they really made ghastly, haunter, and gengar seem like some really scary i can't believe i'm seeing a ghost type of characters. they emphasize it so much. of course it's normal to show them this way, but then you compare it to future episodes where they show a misdreavus, sableye, and duskulls like nothing. at first it was "wow, i can't believe it, a ghost pokemon"! then it turned into, "oh, a ghost pokemon, okay". but this episode was awesome. i still didn't like that haunter was the one that went with ash instead of gengar, but that's my opinion.
and did ash die for a while? i wonder if this episode would've been banned today because of that.