I'm beginning to love the Chinchou line now ^_^
Chinchou's voice, dubbed or not, was great.
I liked the idea of them drying out when they're out of water for too long. Rather like amphibians.
Dayton(however you spell that) was a cool One-off character, IMO. His love for Bright(decent nickname ftw) was also great. And falling off the cliff....unexpected, but in the animé, unexpected is good.
The writers really thought this episode out, I thought. It wasn't directly touched upon, but Dayton leading the Chinchou to the sea was a test of responsbility, to see how he handles situations without his father.
Brock and Misty being absent also helped, because it gave us a bit of time to see how Ash would handle himself in situations like this.
TR was also absent for most of the ep, and what they did accomplish helped advance the plot. Excellent. And their final appearance was cool, what with the swirling smoke cloud and the indestructible cage.
Ash and Misty arguing was a bit amusing. Nothing special, really.
9.3 out of 10
This was really a prime Johto episode, IMO. Touched upon a quite neglected Pokémon and had an interesting plot. TR wasn't the annoying nuisance they usually are, either, so that's always good.
The 8th Champion