VHS Review (Posted on 04-10-2013)
Continuing his journey to rule the world of Pokémon, here on this fourth episode Challenge of the Samurai
, Ash strolls along until a Samurai finds and steps in for a challenge—only those from Pallet Town. While failing to catch Weedle, the match of Ash and Samurai ends in a stalemate. A swarm of Beedrills infest the forest targeting our heroes, all the way to Samurai's cabin. It is then Ash learns about responsibility, as a Beedrill kidnaps his Metapod. Struggling with reality, Ash learns about truth and apologizes to Metapod. In return, Metapod saves Ash from Beedrill's Twin Needle attack leaving a huge scar on its body as a result. Metapod then evolves into Butterfree—Caterpie's biggest dream coming true (as shown on the episode three Ash Catches a Pokémon
). Finally, Ash gets Butterfree to cast Sleep Powder putting the swarm, Weedles and TR to sleep. As Ash and crew continue to Pewter City, TR disguises as Kakunas and get stung at the end having woken up the swarm. Choose the Vimeo membership that’s right for you.
Second episode, Showdown in Pewter City
, begins with TR creating a trap for Ash and friends to fall on. Pewter City is known for stone and Ash unknowingly meets Flint who sells rocks, then shows Ash to the Pokemon Center with Pikachu looking worn out. Nurse Joy introduces herself—the older sister of Nurse Joy from Viridian City. She shows Ash a poster of the Pokémon League. Misty informs Ash that qualifications for a League entrance requires obtaining all eight gym badges. As a matter of fact, Misty offers Ash some help if he asked her nicely (whoa!), but Ash refuses as she hilariously leaves him with the lunch check. Ash plunges in to Pewter Gym, after Pikachu and others have been revitalized, and battles Brock while learning the specific rules of gym battles. Pikachu reluctant to battle against Brock's Onix gets binded, causing Ash to surrender after one attack. Pikachu rests in at Flint's cabin, then offers some meaningful advice to Ash—something we can all relate to:
"Everyone loses sometimes. You can't let that get you down."
Flint unveils the back story about Brock's real life, having to take care of his ten little brothers and sisters. Desperate to defeat him with his lineup, Flint offers Ash an idea as they arrive at a hydroelectric plant: supercharging Pikachu. While that went on, Misty still gives a second chance at offering help to Ash (oooh!) as he refuses yet again, hoping he would use her Pokémon. Once again, Ash and Pikachu show up and demands a rematch. While Pidgeotto fails to inflict any damage to Geodude, Pikachu seeks revenge again. Brock sympathizes the electric mouse being trained by a weak trainer. Medicine served: Pikachu's newly supercharged Thunder Shock burns up Geodude. Brock summons his second and last Pokémon: rock snake Onix. Pikachu's electricity is still not enough and spewing electrical havoc around the gym, as its being binded by Onix. Out of the blue, Brock stops the match not wanting to hurt Pikachu. Embers burning from the electrical damage causes the sprinklers to go off, as the water puts Onix to rest. To add more skin burn, Ash commands Pikachu a Thunder Bolt to go with the water, cleaning Onix's clock. The moment Pikachu is told to lay down one final submission, Brock's siblings stop Ash from doing anymore damage. Ash calls off the match, explaining the reality of the situation; Misty exhales a sigh of relief, seeing he can
be a nice guy after all (it pays to be optimistic, huh Misty?). With Ash and Pikachu continuing on, Brock stops them and offers the grand prize: a Boulder Badge. After finally accepting the prize, Flint unveils his true identity. It is then Brock journeys with Ash in his personal quest to be the world's Pokémon breeder, while Misty continues to tag along asking restitution for her bike. On the other hand, TR fails to set down plans to kidnap any more Pokémon, leaving them in the dust of the trap they set up.
The third episode Clefairy and the Moon Stone
seems like a crash course on science and a little astronomy. Ash and crew approach Mount Moon: the haven for many scientists analyzing and composing various theories about the meteor that supposedly crashed at the site. They're introduced to Seymour the Scientist, whose talk is heavily poetic.
"Man's best friend is a Pokémon."
- Seymour the Scientist
As our heroes learn the history of the Moon Stone, said to be about a million years old, TR takes responsibility in hanging the lights throughout the entire cave causing bad conditions among the Pokémon that live inside. A battle ensues as Butterfree and Brock's newly caught Zubat go up against TR's usual Koffing and Ekans. The moment Zubat casts Supersonic, which causes confusion, Koffing and Ekans are tied up (and...what the heck are they doing to each other??). Anyway, Butterfree finishes the battle with a Whirlwind sweeping TR off into an abyss. Meanwhile, Seymour and Misty escape with Clefairy holding a valuable Moon Stone, when Meowth show up holding Clefairy hostage for the Moon Stone. Misty summons Staryu and its Water Gun attack blows Meowth into a water balloon and out he goes. Now that the crew takes a breather, Brock shows his new snack made just for Pokémon. Clefairy and Pikachu conversing, Pikachu tells folks on their next destination: another cave where the Moon Stone resides. At this area, a herd of Clefairies appear celebrating their praises for the Moon Stone. Pikachu tells Ash all about the goings-on randomly guessing the Clefairies were doing the Macarena (hah!). After Pikachu plays a game of charades, Seymour confirms the theories of the Moon Stone and rituals from the Clefairies that go along with it. Once again, TR shows up and steals the Moon Stone as Onix digs in to stop the robbery. It is then the Clefairies cast Metronome, thus eliminating the enemies out of site—Team Rocket, that is. Moon Stones fall from above landing on some of the foreheads of the Clefairies evolving them into Clefable—one of the rarest Pokémon in the world, according to Ash's Pokédex. Ash and crew congratulate Seymour, as he chooses to live with the Clefairies and thanks out heroes for all the help. They run into a sign showing the direction to Cerulean City—Misty looking bummed out about it—and Brock points to some scribbling on the sign written by Gary, calling out Ash being a loser.
What more can I say? This is yet another well presented set of episodes on this volume. On these episodes, you learn about not making excuses, accepting reality like caring for who you love, being more responsible, learn from losing and, well, any valuable item holding legendary meaning and historical theories shouldn't be taken. I have to say, being only the second volume of this series, on VHS, this is by far my favorite volume. I watch these set of episodes a lot. However, I must admit: Samurai's voice was rather annoying at times.
Like these volumes, they come with the complete PokéRap music video of all 150 Pokémon, and ends with the credits. As for the advertisements shown at the end, it's the same three ads shown on the first volume...with an extra one. This extra is the first one that's shown—an advertisement for Pokémon high bounce balls and action figures available, made by HASBRO. Because my sister and I have kept all our Pokémon goodies together, I sure hope I can find them. Maybe I'll upload pictures of them on the Photo Gallery page.
Who's That Pokémon?
Ep.004 - Metapod
Ep.005 - Onix
Ep.006 - Clefairy
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