Plot twist: the expedition leader is the husband of Hunter J who turns out to be alive and Goh/Ash/Gary team up to stop them
Exactly this. There is really nothing setting these episodes apart from previous Goh focused capture episodes besides the now involvement of Project Mew. Really the biggest difference is that Goh performed “better” as a trainer in those episodes than he does in the PM episodes which seem to want to ham it in that Goh still needs to improve as a trainer if he wants to do well. But like, he was already doing well, catching Pokémon with little to no effort and when he did battle he wasn’t that far off from your average trainer. It’s a little inconsistent with the writers basically remembering that Goh is a beginner trainer and should be struggling a bit when we are already almost 2 years into the series.I think like @nuzamaki90 said the problem is that the trial itself doesn’t feel any different to any other normal ep?
Aside from my problem with ash participating, another negative if the trials so far is that you could take out the context of PM and it wouldn’t be any different to a normal episode. Especially with how episodic and random this series is. The golurk, flygon, zapdos, or suicune ep could easily be converted to a PM episode.
On the other hand gym, contest, and showcase episodes are very unique as you won’t get what’s in it in another random episode. So the PM trials needs something more unique to make it pop and stand out.
Nah, the writers wanted to show the audience how badass the Urshifu trainers are. But nope, they could make the twerps use stuffs like Inteleon, Cinderace, Lucario & Dragonite and kick those poachers butts.How can Gou become more independent if Urshifu boy and girl keep saving his butt?
I, uh, don't think this is really an example of becoming competent but rather a strange downgrade to his usual flawless modus operandi. Like seeing a bird that can just fly having to walk up a staircase.Anyways, I'm surprised that Goh actually fought the Pokemons before capturing them instead of chucking Pokeballs at them from the beginning. It really how shows competent he becomes.