Team Rocket Q&A Session II

Team Rocket Takeover II Stamp Tilted

Meowth: Can I get a drum roll please?

*Drums*

Jessie and James: It’s time for our main event! The Team Rocket Q&A Session!

Meowth: You guys have been posting questions all day, and now it’s our turn to answer them!

James: You’re about to get to know us on a whole new level!

Jessie: Let’s start things off with a question from BTH777. They ask, “Aside from the Team Rocket Movie, which Pokémon movie is your guys’s favorite?”

James: Just to be clear, this question was asked before either my Rocket Reviews episode or the Bossies aired. For reasons stated there, I think we can all agree that Mewtwo Strikes back is our favorite movie.

Meowth and Jessie: Agreed.

James: Next question! PokeMan96 asks, “How do you guys afford to make so many mechas?”

Meowth: You saw the post about us selling mechas? It’s scams- I mean, it’s marketing strategies like that which keep us funded.

Jessie: Of course, any extra cash we have goes into my wardrobe shopping.

James: Leaving us with no money left over…

Meowth: Okay, a user who was later identified as MajorBrony95 asked tree questions at once.

James: Let’s take them one at a time.

Meowth: Agreed. First they ask, “We know James collects bottle caps as a hobby, but do Jessie or Meowth have any hobbies?”

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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 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.

Train On!

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?

Episode 28 Review

I don’t think there’s a single person out there who didn’t like Jigglypuff back in the early series (because it was before it became a Fairy-Type). I knew early on that Jigglypuff would have to come back in Cosmic Quest. Jigglypuff was just such a fun character to watch, and its shame the way it went out. Jigglypuff’s last episode was also its first appearance in Hoenn (that’s why the person on the airplane mentioned picking Jigglypuff up in the Hoenn Region). It was the episode “A Poké-BLOCK Party!” where it really just kind of appeared at random like it would in any other episode. It was given no form of finale of goodbye. It seems like the writers thought they would use it in Hoenn, but decided against it and just faded it out. It is such a shame. So I’ve decided that Jigglypuff deserves to return to the spotlight. As for this episode specifically, I actually had no idea what I was going to do for the reintroduction of Jigglypuff up until I actually started writing the episode. I had the fun little idea for the first scene on the airplane, which I originally meant to be the introduction of Jigglypuff, but the rest of the episode was unplanned until last minute. As I was writing the airplane scene, it occurred to me that because no one knew or expected that Jigglypuff was coming back, it be fun to expand the idea of a horror-like scene used in the first scene to the rest of the episode. I was very proud of the way it turned out, and I think I did Jigglypuff justice. You can expect Jigglypuff to reappear now.