One lunatic's love-hate relationship with the Pokémon franchise, and his addled musings on its rights, wrongs, ins and outs. Come one, come all, and indulge my delusions of grandeur as I inflict my opinions on anyone within shouting distance.
The next episode is something that makes thematic sense for me to do as a Christmas thing? That never happens!
Strictly speaking, Holiday Hi-Jynx isn’t the next episode (you can tell because Charmander hasn’t evolved and Togepi hasn’t joined the team yet); it was probably meant to happen around the same time as Pikachu’s Goodbye but got derailed by the same mess surrounding the Porygon episode that caused Snow Way Out to be rescheduled. But it’s usually been aired a couple of slots after It’s Mr. Mime Time, while Ash is theoretically supposed to be back in Pallet Town, and IT’S CHRISTMAS, DAMNIT so let’s talk about the Jynx episode, and then ramble about Christmas traditions and Santa for a while.
We begin with Team Rocket kidnapping Santa Claus as he comes down their chimney. Because they are Team Rocket.
Ruby: Look, it’s perfectly simple; as my personal minion, everything you know about the Mega Stones now belongs to me. Amaldos: And so the stars belong in the sky, yet the sky never sought to constrain the stars to wait out the dawn. Ruby: Yeah, but… that’s not… that analogy makes no sense. Amaldos: Of course not; for my senses have taken leave of me. Ruby: If you’re not going to help me find the stones, then why did you want to come along with us in the first place? Amaldos: There is something new under the sun, old tricks learned again on borrowed time… and soon, a bolt from the blue. In a matter of life and death, sometimes a Liepard must find more than one way to skin a Purugly in order to change its spots. Ruby: …okay, sure. And… the reason I can’t try using yours is…? Amaldos: It is mine. Ruby: Ah. Well. Fair enough, then. Amaldos: When you despise something, keep it close; if it leaves you, it was never worth your hatred in the first place. Spruce: But if the journey is more important than the destination, then why is the road less travelled… um… always blocked by construction workers? Amaldos: [long silence] Spruce: And how does someone who walks off the beaten path find their way up the garden path? Ruby: Uh… Amaldos: An Accelgor can never catch a Torkoal that has been given a head start. There is a place nearby where moss gathers on the wrong side of the trees. Come, blinded one; let us find your stone and set it rolling. Ruby: [to Spruce] How the hell do you even do that? Spruce: [shrugs helplessly]