Join Ash, Brock and Misty on their continuing quest to collect Pokémon, make friends, and battle their way to the Indigo League! This Part 2 Season 1 box set includes 26 episodes of Pokémon fun and adventure!
As the first season of the runaway hit fantasy Pokémon
concludes, Ash, Misty, and Brock continue their journey to the Pokémon League, a journey that was the focus of the original Red and Blue versions of the game. Most of the episodes follow a set pattern: Ash and his companions encounter a trainer with a new type of Pokémon; the initial friction between them disappears when they ally to combat the comic villainy of Team Rocket. At the end of each episode, the trio walks into the sunset, having made a new friend. Ash makes little progress in his quest to become a Pokémon Master, except in episode 31, when he wins the Soul Badge (the sixth of the required eight) at the Fuchsia City Gym. But each program offers a lesson that emphasizes friendship, perseverance, good sportsmanship, and/or ecological awareness. In episode 36, Ash tries to get Pikachu to stay with the wild members of his species, but their emotional bond proves too strong. The trio wins the respect of a punk cycle gang when they ride 10 miles in the rain to take medicine to a sick Pokémon. Although it's product-based and excessively cute at times, Pokémon
is far more entertaining than such smarmy, shamelessly commercial properties as Strawberry Shortcake
and The Care Bears
debuted in America in 1995, and a new group of kids are convinced they've "Gotta Catch 'Em All" (the English translation of Pokémon Getto Daze!
, literally "Let's Get Pokémon!"). (Rated A, all ages: cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon