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Japanese Episode AG 002: "Kodai Pokemon to Nazo no Gundan!"
Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture: Teppouo
Pokemon Dare Da? None (Japanese), Vigoroth, Taillow, Zigzagoon, Shroomish, Kecleon, Wailmer, Serviper, Cacnea, Volbeat, Skitty, Latios, and Latias (American--sneak peek), Crobat (American--regular version)
Japanese Air Date: November 28th, 2002
American Air Date: March 15th, 2003 (sneak peek), November 8th, 2003 (Regular)
Important Characters: Umezu (Professor Alden), Aqua-Dan (Team Aqua), Magma-Dan (Team Magma), Sakaki (Giovanni), Ookido-Hakase (Professor Oak), Joi (Nurse Joy)
Important Places: Kotoki Town (Oldale Town), Touka Gym (Petalburg Gym)
Joined by the beginning trainer Haruka, the two pokemon trainers are on the way to Kotoki Town when Haruka sees a Ruriri. While trying to catch the cute pokemon, she finds out that her fire-type Achamo is weak against the water-type and her pokemon is quickly knocked out. Rushing to the nearest Pokemon Center, Satoshi and Haruka pass a young man named Umezu who's researching at the Kotoki Ruins. Satoshi and Haruka continue until they reach the Pokemon Center, where Achamo is given to Joi for the night. As Satoshi gives Haruka a tour of the center, they meet up with Umezu again and are shown to his lab. He reveals to the young trainers that he's trying to uncover the secrets of the ruins and the pokemon that are rumored to be inside. Suddenly, the power goes out and Umezu is abducted by the Magma-Dan. As Musashi-tachi work to set up a branch of the Rocket-Dan in the Houen Region (as doing so would earn them a promotion), Umezu is forced to open the Ruins for the Magma-Dan. The mysterious group reports that the information they're looking for isn't to be found there, so they leave the scene in their helicopter. Satoshi and Haruka manage to catch up with Umezu and go with him into the ruins to witness the home of the ancient pokemon Jiransu! After a well-deserved rest, Satoshi decides to go to the Touka City Gym to try to earn his first badge. But Haruka doesn't seem as enthusiastic...
What I found funny about the dub was Professor Alden. I dunno, but for some reason he just reminded me of Brad from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I swear I cracked up when Professor Alden said "Great Scott!" in that cheesy over-the-top way. Yes, I'm easily amused...
Aside from the pitch, the big tip-off that her lines were redubbed were the lines that were different from the sneak peek version. The first rewrite occurs right after she orders her Torchic to use its Peck attack against the wild Azurill.
Torchic! Oh~! Wait for me!"
The other line that's different takes place at the end of the episode, when May is getting her Torchic back from Nurse Joy. Her reaction to Torchic's clean bill of health is slightly different:
Thank you. OK, come out!"
Like the first episode, it's nothing major. I think it's great that they let Veronica Taylor go back and redub her first two episodes as May after letting her get used to the character--such a thing is seldomly done. In any case, I'm glad that after this episode, I won't have to compare any more episodes to their sneak peek versions, so that's less work for me.
Maybe they cut it out because they thought it looked too much like the Rocket-Dan flipping the bird?
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