At least Snivy forced a mid-battle evolution out of Riolu, that's something. But it's sad she has the same move-set she came with when she was caught in episode 7. Oshawott, Boldore, Palpitoad, and Unfezant all disappointed.
Just for once I'd like to see Ash go a region without having to catch a obligatory bird. Catch something else that flies lol. I also wouldn't have minded if Krokorok was caught earlier as a Sandile, and I'm surprised they took so long to give it to Ash.