- May 15, 2022
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I really wish they'd bring back pokemon contests in mainstream games, not counting BDSP
Mallow episode as a stand alone is well done. Mallow episode as you look at it outside the episode and how it affects mallow character as a whole is poorly executed imoMallow's ep is really well done. If you told me 10 years ago the writers would make an ep where one of the main characters parents pass away from cancer or some other illness and the last thing a kid said to them was they hate them and regret it for years later is pretty deep and unexpected.
This ep would have been fine for me if I had a reason to care about Mallow before hand but I didn't. And don't get me wrong I don't hate Mallow I just found her boring and the ep did nothing to change that.Mallow's ep is really well done. If you told me 10 years ago the writers would make an ep where one of the main characters parents pass away from cancer or some other illness and the last thing a kid said to them was they hate them and regret it for years later is pretty deep and unexpected.
While that's true, the point I was trying to make was that characters having one parent or even no on-screen parents isn't really unusual. Mallow only having her father on-screen wouldn't be a hint that her mother had already passed away or anything like that. If anything, the fact that the bonds between family was one of SM's themes makes it stranger that Mallow's grief with losing her mother wasn't brought up sooner. Admittedly, I wouldn't expect Pokemon to focus on grief for that long when that would be too depressing and at odds with its more light hearted tone. It's the same reason why Litten's grief over Stoutland lasted for one episode. But at the same time, Mallow was a main character and losing a parent at such a young age should have been hinted at sooner, especially given their last interaction together. Mallow's mother not being mentioned or seen despite every other classmate having two parents isn't enough, especially when most of them didn't appear that much to begin with.Dawn isn't from a series that has the bonds between family as one of its most prominent themes.
I think when Goh found Drizzile in the cave he told him something along the lines of "You want to become an Inteleon right? We can work on it!"On another note: Before Drizzile disappeared did anyone tell it that it had an extra evolution to go through before it could be an Inteleon? Cause if not that's just needlessly cruel and stupid, considering they met someone else with an Inteleon its not an unknown species so Goh or anyone could've done some research.
It honestly surprises me that we haven't actually properly tackled the premise of a Pokemon with a branched evolution ending up as something other than what it wanted to become despite the huge story potential it could bring. It has been used, but only in single episodes, most notably in a Johto filler concerning a feud between Vileplume and Bellossom and in Journeys with the Flareon and Jolteon of Chloe's arc.So that whole thing where Drizzile was disappointed because it didn't go from Sobble to Inteleon, I honestly hope they reuse this idea. Though it should be stretched out into a proper arc and for a Pokemon with branching evolutions, like maybe for the next Eevee on the cast. It could wanna be, say, a Jolteon cause it really looks up to one or something. So Eevee and trainer spend a good chunk of episodes trying to find a Thunder Stone(Ash could even bring up how he use to have one)only for, in a burst of excitement, the Eevee ends up evolving into an Umbreon/ Espeon and this starts it dejected arc. It could be a bit more distant and abrasive than it use to be and even challenge the friendship it has with its trainer, since said trainer might not know how to handle the situation. But that's just my take, since I like the idea of a Pokemon being upset that it didn't evolve into what it wanted to be.
On another note: Before Drizzile disappeared did anyone tell it that it had an extra evolution to go through before it could be an Inteleon? Cause if not that's just needlessly cruel and stupid, considering they met someone else with an Inteleon its not an unknown species so Goh or anyone could've done some research.
Jessie loving and accepting Dustox immediately was such a great character moment. You expect her to show some disappointment or stay in denial, but they don't go that route.I think the closest to a "oops, I got the wrong evolution" arc we've ever gotten is Jessie's Wurmple ending up as a Dustox when she wanted it to be a more conventionally pretty Beautifly, but even that was resolved pretty quickly.
I remember this... Its why I liked Jessie's Dustox more than May's Beautifly. One of the reasons why Dustox had more character than Beautifly. Perhaps its the relationship between Jessie and Dustox that makes me like it a bit, May pretty much did absolutely nothing with Beautifly except use it in some contests to a generic degree and occasionally team up with someone else to blast TR off.Jessie loving and accepting Dustox immediately was such a great character moment.
Yeah they recycled Zoey and Kenny a lot in those early DP contests and it felt really repetitive. I would have liked a few more varied characters or Urusla being introduced earlier.I don’t see the problem with one shot contest opponents, Dawn almost exclusively being in contests against her rivals feels more contrived to me, especially because none of them sans Ursula were very interesting
Definitely think they downplay the Regis in JNWhile some people say that Journeys has downgraded Legendary Pokémon, IMO, it's that other series have made them overpowered. Same with Elite Four members. It was understandable during the early seasons, but these days? Not as much.