For a month now, you have been voting for your favorite episode of Cosmic Quest in honor of the upcoming 100th episode. I’ve received votes through both comments and private messages, and the results are in. Nominations for the best episode of Cosmic Quest included, in no particular order, Attack of the Clones, For the Love of Joy, World-Wide Wobbuffet, Diving into It, Pikachu, Where are You?, Ashes to Ashes, Family Food Feud, Pretense is the Best Offense, Digging your own Cave/Keeping Your Friends Close/And Your Enemies Closer, and Let Dra-gones be Dra-gones.
This was a wide variety of responses, and there was no clear winner, so let’s say that these were all some of the best episodes in Cosmic Quest!
Now, what about me? What is my favorite episode of Cosmic Quest? The answer is too complex for me to just give one episode and be done. Instead, let’s analyze all of my favorites, many of which appeared in the above list. To do this, I will be separating episodes into categories, and then deciding what my favorite from each category is.
Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve written these episodes. Let’s see how much I can remember to bring up here.
Originally, these two episodes were planned to be only one, but they went on for so long, that I was forced to split them into two episodes. Even after the split, the second episode became the longest episode I had written up until that point.
As I explained way back in the episode 80 review, these episodes were based off of an event in Luna, Terra, and Sol. Team Planetary’s attempt to take the Grand Meteoric shard and Showakusei forces the player and Cosmo down into a previously unknown chamber beneath the Crater Cave, the Den of Mega Evolution. Just like in these episodes, the player and Cosmo are forced to team up with each other and a mysterious Raichu in order to escape, both obtaining the ability to Mega Evolve in the process. Just as in the episode, the first chance to Mega Evolve comes when battling a non-Pokémon Entity called the Abomination, which can only be damaged by Pokémon that have Mega Evolved. Because you’re paired with Cosmo, it’s a double battle against the Abomination and a randomized Phantom Mega Pokémon. Of note with this entity, the episode took a liberty in relating it to Nemex. This was something I did purely for the sake to lead into the movie. There isn’t normally an explicit link between the two. This part of the game did not exist in my original concepts for Luna, Terra, and Sol, due to the fact that I made them before Mega Evolution existed. I liked how X and Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire made your first battle with a Mega Evolution a special one, so I decided to take it to the next level and make it very special. Not only that, but I made sure you built up a bond with the first Pokémon you Mega Evolve before actually performing the Mega Evolution, by making it so the Raichu is the only Pokémon you can use until you escape the Den of Mega Evolution. After doing so, the Raichu will become the player’s permanently.
I’ll get around to writing a review for the movie at some point.
Episode 82, the conclusion of this three-part arc, is here.
Ash and Cosmo must continue to work together, but there’s just too many differences between them to work past, or are there? Things continue to get worse for them, as they are forced to face off against what can only be described as an abomination of nature.
Also, the Mega Evolution page has been updated accordingly.
On a related note, the episode 81 review will be delayed until the review of this episode comes out, so they may be done together.
Episode 81 is here at last. Read it here.
With all but one of their Pokémon missing and trapped together in a cave full of hostile Pokémon, Ash and Cosmo are forced to team up in order to get out. While fighting through their differences, they find something strange is going on in the cave which they have landed in.
Recently I received a private message on FanFiction.Net from the reader MajorBrony95, and in it, they sent me an idea for a theme song for Cosmic Quest, just like one that would play at the beginning of real episodes. They even wrote the accompanying animation sequence. I am happy to share this work with everyone, and am making it the official theme song of Cosmic Quest.
(Launch voice) “3…” (Ash is in a bright lit stadium. We are given a close up of his face as he gives a confident smirk)
“2…” (Ash enlarges a Pokéball and holds it up to his face, determination written all over.)
“1…” (We pan out and Ash throws the ball at the screen with all his might.)
“Blastoff!” (The ball opens up with a bright light at the screen.)
(Crowd voice) “Pokémon!”
(Male singer (think singer from “Advanced Battle”)) “Launching off into new frontier.”
(All scenes are fast-forwarded) (A rocket ship is launching off a pad and lifting off into the blue sky. A downward pan-around shows Ash is running after it on the ground, staring up at it with an amazed smile on his face. Pikachu is at his feet, also with a big smile.)
“I’m not afraid knowing that you’re here.”
(Ash then looks to his right and sees Brenda running alongside him. He looks to his left and sees Brock also by his side. Both have large smiles on their faces. A change to the front shows all of them facing the front. As Ash’s face gets close the scene changes.)
“Reach for the stars, planets, Moon and Sun.”
(We now see a beautiful outer space background with stars and galaxies. Heliosol rises up from the bottom left of the screen as, in a quick switch, Seluna rises from the right bottom. They then blast a Solar and Lunar Beam attack respectively at each other, resulting in an explosion and a cloud of dust. Ryusei and Gravisaac then shoot out of the cloud.)
“It’s my goal to be…” (Crowd voice) “Number One!”
(Ash points out a command to Pikachu, who leaps into the air and, on “Number One,” performs Hallowed Lightning in an impressive display.)
“Through foes and rivals, we’ll pass our test.”
(In front of a black hole background, Sirius, Cygnus, and Orion stand with evil grins with Cosmo in front of them with a impassive, yet nasty look at the camera. Then it shows a glaring Ryu ordering Dragonair to use Dragon Rush at the screen.)
“To be the very best!”
(Jesse, James, Meowth, and Wobbuffet are shot into the air, silently shouting in a blast off.)
“All to complete our cosmic quest!”
(Ash and company are looking up at the sky and a pan-around shows us going out into an above shot of the Earth, displaying the Cosmic Quest logo above it, as a shooting star speeds toward the screen.)
(Crowd voice) “Pokémon!”
(Cue title after flash from shooting star.)
MajorBrony95 was even kind enough to write an extended version, which would play during movies.
3…2…1… Blast off!
Launching off into new frontier.
I’m not afraid knowing that you’re here.
Reach for the stars, planets, Moon and Sun.
It’s my goal to be NUMBER ONE!
Straight toward our target like meteorite.
With your help, I’ll win the ultimate fight.
I don’t need to wish on a shooting star.
With my friends by my side my WISH’LL GO FAR!
Through foes and rivals, we’ll pass our test, to be the very best.
All to complete our cosmic quest!
Faster than Neptune’s winds or Mercury.
And stronger than Jupiter is what I’ll be.
I’ll shine like Venus in the night time sky.
And I’ll win that big battle if I JUST TRY!
Though others may try,
To bring down our dreams.
We’ll show them,
We’re so much more than we seem!
(Repeat refrain at a slight higher pitch)
Thanks to MajorBrony95 for helping Cosmic Quest become that much more realistic.
As of today, we’re exactly a week off from the 20th Anniversary. It’s time for the next wave of special content. Remember how when Pokémon first came out, the graphics were much different? There were greater limitations on colors and sprite size, and the sprites themselves just looked goofy at times. Have you ever wondered what Pokémon from the Tenno Region might have looked like if they were made back then? No, you haven’t? Well, you get to see anyways.
And then, as a special bonus for those of you who love this retro stuff, here’s a new desktop background.
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.
Part two is out now, make sure to read it here.
Ash, Brock, and Brenda, now joined up with Professor Oak, Professor Pine, and Tracey Sketchit, continue their battle with Cosmo, Orion, and Team Planetary. But the Legendary Cosmic Guardian has appeared, complicating matters. Now Ash and friends must fight to protect it, no matter what.
Also, the Pokédex has been updated accordingly, and an image of Commander Orion has been added to the Team Planetary page.
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.