Some ppl have the insight of a Magikarp
G. Farfechted lost every battle it participated in.
This whole episode and in fact entire arc is just an elaborate setup for Chuck being the dream crusher in the top 8 tournamentI don't care about any of this, all that matters to me is Chuck, he's my favorite character and he carries this entire franchise with one hand on his back.
I am really hoping Riolu does not evolve in this battle. Evolving just to overcome an Octolock seems like a pretty bland reason. However, if he does evolve, hopefully, that will quickly shift the focus back to his other pokes that haven't had as much training.
They show exactly that in the preview...I sure hope they don't try to have Pikachu go down to Octolock, when it could and should extremely easily win in that situation by just blasting Grapploct with thunderbolt. It's just not a strategy that should realistically work against Pikachu.