Trade, Borrow, and Steal! (Pokémon Journeys)
Trade, Borrow, and Steal! is an episode from Pokémon Journeys, it is the ninth episode of the third arc and is overall the thirty-third episode of the show.
The local Pokémon Center is hosting a Pokémon trading event. When Ash and Goh head over to check it out, they meet a trainer named Kylie who's a Bug-type enthusiast.
Why It Sucks
- Much like in "Kicking It from Here to Tomorrow!", Goh acts very selfish and unlikable because while he wants to trade in a Pokémon, he does not want to trade his Pinsir for Kylie's Heracross, a Pokémon that he barely interacted and even uses.
- To be fair, Goh's main goal is to catch every kind of Pokémon, so it makes some sense that he does not want to trade in Pinsir.
- While an ok character, Kylie is a very out-of-place character as her design feels more like something out of another anime show rather than Pokémon, and also for some strange reason, Kylie has a sharp bump on the upper/middle left side of her lip, giving off an impression that she has a fang.
- Misleading Title: Despite this episode being a trading episode, it's mostly just Ash, Goh, and Kylie trying to hunt for a Pinsir.
- Many bland fillers, such as the Team Rocket segment that drags way too long.
- Speaking of Team Rocket, this episode is also a very cruel Team Rocket torturer episode, as Marpeko eats up their whole food, leading them to starvation.
- There's a World Coordination Battle with Ash and Kylie, but it ends way too soon.
- Why did Goh act like he didn't know that he had to trade in Pokémon when the whole point is that he wants to trade in a Pokémon???
- Goh does not want to trade in Pinsir for a Heracross cause he does not want to get rid of her, but does he realize that he can always catch another Pinsir?
- Disturbing moments, one example is the "Team Rocket Starvation" scene as well as them with Kuromi's honey.
- Many anticlimactic moments, such as in the climax, Team Rocket brings out a Scolipede and Drapion, and....they get distracted by Kylie's sector, leading Meowth to do the fighting.
- The very out-of-nowhere twist near the end of the episode where it reviled that Kylie has a whole team of five Heracross', which makes Kylie's idea to trade in Heracross pointless.
- The part where it's reviled that Pinsir is not only a girl but also has a crush on Heracross is well written, not to mention very cute.
- There are a few funny moments, such as the way Meowth gets beaten by Heracross' Fury Attack.
- Overall, except for Goh's behavior, this episode is not nearly the train wreck as the previous two episode of Pokémon Journeys that were talked about on this wiki.
- This episode reveals that Goh's Pinsir is a girl.