Just watched the episode and i feel like the fact that pikachu showed up on the title card screen showed that this episode would focus on the pokemon and boy did it.
1st, I liked the two pancham, they were mischievous but caring. Sadly it isn't that special because we've seen a lot of cute pokemon play that card before.
2nd, I really liked pangoro though, it being show as this big tough pokemon in the beginning and then shown powerless without it's twig was nice, yeah it was basically another krokorok but this actually shows why the pangoro species has the twig.
3rd, the starters. Now that they are all in the gang, this was a good time to show their personalities. Froakie was shown to be more cautious and apparently a bit shy when it covered it's head when pikachu came?
Chespin was already built up a bit last episode so it continued with his love of food. But also it showed how he's not a coward when pangoro charged at him.
And now fennekin, fennekin got the most I think because it hasn't really had an episode to itself. It was shown to have a very cautious outlook on the way it looks when it hid it's tail when pikachu and co. came over. I liked the interaction between froakie and fennekin leading to froakie blushing. And also the twig thing was a nice reference to it's pokemon entry, I like that they are putting the things like that into their personalities.
And last, team rockets pokemon. This episode showed one thing to me...team rocket has some pretty weird pokemon, not weird in how they look. But how they act. Starting off with inkay, first off with the vacant expression on it's face while james is holding him, i was laughing at that. And then the random ink squirt at pangoro was where I lost it. I like that they gave it a weird personality like that, that's why people like wobbuffet so much, it was so random and nobody knew what it was gonna do next.
And now pumpkaboo, I've only seen it in one episode, and i already like it. The way it keeps on randomly flashing it's lights everywhere gives me another weird vibe from it and it made me laugh a bit.
Hopefully they keep up with the character development in the pokemon too like this, and hopefully it's in new ways because the whole split up thing is kinda getting overdone.