Everytime Ash loses I always remember his promise to himself "I'll never lose to that guy again"... when does he plan to make good on that? Anyway I can't believe they had Ash lose so badly, although I thought his Pokemon put up a great fight, and I loved the use of the countershields. I also think that Pikachu could have beaten Magmortor had it gone on (maybe Paul knew that too?) But when in God's name is with that Ursaring??!! It seemed unstoppable, and I hated how all those status problems worked in Paul's favor, first the burn, then the paralysis, and Monferno's paralysis? That's just too much! And why does Light Screen act like a protect for the whole team?
I'm not sure where the writers are going with this, but it doesn't seem like they want Ash to catch up. I'm thinking that instead of Ash winning Paul in the League, that they'll have Paul's Pokemon end up refusing to battle the ending of a match or something, being finally fed up with him, and therefore there is Ash's "victory" although that would greatly piss me off.