Kicking It from Here to Tomorrow! (Pokémon Journeys)

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Kicking It from Here to Tomorrow! (Pokémon Journeys)
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This episode is a real kicker alright, for how bad it is.
Part of Season: 23
Episode Number: 17
Air Date: March 15, 2020 (Japan)
September 11, 2020 (USA)
Previous episode: A Chilling Curse!
Next episode: Destination - Coronation!

Kicking It from Here to Tomorrow! is an episode from Pokémon Journeys: The Series. it is the fifth episode of the second arc and is overall the seventeenth episode of Pokémon Journeys.


After Darmanitan taunts Scorbunny in a practice battle, Scorbunny is determined to learn the Ember attack, but getting Goh's attention is a challenge.

Bad Qualities

  1. It's a 21-minute long Scorbunny torture episode, and pretty much Pokémon Journeys at its worst due to the episode's negative tone compared to the rest of the episodes.
  2. Darmanitan is very unlikeable as he picks on Scorbunny due to him not knowing a Fire-type move.
  3. Goh is not just completely unlikeable in this episode, he is also at his absolute worst. He won't allow Scorbunny to use Ember and is so caught up in trying to find other Pokémon that he doesn't even pay attention to him and even puts Scorbunny down for trying.
  4. Poor and slow pacing.
  5. Very bland filler, one such example is The Team Rocket segment, wherein the whole scene, they barely do anything.
  6. The idea of Scorbunny evolving feels very forced, as he has no reason to evolve in this episode just to learn one simple attack.
  7. The infamous and shockingly disturbing scene at the beginning of the episode where Darmanitan creepily stares at Scorbunny just for attempting to learn the Ember attack.
  8. The scene where Ash and Pikachu open their mouths in a somewhat grotesque way while Scorbunny is attempting to learn Ember looks bizarre to watch.
  9. Darmanitan never gets punished for him picking on Scorbunny and for causing this whole episode to even happen in the first place.
  10. Near the end of the episode, while Goh does help Scorbunny learn Ember, he never apologizes to Scorbunny for how he acted before he evolved into a Raboot, neither does he learn anything.
  11. The ending is very sub-par, as the newly-evolved Raboot just walks by Goh.
    • To be fair, the ending makes sense because Goh had talked down to Scorbunny and treated him wrong, which is why Goh's now-evolved Raboot had lost his respect for Goh in return, even after redeeming himself.

Good Qualities

  1. This may not excuse this episode, but without this episode, Scorbunny would not have evolved.
  2. The way that Scorbunny learns Ember is pretty clever.
  3. There are a few funny moments, like Ash and Goh's expressions when seeing Scorbunny attempt to use the Ember move.
  4. Chewtle makes a reappearance since its appearance in the episode "The Climb to Be the Very Best!".
  5. The shocked expression that Scorbunny makes is funny.
  6. Spot on voice acting and animation as usual.
  7. The episode does set up a proper Goh-to-Raboot redemption arc in "Goodbye, Friend!".
  8. Scorbunny/Raboot is very likable and sympathetic in this epsiode due to trying to learn Ember and for being horribly treated by Darmanitan and Goh.
    • Ash & Pikachu are still very likable as usual, since they are the ones who still support Scorbunny's goal, and also made Goh realize he needs to be there beside it’s Pokémon and help it instead of letting it down.
    • The other characters, like Chloe, Mimey, Team Rocket and the other Pokémon are still very tolerable as usual, and Meowth is surprising not annoying like he usually is.


  • When James entered the password for Team Rocket Trio's new base in Vermilion City, it was "634-526". This is based on the pronunciation of their respective Japanese names.


Just like what Good Qualities #5 said.