I would dare to take your comparison to Hunter J and Team Galactic a step further - anyone remember the Iron Island arc? Aside from a couple of game characters showing up and a pretty exciting climax, not much at all really happened to set it apart from previous episodes, especially the massive raid the entire team minus Charon staged on Celestic Town. Yet, it was received pretty well. I'll concede that Fujio and Stella weren't the most exciting COTDs and that the last battle could have taken place on the other side of the time portal, but really, this was Team Rocket's Iron Island arc. So... what gives?