I loved this episode as well. Ash and Paul have their 1st full battle and Paul seems to have a better strategy than Ash so far. The battle gets interesting and Paul's substitutions were timed nicely. 10/10.
I was surprised that Ash and Paul's full battle here had its own referee as well as a scoreboard. Anyway, I thought it was ominous that neither Gliscor or Staraptor were able to beat Paul's Torterra, although I liked that his Weavile lost against Staraptor. Paul using Electabuzz's Light Screen strategy and Honchkrow to beat Grotle was impressive.
Paul's Weavile failed epicly, which made me laugh lmao. Torterra was a beast as expected and Electabuzz was smart.
Paul's Torterra can take hits for days.
Huh I expected Lake Acuity to be frozen like we had seen in flashbacks before. Ash vs Paul was intense however, although I was glad to see Staraptor defeat Weavile as well as seeing Light Screen used.
My favorite moment was how we saw Team Rocket working the scoreboard and I thought that Paul's clever tactics outdid Ash's strategies.
One thing that interested me was when Reggie asked whether or not Ash thought about switching Pokemon for the battle. Also, Paul's battle style seemed to be different somehow.
Now I realize that if Ash goes into the battle overconfident and not on his game, he WILL lose. As for the battle itself; not a bad start. Actually knowing what Reggie, Dawn and Brock were talking about made it more interesting to watch than when I watched it raw.