My Thoughts on Pokemon Presents | February 2021

Hey guys! As I’m writing, we’ve just had the Pokemon Presents, and I would have had this up earlier but I did have posts scheduled up until day of posting, and I also wanted to get some perspective and peer opinions. I wasn’t able to take part in any react streams (or set one up myself) because the time of the Presents also happened to coincide with the drop of Sneak’s new Neon Punch flavour, and you know I gotta get in on that!


It’s the first Presents or Direct I’ve reacted to in a while, so I’ll go over each piece of news and just give you my opinions. I managed my expectations, and all I expected was a bit more information on New Pokemon Snap, as well as some mobile app news for the likes of Pokemon GO and Pokemon Masters EX. I did promote my Sinnoh Remake Wishlist/Expectations post just to get on the hype train a little bit.


Timeline

We started off with a timeline of everything that’s happened with each generation, from Link Cables to USB Link, the anime series, the games, and the very app that started this blog – Pokemon GO. Oh the lag was real though! It did serve as a reminder to rewatch Detective Pikachu though. This took up a lot of the 20-minute run-time, though, not that it’s a bad thing, but it shows just how much happened over the last 25 years.


New Pokemon Snap

Because this is coming soon, we knew this was going to be featured. I’ve been excited for this game since it was announced, as I never got to play the original. The Pokemon in the habitats already look amazing in this feature, and the Pokemon look really dynamic and lively. This is kinda what I wanted more from the Sword/Shield games, with the added characterisation, but I suppose this is more a feature for a game that relies heavily on how the Pokemon interact with the surroundings.

I also love the idea of photo editing, making the great photo perfect! You bet I’ll be collecting my own set of photos of all of the Pokemon when I get this! It releases on 30th April, so I’m definitely buying it then!


Celebrations

We currently have updates featuring Gigantamax Pikachu, Leon and Charizard in Masters EX, Cafe Mix and Pokemon Go events. Not really much to go over there, just stuff that’s already happening in-game.


Sinnoh Remakes

Yes, we are getting Sinnoh remakes! You know something, I was expecting this! I even wrote a post of my expectations and hopes for the remakes! I’m hyped for this, and it kinda feels surreal actually seeing

The games look more like a combination of the Let’s Go and X/Y graphics, which I’m pleased with. It feels like it keeps the games more faithful to the original style in a way, and with it being outsourced to the developers of Pokemon HOME, it makes sense. Of course we’d need to adjust after the graphics of Sword/Shield, and especially when the next point of discussion launches, but it’s not as if it’s the permanent graphic style that we’re getting in future Pokemon games.

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, releasing late 2021. Yep, I’m going for Brilliant Diamond straight off the bat, it has my favourite Legendary. Not the titles I would have given them, but you know something? I’d like to see Giratina’s story somewhere in the post-game. All in all, I’d like a good shiny hunting method *PokeRadar*.

I’m choosing either Turtwig or Piplup. Fuck Chimchar.


Pokemon Legends: Arceus

We also got a new addition in the Pokemon series that we didn’t exactly expect. This also takes place in the Sinnoh region, like it’s an older version. It featured Oshawott, Rowlet and Cyndaquil as starters (for some reason), and Arceus in the promotion. Heck it, I’m taking Cyndaquil for it!

It feels like the open-world Pokemon region that people wanted, with battles and to build the first Sinnoh dex. The catching mechanic seems very interesting too. I love the idea of a feudal-era Sinnoh before the heavy civilisation. I even love the design of the older PokeBalls, and I kinda wish we’d see them in regular games.

What even is this? I was not expecting this at all. I’m so excited for it though, and I want to see more!


Those were my thoughts on the Presents! What were your thoughts? Let me know!

I Rate all of the Sneak Energy Flavours

Hey guys! I started getting into Sneak earlier in 2020, mid-pandemic, and I found it was a really amazing energy formula, and better yet it didn’t actually give me stomach cramps. I’ve tried all of the flavours, aside from some of the limited editions and earlier products. So I thought I’d give my rating out of 10 for each one!

NOTE: This is only the permanent flavours, so Blankberry and Blizzard will take a back seat for now.

EDIT (04/03/21): Neon Punch has been added to the reviews!

Spoilers: there is no bad flavour!


Stealth

I can never pinpoint what Stealth is supposed to taste like, and that’s the whole point! Stealth is pretty nice, but I couldn’t see myself drinking a whole tub for a month straight. But that’s just me. I think that’s mostly because of the lack of knowing what it tastes like, more than anything. It’s quite sharp, but I do like it.

Rating: 7/10


Tropikilla

This was originally the only one that I wasn’t as fond of, and that’s because I was really into GFuel’s Tropical Rain at the time. Now that I’ve given it a while, I can say that I do enjoy it. Perhaps not as much as some of the other flavours, but it’s really nice and refreshing. I still probably wouldn’t have it as a first choice though.

Rating: 7/10


Purple Storm

This is a lovely flavour, and is also Connor’s favourite flavour! I’m currently going through a tub of it, and it’s a really enjoyable drink, kinda reminiscent of Vimto. It’s one that I will recommend as a good flavour to start off with, if nothing else.

Rating: 8/10


Strawberry Watermelon

Strawberry Watermelon…I barely taste the srawberry, and it’s mostly watermelon for me. However, that’s not even a bad thing, as I love this flavour, it’s really refreshing, and if you don’t have spare Blizzard left I recommend Strawberry Watermelon for that refreshing feeling, especially in summer. It does help that I love the taste of watermelon.

Rating: 8/10


Blue Raspberry

For me, I always say that Blue Raspberry was what GFuel’s Sour Blue Chug Rug should have been. I never liked the Chug Rug, but Blue Raspberry is just smooth with the right amount of sourness to me. It’s one that I’ve ordered alongside Neon Punch for this month, and I’m excited to try it with the rest of Blizzard!

Rating: 9/10


Neon Punch

Why is this so good? I’m just so happy it’s a permanent flavour, because this rocks! It’s really refreshing, and it’s definitely climbed high, probably tied in fourth with Blue Raspberry.

Rating: 9/10


Cherry Bomb

This will probably always be my favourite flavour, as I adore cherry-flavoured things above all else. This is why Cherry Bomb hits the spot just right! It’s also so good with Blizzard and Blankberry! It was also the first flavour that I tried from when I got a sample box. It does make me want a cola flavour just so I could mix them and have the best flavour on earth – cherry cola. Why do you think I have a wax melt coming out that’s named after me?

Rating: 10/10


Sour Apple

Sour Apple definitely tastes like those apple sweets that you can find, and it tastes so good! On the first sip I knew it would be tied with Cherry Bomb as my favourite flavour. It’s not too sour, but it’s because I love sour sweets anyway. I actually don’t really want to try Sour Apple and Cherry Bomb together, although I’m curious.

Rating: 10/10


Generations Bubblegum

I missed out on the matching shaker for this one (boo), but I really did enjoy this flavour – although I think Connor enjoyed it more than I did, considering he loves bubblegum. I haven’t had it in a little while, but it’s still a good flavour. More for Connor than for me though. The next one is the better of the set though.

Rating: 8/10


Generations Strawberry

This smells and tastes like strawberry shortcake, to the point where Connor always calls it ‘strawberry shortcake’, which isn’t far off, admittedly. I just love the sweet taste, and I did manage to cop the shaker to go with this one, at least.

Rating: 10/10

Blog News and Other Announcements!

Hey guys! I was originally going to post an anime review looking back at an anime that I had seen. But instead, there is some news!


As you may have noticed, we actually bought a domain name this Tuesday, so everything from here on will be devoid of the “.wordpress” in the URLs. Previous Tweets linking to my posts will still redirect to this page, so don’t worry! But this is huge, and it’s all because of you guys, that have clicked on this site and shown support! I really couldn’t have done it without you! These past few months we’ve been going from strength to strength. I would say that this is the beginning of me being an actual travel blogger, but considering the world right now, I just can’t, sadly. Hopefully when we start getting more vaccinations and everything starts opening up again,

However, we do have a lot of upcoming series and posts, as well as our continuations of existing series. Nothing is fundamentally changing here, just the URL. And I’m excited! You’re still getting the series reviews, the Community Day posts, Pokemon GO events, Gym Team posts and the usual Top 10 posts. In the future though, I do hope that I can pick up the travel posts again!


Today is also the release of February’s edition of Ongo Key News, a local newsletter that we have in our town. The reason why this month’s edition is so important is because I actually have a feature article, showcasing Miss Lola’s Scents, my wax melt business that I will hopefully be launching on April 30th, if all goes well. You can see the link to our Facebook page in the sidebar as well as right here, please go ahead and give it a like to keep up to date there, and buy the products if you live in the UK! If you’re international, I’ll strive to do international sales at a future date.


As for my book of short stories, it’s still getting there! I do have until the end of the year to keep writing that! I haven’t been writing any short stories for this site purely because of my prioritising the book instead of this site.


And with that, that’s the run-down of announcements! Thanks for checking in!

Top 5 Black Mirror Episodes

Hey guys! I’ve been talking about every Black Mirror episode at length for a long while now, and now that’s over, I might as well go over my top 5 Black Mirror episodes. And because these are pretty much interchangeable, this is a list in no particular order!

I will say that it was so difficult to narrow it down to five episodes, and the honourable mentions were The Entire History of You, Arkangel and Fifteen Million Merits.


White Bear

White Bear was a wild ride, that’s for certain. It also inspired one of my short stories that I wrote back in November 2019, and is now reworked to become its own thing. Anyway, I like that you’re supporting this woman and pretty much on her side, until you find out that she’s actually undergoing daily psychological torture because she was part of a brutal killing of a girl she kidnapped. The “White Bear Justice Park” is open to visitors that can record her suffering, and then the memories of that day are wiped for her and she goes through it all again. I think that’s hugely impactful, but it also raises some moral questions and doubts, especially when it comes to the enjoyment of the torture. Does it make the general public as bad as her? Remains to be seen, I suppose.


San Junipero

San Junipero is the token ‘happy ending’ of Black Mirror, where it’s actually more bittersweet than happy, for me anyway. The episode is full of 80s nostalgia that I felt so hard despite actually being born in 1992. That said, having been brought up on 80s culture helped a lot to feel more connected to the episode, and that kind of theme does carry on with Bandersnatch too, I suppose.

I still need to get some artsy posters for my home!


Nosedive

Nosedive, the episode that spawned a board game! Nosedive is practically tied for first place, with its visuals and dystopian setting being the focus. As you’re viewing the episode from the point of view of Lacie, it seems very aspirational, but it’s what China has, with a similar Social Credit System in place, so that the better score you have, the more perks you enjoy. I just love Lacie’s descent into madness, and the soundtrack for this episode is amazing!


White Christmas

White Christmas is a standout for many reasons. It did the anthology thing, with three different stories in this Christmas special, but in a special way, they link together really well. Matt’s role as a guide to help men pick up women feeds into the end of the episode, as does Joe falling into the power of the in-real-life blocking feature. The cookie feature does get used again in future episodes, but it’s at its peak here, with Joe’s artificial consciousness being tortured by the real-world effects of the cookie. It’s a very dark ending overall, though, and it’s not the usual fare you’d put on over the Christmas period, but it works for me!


The National Anthem

I can understand that this is a very controversial choice, but I felt that it was perhaps the best introduction to the Black Mirror series. The fact remains that while it may have been a little farfetched, the focus for me isn’t on the Prime Minister being forced to fuck a pig live on TV, it’s the reactions of the general public, hungry for controversy, going as far as to watch the viewing despite them being encouraged not to watch it. This combined with its present-day setting allows us to immerse ourselves further as it could be something that happens in our reality. I wouldn’t want to watch Boris Johnson doing that, let’s just leave it at that!


Worst Rock-Type Pokemon

Hey guys! These Pokemon may be Rock-type, but they don’t exactly rock…some may roll, though!

Here’s my not-so-favoured Rock-type Pokemon!


Barbaracle

Yeah this one’s one of my least favourite Pokemon of all time, along with Mr. Mime. It doesn’t even have any redeeming qualities about it, especially its shiny form. Can I just skip onto the next one please?

Magcargo

I mentioned this one in my Worst Fire-Types post, and I still feel the same. Just get a not shit Pokemon.

Aggron

This is a Pokemon that I feel heavy resentment for purely because of the (lack of) shiny Aron in Pokemon GO. I have had one traded to me, but overall I’ve seen 1,816 without a single shiny appearing. It’s a bit suspect, not gonna lie.

Probopass

The reason why I have this here is because I keep confusing it as being Rock/Electric, and while that sounds hella dope, the moustache says differently. But I just don’t like Probopass, or Nosepass for that matter.

Drednaw

This is another that stems from an arduous shiny hunt. Chewtle was my first long hunt, and I had to take a break from it and hunt other things before I lost my mind. Still, compared to some, 2,248 eggs for shiny Chewtle isn’t too bad. But I still hold a grudge.

Mega Tyranitar

Don’t get me wrong, I love Tyranitar a lot more than I did a year ago. But its Mega form just feels way too overdesigned for me, and that’s an issue I have with a lot of Mega Evolutions anyway. It’s like when GameFreak were asked how many spikes they wanted Tyranitar to have, they just replied with ‘yes’. I suppose it does hit like a truck though…

Onix

Like a lot of Gen 1 Rock-types, it gets wrecked so easily, unless you picked Charmander, and then it’d get wrecked easily by Mankey in the remakes. Plus I prefer Steelix anyway, so having Onix gain an evolution was beneficial. I just also think there could have been a pre-evolution as well, just to balance out how huge it is in the first place.

Rhyperior

This is another fine example of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, and Rhydon was pretty much perfect (quad weaknesses aside). But Rhyperior…it just wasn’t necessary, was it? I suppose it gives us Eviolite Rhydon, and that’s about it.

Regirock

Honestly until the release of Regidrago and Regieleki, I was never a fan of the Regis. They don’t look too inspiring, and Regirock is obviously one of those. In fact, it’s probably my least favourite of the Regi family, Regigigas aside.

Stakataka

This one’s mostly just filler, but it’s forgettable filler, considering its release outside of the original Ultra Beast cycle. It has a cool shiny though, I’ll give it that, and its name is funny.

Gym Teams | Electric

Hey guys! We’re getting through these Gym teams, so now let’s add some silly sets in here too, just to make things fun!

This series was inspired by my good friend Tim’s series that he did over the course of 18 months. He outlined the following rules, and I added the fourth:

  1. No Legendaries or Mythicals allowed
  2. No duplicate Pokemon across two posts.
  3. The exceptions to the above rule is regional variants or form changes that change the type.
  4. The Pokemon can be level 50 maximum

Alolan Raichu

Alolan Raichu is up first, and I have to take advantage of the Surge Surfer by setting up an Electric Terrain first and foremost. This will help increase its already-good Speed stat, just so it can take out its enemies quicker. Play Rough is there for the standard Dark-types that may come out of the woodwork for this, and Surf to take care of any Ground-types.

Ability: Surge Surfer

Item: Leftovers

Moves: Thunderbolt, Electric Terrain, Surf, Play Rough


Rotom (Fan)

Yep, this is the joke set. It’s famous for being a joke set, and it’s here entirely for the purposes of being a joke set. That is all.

Ability: Levitate

Item: Air Balloon

Moves: Discharge, Hex, Will-o-Wisp, Dark Pulse


Electivire

I wanted to go for a varied amount of hard-hitting moves for Electivire, and it’s a shame that it doesn’t get Iron Fist as an Ability, but then again it would probably be broken as heck. It gets Life Orb to power up those moves even more, which will be a godsend for its power in the long run – so long as it doesn’t get killed too easily, of course!

Ability: Motor Drive

Item: Life Orb

Moves: Ice Punch, Thunder Punch, Stomping Tantrum, Darkest Lariat


Magnezone

I gave Magnezone the Sturdy Ability to ensure that it’ll last out a move that would normally OHKO it, like a Ground-type move – while it sets up the Magnet Rise. It’s not the fastest thing on the team, hence the Quick Claw, just on the off-chance. I also gave it Self-Destruct just to help take out a pesky enemy too!

Ability: Sturdy

Item: Quick Claw

Moves: Magnet Rise, Discharge, Flash Cannon, Self-Destruct


Oricorio (Pom-Pom)

There’s not many moves that take advantage of Oricorio’s Special Attack, so here we go. It’s not the best set, but at least we get Hidden Power to deal with the Rock- and Ice-types that may come for this.

Ability: Dancer

Item: Sitrus Berry

Moves: Roost, Toxic, Pluck, Hidden Power (Fighting)


Mega Ampharos

Because you’re worth it, we have Mega Ampharos to finish. I wanted to take advantage of its gargantuan Special Attack for this, and unlike Oricorio it doesn’t disappoint! I decided on Confuse Ray just because, while I also have Focus Blast (even though it does tend to miss most times) for a bit of extra coverage against Ice-types that may have prepared for the Mega Evolution.

Ability: Mold Breaker

Item: Ampharosite

Moves: Dragon Pulse, Confuse Ray, Thunderbolt, Focus Blast


Kanto Tour Review | Pokemon GO

Hey guys! Yesterday was the Kanto Tour event, and I did it purely out of curiosity, as well as the opportunity to add shiny Mew to the ever-growing shiny living Pokedex I have stashed away on HOME. But was it worth the £10.99 price tag?


Long story short, there was a lot going on. As of writing this, we’re at the final two hours, and I’m exhausted, both mentally and physically. I chose Red version purely because after much deliberation, I did need more shinies from the Red version. I also buddied up with my friend Sam, who chose the Green version. That way we could trade the exclusives and complete our Collection Challenge.

We were made aware of a lot of different components for the day – all of the different Collection Challenges, the Challengers, the Red/Green version differences, and the news that regional exclusives would be in Raids – for which we would get 9 free Raid Passes and 3 free Remote Passes, to also help tackle the Legendary Birds and Mewtwo. It all definitely required a lot of planning, and if we wanted a shot at finishing everything, we had to venture outside. And honestly, it was a really mild day, wind aside. You wouldn’t have thought it was towards the end of February.


I started off in Central Park, as was the old Community Day tradition, and I was wanting to stock up on extra balls. Yes, we got 200 in one of the free boxes, but I didn’t care. But the event started, and it was pandemonium. Incense going off near-constantly, tasks to complete and things to do, I had to take a quick sit-down! Of course, the first shiny I got was the Charmander from the first part of the Special Research. And that, my long-suffering friends, turned out to be a shundo! I admittedly had to stop myself from screaming from the shock! I nearly gave people a heart attack from the shiny Latias the other day…

We also noticed that we weren’t going to go hungry for raids, and that they were nicely popping up in and out very frequently. The first we did was a Kangaskhan, which I still needed the shiny of. No shiny, but it was a hundo for me.

I did the usual lap around Central Park, hopping into whichever Raids that we could, and getting quite a few shinies as we went. I was excited about shiny Growlithe though, because it’s one that I’d been after since it was released! I did go back home to have lunch and recharge before I ventured back out again. It was good to be out and about though, I can say that much.

It was hard to keep up with all of the Collection Challenges, especially as you couldn’t have all of the completed ones at the bottom, and the in-progress ones at the top. We also noticed that newly-shiny Pokemon such as Spearow and Paras were hard to come by in their shiny forms, which was disappointing but not unexpected, as we saw from the APAC-region side of things.

The Collection Challenges themselves were quite fun, and easily accomplishable, with plenty of candy given per catch (with Magikarp yielding around 93 candy per catch with a Silver Pinap Berry). I enjoyed seeing all of the Challenges completed and it meant I had one less thing to worry about each time!

I went back home as it started to get dark and I was starting to get a bit hungry. I had originally planned to stream the final hours of the event, but on Thursday night I wasn’t well, and even though I felt much better the day of the event, I didn’t want to push it. Plus with the amount of walking I did, I knew that I was going to sleep easy, knowing the biggest mental hurdle (in terms of workload) was over. Plus not streaming gave me time to write this instead of doing it all last-minute!


All in all, I definitely filled in a lot of the gaps that I had in my shiny living dex. Overall, I got the following:

  • Bulbasaur
  • Charmander (also 100%)
  • Squirtle
  • Weedle
  • Ekans x3
  • Nidoran F
  • Oddish
  • Mankey x3
  • Growlithe
  • Shellder
  • Krabby x2
  • Hitmonlee x2
  • Horsea
  • Electabuzz x2
  • Ditto
  • Porygon
  • Kabuto x2
  • Aerodactyl

So overall, 26 shinies! Not a bad haul. I wasn’t expecting Community Day odds by any means, though. There was a lot of Pokemon that I still needed shiny, but with the gargantuan amount of items you got from tasks, not to mention just the free Raid Passes alone made the ticket worth the price. I had a lot of fun, and there were plenty of times where my item storage was completely full (which it never usually is, and I have a low max storage amount as it is).

I didn’t particularly care for the GO Challenge Battles though, plus it’s one of the features where you had to go outside to do it. It would have been more fun to see content creators have their teams represented. I just didn’t fancy any of the teams, really.


I will admit that I am heavily disappointed in the Masterwork Research. The Pokemon GO Tour was anticipated specifically for shiny Mew, and it turns out that you have to wait at least a month after said event is a bit wrong. On top of that, the possibility of having to spin 151 unique PokeStops is irresponsible of Niantic, considering the pandemic, and the fact that in countries under lockdown it is illegal to travel outside of your area. I hope that within a month it has changed, however, and I have already contacted Niantic Support about it.


Now that we’ve had this Kanto Tour, I’d expect to see other Tours for the other regions. It probably won’t be for a while, considering Niantic would want to keep as many shiny releases as possible before unleashing them all. But I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we saw a Johto Tour announced in the future.

We also have the make-up event to hopefully look forward to as well!

Pokemon Hot Takes

Hey guys! I’ve been posting on Twitter my different hot takes for the Pokemon series, and I thought I might as well do them all in a post because, well, I have a lot! And here they are!


Battle Facilities

I must confess, I don’t care for any battle facilities. I dabbled with them from the Kalos games onwards, and I just didn’t feel fulfilled from them at all. I enjoyed the Battle Chateau, but it’s not really a facility, is it? So it comes as no surprise that I didn’t particularly care that the Battle Frontier didn’t make it in to the ORAS games.


The EXP Share

Grinding is one of the most soul-destroying features of video games (that, and jumping puzzles). It means that I would miss the EXP Share, and I am the kind of person that kept it on in Kalos and Alola, I actually don’t care. If I can cut the amount of grinding time down as much as possible, I will do. Most of my grinding in future streams will be off-stream.

The one thing that keeps me from playing the older games, and the one factor that kept me and Connor from finishing our Emerald Soul-Link was the XP grind. We found that we had to grind almost constantly to get to a good enough position to deal with the threats without losing our best Pokemon.


There Should Be Let’s Go Johto Games

I’m not talking this year, or even next year, but I would like the idea of a Let’s Go-style game set featuring the Johto region. I chalk this up to being purely based on how expensive the HeartGold/SoulSilver games are. In CEX, without a PokeWalker, you’re looking at paying £68 for a pre-owned copy as a standard. This is why I’m totally justified in this opinion. Everyone hails HGSS as being the best main-series games of all-time, but it’s so expensive that newer players are priced out of the opportunity to enjoy it.

Of course, I dislike the catching mechanic of Let’s Go, but I’d actually like to be able to play through Johto without having to go all the way to Gen 2.


Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Are Good Games

Whenever I think of a Pokemon game that I always want to replay, it’s these games. Maybe Emerald, but moreso the remakes. I always feel nostalgic going through Hoenn, especially where the music is concerned. The soundtrack for the Hoenn games is a high favourite for me, and I do like the music from the Galar and Unova regions too.


Sinnoh Is Forgettable

I wish I was exaggerating. I recently did a quiz that had me try and memorise every Pokemon, and I actually had the hardest time remembering the Sinnoh Pokemon, outside of evolutions of past Pokemon and favourites. So Pokemon such as Purugly and Vespiquen end up being left behind for me because I can mainly remember the likes of Gallade, Probopass and Togekiss.

On top of that, I barely remember the region as a whole. I just don’t get any nostalgia factor from it, and I do honestly hope that any future remakes would remedy this for me. Maybe it was just how slow it was compared to Emerald, which at the time I was playing them both side-by-side. I did write up a remake wishlist a little while back that you should check out.


Starter Opinions

It’s stupid to state that you hate Braixen and Delphox just because they’re bipedal, same as stating that you hate Samurott because ‘it’s horrible’. I personally love the entire Fennekin and Oshawott lines, final evolutions included.

People hated Popplio so much when it was revealed, but I chose it for both iterations of the Alola games. Having a Primarina on my team made the Ultra Necrozma battle a little less difficult than I anticipated. I actually think Juan’s Kingdra in Emerald was harder.

As for starters that I dislike…well, I don’t dislike Sceptile, but I don’t get the hype, especially when there’s Blaziken and Swampert right next to it, and I vastly prefer the latter two for different reasons. I also don’t care that much for Charizard, even though it’s a fan favourite and a hook for marketing reasons. The reason why Leon has a Charizard is to make people interested in the Sword/Shield games.


I really want to know your opinions on these hot takes, and what opinions you yourselves have on the series!

Black Mirror – Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too Review

Hey guys! This is (for now) the last Black Mirror review post! Thank you all for putting up with this series, while I managed an actual solid schedule (for once in my life!). Today, we’re looking at Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too!


There are several plot elements to this story – we have Ashley O, who is a huge pop star that is creatively restricted by her management, specifically her aunt, Catherine. Rachel and Jack are sisters that are practically polar opposites – Rachel is obsessed with pop music, and a huge fan of Ashley O, while Jack doesn’t really give a shit about that, and is into rock music – so the whole opposite sisters trope, I get it. It works in this story, I suppose. Both sisters are struggling with the recent loss of their mother, and Ashley O struggles with her image and the inability to create music that she fully believes in.

Rachel get a new AI robot named Ashley Too, which is based on the persona of Ashley O. Rachel confides in the toy, and is convinced to dance to ‘On a Roll’ at the talent contest, but chokes. Ashley Too is hidden away by Jack.

Ashley O stops taking the medication that Catherine gives her, so Catherine laces her food with a large dose of the medicine, which results in a coma that is later publically blamed on shellfish. After a while, Ashley Too is reactivated, hears of the real-self’s coma. The AI malfunctions, and the girls fix her and unknowingly removes a limiter mechanism that opens up the entire inner workings of Ashley O’s mind, which includes her real personality. There’s some espionage involved with the girls actually going to Ashley O’s house, waking up the real Ashley in a coma, they all escape and head to a venue. Catherine had been presenting Ashley Eternal, which would be a holographic replacement that would be able to go on tour and release new music, courtesy of the technology that was used to extract music from real Ashley’s dreams and turning them into pop songs.

Later on, Ashley is rebranded as ‘Ashley Fuckn O’ and performs alt rock with Jack as her bassist. Turnabout is fair play, considering Jack never liked Ashley O as a pop artist in the first place.

Overall, like with Striking Vipers, this episode could have gone a lot darker. The second half was compared to a Disney Channel film rather than that of a Black Mirror episode. The technology used to extract music from dreams is interesting, and I kinda want some of that technology for story ideas, because I oftentimes get ideas from dreams. Ashley Eternal could have been popularised, Ashley O could have stayed in her coma, the entire world would have been taken over by Ashley O fever, much like a more exaggerated version of Bieber Fever, or K-Pop stans (Disclaimer: I have no problems with K-Pop stans, I meant as in hugely exaggerated, like literally taking over the world kind of exaggerating).

This episode could have been better, and I feel that the first half of the episode was actually the better portion of season five. It does feel that there were so many ideas that they wanted to implement in one episode, but

The rewrites of Nine Inch Nails songs Head Like A Hole to On a Roll, and Right Where It Belongs to Right Where I Belong were interesting, and a good take on how such rock and metal songs can be rewritten to suit the music industry’s desire for bubblegum pop music. On a Roll was popularised with a music video to go along with it. It’s ironic that the release of that video and the popularity of the song encompassed the meaning of the episode without having to watch the episode itself.

I do have to give credit to Miley Cyrus though, especially for the cover of Head Like a Hole at the episode’s close. I’ve never really been a fan of hers based on the actual songs she’s released, but after hearing Head Like a Hole I’m convinced she should start making alt rock music, especially when she performed Zombie last year. Choosing Head Like a Hole to perform at the end provides the turnaround compared to its pop counterpart, On a Roll. Her performance as Ashley O and Ashley Too was the highlight of the episode.

Overall, I wanted the episode to focus a lot more on the impact of the music industry and the labels on its artists, as well as the potential for holographic musicians. I wasn’t particularly interested in the affairs of one family, if that makes sense?


Next week…actually, I don’t know what to review next…

Worst Electric-Type Pokemon

Hey guys! These Pokemon featured today just don’t spark any joy within me, and they kinda just…fizzle out.

Yes, today I’m going through my least favourite Electric-types.


Plusle

Blame my good friend Sam for this entry. I’m tired of the shiny Plusle jokes. Enough is enough.

Minun

Yes, both of them are on this list, for the exact same reason. No, I’m not grouping them together. Minun is the lesser of two evils, but I wouldn’t choose it in Hoenn when Manectric exists.

Rotom

This is on here purely because of the annoying Rotom Dex in the Alola games. This is especially considering the constant “Listen up! Here’s where I give you advice you didn’t ask for!” dialogue. Oh, and I only saw this after I had finished the Ultra Sun game and completed the Pokedex. I dreaded the thought of the Rotom Phones in Galar, but thankfully it’s mute.

Thundurus

In its Therian Forme, it’s okay. But we’re talking about the Incarnate Forme, and like the other Kami Trio, it’s a huge nope from me. If I wanted an Electric/Flying-type that doesn’t give me creepy vibes, I’ll go for Zapdos.

Morpeko

The main reason why this is on the list is because its Hunger Switch Ability is just a bit terrible, if I’m honest. I mentioned this before, but it would have been better if it was berry and health activated rather than turn-based, because who the heck goes from happy to hangry to happy again so quickly?

Lanturn

I think Lanturn’s really cute, honestly. However, I just think it could do to be a bit more menacing, considering its inspiration. Honestly I was hard-pressed for choices, which is why this made it onto the list.

Electrode

If anything still gives me nightmares, it’s this. And it’s not from the main series games either – playing Reborn instills fear, and it’s why I chose Mudkip for my second playthrough (considering that Marshtomp becomes immune and gets Damp).

Eelektross

This is just here because I always want to spell it wrong.

Stunfisk

I mean, it’s eh, I suppose. Without its Galarian form, it’s pretty forgettable and bland. At least the Galarian Stunfisk has something going for it, this just pales in comparison.

Mega Manectric

The poor thing looks a bit weighed down, doesn’t it? Oh bless it, it doesn’t look majestic or streamlined, it just looks like someone’s shoved a lightning bolt costume on it for Instagram photos.