David Sims (aka. Gringus-D) is back for the final bonus episode before season three begins in earnest next week. Tanner, Josh, and David faced off mid-season, but now that everyone has built the best teams they could, who will outwit their opponents and prove themselves to be the ultimate Pokémon Master? Will it be David? Josh? Tanner?! (Let's face it, it's probably won't be Tanner.) Tune in to find out!
Miniseries finale. Josh & Tanner reveal their deck builds going into their fight with Trading Card Game Island's four Grand Masters (aka Elite Four), as well as their favorite cards of the week, and their final card counts. One host was a little upset about his lack of cards but we won't say who. After victory at the Pokémon Dome, they talk about the postgame Challenge Cup in the Challenge Hall, say goodbye to Auntie Dr. Mason, and pack up their card binders.
The boys gear up for the final three Clubs on Trading Card Game Island by debuting two new decks each in the hot new segment "New Deck Check." They cool off in the luxurious Water Club before Joshua runs into trouble with its Club Master Amy, and Squirt feels perfectly at home. He continues onto Fighting Club, whose members have spread all across the map. After hunting them down, the card collectors face down Murray at the Psychic Club, the toughest and dumbest-looking Club Master yet. Also, Josh & Tanner talk about the absolute banger of a soundtrack.
Joshua & Mr. Squirt's prequel continues. We learn about their favorite cards, new decks, discuss the viability of Tanner's "all Tangela" deck idea, and analyze the decks of this week's vanquished Club Members. Namely, Fire Club Member Jonathan's "Reshuffle Deck," Science Club Member Joseph's "Flyin' Pokémon Deck," and the audacity of the "Powerful Ronald Deck." Also, Josh hurls an explosive Mayor Cheat allegation against Tanner, but they bond over how sexy they find Imposter Professor Oak.
Josh & Tanner begin their four-part miniseries playing the 2000 release of Pokémon Trading Card Game, the game, for Game Boy Color. Yeah, good luck Googling it. With eight "Club Masters" and four "Grand Masters," and featuring most of the Base, Jungle, & Fossil sets, the game is a mix between the video games and the irl card game. And despite its age, this thing whips. Learn about the mechanics, our characters, and the first two Clubs—and then get yourself a copy on the 3DS Virtual Console for just $5.99 and play along with us!
SEASON TWO FINALE finds our heroes at the foot of Mt. Silver. But first, they must defeat the final Gym Leader: Blue/Bad Josh/Greg, still rude as hell even after all these years. After condemning him to the footnotes of Pokémon history, they visit Professor Oak in Pallet Town, who gives them a pass to scale Mt. Silver. En route, Joshua meets a celebrity recluse who shoos him away with a TM, while Fjelstan makes a case for Tangela's sweetieness. At the summit, worlds collide as they face Gen I's champions. Will they defeat his high-level 'mon? And... when Joshua & Fjelstan face off, who will be the season two champion?
Notes: Featuring "Freak on A Leash (8 Bit Tribute to Korn)" by 8 Bit Universe.
Outside Vermilion City, the trainers make an unfortunate discovery: of all the people to still be in Kanto, it's the Shorts Guys. Then, when a Snorlax blocks their path forward, Fjelstan struggles to get his Pokégear to work. Joshua plays a bop to wake up the Snorlax, and then captures it. After flooding Diglett's Cave, the trainers arrive in Pewter City, where they have nothing else to do but smash Brock to bits. They take a brief detour, see some freaky stuff on and along the way to Mt. Moon, and decide a sea breeze should set them straight. But, Blaine isn't on Cinnabar and they have to find him before they can get the seventh badge.
Notes: Featuring "Once in A Lifetime" by Talking Heads.
Fjelstan goes on a trek through the wilds of Johto, searching for discarded items he can sell to Poké Marts to support his Pokémon's crippling happiness addiction, and also his gambling one. He and Joshua reveal shocking new final team members, and Joshua sings farewell to one of his oldest companions. Then, they explore Celadon City and discover its residents have made some progress in their problematic ways, but Erika has not made any progress on her team—which they easily crush. Rest in Petals. Finally, they hop on their bikes and head south, finding Fuchsia City has become a ghost town, other than its new Gym Leader, Janine.
Notes: Featuring "California" by Phantom Planet and "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap.
Look at all those places! Joshua & Fjelstan go up down and around Kanto to restore power to the region. But first they get a tour of the surprisingly solvent Silph Co. and take on Sabrina in Saffron. Then, they head east because once again, two children need to solve everyone's problems and fix the Power Plant. In Lavender Town, they're disturbed to the Radio Tower is powered by the souls of dead Pokémon, and run away into the Rock Tunnel. On the other side, they accidentally ruin Misty's date, and after discovering the missing part for the Power Plant, they leave her sleeping with the fishes.
Notes: Featuring "Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi.
Professor Elm invites the boys back to New Bark Town, where he is pleased to hear of their success in the Pokémon League. He gives them a ticket on the Fast Ship S.S. Aqua as a gift, and after bidding Mom farewell, they head to the port in Olivine City. Aboard the S.S. Aqua, they run into a veritable who's who of disgusting trainer types and Pokémon—especially those of one "Juggler Fritz." They also have to find some guy's granddaughter for some reason before docking in Vermilion City. After surveying how the last three years have gone for the place (read: not well), they shut down Lt. Surge and get the Thunder Badge.
Tonight at 8pm EST, watch Josh & Tanner play through the prototype of Gold & Silver LIVE on Twitch. Originally playable at Nintendo's Space World exhibition in 1997, this brief demo features 251 Pokémon—40 of which never made the final cut, and with many different sprites for ones that did. Oh, and it's all in Japanese. So we'll figure that out. Tune into twitch.tv/expsharepod at 8pm EST tonight to catch it.
With all eight Johto badges in hand, the aspirant Pokémon Masters descend from Blackthorn City en route back to New Bark Town. There, they bid farewell to Professor Elm and Mom before heading east into Tohjo Falls. In Kanto, they fight a bunch of trainers with good-looking 'mon that help buoy them through all the busted ones on Victory Road. On the Indigo Plateau, they stock up, Joshua confesses a crush, and they take on the Elite Four.
Joshua & Fjelstan are joined by "Gringus," aka David Sims, a Bug Catcher and co-host of the podcast Blank Check. The trainers do battle at a bar. They take on Team Rocket in Goldenrod's Radio Tower. They catch (and critique) the Legendary Birds. They take on Clair in Blackthorn City and are forced to do some kind of test in the Dragon's Den, before receiving Johto's eighth badge, the Rising Badge. And, of course, Tanner does a misguided Google search and they all end up talking about the "unspeakable" Jynx again.
Notes: Thanks to David Sims for joining us on this journey. Check out his excellent podcast Blank Check @blankcheckpod where he and his co-host Griffin Newman watch, rewatch, and talk about iconic director's filmographies and have a hell of a lot of fun doing it.
Before heading east on Route 42, Joshua & Fjelstan encounter some legendary pooches in the Burned Tower. Then, after stuffing themselves with RAGECANDYBARs, they realize that something isn't quite right in Mahogany Town. Their investigation leads them to the Lake of Rage, where they discover yet another dastardly scheme by Team Rocket, who they confront in the basement of the local bodega. After putting them all on ice, they do the same to Pryce, and pry the seventh Gym Badge from his cold, dead fingers.
Notes: Featuring "California (Piano Cover)" by pianomusings (YouTube), "Boston - Augustana" by KaraFun Karaoke (YouTube), and "Who Let the Dogs Out" by Baha Men.
Upon their return to Olivine City, Joshua & Fjelstan discover there's pretty much nothing to do in this town. They scale the Glitter Lighthouse again and bring the SECRETPOTION to Amphy, who, once healed, returns to lighting up Route 40. Jasmine invites the trainers back to Olivine Gym, where they proceed to crush her hideous Steel Pokémon into aluminum foil, and receive the Mineral Badge. Then, Josh & Tanner watch a film.
Notes: Featuring "California" by Phantom Planet, "Pokémon Theme (Movie Version)" by Billy Crawford, "Brother My Brother" by Blessid Union of Souls, and "(Hey You) Free Up Your Mind" by Emma Bunton.
Joshua & Fjelstan head west. They bop to great tunes on their PokéGear on Routes 38 & 39, visit the Miltank cult at Moomoo Farm, and investigate the Glitter Lighthouse in Olivine City. Its Gym Leader, Jasmine, won't fight them until the Ampharos is cured. In a quest for rare medicine, they head south through the inaccessible Whirl Islands, and arrive in Cianwood City, where they get the potion and then "Chuck" the Gym Leader into the sea.
After finishing their business in Goldenrod, Joshua & Fjelstan head north and encounter a freakshow of trainers outside Johto's National Park. They participate in its Bug-Catching Contest to... very different results. To the park's east, they douse the wriggling tree with a (Mr.) Squirtbottle, fight a Sudowoodo, and then arrive in Ecruteak City. Joshua tangos with the Kimono Girls, and Fjelstan finally returns the dreaded stowaway Spearow, Kenya, before they fight their rivals in the Burned Tower and then shoo Gym Leader Morty's ghosts away.
Notes: Featuring "California" by Phantom Planet and "End of the Road (Boyz II Men)" by Sing King Karaoke.
Joshua & Fjelstan go on a rather Farfetch'd side quest in Ilex Forest on their way to Johto's largest city, Goldenrod. Once there, they check out the shops and then venture underground to find a Coin Case that is useless because the Game Corner's card game is total trash. As the trainers battle at the Goldenrod City Gym, Josh & Tanner make the mistake of Googling images of its leader, Whitney, and see things that no-one ever should. (Includes NSFW graphic descriptions of those images, so be careful where you listen to this one.)
Notes: Featuring "Freak on A Leash (8 Bit Tribute to Korn)" by 8 Bit Universe.
Joshua & Fjelstan investigate the strange Ruins of Alph and head south once they discover nothing but the hideous Unown. Aside from the pointless Union Cave between them, Fjelstan finds the Sweeties abundant on Routes 32 & 33. Meanwhile, Joshua makes friends with Fisherman Ralph and gets in a fight with his mom. Once in Azalea Town, they help disband its black market Slowpoke Tail trade before crushing Bugsy... "like the Spinarak they are."
Notes: Featuring "My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit.
SEASON TWO PREMIERE: IN FULL COLOR NOW, BABY! Josh & Tanner introduce their Johto avatars and starters before being asked to run an errand for Professor Elm—visiting a "Mr. Pokémon." Upon receiving his mysterious egg, they return to Professor Elm, get in a fight with a street tough, and finally make their way to Violet City where they take on Falkner's gym full of birds to receive their first badge.
Notes: Featuring "California" by Phantom Planet and "The Rat" by The Walkmen.
Before beginning their journey through Johto next week, Josh & Tanner go on an expedition into Pokémon Island. Instead of capturing Pokémon, they capture some sweet pics of all 63 types in 1999's Pokémon Snap. Traveling across its Beach, Tunnel, Volcano, River, Cave, Valley, and the mysterious Rainbow Cloud, they ultimately find out who is the greatest Pokémon photographer.
SEASON ONE FINALE! Joshua & Mr. Squirt take on the Elite Four and take issue with their Pokémon theming and strategies. After defeating their rivals for the final time, they become the Champions and then return to Cerulean City to explore the Unknown Dungeon/Cerulean Cave. Then, Joshua & Mr. Squirt finally throw down and see who is truly Kanto's Pokémon Master.
The boys are back in [Pallet] Town! But they quickly discover their that mom and Professor Oak aren't impressed. They head north to discover Giovanni, of Team Rocket, is the eighth Gym Leader—and, of course, defeat him for the last time. With the Earth Badge, they then head west and humiliate their rivals before heading up Routes 22 & 23 and venture into Victory Road on their way to the Elite Four.
Notes: Featuring references to "Dr. Lava's Lost Pokémon" on Twitter @DrLavaYT.
Next in the two-part holiday special, Josh & Tanner recount the story behind the "EP038 Incident" in the Pokémon anime, and then watch the episode that would have followed it. In it, Ash and the gang take a disastrous trip through the mountains that nearly kills them as well as Team Rocket. The best part of the episode is Pikachu's Jukebox. Regular episodes return next Tuesday.
Notes: Featuring "2.B.A. Master" and "Pokémon (Dance Mix)" from the album "Pokémon 2.B.A. Master."
Podcast titans Josh & Tanner watch one of two holiday specials from the original Pokémon anime. Part one examines "Holiday Hi-Jynx," aired in the US on December 11, 1999 before soon after being banned in the US. They discuss the controversies surrounding the episode, recount the plot, and agree the one thing that's NOT controversial about the episode is how totally bizarre it is.
Notes: Featuring "Together Forever" from the album "Pokémon 2.B.A. Master," and one of Josh's favorite Twitter accounts: "Perfectly Cut Screams" or @AAAAAGGHHHH.
Joshua & Mr. Squirt finally acquire the item the show is named after, only to discover in Generation I it's actually the "Exp. All" and also it sucks. They then dive into Route 19, explore the Seafoam Islands, capture Articuno, and continue onto Cinnabar Island. Once there, they drop off their Fossils at Cinnabar Lab, uncover secrets in the Pokémon Mansion, and then take on Gym Leader Blaine to get the seventh badge.
With newly acquired HM 03 Surf, Joshua & Mr. Squirt venture up north to see what's up in the dilapidated Power Plant. They then slake the Saffron City's guard's thirst with drinks from the Celadon Department Store just to find another city riddled with crime. The trainers do what they do best and kick Giovanni out of the C-Suite and are rewarded with a Master Ball from the Silph Co. President—despite frequently ridiculing the company's (bad) products. They then take on the fake gym Fighting Dojo before defeating Erica to receive the sixth badge.
With the fourth badge in hand, Joshua & Mr. Squirt turn their attention to Celadon City's seedy underbelly and purge the Game Corner of Team Rocket, for which they receive the extremely niche yet "premium" product, Silph Scope. They return to Lavender Town to free Mr. Fuji and some Pokémon souls before embarking on Routes 12-15 to cool their heels down south for a while. Once in Fuchsia City, they go on safari, find some gross Gold Teeth, and defeat Koga, the fifth Gym Leader.
Joshua & Mr. Squirt reluctantly venture into the Rock Tunnel. They emerge to discover a super depressing scene in Lavender Town, scale part of the Pokémon Tower, and then head west down Route 7. After shopping till they drop in Celadon City, they make all of Erika's 'mons drop to the floor and are rewarded with the Rainbow Badge.
Notes: Scare Warning features "Lavender Town (From 'Pokémon Red and Blue')" by Qumu.
Joshua & Mr. Squirt head south from Cerulean City. Finding nothing worthwhile on Routes 5 or 6, they visit Vermilion City and explore Diglett's Cave before using Bill's ticket to board the S.S. Anne. They then throw their rivals overboard, rid the captain of his "sea sickness," and debate installing Mr. Squirt as his replacement. Finally, they Cut their way to Lt. Surge—and it's lights out for the third Gym Leader.
Josh ("Joshua") & Tanner ("Mr. Squirt") leave Pewter City behind. They venture forth down Route 3, fight through Mt. Moon and Route 4, blow up Nugget Bridge, have a disturbing experience at Bill's, and clean up Cerulean City before defeating Gym Leader Misty.
A podcast where two longtime friends and Pokémon fans play every Pokémon game, starting with 1998's Red & Blue. Each week, the hosts Josh & Tanner tackle a new Gym Leader and talk about the experience. The first two episodes drop Tuesday, November 12, 2019.