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?