Pretty good episode, on the whole. It's a shame Bianca left already, because I really liked her in this episode. Her hyper-exuberance made her occasional ditsiness (yeah, that's probably not a real word) seem quite natural to me. I love how she just turned up randomly, and forced everyone else to work at her own pace for an episode.
The battles, though, I was less than impressed with. All Ash seems to do at the moment whenever he encounters a wild Pokémon is to send party member after party member at it, flounder about with no real idea what he's doing, switch two or three times, and eventually exhaust the foe through sheer tenacity. We saw it against Snivy, and we saw it again against Minccino, and I think it's getting boring.
With Ash vs. Bianca, honestly, Ash only won because the writers decided that he was going to win before they even choreographed it. Pignite was all over Pikachu at the beginning, and then when Pikachu's Volt Tackle and Pignite's Flame Charge collided... well, the only thing that really decided the victory was what mood the writers were in that day. I hope the battles in Unova get more interesting, because so far, I've been disappointed.
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