Cool episode. Luka is a really developed minor character
and it's cool that she's in this whole saga (doesn't hurt that she looks and
sounds cute). Lugia showed its power to control the elements again when it
whipped up that storm out of anger over Silver being missing. Its Aeroblast
looked cool too, although different from teh second movie. I guess the Lugia
in the second movie might have been stronger. I thought it was cool how Ash,
Richie, and their Pikachu were able to calm it down though, and when its rage
stopped, Luka's Silver Wing pin stopped glowing.
I'm starting to think Richie might have a future as a detective. He showed
a bit of analytical skill in the previous
(even if it was over something fairly obvious) and he continued
to do so here, figuring out that TR must have Silver in an underwater base.
Or maybe he just thinks faster than the regular trio. When Ash called out
Totodile to help Misty's Water Pokemon look for that base, Totodile started
dancing as usual, paused, realized there was nothing under it (with a little
question mark in a thought balloon) and fell into the water. I thought that
was a really cute (albeit possibly unintentional) tribute to the old Warner
Bros. cartoons with Wile E. Coyote doing the same pause-and-fall thing while
chasing the Road Runner. Anyway, TR's base rising to the surface was kinda
cool. Meanwhile, Jessie, James, and Meowth getting trapped in that tank in
the base that filled up with water was funny and even a little bit suspenseful.
It was like, you knew they were gonna be ok in the end but you still had
to wonder how it would happen.
When TR put Silver in its cage on the shore as bait for the parent Lugia,
we all knew Ash and Richie didn't have much of a chance keeping Lugia away
just using their Pikachu, then Cyndaquil and Charmeleon, but they tried anyway.
The episode also introduced the rage devices on Butch's Hitmontop and Cassidy's
Houndour. With their enraged attacks, they managed to defeat our heroes, even
Misty's Poliwhirl. I had to wonder why Brock didn't try Crobat's Supersonic,
but anyway, Lugia hit the four friends with a strong Aeroblast, knocking them
all out. It was interesting that they showed them lying there like that, obviously
badly beaten up. The episode ended with another cliffhanger, with Ash awaking
to discover that he, Brock, Misty, and Richie were all trapped in a cage.
A great episode, with a good buildup to the next one, the best and final
one of the series.