Episode 92 Review

With this episode, I finally start truly delving into a greater Team Rocket plot that I’ve been setting up from the beginning. Way early on, when Jessie, James, and Meowth first contacted Giovanni in this series, he made comments that Team Planetary was actively blocking his attempts to move operatives into the Tenno Region, implying that there was some greater plan. Then Jessie, James, and Meowth got promoted to Grunt Class II in order to better perform “special operations” in the Tenno Region. Much later, Butch and Cassidy broke into a Team Planetary warehouse, which we here learn was to steal data in order to create the trojan virus that allowed them backdoor access to the Planetary mainframe in this episode. Previously, this plot has been brought up in places few and far between, but now that thing’s are heating up, expect more frequent episodes focusing on this plot.

The other notable aspect of  this episode was the Jessie-James-Meowth/Butch-Cassidy team-up. This is something I’ve known I wanted to do since I first decided to use Butch and Cassidy (which was pretty much right away). Honestly, I find it kind of surprising that there has never been an episode where the two teams are forced to work together like this. It just seems obvious. We see them compete so often, and yet they work for the same organization. Why haven’t they had to work together?

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Team Rocket Q&A Session

Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

Meowth: It’s here! The moment you’ve all been waiting for! We’ve been gathering your questions left in comments all day, and it’s time to answer them!

James: It’s time for the Team Rocket Q&A Session!

Jessie: Prepare to know Team Rocket like you’ve never known them before! Let’s get started, what’s the first question?

Meowth: Alright, this first question comes from the user BTH777, who asked, “What’s your favorite version of the motto?” So guys, what do you say?

James: Hmm…I supposed I’d have to say the original. We’ve made some pretty good mottoes as time has gone on, but we always end up going back to that one.

Jessie: Yeah, I can agree with that.

Meowth: Well, I don’t.

Jessie and James: You don’t!?

Meowth: No, I don’t. In fact, my favorite is the motto we used during our second time in Kanto, when the Twerp was doing the Battle Frontier.

Jessie: Why?

Meowth: Because I had more lines in that motto than any other.

James: Oh boy, are we back on that topic again?

Jessie: Just give it a break already!

Meowth: Not until you realize that I deserve just as many lines as you two get!

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: No! You don’t get another line!

Jessie: Just get read the next question.

James: Alright, Kymera asks, “Do you ever have competitions with those copycats to see who can come up with the better motto? You know, Cassidy and… Biff I think his name is?”

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Master Plan

Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

Meowth: You know guys, as great as it is owning a website, I can’t wait until we get The Boss in on this.

James: The Boss? What would he want with this website?

Jessie: Yeah, I don’t think this is really his sort of thing.

Meowth: Obviously you don’t understand him as well as I do then. Imagine this; The Boss is hard at work attempting to spread the good word of Team Rocket. He wants our public image to be shipshape, but incompetent fools like Bill and Cassidy just keep messing it up. But then The Boss remembers that his model Team Rocket agents recently got him total control over one of the world’s most important website.

James: World’s most important website? Don’t you think that embellishing just a little bit?

Meowth: No! Just let me finish! Anyways, The Boss logs on, and writes up a new post, placing it right on the front page for the world to see. He can say anything he wants, and the world will believe it, because if it’s on the internet, it must be true.

Jessie: Hmm…sounds about right.

Meowth: The Boss can write a post saying “Team Rocket is the greatest organization to ever live. Give them all your Pokémon today!” and the world will listen. That’s the true power of the internet. And once the Pokéballs start being sent his way, do you know what he’ll say?

Jessie and James: What?

“The Boss”: Ever since Meowth and friends made me the boss of this website, I’ve had the power to use the world-wide web to cast a world-wide web of my own. As compensation, they deserve every bit of virtual currency I can get them.

James: Virtual currency?

Meowth: Trust me, it’s the future of money.

Jessie: That’s all I needed to hear!

James: Just think about the cache!

Jessie: We’ll be rich enough to terabyte off of anything we want to eat!

Meowth: And think about all the connections wi-fi-nally will be able to make!

Episode 78 Review

As is made obvious by this episode, Allen is a ufologist, a person who scientifically attempts to study and search for evidence of reports of UFOs and alien visitation. I figured, what better way to introduce a ufologist character than an episode based around a good old-fashioned alien/UFO/men in black story? The story wasn’t based off of any single story, though the ending was heavily inspired by the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Butch and Cassidy played the part of the men in black, shady figures dressed entirely in black who reportedly appear to people who claim to have seen UFOs/aliens in order to intimidate them into not telling anyone else of their experience. Fun fact, Team Interplanetary is also based off of the men in black.

Of important note in the episode is the two new Pokémon introduced in this episode, Eatyai and Yuifoe. For those who didn’t know, the names of Elgyem and Beheeyem are meant to be pronounced as one would pronounce the letters LGM and BEM. LGM stands for little green men, as in the classic term for the stereotypical alien, while BEM stands for bug-eyed monster, an old sci-fi term for aliens with big bug eyes. Both Eatyai and Yuifoe are meant to invoke this same naming pattern. Eatyai is meant to be pronounced something like ETI, which stands for extraterrestrial intelligence, as seen in SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Yuifoe is probably obvious, but it’s a spelling of UFO for unidentified flying object.

Speaking of SETI, that’s obviously what I based SETP off of in the episode. It’s a program that uses radio telescopes to search the skies for signals from alien worlds. The name Allen is a double pun. On one hand, it sounds like alien, but the other part is that one of SETI’s major telescope arrays is known as the Allen Telescope Array.

Episode 46 Review

Alright, I’m not going to lie, that entire episode was made to cater to the episode title. I knew that I wanted to do another Butch and Cassidy episode, as well as another Jigglypuff episode, but I had no idea what the plot for either would be. Then one night I was watching some TV and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was mentioned.  With my mind oriented the way it is, this instantly made me think of Butch and Cassidy. I realized that there has yet to be an episode with them that uses a play on the title of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and I realized that it was a perfect opportunity for me that was to good to pass up. So I started thinking of puns on Sundance Kid, and decided on Fun-Dance Kid. So I knew I would have an episode with Butch, Cassidy, and a dancer, but who is this dancer and what do they dance to? That’s when I has the random inspiration of dancing to Jigglypuff’s song. After that, the episode practically wrote itself. And by complete coincidence, this episode’s planned release window just happened to fall within the vicinity of the 20th Anniversary arc. Having both Jigglypuff and Butch and Cassidy made it a perfect throwback to Kanto for the anniversary.

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Episode 30 Review

First I brought back Jigglypuff, now I brought back Biff and Cassidy (Oops, I meant Butch). Butch and Cassidy brought a lot to show back when they appeared. By being rivals to Jessie, James, and Meowth, they brought out sides of them we normally wouldn’t see. In addition, they gave us a look at Team Rocket beyond the normal three. Unlike Jigglypuff, they actually managed to make it up into Sinnoh. Sadly, Unova came and completely ignored everything from Pokémon’s history, including these two. I felt like they deserved to return. Two interesting things to note about this episode was their Pokémon. Cassidy has always been shown to have Houndour as her primary Pokémon. In one scene, I showed her having a Houndoom. I figured that after all this time, it probably should have happened. The other thing is their Charizard and Aggron. These are the same Pokémon seen in the Battle Frontier episode Grating Spaces, where Jessie and James got them delivered to them by the Team Rocket Delibird by accident. At the end of the episode, it told them, that those Pokémon were actually meant for Butch and Cassidy. I figured that they should have those Pokémon, so why not use them?