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.
I’m sure it’s obvious at this point, but the over-arching story of Professor Pine’s Astro Camp is the story of Ash and Elgyem. While the last episode focused more on Ash having to gain Elgyem’s trust, this episode was Ash gaining its friendship, and helping it to overcome its issues. Elgyem wasn’t timid simply because it was born that way, it went through a traumatic experience in its life, and this episode was all about exploring and paralleling that experience, which would eventually lead to Elgyem overcoming its fears.
Another aspect of this episode was the subplot with Brenda and Michelle. For now I can say is that it is obvious that something is brewing. Now if you had the feeling that this episode felt incomplete as far as their story goes, you would be right, but remember, we’re in the middle of a multi-episode arc, so things aren’t quite done yet.
As always, I like to make myself desktop backgrounds to commemorate special events, and as always, I’ll share it with you. This background depicts a scene containing all of the most influential characters from seven generations and 20 years of the show, all in one place for the first time. One important thing to note is that it contains your first look at the official character artwork for Brenda.
This background has been added to the Bonus Content page. For instructions on how to get this background for yourself, as well as several others, see that page.
The time has finally come! Ash, Brock, and Brenda have arrived in Launch Town just in time for the beginning of Professor Pine’s Astro Camp, a multiple day summer camp program where youth are taught of the wonders and technology of outer space. Of course, when they signed up, Ash, Brock, and Brenda probably didn’t think they would actually be going into space.
Also, the Pokédex page has been updated accordingly.
Normally it seems like the pattern goes Ash catches a new Pokémon in one episode, the next episode might feature a cameo of that Pokémon, but little else, and then the second episode after it’s caught it gets some sort of character building episode focused around it. That would have been the intended pattern here, but between Ash and James’ gym battles with Halley, the trip back to Tenno Minor, Brenda’s contest, and the Sun and Moon special, this was the earliest I was able to manage fitting in Arborrior’s episode. To make things worse, while it’s only been nine episodes since Arborrior was first captured, due to how slowly I’ve been writing episodes lately, it’s been eight months since then (Wow…I didn’t realize until literally just now when I went and checked that it’s been that long. Oops…). Whatever though, better late than never. Whether too late or not, Arborrior has finally gotten a real introduction beyond its premiere episode.