And no "initial plans involving Plasma" were cancelled and "could no longer be used". Most actual evidence (not stupid fans claiming BS as facts) point toward the arc with the Meteonite and black uniforms always going to be the ONLY time Team Plasma was ever going to factor in with Team Rocket's plans. Everything else would happen exactly as it has happened.
LOL! So characters shouldn't ever develop and change? If you're comic relief, you have to stay that way or it'd make no sense?If they'd been a little more serious before, it wouldn't have seemed so bad, but they were comic relief so it made no sense.
Oh, and toward the start of Kanto and on several rare occasions throughout it, they WERE more serious than they later became.