Pancham! Pancham! And more Pancham! I love Pancham! I love saying Pancham! I love typing the name Pancham!
As for the episode, for a episode about Pancham, they really didn't stand out all that much. Don't get me wrong, I loved the Pancham duo and I was positively tickled that is was Serena who scanned the Panchams with her Pokedex (finally putting it to use) but I think I enjoyed the Starters being lost more as we got to see their personalities here. I loved Froakie in this episode. The water frog is just too cool a Pokemon and I enjoy seeing it in this episode. We got to see a bit of Fennekin's personality, I guess she didn't want anyone seeing her messed up tail. Yes I refer to Fennekin as a girl as of now. Froakie comes to Fennekin's rescue and our second ship of the season is born. Ironic considering who their trainers are. Chespin was more or less the same but it was still enjoyable. My main problem with this episode was there was just too much Team Rocket. I'm sorry, but I could have used less of them here as they were not as entertaining as last episode. I didn't realize they were going to be heavily in this episode, but I should have seen it coming.
The group interaction remains very well. I finally got to see Serena and Clemont strike up a conversation. Pancham and Pangoro were awesome. It was a twist to see Pangoro like lose it's fighting power when it lost it's leaf thing, but that was all part of the episode. Team Rocket got Pumpkaboo and it was pretty powerful but so are all of TR's Pokemon when they debut, but to be fair Inkay has been a mini wrecking ball so maybe Pumpkaboo will be as well. The ending was...I'll admit humorous, I did get a chuckle at main character hunger. It has it's moments and this one was done in a funny way. Overall not my fave episode but I enjoyed it and Pancham.
Seriously Serena, why didn't you catch one? When the group lost their Pokemon, Ash, Clemont, and even Bonnie had at least one Pokemon left, Serena was at everyone elses mercy. Get a second Pokemon. Well at least they showed us Fennekin chomping on the Braxien twig. Please let that be foreshadowing.
RIP anime version of Glovehead. Pokemon Adventures will save you.