A Promise is a Promise
Ah, an excellent finale to the Lugia saga. The way Jessie
explained her reason for wanting to let the "twerps" out of their cage was
Jessie: "We'll coerce those creeps into creating chaos, causing a calamity,
and in the uncontrolled commotion we'll capture those condors!"
James: "Brilliant use of the letter C!"
They wanted to catch the two Lugia and steal the glory from Butch and Cassidy.
Trying to catch it by themselves wasn't too bright of course, but typical
of J&J. That's why we love 'em. It was funny how Jessie and James told
Oliver that they were superheroes when they gave him the code to unlock the
cage. He then entered the room through an air vent and unlocked the cage
before Namba could stop him, that was cool.
When this episode first aired I was impressed at Ash's strength upon being
released. He headbutted Namba, knocking the wind out of him, ripped off the
metal arm that was reaching for Pikachu with the provoker device, and used
it to smash the machine. Very cool, I guess Ash is stronger than he looks.
I have to wonder why Richie didn't think to use Cruise, his Rock/Ground-type
Pupitar, when they found Silver and had to battle Namba, but Pikachu and
Sparky did a great job and defeated Namba's Electabuzz, despite it wearing
the provoker device. That battle also showed a rare use of Light Screen in
the anime, by Electabuzz who did it twice. The message from that battle was
good and tied in with the rest of the anime in that, the best way to bring
out a Pokemon's true power is not by artifical means or force, but by trust.
When J&J got caught trying to take Lugia for themselves, they put
up a cool battle against Butch and Cassidy's Houndour and Hitmontop. James
even had the sense to get Victreebel to use Vine Whip to counter Hitmontop's
Rapid Spin, something like how Ash and Bulbasaur did it in the "Two Hits
and a Miss" episode. I bet the Rockets didn't count on their Pokemon getting
knocked back into the machine maintaining the forcefield and accidentally
releasing Lugia though.
Lugia's Aeroblasts looked really cool, and I bet Namba hadn't expected it
to be released and as enraged as it was even without using his provoker.
Our heroes were able to calm it down though, by bringing Silver to it, and
Lugia then protected them from falling debris by using Safeguard, which seems
to work a little differently in the anime than in the games. They all got
out in the nick of time, and all was well...except for Prof. Namba and the
Rocket Grunts, who were left floating in the water, clinging to pieces of
debris, completely defeated.
As mentioned, this was an excellent, action-packed episode, making a great
finale to the Lugia saga.
Geodude's rating: 10 out of 10