For a 'filler' this episode was a rather good one, actually. The combination of Shinji, Chimchar, and the whole Stantler-mirages all shlepped together made it pretty darn funny at some points.
Firstly, Chimchar. By god I officially love that little flaming ape now. Just looking at it, you know that its just desperate to have some real fun. The whole Whac-a-mole thing when it was battling Turtwig was cute, and its voice is adorable. It's so interesting that they gave Shinji a Pokemon with a personality completely opposite to him, and I think they did a nice job of having it keep its lovable side, while at the same time delivering combos that are just Shinji-signature. Awesome~
The Stantler mirages were interesting, mainly what they did to the background music, gave it a 'distorted' feel and all that. And some of Ash's comments were just plain random, that you had to laugh. Like:the second time Ash gets confused by a Stantler, he says in this really dazed, dense voice: "A desert...in a forest?" (You gotta hear it to enjoy it.)
And the time he was surrounded by the whole hoard of them, he was reading something off the PokeDex and said, "That's it! Don't look at the antlers!" and as soon as he looks up, he sees all of their antlers. And just before he drifts off into La-la land, he says in this really expressionless voice, "...I looked!"
Shinji was plain nasty in this one, which I love. The Voice Actor really nailed his voice; a good mix of arrogance, cockiness, and indifference. He did say 'pathetic' a bit too much for my taste, but that's probably his catch phrase or something so its not that big of a deal.
Ooh, lots. Let me recall some good moments:
Besides the word "pathetic", what else did Paul say throughout the entire episode?
(when James asks Carivine to fire off a Bullet Seed at Paul and Chimchar...)
ASH: Quick, Paul! Get out of the way!
SHINJI: (very forcefully) Be quiet!
ASH: ...since we're both stuck in the forest, why don't we all try and get out together?
SHINJI: That sounds stupid.
ASH: What's so stupid about helping each other out?
SHINJI: I don't need help from a little kid like you!
Not too sure about the last line...don't remember completely. He says something along those lines, though...
He's so abrupt and sarcastic.....what a jerk....
....I love it~
(after catching a Stantler, he's checking the Pokedex data on it)
SHINJI: Come on! This Stantler only knows a simple Tackle attack? What a waste of time! (tosses Pokeball). Get out.
ASH: I thought that Stantler just wanted to make friends!
SHINJI: (while walking away) Friends are just....useless.
SHINJI: (during second battle vs. Ash in the eppy) C'mon. When will this end?
ASH: We end when I WIN!
... after battle...
SHINJI: (smirk) We end when I win.
(Chimchar is celebrating cutely)
SHINJI: (To Chimchar) Being pathetic is nothing to celebrate about.
(Chimchar looks rejected. Awww...)
Pretty decent episode overall. Worth my time, just for the laughs and for Shinji~
Can't wait to see him again at Oreburgh now ^.^
"Why don't you buy your cane in a medical supply store like a normal cripple?"