Rewatched this epsiode because I was on a League binge. Christ this League was...disappointing to say the least. My fault for holding out too much hope for this battle, especially since Ash vs. Stephan was actually decent.
However in some ways it was a disappointing end to the Unova league. Cameron did only bring 5 Pokémon to a full battle and still won decisively which may have left some people with the impression that Ash is weak or that his Unova Team was weak. It wasn't, I actually think Ash's best team was his Unova team. I maintain that this loss would not have been as bad if Ash had performed better in some of the tournament arches. I strongly feel he should have won the battle with Iris in the first BW series. The most disappointing thing is this result seems to have turned the fandom against Cameron, which is sad because he is a good character. They should have introduced him earlier and had him more involved in the plot of major episodes. I would like to have seen Ash and Cameron take on Team Plasma side by side.
Virgil winning the entire league is a little bit of a stretch. He's entire team consists of Eevees. While I like Eevee and it's evolved forms because there cute, there not the strongest Pokémon in terms of defence or attack stats. I personally think given the chance Ash could have beaten Virgil in a battle with his Unova team. Think about it. Oshawott could take out Flareon. Snivy would beat Vaporeon. Scraggy would match up well against Umbreon. Krokodile would defeat Jolteon no problem. Pikachu against Espeon maybe and Pignite for Glaceon. Not sure about Eevee but either Pikachu or Scraggy.
Personally I think having Ash win the League would have been a pleasant end to what was at times a rather poorly written series and would have made up for his losses in the other tournaments. I would have loved to see as accept the trophy at the ceremony. it would something like;
Ash: I owe this to all my Pokémon. We did it Pikachu
Pikachu: Pika Pikapi
Then Oshawott pops out of his Pokémon, knocks Ash off his shoulder and cries out 'Osha Osha' proudly. Pikachu then tried to thunderbolt him but hits Ash instead. Maybe Ash could even have given Pikachu a kiss on the cheek. It would have been so cute.
I'm actually more mad at the Sinnoh loss than the Unova one. The fact that a trainer can enter a tournament with legendary Pokémon that doesn't even need to train just seems like cheating more than anything, especially as legendaries are regarded as Uber in the games and not allowed in certain tournaments. That was the biggest joke ever. And who was Tobias anyway. Big silent bloke who I thought was quite arrogant - "Look at me I have legendary Pokémon. You mere mortals can tremble at my feet. What's that. My Darkrai has been defeated. Oh dear. I shall have to take out my second legendary Pokémon. Please kill Pikachu quickly Latios. I'm going to be late my for a spot of Tea with the Governor-General."
The fact that Unova was a drop from previous leagues isn't really unreasonable. You can't expect him to do well in every league. And Cameron is clearly a skilled and dedicated trainer who loves and cares for his Pokémon. He's certainly not dark mysterious I'm late for tea with the Governor-General Tobias with his Darkrai and Latios. Cameron is a way better character than Tobais. At least he's good natured and recognises he has fault and unlike Tobais has a strong bond with his Pokémon (Tobais never complemented Darkrai once). It's much more believable that Riolu would evolve and come through for Cameron than Tobais mopping the floor with Ash's team with his Uber Pokés on his way to tea at Government house.
And Cameron is not an unlikeable character. He's way better than Tobias. I thought he was quite a good addition. He's energetic, quirky, confident and a bit of a scatterbrain. He was shown to develop quite a strong friendship with Ash. They were kindred spirits as a I've said before. The only disappointment was that Cameron was not introduced early enough. He should have appeared in the early series and had more involvement in the plot line. I would liked to have seen him fight either Team Rocket or Team Plasma with Riolu alongside Ash.
The fact that Ash was angry when he lost to Paul in DP is more of a reflection that he really didn't like Paul. Paul is the worst character Pokémon has ever come up. He is literally the worst S*** in the entire anime (though Hunter J may give him a run for his money). He mistreats Pokémon, only values strength and riches and was nasty and demeaning to Ash and took pleasure in his humiliation and in injuring his Pokémon friends. The bloke deserves to be eaten by a Cofagrigus. So it's not unreasonable that Paul would make Ash feel bad, where as Cameron was very civil and sportsman like and he and Ash shook hands and left the stadium as friends. That's the sort of thing you want to see not depression.
Also the point of the loss to Brawly was to showcase a great deal of immaturity in Ash's character. He lost that battle because he mistreated and expected too much from Treeko whom he later apologised to. He beat Brawly by learing the error of his ways. It's completely different to BW where he was shown to have grown up and treated his Pokémon with love and respect.
If anything I'm surprised he wasn't more upset about his loss to the Sinnoh League. Tobias totally cheated and he was okay with it. I would have been livid if were him about loosing to a cheater with legendary Pokémon for goodness sake. And yet people give him a hard time over loosing a hard fought battle with Cameron who earned the win.
This battle was atrocious. It really made not only Ash but Boldore, Unfezant, Oshawott and Snivy look horrible. Had Cameron used his sixth Pokemon and one of the four Pokemon I mentioned defeated it, I wouldn't have minded this battle so much.
Also, what happened to Attract?
Overall it's not that bad a result. To have pulled this off it shows Cameron is a strong competent trainer as good or better than Ash. I wonder why people struggle to accept that.
That was cool how the end of the episode was like the end of the league arc in the OS.
Even though I saw Ash getting defeated coming, I still thought, for just a moment, he was going to pull a win out of his butt right at the last second. Then that Aura Sphere hit Pikachu, and it was all over.
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He acts like someone who just got his first Pokemon. There is no way he should be stronger than Ash.
The result was disappointing but Cameron is still a great character and I've stated before I think he should have been introduced earlier in the series and been involved more often. People are being way too hard on Cameron for some of the mistakes he makes. It's worst remembering that Pokémon is still a children's show regardless of how much of a cult following it has and that younger audiences are likely to find someone like Cameron funny. His exploits are comic relief there is no need to take them so seriously. He's no more stupid than Team Rocket were in the first four generations or even Ash himself in the original series (he went into his journey knowing nothing and did not obtain his first few badges through an actual battle). In any case, we've seen a number of situations where one of Ash's or another main character's Pokémon has evolved in order to turn the tables on a battle (e.g. Ash's Tepig). Therefore it's not unreasonable to see another character's beloved Pokémon evolve to get them out of a bad situation. Hardly unreasonable given Riolu evolve through friendship. It just so happened in this instance that Ash was on the receiving end of the power of the bond between trainer and Pokémon when usually he is the one benefiting from it. I actually think the reason the result was disappointing was mainly because Ash had fared poorly in competitions prior to the league and that the story line of BW was weak.
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