You're a Star, Larvitar!
What a great episode! The title was ok, since this really
was Larvitar's episode to shine, which I'll get to in a minute. That Magby
was cool with its Dynamicpunch and Double Team, and I liked how Satchel explained
his reasons for wanting it to evolve. Looks like he gave Ash a bit of food
for thought, which is a good thing. Too bad Ash didn't think to have Cyndaquil
use Swift against that Double Team, but maybe Swift doesn't work that way
in the anime, so that was ok.
The episode was also the first appearance of Quilava in the anime. I liked
how its trainer was training it by having it use Flamethrower to knock down
TR's plan seemed standard at first (suck up all the Pokemon then cart
them away) but they were actually smart this time and transferred them to
a truck instead of their balloon. And they actually managed to tie up Ash!
I liked how Larvitar used Bite on the truck's tire, and Dig to get into
the cabin and reach Ash. Ash just had Larvitar with him so I love how he
had to use sneaky tactics, stay in hiding, etc. so he and Larvitar could
save the Pokemon. And Larvitar used Dig again to get to the truck, and Bite
again on its tire a few minutes later. Then everyone else got there and
the battle began. Ash's little argument with TR was funny, as was that "big
head" effect that's usually reserved for Misty. I really didn't expect
Jessie to whirl Arbok around and toss it like that, I guess she was getting
desperate. And when Magby evolved, Jessie told Arbok to use Take Down on
it, there's a first. And I liked the scene at the end:
Ash: "My Pokemon may not have evolved yet but they've got power and heart.
Now it's up to me to make sure that gets used in all the right ways."
Brock: "You'll be just fine."
Misty: "And we'll be there with you."
An excellent episode with character development for Ash and Larvitar.
Geodude's rating: 10 out of 10