Episode 83 Review

This episode was a little awkward to write, to say the least. As much as I like having old members of the cast appearing in Cosmic Quest, normally they’re characters who have had all their development and story finished, meaning I can do just about anything I want with them.  The problem with bringing in the cast of Alola, is that who knows what might happen between where the show currently is and when it ends. There are some assumptions I was able to make that were safe, such as assuming that by the end of Alola, Lillie will have overcome her fear of Pokémon, and become a full-fledged trainer, but pretty much anything else I had to be very careful of. I almost didn’t bring back the cast of Alola at all due to this, but I decided it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. However, one character I had to leave out due to uncertainties was the Rotomdex. Obviously there has to be some excuse at the end of Alola for why Rotomdex doesn’t continue to travel with Ash, and since I have no clue what that excuse may be, I had to, sadly, leave Rotomdex out of the episode. The other uncertainty was the arc that was running in the Japanese show at the time. Obviously an arc revolving around Solgaleo, Lunala, and Ultra Space is going to have an impact on my Ultra Beast-focused episode, but as I don’t watch the Japanese version, I had no way of knowing what was going on, so I just tried to keep things as ambiguous as possible. If any discontinuities do come up, I’ll make a post addressing them.

Speaking of discontinuities, this episode was my chance to fix two that had popped up. First was the mystery of Ash/Kukui’s Rockroff. In my original Sun and Moon special, Kukui had a Rockruff, which Ash specifically said was one that lived with Kukui. Of course, at this point in time I had no idea that this very same Rockruff was going to be captured by Ash and then later evolve, causing a major continuity issue with it appearing as a Rockruff in my series. To fix this, this new episode retconned it so that this was a completely separate  Rockruff, one that was there at Kukui’s house, but apparently just never seen on-screen.  The other retcon I had to make was with Brock. In the first Sun and Moon special, Brock specifically stated that he had no knowledge that Ash had traveled to Alola, and he didn’t know who Kukui was. Obviously it had never occured to me that Brock would actually make an appearance during Ash’s time in the Alola region, so I never would have guessed this would have been an issue. This episode had Brock already knowing Ash’s Alola friends, showing that that event did indeed happen. Honestly though, my Sun and Moon special still has the original problematic text, so I’m not really sure what to do with that. Let’s just consider it retconned out of existence.

As for the plot of the episode itself, I knew I needed to have revolve around Ultra Space, seeing as this was the Ultra Sun and Moon special. With the entire cast of Alola appearing, the cast for this episode was so large that I was forced to split them into two groups in order to allow everyone a chance to participate. Having it be Ash, Brock, and Lillie who were trapped in Ultra Space was actually a bit of a jab at the Sun and Moon anime by me, as, if I were the writers of it, I would have had those three, and only those three, as the main characters of the region. Speaking of jabs at the current show, you might notice I took quite a few of those. I’m not that happy with the current series right now, and I wasn’t afraid to make jokes about it.

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Revealing: Pokémon Cosmic Quest the Movie 2: Nemex Unleashed

Movie 2 Poster Version 2

The next Cosmic Quest movie has its title, it’s called Nemex Unleashed. This is the final version of the movie’s poster. It would seem that new cover Pokémon of Sol Version has taken Heliosol’s spot on the poster. And what’s the deal with the menacing Pokémon in the background? Could it be the titular Nemex? Nemex Unleashed will be coming soon. Stay tuned.

And if you haven’t seen the anniversary post about Sol Version yet, be sure to scroll down a little and check it out.

Episode 80: Digging Your Own Cave

The newest episode of Cosmic Quest is here!

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.

Pokémon Cosmic Quest The Movie 2

Movie 2 Poster

Announcing: Pokémon Cosmic Quest The Movie 2, the anticipated sequel to Myoken, the Guiding Light! Coming soon to a website near you!

This exciting movie follows Ash, Brock, and Brenda on an out-of-this world adventure where they meet the Legendary Pokémon Heliosol.

Stay tuned for more details!

(Also of note, the poster provides the first artwork of Brock in his Cosmic Quest clothes.)

Episodes 75 and 76 Review

I’ve just got to say, writing those episodes were an absolute joy. It really gave me an opportunity to pull out all the stops and go all out.

I’ve was planning for these episodes for about a year. The idea first came to mind back when I was writing the franchise’s 20th anniversary episodes. I loved writing them so much, that I knew I had to take any chance I could to do something like it again, and I had to top it. I knew that the show came out a year after the games, meaning I had the show’s 20th anniversary coming up, so I started planning for it. My initial idea was simply Ash interacting with Ho-Oh in some way. I also wanted to do some sort of tribute to the first episode. The two ideas naturally developed into a time travel episode, and from there, the idea took on a life of its own and slowly grew to the state you saw it in. The idea of having the Celebi that sends Ash back in time be the Celebi contained within the GS Ball was actually a very last minute development that came to me while I was writing the episodes.

For those who don’t know, the GS Ball, which appeared in the show throughout the Orange Islands and the beginning of Johto, was originally planned to contain a Celebi in it, and was going to have an entire arc based around that Celebi. However, the decision to put Celebi in the movie Pokémon 4Ever led to that plot being removed from the main show. So the GS Ball was left with Kurt and forgotten about. I figured that a 20th anniversary special would be the perfect opportunity to finally resolve the GS Ball’s plot.

As far as this episode’s interactions with the past go, I actually re-watched the first episode a month ahead of time, and took note of every single unexplained event, and worked those into my plot. The two main examples being when Ash wakes up late and the thunderstorm. The problem with the scene with Ash waking up late, is that there is a crashing sound that wakes him up. They then show his broken alarm clock, inferring that it is him throwing his alarm clock that wakes him up. However, just before this scene, still in the middle of the night, the alarm clock is shown rolling into his hands in one scene, and then the next he in a post-throw position, inferring that he’s already thrown it. So if he threw and broke it in the middle of the night, what was the crash that woke him up? Apparently it was his future self and Cinder fighting. The thunderstorm has always irked me. The sky is completely blue, but out of nowhere, ominous storm clouds roll in and a thunderstorm starts. Where the heck did the storm come from? Since this is the Pokémon world, obviously a Pokémon is the answer. And since I’d already made a move that summons a thunderstorm, it seemed like the perfect solution.

As great as this episode was, I still had some disappointments about it. The biggest being the lack of Misty and Brock. Well, Brock technically had a few lines, so it was really just Misty. Sadly, there was just no way I could give Misty a role without messing with the canon. I just couldn’t make it happen. Brock would have been even harder to give a more substantial role, as he was far off in Pewter City. The other thing I really wanted to do was get the flock of Spearow that attacked Ash and Pikachu to play a role in this episode. My original idea was to somehow have Ash trick them into attack Fenghuang. This idea didn’t work out because the parallel placement of events meant that the Spearow were chasing past Ash at the same time present Ash was battling Fenghuang.

Finally to talk about, there’s the characters of Cinder and Ember. Having the children of Ash be the guest characters of this episode was also a relatively late development, but it worked wonders for the episode. I figured that if Ash really did become a Pokémon Master, then his children would probably treat him in one of two ways. Either they would worship him as a hero, or they would resent him and seek to step out of his shadow. The was the basis for the two characters. Through Ember’s eyes we saw her experience her father in a way she could never imagine, a time before he was “perfect.” Through Cinder’s we saw a more critical view of Ash and his current character. There’s way too many for me to discuss here, but I loaded these episodes with various reactions, actions, and words by these characters that can be analyzed to see a window into Ash’s future.

Episode 73 Review

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.