stop the villain and save the day.

The Pokédex has been updated accordingly.

Only 2 more episodes until the 100th episode special!

Episode 97 Review

First off, I just want to address that mistake I made. Somehow, in the five months its been since I last wrote, I had forgotten that Ash and company had already taken the detour to Cosm City. The good news is that I realized this relatively quickly after posting the episode, so I could fix it, the bad news is that the entire episode was based around having to chose which direction they were going to travel, so I couldn’t just omit the references to the location. Because of this, I have now had to slightly edit my plan for the progression of Cosmic Quest as a whole.

Back on topic, this episode was created as a typical “character of the day” episode, which, surprisingly, I don’t tend to do that often. In this case, it was designed to show off the unique gimmick of Parabox. Parabox is a Pokémon version of Schrodinger’s cat. For those who don’t know what I’m referring to, Schrodinger’s cat is a metaphor used to describe the quantum effects of uncertainty. According to quantum theory, a particle can exist in two states, or rather, two places, at the same time, as long as the particle is not observed. Once observed, it collapses to one set location. So, imagine that a cat is placed in a box. Also inside the box is a canister of gaseous poison. This poison can be released by the decay of a radioactive element. Now, so long as this element is not observed, it can both decay and not decay at the same time, meaning the poison will be both released and not released at the same time. This also means that the cat would both be simultaneously dead and alive at the same time while the box is closed. When opened, the cat will either randomly be dead or alive. That’s the origin of Parabox’s form changing. Now, for the record, quantum effects do not apply to the macroscopic world, so Schrodinger’s cat isn’t a physical possibility. Just an interesting thought experiment.

In my games, Parabox would emerge into battle in its Uncertain Normal/Ghost Form, and when it is either attacked or attacks while in this form, it will emerge in a completely random form before the attack begins. It will then revert back to its Uncertain Form at the end of the turn.

Episode 97: Thinking Inside the Box

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!

Episode 96 Review

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.