An excellent episode. It started off with the trio missing
their ferry, meeting Luca, and getting a ride with her on her boat to Red
Rock Isle.When Luca explained about the Silver Wing and how she was exploring
the waters to find it and clear her grandfather's name, it was funny how Ash
and Brock were so enthused about wanting to help. I was a little surprised
Misty didn't insist right away on going down with them to see all the Water
Pokemon, but she did later. Pikachu was really cute in this episode, how it
didn't want Ash to go underwater without it, and then its little "conversation"
with Brock and Misty after it was outfitted with little scuba gear. Team Rocket
was, of course, nearby and wanted to steal the Silver Wing. We also got to
see the Magikarp sub they used in the second movie again, so that was cool.
(And that's not the only reference to the second movie we'll be seeing in
the next few episodes...) I liked their quote:
Jessie: Minimal effort with maximum profit! That's the Team Rocket way!
James: Ooooo...I love us!
They did two really funny things in this episode: 1) their projection screen
motto (complete with "The End"!) and 2) listening to what was going on in
the good guys' boat through a stethoscope! Luca's Magikarp were surprisingly
competent, so that was good. I thought it was funny how Misty got
the chance to use Ash's Pokedex when they encountered Mantine, since he couldn't
carry it in his wetsuit. When Team Rocket attacked, I liked how Totodile,
Corsola, and Staryu were able to quickly free Mantine and the Remoraid from
the net. I guess it was a little easier underwater since TR didn't have the
advantage of height. I'm not sure how Ash understood that Mantine was saying
that it could take Pikachu and catch Team Rocket, but it was ok. I thought
that the scene where Pikachu climbed off Mantine and knocked on the eye of
TR's Magikarp sub, only to Thunderbolt them, was hilarious. This episode
was an excellent continuation of the chain of events that led up to the Lugia
Geodude's rating: 9 out of 10