I'm short on time, because I'm leaving work in ten minutes, but here's my two cents on this episode.
I really enjoyed both parts of the Battle Factory. Noland was a great guest character, and I'm warming up to Scott. It was great to see Charizard again, and I liked seeing him roast Ash again. LOL Team Rocket was pretty good in this episode too, and I liked the comments about James's hair color.
Nice episode. It kinda feels weird that we got into the Battle Frontier so quickly.
Noland's always reminded me of Norman. Not sure why. Something about their appearance. And maybe their name has something to do with it, too.
Weird that Noland practically owns a legendary Pokemon. Dats agenst duh roolz!!11 Heh.
...seriously, though. Ash's Charizard must really be proud, since it actually defeats a legendary Pokemon in the next episode.
BTW, as if Ash would choose a Rhyhorn to battle. Way too random. Anyway, I do wish the Battle Factory was more like in the games; both Noland and Ash should have chosen rental Pokemon to battle eachother with.
*coughcough* Yes, this was a good episode. Although I do believe that they really jumped into the Battle Factory episodes a bit too fast, perhaps the next challenge (the Battle Arena, stated in the next episode) will take quite a long ways to get to. There's no other apparent reason as to why they rushed the two episodes in. I was very astonished when I saw Noland's crew; Venusaur and Breloom and Rhydon were looking very powerful, and although Ash challenged his wild Articuno, if he did not, I wished that he would have chosen Venusaur to battle against, or maybe Golduck or Pinsir to see what kind of secret powers they would have possessed.