After having some minor issues "tracking" the blasted episode down, I finally simply resorted to youtube to watch it... only to actually find it once I realized some conflicting information.
I have to say, there were some decent little comedy blips in this episodes that made it rather amusing to say the least.
This episode had two of the funniest Poison Jabs I have seen thus far. First snickering Croagunk, and then "did I do that?" Croagunk upon the second jab.
And on to Swinub. Okay, my first question: is that Swinub's archived voice? 'Cause it sure as hell sounds familiar. I found it funny that as opposed to restraining it, Monica simply "filled" little Swinub til it was full. Although, seeing Dawn's crew look P.O'ed over Swinub's "aggressive" appetite was funny as well.
Swinub seems to have the ability to ram objects made of a seemingly solid material and break right through; I guess hunger will do that to you.
I thought it was funny that when Team Rocket's discussing their plans to steal Mr. Backlots's Pokemon, they decide to avoid going for Swinub as to avoid any food loss of their own (at least they have valid reasons, then again, the reasons themselves shouldn't really be called "valid" in the first place). Also, it seems they loved Hunter J's "trophy case stasis container" design so much, they used it to create their own container.
Ash and Dawn either have very strong leg muscles, or Team Rocket's craft was little more than about 4-5 feet off the ground. Considering the gang's relative height, it makes sense. Add some wacky camera angles, and anything's possible.
I was rather happy to see that Jessie's using her Yanmega some now, instead of consistently relying on Seviper (she would have anyways... that's all she had after giving up Dustox).
Okay, when Swinub uses "Ice Shard" it looked more like "Ice Ball
". Umm... where are the Shards? You know, it should look like an ice version of ember, though they're shaped like... shards. You know.
And last but not least, I'm not sure why, but the writers seem to favor the "open pokeball, you're caught" method of capture than the "I'll battle you to the end!" method of capture. Both Dawn and Ash had two early on (Starly, Turtwig, Buneary, Buizel... in that
order). Everyone else was simply "okay, hop into the pokeball now. Yay, we're friends!". Not that I don't like it, it's just that I'd prefer to go with the tried and true "battle" formula that's made the series known world over.
Overall, I have to say that the basis for comedy wasn't bad, and that Swinub's antics (despite it's rare sightings) are pretty fun.
Not a bad ep. 7/10 (the Jabs were so
When's the last time we actually saw a Team Rocket mech in an episode?
"Cream of the Croagunk." Exactly 1 episode ago. The mecha Croagunk? Yup.