So I heard that people are looking forward to my always-entertaining flamethrower of opinions. Well, guess what?
I liked these episodes! Unlike the sheer disappointment that was the Kami Trio arc, this one actually gave Team Rocket plenty to do, and they were actually active in trying to accomplish their goal this time instead of sitting by and doing nothing. It really reminded me of what they originally seemed to be when they were first introduced, before they were allowed to regress into the pathetic jokes they were for so long. These episodes also stepped up Dr. Zager as one of this series's major antagonists, and I think he really shined.
AgentPierce, as often as we disagree, you're absolutely right this time. 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?
This is not going to be the last we hear of this, I think. If the Dream Energy could come back once, I don't think there's any reason why it and the Chargestones couldn't be used for something else, especially with Dragonspiral Tower coming up. Zager still has the Dream Energy, the Chargestones and all the data from this operation, so there is absolutely no reason we shouldn't hear about this again.
All projects cancelled. Goodbye.