Braydon has spotted Team Planetary, and knows they’re up to no good, so he enlists the help of Ash, Brock, and Brenda to stop them. But he’s not the only one wanting to enlist their help. Soon they’re dragged into a battle to protect one of the Legendary Cosmic Guardians.
Also, the Tenno Pokédex page has been updated accordingly.
And don’t forget to vote for which Tenno Starter Pokémon you would pick on the right side of the home page. As of writing this post, Turcell is the most popular choice.
This episode is of note because it was the longest episode written for Cosmic Quest so far. Most episodes average between 4,000-5,000 words, with some of the lager episodes, normally the specials, having a word count in the low 6,000s. This episode had nearly 7,000 words. It could have been split into two small episodes if I wanted. The reason it was so long is because I had to cram in three independent battles with two Pokémon each plus a battle against Team Rocket. That’s a whole lot, but I couldn’t cut any of it out, as all three battles had some sort of importance to them. Brock and James was James’ Astro Camp finale, to which he has been so dedicated, as well as a rare chance for Brock to battle. Brenda and Michelle’s was the true beginning of the next part of Brenda’s story arc. And Ash and Braydon’s battle was the start of their rivalry, which will continue on into the future, as well as Elgyem’s finale.
The final episode taking place at Professor Pine’s Astro Camp is here!
The final activity at Professor Pine’s Astro Camp is a series of battles to prove who has bonded the best with their space partner Pokémon. With so many rivalries, both new and old, great battles are ensured to ensue, as they battle it out to win this year’s Astro Camp Trophy.
Also, I have updated the Pokédex and Character Guide pages accordingly, including the addition of Braydon to the Character Guide page.
First off, sorry about the wait for the review. And second off, sorry about the wait for this chapter. It’s been over a year since Chapter 1 of the Cosmic Chronicles was released, and in a perfect world, I would have preferred to have a gap in between episodes of no more than six months, or at least less than a year. The problem is that I need to evenly space these episodes across the release schedule of Cosmic Quest, so they remain in-line with each other on their respective plots, and so that one doesn’t finish way before the other. Because of this, I have a strict release schedule to follow, and the insane amount of time I was taking to publish episodes over the summer and fall lead to a larger than desired time between the two chapters. And in all honesty, it will probably take about as long for episode 3 to appear.
One of the major goals of this chapter was to establish a more solid character for Brandon. In chapter 1 he was simply some cool trainer with powerful Pokemon. I realized after writing it that this would not do, I needed to up his character. So this chapter gave some insights to what drives and hinders Brandon. The addition of Braydon and Galileo both also allowed for Brandon to have some character moments. As I have discussed in other posts, Braydon was brought into this episode as a way to connect it to the greater Cosmic Quest story, just as Chapter 1 served as a prequel to the first Cosmic Quest movie, this chapter, in a sense, served as a prequel for the Astro Camp arc. Of course, that’s nowhere near as important as setting up for a movie, but I’m not quite ready to begin work on the movie yet, so I had to settle for less in this case.
First off, remember that Cosmic Chronicles Review I promised last time? Sorry about that, I’ve been too busy to get around to it. Hopefully I’ll have it up within the next two days.
As you are well aware by now, this episode was the first of a multi-episode space camp arc. I was inspired to write these episodes by the fact that it seems like almost every region has its own summer camp arc of some kind, such the ones seen in the Sinnoh episode Camping it Up, or the Kalos episode Summer of Discovery. However, this being the Tenno Region, obviously that summer camp had to be a space camp instead. And on that train of thought, what better way to start off a space camp experience than actually travelling into outer space? That’s pretty much the origin of the episode’s plot.
Speaking of the Cosmic Chronicles from earlier, another important factor of this episode was the introduction of the character Braydon to Cosmic Quest. If you haven’t read the Cosmic Chronicles (which you really should), then you should know that Braydon first appeared in Chapter 2 of the Cosmic Chronicles. Braydon originates as the rival in Luna, Terra, and Sol Versions. As such, he is automatically linked to the character Brandon from Cosmic Chronicles, as he is the main playable character, so it was natural to introduce him there. But like other rivals from the game, such as Gary, Barry, and Bianca, it made sense to also introduce him to Cosmic Quest as a rival for Ash. As Braydon came from Launch Town, the space camp arc seemed like the perfect way to bring him into Cosmic Quest, and since the episode of Cosmic Chronicles took place immediately before this episode, it was the perfect way to make a connection between the two series. Braydon is actually the first major connection to be made.
To finish the story from Luna, Terra, and Sol Versions, once you meet up with Professor Pine and Braydon, and find that Team Planetary is at the Starstreak Mountains as well, the three of you enter the caves and split up. You are then left alone to find your way through the caves, battling Team Planetary Grunts as you go. As you beat them, you learn a little more about Team Planetary’s goals. Right before you get to the deepest part of the cave, you’ll find and battle with Cosmo, this being the third time you fight him. After yo beat him, you can then move on to the next chamber, where you find Orion and Ryusei. Orion has already captured the Legendary Pokémon, and challenges you to a battle. Even though you beat him, he refuses to give up the Pokémon and escapes. At this point Pine and Brayden find you, but it’s too late. Pine and Brayden discuss what Team Planetary might be planning, and then Pine gives the two of you a coupon for a free bike at the Atmos City Bike Store, allowing you to pass the Cycling Road.
As for the episode, in case it wasn’t obvious, one of the big points of this episode and the previous was to give Cosmo some personality and character. Up until now, Cosmo has only been an opponent for Ash, and a follower of Team Planetary for no apparent reason. Now we learn there’s a little more to him. He actually seems to care for his Pokémon, and he honestly does think he’s doing the right thing by working for Team Planetary.
This and the following episode’s basis, like with most Team Planetary episodes, come straight from a part in Luna, Terra, and Sol. In the original version, you find that your way is blocked by the Bicycle Road on Route 7, and you have yet to get a bike, leaving the only way you can head as being up Route 16, towards the Starstreak Mountains. One up their, you’ll find Professor Pine and your rival Braydon (no Oak or Tracey though). Pine will ask you and Brayden for some help with his research. However, once the three of you enter the mountain’s caves, you’ll find Cosmo and Team Planetary hunting for the Cosmic Guardian and the Grand Meteoric Shard. I’ll tell the rest of the story in the next episode’s review, as not to spoil the next episode.
On a different train of thought, probably the biggest thing to come from this episode besides Team Planetary is Tracey. I know I’ve been bringing back a lot of older characters lately, but Tracey is different. The others were only recurring characters, Tracey was a main character. Tracey’s reappearance is an attempt by me to fix what is in my opinion one of the worst mistakes made by the show: a lack of continuity. It bugs me to no end that characters such as Tracey who played in important role in Pokémon’s history just get discarded and forgotten. If Pokémon really wanted to be a better series, it would embrace its past as well as move towards the future.