Episode 94 Review

I’m just going to come right out and admit that this episode was far from my strongest. I don’t think it was bad, but I’m not sure I can say it was good, either. It just kind of was. Obviously this episode was written for the purpose of getting Brenda new Pokémon, but it didn’t really end up having any purpose beyond that. Oh well, I tried my best.

Damon was an addition made to the episode in order to try to get more content into it, as my original plan had even less going for it. I’ve also realized recently that Cosmic Quest doesn’t do nearly as many “character of the week” type episodes as the real show does, so moving forward I’m going to try to have those pop up at least a little more often.

Wispirit is another one of my extremely early original Pokémon designs I made when I was child. I have, of course, advanced the concept since then, but a certain simplicity in its design still exists, leftover from this phase. It was actually one of the very first standalone Pokémon I ever created, if not the first. As a kid, I was never sure why there wasn’t a Ghost/Fire Pokémon based off of a will-o-the-wisp. Since those days, the Litwick line has been introduced, which could be argued to be based at least in part off of a will-o-the-wisp, but its certainly not obvious. Therefore, I still feel that Wispirit is justifiable in its existence.

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Episode 94: The Ghost Wisp-erer

It’s been a bit of a wait, but episode 94 can be read here.

When Ash, Brock, and Brenda are forced to take a detour on a haunted path, Brenda is terrified at the prospect of meeting a ghost. Things only get creepier when a man claiming to be able to talk to ghosts appears to guide them.

Also, the Pokédex, Attackdex, and Character Guide pages have all been updated accordingly.

And apologies for the wait, but I’m back in busy season with school. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a few more episodes out before summer break starts next month, and I get even busier.

Episode 93 Review

This is actually an episode concept that I’ve had for a very long time, and by that, I mean almost since I first started writing Cosmic Quest. At first, I held off on it because it was a good enough concept that I wanted to save it for later, as I didn’t want to do all my original good ideas all at once. Then, once I re-introduced Jigglypuff into my series, I knew that this had to become a Jigglypuff episode, but since I wanted to spread out Jigglypuff’s appearances, I had to wait a little bit after the first one. The the franchise’s 20th anniversary came around, I decided to make my second Jigglypuff  episode the one with Butch and Cassidy, so this episode got put off again. Admittedly, at this point it’s been such a long time since that episode that I could have done it at any time. What happened now was simply that I kept putting this episode off. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to write it, it was more of there was always other episodes that needed to be done first, usually because they’re location and/or time- dependent, and this episode, which can be done at any time or place, was okay to push back. So, I finally found the chance to do here, and it was so great to finally be able to write this episode after planning it for so long.So, how about we break down each character’s dream, one by one.

Ash’s dream was obvious. What else would Ash dream about aside from becoming a Pokémon Master? This concept of Ash being invited to battle someone with the title of Pokémon Master was actually borrowed from my childhood. Back then, I always figured that’s how one would become a Pokémon Master, as if it were an official title, like Champion. I figured a childish interpretation of things wouldn’t be too far off from the way Ash would dream about it. On the topic of The Pokémon Master’s Pokémon, I gave him the three I did for specific reasons. Giratina is my personal favorite Pokémon, Mega Rayquaza is the strongest Pokémon stat-wise, and Arceus is the strongest Pokémon lore-wise. I wanted things to get as crazy as possible in the dream, so bringing in these three Pokémon did just that.

Brock dream was probably the highlight of the episode for me. Originally, I was just planning on Brock having one of those utterly random dreams were anything and everything happens. To start of this random, I had him sing Brock’s Paradise. Then the inspiration hit me to also have him sing Two Perfect Girls, from the Karaokemon segment of the show. Once I decided to this, I figured I might as well go all out and bring in as many songs as I could fit. Aside from Two Perfect Girls, The Song of Jigglypuff is the only other Pikachu’s Jukebox/Karaokemon song that features an in-universe character singing in some capacity, and since I already Jigglypuff in this episode, it seemed right to make this one of the songs. From there, I knew the final song had to be the craziest thing I could think of. Upon realizing this, I almost immediately  decided to have Ash and Brock sing the Poké Rap, and it was glorious.

For Brenda’s dream, I have a confession to make. While writing it, I felt quite guilty putting Brenda through so much agony. Judging by several reviews that were left, the readers felt the same. Since the point of this episode was to show different dreams, it makes sense to have a nightmare, and I decided I wanted to go all-out with it. I may have felt bad writing, but I’ll still stand by my decision to write it.

Meowth’s dream, unfortunately, had to be made short, as Ash and Brock both ran way too long in their dreams. So I just took the obvious route with him.

With Jessie’s dream, I’m honestly not sure what inspired that. I was just trying to think about what sort of things Jessie would dream about, and I decided the best answer was herself. From there, I just took that idea to the max.

James’ dream has some interesting implications. It would seem that when Team Rocket returned to their world after I kicked them off my website, that all their memories of the event were suppressed, only to reappear in this dream. I guess you can’t take memories from the real world into the world of Pokémon. Is that how Pokémon Mystery Dungeon works?

Episode 91 Review

I discussed this a little in my last review, but as I wrote the fight scenes between Brenda and Michelle, I realized that I was making the fighting much more intense than originally planed, and, as a result, was making Michelle seem like much more of an actual selfish jerk than I had originally planned. Because of this, I’m a little afraid the resolution at the end of the episode might have seem a little too forced or contrived for some people. It would have worked just fine the way I originally planned it, but the way it turned out, not as much. I still think it worked fine, but I wouldn’t blame someone for disagreeing. That being said, I considered, as a measure to fix this, holding off until a later to have Brenda and Michelle make up, and let some time pass, but I decided that if I did that, it would almost seem more forced, and the valuable context provided by this episode would be essentially lost by that point.

One other thing I wanted to talk about is the new Pokémon introduced in this episode, Radeon, the Light-Type Eeveelution. I’ve been holding off on revealing this Pokémon for quite some time now. I know that many would release their custom Eevee evolution as soon as possible, but that’s exactly the reason I wanted to wait. In the early stages of Cosmic Quest, I felt that would be too stereotypical to release a new evolution of Eevee, given how common they are when it comes to fan-made Pokémon. Now that I’m most of the way through Cosmic Quest and have more than established myself, I finally decided it was time to reveal this Pokémon. For those who didn’t realize, I actually foreshadowed this Pokémon way back when Michelle’s Eevee was first shown. In addition to emphasizing the fact that Michelle and Eevee seemed to be focusing on the now Light-Type move Swift, Brenda’s Pokédex stated that Eevee had nine evolutions instead of the actual eight. I don’t know if anyone caught this or not, but I didn’t get any reviews, comments, or messages suggesting that anyone did. But seeing how popular Eevee and its evolutions are, I hope that you like mine.

Episode 90 Review

The schism between Michelle and Brenda is something I’ve been building up for since Michelle’s introduction. Brenda and Michelle may have been best friends, but there has always been tension. I wouldn’t go as far as to call Michelle completely self-centered, but she certainly has some minor selfish tendencies. Add to that the jealousy that would be natural to someone in her position, and she was just a ticking time bomb, waiting to go off. On the surface, it looks like Michelle is just being a complete and utter selfish jerk, but I like to think she’s not completely to blame either. She has had to put up with Brenda’s “luck and talent” all her life, and she hasn’t been a part of Brenda’s life for the past year, so she really doesn’t realize how much Brenda has changed. I’m not saying I would condone Michelle’s behavior, but I don’t think it’s quite as messed up as it might seem on the surface.