It just seems kind of strange to me what the writers are doing. First, Pikachu is able to break Colress's device off of his head BY HIMSELF (albeit a bit of encouragement from Ash). Next, in the Mareep episode, Team Rocket fires a superpowered electric attack, which Pikachu not only counters, but is able to overpower with Thunderbolt and destroy the machine. Last, when Ash and co are in N' s forest, Pignite is defeated by Pansage and a Team Plasma grunt' s Magnezone. When Magnezone fires another Thunderbolt ( A double thunderbolt, mind you), Pikachu counters it with his own Thunderbolt and once again overpowers it, defeating Magnezone. This seems a bit strange to me how Pikachu keeps doing this. Are they setting him up for something?