I skipped a few episodes because I really wanted to see this one. Maybe I´ll watch the other episodes later, but I don´t really feel like it until now. THIS episode on the other hand really entertained me.
If only this little event could have been a two parter. The tournament felt more than rushed, even Satoshi´s and Jun´s battle was just a little freeze frame slideshow...Why waste the possibilty of an exciting two-parter because of some Oak-napping?
The final battle against Palmer was veeeery, veeery cool. Not many battles in this anime keep me on the edge of my seat, but this one surely did. And considering the outcome was clear as crystal from the beginning, this really means something.
Grotle needs more battles like that...Satoshi´s strategy of swallowing attacks was a neat idea, but I hope it won´t get overused as it would be kinda cheap in the long run.
Palmer´s personality corresponds perfectly with Jun´s and I hope we´ll see more of him later.