I'm less cynical, although I am somewhat worried they'll only do Kanto-nuity.
If Ash uses reserves I think it'll be late in the series as usual, unless he rotates heavily.
I'm 90% sure we'll get Charizard at some point, I just hope he's not the only one.
Ash vs Forrest is definitely one I'd like to see. Brock could be the ref, unless they're insisting on Rotom for every match.
Have you watched the latest ep subbed? It's very strongly hinting at a rematch with Lt. Surge.