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    That little girl used to creep me out so bad

    One of my fav episodes of Kanto too, Sabrina was the best of all gym leader characters for me.

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    This is probably one of my favourite episodes of Pokemon ever. The use of the little doll girl was brilliant for Sabrina's psychic and mysterious character. Also, the battle was great and the dolls house part was just plain creepy. If this happened to every challenger, Sabrina would definitely be impossible to defeat. Best Gym Leader ever? o:

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    Shouldn't this thread be named "Abra And The Psychic Showdown"?
    Anyway I think this is probably one of my favourite episodes in the whole Animé series. The way that they reveal Sabrina's character through the doll is amazing. And so is the way that she can telepathically communicate with her Pokémon in battle. The only thing I didn't like is the way that the episode makes Psychic trainers seem like the best. Sabrina seems impossible to beat, and to be honest, if you could communicate with your Pokémon like that, you probably would be impossible to beat!!

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    Cool episode, even though Psychic types were shown as unbeatable Übers. James as a Hawaii girl was awesome, just like all his other crossdressing moments. The dollhouse was a nice idea as well. I like this episode. 10/10.

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    A scary episode to introduce Sabrina, a psychic and mysterious character. The doll she had creeped me out as well as the doll house.
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    Poor Brock never got his cake! And the look on Misty's face when Ash's pants are down is hilarious!!! LOL!!!

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    Although they wanted to show Abra's Teleporting only self, I wish it would've done a few other attacks and not just Teleporting like it does in the games in the wild. Sabrina and her doll still scare me like crazy after all these years for some reason...
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    It is indeed creepy.

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    Sabrina was probably the most toughest gym leader Ash had ever had to face -considering his inexperience around that time. That whole evil theme with the hopelessness of Ash in battle with some risks at stake made it even more better in general. This episode definitely was not the most epic battle out of the entire Kanto saga, but the things around it and the personality of Sabrina made it all around it probably the most interesting gym leader out of the entire Kanto series.

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    Eah there go the writers again with their antics, this time overpowering the psychic types. :/ Teleport is supposed to be used to end a battle. How's any opponent supposed to win? Gym leaders aren't supposed to be completely invincible in battle.

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    In all fairness in Gen 1 Psychic pokemon were absolute beasts so Ash having a hard time with Sabrina makes sense
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    Sabrina's a really tough Trainer. I kind want her to be like that in the games. And this is the first Gym battle where the Gym Leader's Pokemon evolved during the battle.

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    Psychic types were demigods in Gen 1, so it'd actually make sense for them to portray Sabrina as being near invincible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battra View Post
    A good episode no other gym leader in the series will match Sabrina in her cold and callous nature as she comes off in this episode.
    Exactly. I love everything about Sabrina back in this point in time, especially the outfit. This is pretty much my favorite episode of the entire Pokemon anime.
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    The episode was good, Sabrina was one of my favorite gym leaders

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    As a children's show, Pokémon is known for being light-hearted and goofy as the audience follows Ash on his journey and watches him grow and interact with friends. Occasionally, however, creepy elements sneak their way through, such as the Beedrill swarm and the legend of Maiden's Peak. “Abra and the Psychic Showdown” is notable for being an episode full of creepiness if not downright nightmare fuel. It is the debut episode of Sabrina the teenage witch of Saffron City Gym, and from the very first minute of the episode, she is introduced as a mysterious, shadowy character with a young girl on her lap accompanied by a mysterious song composing of a dark piano melody and what sounds like cries in the background.

    Yeah, not creepy at all. Excuse me for a minute while I change my underwear.

    For those of us who didn't know how the games went, needless to say we had no idea what was going to happen. We didn't know who Sabrina was, or what she did, and thus her role was more-or-less a mystery—as it should be. For those who did know about Sabrina, they probably wondered why the girl was there and why she scared them so much. I do not blame you, the girl creeped me out, too. But luckily, mood whiplash exists to make us laugh by having Ash and the others get confused at the sudden celebration of them walking into the city—right after Ash falls off a cliff because of said-girl. (Too bad this episode didn't air on Halloween, albeit it was still in October.)

    I have to say that Team Rocket's disguise is probably one of their weirdest, yet better ones thus far as they were not recognizable except for Jessie's voice, though a normal person would probably question why Hawaiians are handing out leis in the middle of a city at night. (But then again, Team Rocket hasn't really been in a lot of disguises right now, this is their... I want to say third disguise.) It's funnier when James speaks normally while in-disguise after grabbing Pikachu even though his falsetto is even more of a falsetto than it was as a valley girl. But the humor peaks when Ash freaks out over the realization they kissed him on the cheek.

    Then it immediately stops being funny when the girl shows up and paralyzes Jessie and James, but then she rescues Pikachu and the others. Odd how she has a bit of ambiguity to her. I mean, she leads Ash over a cliff, but then she saves them. Adds to the mystery and creepiness, anyway. Now I love how Sabrina's gym is also an institute for psychics, but it's only glanced over, sadly. And I'm sorry to say this, but the guy who approaches them reminds me of a brunette Wizardmon complete with a strange, gruff accent. I don't know, must be the hair. The best humor in this episode has to be when Ash bends the spoon forcibly and laughs about “muscle over mind”.

    And it stops being funny when the girl appears to mind-screw the guy. Does she torture the people there like that all the time? Despite that, Sabrina remains one of my favorite gym leaders. Thing is she doesn't become my favorite until a little bit later, but she proves herself unique here. For one thing, outside of Brock and Misty, Sabrina has a story behind her character. Lt. Surge had a personality, sure, but we didn't get much out of him. With Sabrina, the mystery is set up for us immediately that is eventually revealed over time. But until then, all we know about her is she's emotionless and ruthless. That's not something you usually see in Pokémon, but one trait out of many the Indigo League saga is well-known for are the personalities given to its gym leaders along with their gym battles. Not that other seasons don't do this, but as it was possible they still believed the show was going to be only one season at this point, the writers felt they had to give the gym leaders some characterization outside of their games. And it works really well in terms of being memorable. Sabrina happens to be one of the better successes because of her uniqueness.

    Another is this is our first encounter with a (pure) Psychic-type Pokémon, and the anime doesn't pull any punches to show off just how powerful they can be. We don't notice it with Abra, but once it evolves (very quickly, might I add, which isn't exactly realistic due to being sudden), almost at a glance we can tell Ash is screwed. What happens is the manipulation of lightning bolts that chase down Pikachu, then followed by a silly little pantomime as Kadabra controls Pikachu's body before it suddenly becomes brutal with it slamming him up and down without hesitation.

    Damn. They really wanted to show off Psychics even if it's only a tiny sample of what they can do. And this is about a year before we get to see Mewtwo, a more powerful Psychic, in action. (And considering there are few Psychic Pokémon at this point, the chances of seeing another one is few, but the next Psychic we do meet has a different power to show how versatile Psychic types are.)

    The reveal of the dollhouse is quite possibly one of the creepiest things in the anime by far. Already you should know something is amiss by the bright colors and stillness of the outside world. When they walk into a house, the fact no one's around should tip you off if the cake being a lie—I mean fake doesn't. But the reveal of a doll in the bathtub and how it's looking at him through the mirror just right before the roof is taken off. Then Ash and the others are chased down a long path as the little girl walks behind them with her ball. Seriously, whoever played the voice of the young girl (probably Liza Ortiz) did her job really well. Her laugh and monotone voice is freaking creepy, and it manifests itself in this scene.

    Luckily for them, a Chekhov's gun shows up: the man they met earlier who warned them to avoid Sabrina. Turns out he's a psychic, and he tries to get Ash to give up on challenging Sabrina through such means as... controlling him and making his pants fall down. Okay then. Funny, but odd. (Also funny is how before he ran to punch Mewtwo, he went up against a man with telekinesis who kept shooting him back. So in the movie, would that be a case of a nice callback, or something?) Once he's impressed enough by him, he tells him to go to Lavender Town and get himself a Ghost Pokémon.

    And as we all know, only three Ghost Pokémon existed at this time, and they are unfortunately half-Poison and that Ghost-type moves didn't affect Psychics, and thus the balance was still broken. But games do not equal the anime, so no matter what, a Ghost was going to do the trick. Right?

    Well... they do tricks, all right. I'll have on a fresh pair of underwear by then.

    (Love the stinger of Team Rocket still being paralyzed, by the way. Always is a nice touch to have a brick joke at the end, Indigo League was good at that.)
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    I watched this episode in Japanese yesterday and it wasn't all-that different from the dubbed version; the BGM was good though and from the little Japanese that I understand, the plot was essentially the same. I'm still surprised by how much psychic powers Sabrina/Natsume had though. She was able to make Abra evolve using her will alone and that was pretty creepy; I'm surprised that she wasn't accused of cheating lol. Anyway, one of my favorite scenes from this episode was the beginning where Ash and friends were walking around at night. I just thought it was spooky and I miss the days when nighttime actually looked dark, not all indigo and purpley like the newer animation portrays it.

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    It's been said already, but Psychic types were OP back in the old days of Pokemon, so of course Sabrina is portrayed as nigh on indestructible.
    I forgot how creepy she was. Also, its a shame she wasn't like this in the games she was in. Off-topic but, this episode made me feel that Lt. Surge should have the attitude he had in Electric Shock Showdown in the games.

    Abra itself was a bit creepy in this episode, what with the unsettling tone it used to say it's name.

    That dollhouse scene: creeeeeeeepy as sin!
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