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?

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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?

The Dawn of a New Era

Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

Meowth: The time has now come. The first episode of the new Cosmic Quest is complete and ready to be published.

Jessie: Once this update hits the internet, we control our own destiny, and we will become unstoppable.

James: I could cry, I’m so happy right now. This is truly our crowning achievement.

Meowth: Before we get to that though, we have one other piece of business to attend to. All day we’ve been running a poll to see which of us is the favorite of you, the readers, and the results are in. Can I get a drum roll please?

*drums*

Meowth: Out of eight votes, four went to James, and four went to me, Meowth!

James: *cries* They like me! they really like me!

Meowth: Of course I won, I’m the top cat.

Jessie: … …Wait a second! If you both got four votes, and there was only eight, that means that no one voted for me! What is this!? In what world does no one vote for me!? I am obviously the greatest Team Rocket operative to ever live!

Meowth: Keep telling yourself that.

Jessie: WHAT WAS THAT!?

Meowth: Nothing, nothing at all.

Jessie: That’s what I thought. Whatever, this poll was clearly rigged. Let’s just post that chapter.

James and Meowth: Yeah!

Meowth: Alright, everything’s ready for the upload. Once I press this button, everything changes for the better. Let’s press it slowly and savor the moment.

James: I’m so excited. I can already feel the power washing over me.

Jessie: With this update, we’ll finally get what’s coming to us.

Yuni Oha: That you will, Team Rocket! Dracosmic, use Draco Meteor!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: WHAT!?!?!?!?!? AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Ash: Pikachu, use Volt Tackle!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: Not the Twerp too!

Pikachu: Pika pika pika pika pika pika pika chu!

Jesie, James, and Meowth: NOOOOOOO!!!!!

Yuni Oha: Shall we finish this together?

Ash: Let’s.

Yuni and Ash: Attack now!

Yuni Oha: Dragon Force!

Ash: Thunderbolt!

Dracosmic: Dracoooooooo!

Pikachu: Pikaaaa chuuuuuuuuuuu!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: Looks like Team Rocket’s blasting off again!

Yuni Oha: Whew, got them out of the way just in the nick of time.

Ash: Yeah, much longer and we wouldn’t have had a chance at stopping them.

Yuni Oha: To all you reading, I am so sorry for what you must have had to endure over the past 24 hours, but it’s all over. Ash managed to break me out from my cage, and now Team Rocket is gone, and hopefully they won’t be returning anytime soon. Now, to get to work on cleaning up my website…

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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Meow We’re Talking

Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

Announcer: Welcome to Meow We’re Talking, the only talk show hosted by a Pokémon! And here’s your host, Meowth!

*Pre-Recorded Applause*

Meowth: Good evening to all you readers out there. Tonight’s show promises to be a zinger. Our first guest needs no introduction. It’s the blue blob you all love to hate, Wobbuffet!

*Applause*

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Meowth: Hey Wobbuffet, glad you could make it out tonight.

Wobbuffet: Wobba wobba.

Meowth: Ha, ha, ha! That’s right, me too. So, Wobbuffet, you and I have been a part of Team Rocket for a very long time. In fact, we’re the two Pokémon that have been on for the longest. We’ve outlasted all the rest.

Wobbuffet: Wobba wobba wobbuffet.

Meowth: Yeah, I miss that guy too. He was one of the good ones. Anyways, being on Team Rocket for such a long time tends to give you a certain celebrity status, if you know what I mean. So, I’m sure that our audience wants to know, how has your life changed since being a part of Team Rocket.

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet! Wobba, wobba, wobba. Wobbuffet, wobba. Wobbuffet!

Meowth: I see. Some very interesting insight, very valuable too. I like to think that everything in my life before Team Rocket was just a prologue for my real life. I mean, sure, I may have became the world’s first talking Meowth, but that didn’t mean squat until I joined up with Team Rocket.

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Meowth: I couldn’t have said it better, pal of mine. Now, anyways, I’m sure most of you know that Wobbuffet recently stared in his very own episode of Cosmic Quest. How about we take a look at a clip from it?

On Screen: Wobbuffet is cooking against the chef L’orange on the TV show Sliced. The host declares, “Today you’ll be cooking with…” both chefs open their grab bag and pull out each ingredient as the host names them, “…fresh Moomoo Milk, Durin Berries, Old Gateau, and Leftovers.” Upon pulling the old apple core that is the Leftovers from the bag, Chef L’orange grimaces.

In a cut-away interview, L’orange says with annoyance, “Leftovers? I would not give this item to my own Pokémon. How am I supposed to cook with it?”

Back to the normal show, the host announces, “Alright Chefs, you have twenty minutes to make a dessert to wow our judges and prove that you should be the Sliced Champion. Ready, begin!” Both chefs spring into action.

L’orange runs into the pantry and begins to pull out various items. A voice-over from him explains, “I will be making my world-famous Soufflé L’orange, but instead of the normal berries I use in it, I’ll substitute them for Durin Berries. This fresh Moomoo Milk should help give it the perfect consistency. And I can crumble the Old Gateau over it to make a crust.” He cuts into a Durin Berry and immediately winces and holds his nose as he smells it.

The host says to the panel of three judges, “So, Durin Berries may not be the most pleasant ingredient to work with.”

One judge nods. “Yeah, those things are infamous for how much they reek. The flavor is also a bit of an acquired taste. The chefs will have to be very careful of how they handle it.”

Another judge points out, “And that’s not even the hardest ingredient we gave them. I couldn’t believe it when I saw them pull the Leftovers out of the bag. It is quite literally a discarded apple core with little to no food value. Pokémon are able to use it to heal in battle, but I’m not sure it could actually be eaten.”

Wobbuffet appears completely unfazed by the smell of the berries. It dutifully works away on its dessert.

In another cut-away interview, L’orange has been asked what he thinks of Wobbuffet. “That Pokémon is of no concern to me. I have trained all my life, and it became a chef yesterday. There is no way I could possibly lose to it.”

In a cut-away for Wobbuffet, Wobbuffet simply declares, “Wobbuffet!”

The host warns, “Two minutes left, chefs! You’d better start putting those finishing touches on your plates!”

The cooking continues at a feverish pace. Chef L’orange shaves bits of apple of the Leftovers and sprinkles it over his perfectly risen soufflé. Wobbuffet finishes plating what looks to be a plate of cookies and ice cream. It carefully drizzles an apple-Durin compote over it.

“And that’s time! Bring your dishes up to the judges, and we’ll see who is today’s champion.”

Meowth: Wah ha ha! Who knew you could cook! That one certainly took me by surprise.

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Meowth: Well, maybe you should cook for us sometime. I’d eat those cookies and ice cream any day. And so, not only were you able to cook, but you actually beat that lug, L’orange and became the Sliced Champion. Hey, isn’t there a cash prize for that? What happened to the money?

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Meowth: That’s a crime shame right there. Oh well, what are you going to do? Now, I think the best part about that episode is that you winning Sliced wasn’t even the craziest part. You ended up going into outer space, and then the Moon. If a Meowth has nine lives, this episode made it seems like you lived ten.

Wobbuffet: Wobba wobba, wobbuffet.

Meowth: Meow we’re talking. So, is there anything else we should all know about you?

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet! Wobba wobba. Wobba, wobbuffet, wobba. Wobbuffet!

Meowth: I’m shocked. Who would have thunk. Even though I’ve known you for so long, I feel like I’m looking at a completely different Wobbuffet. You heard it here first, folks! Will you look at the time! We’re all out of it! I’d like to thank you once again for coming out tonight, Wobbuffet, it was a pleasure. Is there anything else you’d like to say before we’re done?

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Meowth: Absolutely. And also, all you readers, don’t forget that you can ask any questions you’d like to our guest, or even me, in our Team Rocket Q and A session being held later tonight. Just leave a comment asking the questions, and we’ll answer. Thank you, and good night!

*Applause*

Yu-Gi-What Now?

Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

James: When we captured Yuni Oha, this website and his story weren’t the only things we gained control of.

Jessie: While looking through Yuni Oha’s WordPress account, we found another website he runs, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Official Website. But what the heck is Yu-Gi-Oh?

Meowth: We were intrigued enough to investigate, so we read Yuni Oha’s first story, Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium. Now, let me just say, I was very confused.

James: If my understanding is correct, this is some sort of bizzaro world where people use cards to capture Pokémon instead of Pokéballs. What Pokémon is sent into battle is determined by what card is on the top of the deck, and a trainer can use up to five Pokémon at once, and have 40 of them in their deck. What kind of battles are these!?

Jessie: And don’t forget those Spell and Trap thingies. It’s almost as if these people take pleasure in finding strange ways to torture their Pokémon while they battle.

Meowth: Not even Team Rocket would approve of such cruelty.

James: And don’t forget the hair. Everyone has really ridiculous hair.

Jessie: Yeah, that main character guy obviously has no sense of what a good hair style is. I thought I had to use a lot of hair gel to get my hair to perfectly stand the way it does, that guy must go through multiple bottles every day.

Meowth: And I’m sorry, but that plot completely lost me. It was totally unrealistic. You’re telling me that not only does some random guy have some other random guy from 5,000 years ago who looks just like him inside his head, but that guy in turn had yet another guy who looked like both them in his head from another 5,000 years before that!? Who comes up with this stuff!?

James: Don’t forget the fact that evil masterminds were attempting to take over and/or destroy the world using what essentially amounts to being a children’s card game.

Jessie: Don’t remind me. Those villains need to grow up and act their age.

Meowth: Obviously, if Team Rocket were to invade their world, they would stand no chance.

Jessie and James: Agreed.

James: And what’s the deal with The Chronicles of Yugoha spin-off story? Yuni Oha started writing a year ago, wrote a handful of chapters, and then stopped without any warning. Does he just not care?

Meowth: Obviously he realized that writing about Pokémon was much important, and made a whole lot more sense.

James: Who knows? All I know is that those stories had some weird stuff.

Jessie: We can all agree on that.