Bree van Durr and Steve Human encounter Alanna “Professor Okun,” legendary trainer and Pokémon authority, while at Canalave Library. First, the trio cleans up Iron Island while getting riley with Riley's Lucario, before things take a turn and a huge explosion at Lake Valor turns everyone's attention south. At Lake Valor, they're confronted with a Magikarp genocide and are quickly forced to deal with a series of Team Galactic Commanders—including their old arch-nemesis Mars and a couple of freaks who look like characters from Zoolander. Ultimately, they dispense of them before heading north through Mt. Coronet toward Snowpoint City and encounter nightmare after nightmare along the way. Basically, it’s a long episode and it's full of perils.
Notes: Thanks to Alanna Okun for joining us! Give her a follow @alanna (really) and check out her work at http://www.vox.com/the-goods
HM03 Surf's up and with that, Steve Human and his rowdy crew take to the waves to see what kind of trouble they can get themselves into. Meanwhile, Bree van Durr spends her time hobnobbing with the other elites at Pokémon Mansion, where they both try their hands at the "5-Maid Knockout Exact Turn Attack Challenge" (really) before heading north to give the suffering Psyducks some SECRETPOTION. The path cleared, they ascend to Celestic Town, taking on Ninja Boys along the way. There they learn about Sinnoh's origin, who Team Galactic's big boss is, and, thrashing him, they head to Canalave to cool their heels and get the seventh gym badge from Byron—just barely.
This week Bree van Durr and Steve Human are joined by EGGS, aka Eric Silver. Together, they deal with a maniac who disgustingly loves Unown, and another who "analyzes" Pokémon feet. They have a delicious dinner and battles at the speed-dating hot spot, Seven Stars Restaurant, before finally making it to Pastoria City and its Great Marsh. Steve Human meets up with a good buddy of his in the swamp, and Bree struggles to acquire a rare new specimen. Finally, they meet Crasher Wake and take him on, before each other. Will the EXP. Share boys wrest control of their podcast back?
Notes: Check out Eric Silver's DND podcast, Join the Party, and give him a follow @El_Silvero on Twitter!
Bree van Durr & Steve Human encounter the legendary Gringus D. while on their way out east from Hearthome City. Gringus D., aka David Sims, opens up with some rants about everything from the Pokétch Company's value to the perennially disgusting Unown. The trio fall in love with the down-to-Pokéarth folks of Solaceon, and after sharing several rounds of Moomoo Milk with them, they venture into the Ruins and the Lost Tower. Then, they head north to Veilstone City via Route 215—Sinnoh's most robust yet. Finally arriving in Veilstone, they find most of it off-limits to anyone but Team Galactic peons, other than the Game Corner, Dept. Store, and Gym. (Obviously, they have a lot to say about all three.) You'll also find out if Gringus D. can regain his crown as champion of EXP. Share when he battles one of the hosts.
Notes: Featuring "Cowboy" by Kid Rock.
Bree van Durr and Steve Human's journey leads them to the Hearthome of Darkness. From the pitch black depths of Wayward Cave to the discriminatory Pokémon practices of Amity Square, the trainers face tough questions about the kind of champions they want to be. They learn about Team Galactic's scheme, and debate its validity along with the merits of Pokétch Company versus Devon Corp. and Silph Co. Then, they try contests again before throwing away the Fashion Case and taking on Gym Leader Fantina.
Bree van Durr and Steve Human continue on their journeys to become the world’s most admired Pokémon breeder, and to have a wild road trip around Sinnoh with his best buddies (respectively). They have their first encounter with Team Galactic, download a couple more hot Pokétch apps, and get into the honey trade in Floaroma Town. En route to Eterna City, they run into the mysterious Cheryl, who stalks the forest, before making it safely into the city limits—and then underneath it—and back up to take on Gardenia for the second badge.
They call Sinnoh the "land of myths," and not just because at this point listeners thought Josh & Tanner would never reach it. But here we are, baby: season four, Gen IV, and a whole new cast of characters. In the premiere episode, we learn about who will be taking on the Sinnoh League, and how we'll be covering the differences between Pokémon Diamond/Pearl, and Platinum—as for the first time ever we're playing the third game of the main releases. Then, we get to the g-d story, including initial thoughts on Professor Rowan, our rivals, this obviously evil "Cyrus" guy, and of course—the region's first Pokémon that make Josh swoon and Tanner barf. We're si'noh glad to have you along for the journey. (We're still workshopping that one.)
Notes: Thanks to our composer, Matt Shilts, who will be providing us with some hot new tracks to keep us warm on our ascent to Mt. Coronet!
BADJOSH(JR) and AnimeJr's journey through Orre comes to a close, after another like, 12 hours of gameplay since last week. As the boys search for a rogue Bonsly and their stolen Snag Machine, Miror B makes his last (Outskirt) stand. They upbraid his Lombres and stuff his hideous Nosepass, and then get a call from ONBS whose PIs and illegal database concluded the Snag Machine is, surprisingly, at the Snagem Hideout in some other part of the desert. There, they do what they'll also do at both the Cipher Key Lair and Citadark Isle: fight a metric ton of grunts and peons and some big baddies too. It's a lot, and it culminates in a fight with the mysterious Grand Master Greevil, the most obviously named evil villain residing in the most obvious evil lair of all time. Tune in, and then cart up: because next week we're finally headed to Sinnoh!
Notes: Featuring "Doomsday" by MF DOOM. RIP the Supervillain.
Miraculously, Josh & Tanner and their counterparts BADJOSH(JR) and AnimeJr manage to make it two-thirds of the way through Gale of Darkness in just another week. In this jam-packed episode, they chase down a lead on Cipher's latest tricks that leads them to a Titanic-looking ship stuck out in the middle of the desert. No big deal. Along the way, Duking announces that wild Pokémon actually can live in Orre—and he's the only one who's got the snacks that'll bring all the 'mon to the yard. They encounter the Hexagon Bros again, who've taken on stunning new disguises in Phenac City, and play some games at the newly not evil Realgam Tower. Also they fight Kaminko's latest crazy invention wielded by the inept Chobin. It's a lot.
Josh & Tanner kick off the final three episodes of the Gen III miniseries on the GameCube games. They give their first impressions of the 2005 sequel to Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, including its eccentrically named trainers, new and old environments, and just what in Arceus's name those Cipher dimwits are up to this time. Also, get your Gen IV carts ready because we're (finally) headed to Sinnoh in just three weeks!
Notes: Features "The Reason (8 Bit)" by Chiptune Planet, "I Took A Pill in Ibiza" by Mike Posner, and "I Took A Pill in Ibiza (SeeB Remix)." RIP Avicii/Evice.
This is the last ep of the Pokémon Colosseum series. Josh & Tanner (aka Bad Josh and Mr. Anime) beat the dang thing. They liberate the Shadow Pokémon Lab and steal a disk that proves crucial for the Kids' Grid to crack Cipher's code. After the code's cracked, Bad Josh & Mr. Anime head to the hottest new spot in town: Realgam Tower. Inside, they fight all their own nemeses and beat the game.
Notes: Features "Freak on a Leash (8 Bit Tribute to Korn)" by 8 Bit Universe.
The bug babies Josh & Jack watch a cherished film with yet another messy title, "Pokémon The Movie 2000: The Power of One," and read a Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel, "Logan Likes Mary Anne." But, while attempting to record their hit new podcast, they are rudely interrupted. What ensues utter chaos, leaving them with nothing but the smoldering remains of their beloved show.
Notes: Featuring "Polkamon" by "Weird Al" Yankovic.
This week, Josh is joined by his friend Michael LeVine. Though he's a competitive Magic: The Gathering player, for the last two weeks he and Josh have been playing the online version of the Pokémon TCG. They talk through their history with trading card games and their explosion in the '90s. Then they explain the cards and gameplay mechanics as Mike outlines the differences between Pokémon and Magic. Finally, Josh sees if he can best Mike in the arena.
Notes: For more of his antics, give Mike a follow on Twitter (@MichaelVLeVine) and if you are—or are about to be—into Korean-Jewish food fusions, check out @kimchijewce_ny on Instagram.
With Tanner out being a responsible father, his other co-host Jack Shepherd of The Baby-Sitters Club Club and Josh are forced to fend for themselves. So, they bravely banded together to create The Baby-Sitters Experience, a podcast where Bug Catchers learn about The Baby-Sitters Club and Baby Nation learns about Pokémon. This week, we're reading "The Baby-Sitter's Club #87: Stacey and the Bad Girls" and watching 2000's "Pokémon 3: The Movie."
Notes: Check out The Baby-Sitters Club Club (@BSCCPodcast) wherever you catch your podcasts, and where normally you can join Jack and Tanner as they read every BSC novel.
Having vanquished Miror B, Bad Josh & Mr. Anime look to find out more about purifying Shadow Pokémon from their companion’s grandfather in Agate Village. Of course, upon arriving, Team Cipher rolls into town and prevents them from properly investigating until they’ve been defeated. Then, they learn about the Relic Stone, the Time Flute, Celebi, and a whole bunch of other stuff, like that there’s secretly another city underneath Pyrite Town and they need to clean it up. It’s also funny because we talk about Australians a lot in this episode, and the bulk of it takes place in The Under, aka the Land Down Under. Get it?
SEASON 3GC: BEGIN. In the first of four episodes covering 2004's Pokémon Colosseum, Josh & Tanner dive into their first impressions of the GameCube sleeper hit, differences from the main games, backstory of the characters in the game, as well as who they'll be playing as in this miniseries. Then, they get into the gritty details in this shadowy, post-apocalyptic land that is Orre. For the first leg, they learn a bit about the game's criminal syndicate (as Pokémon games are wont to do) and what they'll have to do to put them out of business: capture and purify a bunch of corrupted sweeties.
SEASON 3B FINALE. The boys/whatever Mr. Mime is are back in Pallet Town to rest after becoming Kanto Champions, when Professor Oak asks that they return to the Sevii Islands because the wifi is acting up again or something. To fix it, their old pal CELIOOOO! asks them to retrieve two gems to get it working again. What ensues is an island-hopping fetch quest across most of the archipelago, and culminating in yet another trouncing of some Team Rocket thugs. Finally, upon returning to the mainland, they take on the last catchable area in this Nuzlocke run—Cerulean Cave—before reflecting on their challenge.
Notes: Next week we're starting "Season 3GC" where we'll be playing the GameCube releases Pokémon Colosseum and Gale of Darkness XD over 8-9 episodes. Grab your copies today, and join us for the ride either way!
Josh & Tanner are joined by their friend Anthony Smith to take on the Elite Four. But first, they get in another scuffle with their rivals and suffer a loss along the way. Once upon the Indigo Plateau, will the Elite Four be the only ones who suffer losses? Or will the Kill Count continue to pile up? Also, check out Tony's perfect tweets @AnthonyBLSmith!
Notes: Midway through the episode we decided to save the rest of the Sevii Islands for next week's finale. The Nuzlocke "catchable areas" doc has been updated on the Twitter (@expsharepod) and subreddit (/r/bugcatchers).
With just one foot out the door of the Cinnabar Gym, a manic Bill whisks Joshua & Mr. Mime away to visit his friend Celio out in the Sevii Islands. Once there, they embark on the "railroadiest of railroads," a series of chained fetch quests that must be done before the islands open up and they can return to the mainland to take on the final Gym Leader. First, the trainers must deliver a Meteorite to the islands' Game Corner, then take on a biker gang, rescue a lost child (aptly named "Lostelle"), climb a mountain, and get the islands' wifi booted up. Will all of their Pokémon survive the tropical trip, or will there be a sad sea shanty to sing? And will Giovanni finally put up a real fight?
Now with the ability to Surf, Joshua & Mr. Mime take a trip up to an abandoned Power Plant to try grabbing some exotic Electric Pokémon. They also decide whether to spare or end the lives of the Legendary Birds, as the next stop is the Seafoam Islands, where Articuno lurks its depths. After pushing boulders down a bunch of holes, they ride the waves to Cinnabar where they must explore the mysterious Pokémon Mansion to find a Secret Key that will allow them to battle the seventh Gym Leader, Blaine. Will they defeat him without losing any more of their precious 'mon? Or will Josh's prediction that someone will die in every episode hold true?
Josh & Tanner are joined once again by David Sims, aka Gringus, their eternal rival/friend (it's complicated), and host of Blank Check. In their longest journey together yet, they traverse the docks beneath Lavender Town, take on the menagerie of bird trainers there, get in a tussle with the Cue Balls and Bikers hanging out on Cycling Road, and find themselves in a resplendent Fuchsia City. There, they try their luck at Safari Zone—the best chance they have of catching some exotic 'mon before their final gym battles—and then flatten Koga like one of his disgusting Koffings.
Notes: As always, check out @blankcheckpod, where David and his cohost Griffin are currently running through Robert Zemeckis's filmography (that's the Back to the Future dude!).
While out on the town, Joshua & Mr. Mime hear a rumor that the Celadon Game Corner is actually a criminal outfit. They investigate, and discover that the seedy underbelly of the city extends far beyond—to Lavender Town and Saffron City too. They set out to clean up the mean streets of Celadon, whereupon they receive the unimpressive Silph Scope. It reveals a new area where the trainers can catch a Pokémon—Pokémon Tower—in which they also confront their rival, who is apparently also on a Nuzlocke run because his Raticate died. Sad! With another arm of Team Rocket shut down, they return to Saffron to both cleanse the source of corruption at Silph Co. and face off against Gym Leader Sabrina. By the end of it, they'll need to rename Saffron City to "Crimson City" because its streets will run with Pokémon blood.
Get ready for some tear-jerking(ly off-key) power ballads. After a reprieve in the beautiful Vermilion, Joshua & Mr. Mime are forced to contend with Kanto's darkest depths in order to continue their journey forward, thanks to a blissed-out Snorlax. And given their environs, it should come as no surprise that their adventure takes a dark turn. In Diglett's Cave, Joshua loses a Pokémon he had grown unexpectedly fond of, and in the bowels of Rock Tunnel Mr. Mime experiences an unspeakable loss. When they finally emerge back into the daylight, will they knock Erika's lights out and earn their fourth badge?
After taking Misty out, Joshua & Mr. Mime try to take some time off on the Cerulean Cape and instead are faced with a rival battle, a bunch of bullies on Nugget Bridge, and that Lovecraftian freak Bill. They even have to step in to solve a crime for Officer Jenny. Once they finally make it to Vermilion City, they take a cruise on the S.S. Anne where the joy of receiving HM 01 Cut is cut short when Joshua loses a 'mon overboard. Then, the trainers chop their way into Lt. Surge's trash-filled gym and kick him to curb with the rest of it.
Joshua & Mr. Mime set out from Pewter City and are immediately ambushed by a research aide crazy about Running Shoes, for which they are thankful because they'll need 'em to run away from those freaky Shorts Guys all over Route 3. Mr. Mime suffers a loss, and Joshua finds a new companion who accompanies him along the journey through a new and improved Mt. Moon—now with water features! On the other side, the boy and... Pokéman find themselves kicking and punching with some pseudo karate kings before dipping their toes in the pool with Misty. Will they both make it out with no drowned Pokémon? Find out in the hot new segment, Kill Count.
Season 3B, baby! Josh & Tanner outline EXP. Share's official Nuzlocke rules we're abiding by as we go through a beautiful 16-bit Kanto. After covering the rules, we talk about the characters we're playing as this season, and then get back into the good stuff: Level Checks, Sweeties, Barfs, and more. When it's Nuzlocke, will we find ourselves in the Kanto we know and love? Or will we find ourselves in a world of hurt?
Notes: Nuzlocke rules can be found on our @expsharepod social accounts as well as the Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/bugcatchers/comments/ik94yr/nuzlocke_run_house_rules_for_fireredleafgreen/
Looking for some spicy Hoenn action today? We have quite the surprise for you: we've spent the last month battling the very best guests from Season 3A, and a certain GringusD of our past. We've got three battles for ya: first against both Mike (StillJustMike) and Kevin (xRazeOvation) of @PokesportsPod, then Fionnuala Jones of @BandwagonsPod, and finally, season two brawler David Sims of @BlankCheckPod. Oh, and Josh & Tanner fight three times to see who's the season's supreme(on).
Thanks to our guests for joining us as always, check out their shows below:
Pokésports - https://open.spotify.com/show/4af21pBgHc9YlM9ThMfstP?si=o0T_UDiERXGtQNLnRbDRcA
Bandwagons - https://open.spotify.com/show/1iRkm9c2ckj7LB5oeoJI9i?si=QJmgB2wvTPaC-3-7i5nr7w
Blank Check - https://open.spotify.com/show/4zmVd1CGeUCxAAMwGAwsFD?si=T758VxrARoORZ2F_6PUzwQ
The 9-1-Huns return—vindicated—to Pokémon Square. Gengar tries to spew his fake news but Pelipper swoops in and clears Archonis's good name. He then embarks on a quest to solve the latest natural disaster: earthquakes caused by Groudon. After volunteering to take it on, Lombre says the team isn't high ranked enough (would love to see this ugly chinned idiot's Rank Check), and Team ACT goes instead. Nights pass without a word, and the 9-1-Huns have to save everyone again. Which, apparently, also means stopping a giant meteor from crashing into the Pokéarth and killing everyone because this game's story doesn't know when to quit. But we certainly do, because this is the last ep of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon miniseries and we're never playing again!
Notes: Featuring "Jesus Take the Wheel (Instrumental)" by Carrie Underwood / InstrumentalPraise (YouTube).
The fugitive Pokémon continue their run from the long spoon of the law (Alakazam, is the joke here). The Mon Men run into some trouble on the path to Mt. Blaze, while the 9-1-Huns have to scale it a few times before they finally put down its master, that dumb flaming chicken Moltres. They then stumble into the Frosty Forest, where they have a surprising revelation that takes this bonkers plot to a whole other level—only to be resolved by speaking with the 'mon himself: Ninetales.
Notes: Featuring "Independence Day" by KaraFun (YouTube).
The 9-1-Huns and The Mon Men continue rescuing Pokémon in need until they stumble upon yet another troubling development in this convoluted plot. After the first boss fight with a Zapdos, a farseeing Xatu in the "Hill of the Ancients" reveals that Archonis and Jon Meowth definitely ARE human, and are NOT dancer (or Stantler). Unfortunately, this conversation is overheard by the dastardly Gengar, and that's not going to be good for anybody. Pokémon Square turns against the rescuers, and they grab their Oran Berries and get the hell out. But who will rescue the Rescue Team?
Part one of our four-part miniseries playing 2006's Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, or Blue Rescue Team on DS if ya fancy. We start our adventure by waking up in a strange, small forest, and we're apparently a human who turned into a Pokémon... mysteriously. We talk about the game's history, mechanics, and our opinions of it so far, before getting into our "starters," partner Pokémon, and the plot itself. We've also got some saucy new segments tailored to PMD for you.
SEASON THREE FINALE. Minnie Max & RHCP visit Ever Grande "City" and delve into the treacherous Victory Road, where weirdly the biggest threat is Wally. On the other side, they make their final preparations before taking on Hoenn's Elite Four: a festive crew with a lot of wild outfits and some fearsome 'mon. Following their enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, the new Champions once again take to the sea to visit the Battle Tower, scale the Sky Pillar—and, ultimately, to face the music and each other to determine who's the very best in the region.
Notes: Featuring "Californication" by CC Karaoke (YouTube).
It's our first-ever "Chasing Waterfalls" episode where we use Waterfall (and the full HM slate) to take care of some unfinished business around Hoenn. First, Minnie Max & RHCP visit the tropical retirement community of Pacifidlog Town, attempt to find Mirage Island, and then Surf the rough waters of Routes 132-134. We take a Dive in a mysterious blue hole and end up in an ancient cavern and through a couple of... different processes, figure out how to access its secrets, releasing the "Legendary Titans" into the world. Then, we catch the dang things and close with a couple more sidequests.
What is this, Waterworld? Minnie Max & RHCP spend days at sea and honestly neither of them knows how they end up in the Seafloor Cavern, where they duel with Team Aqua Admin Shelley & Team Magma Admin Courtney, who both have a lot of uh, fans, on the Internet. That's right: Fur Affinity Check is back because we're journalists and we have to report what we see. After admiring these fine Pokémon smut artists' work, Josh & Tanner dive back in and find that the Admins have released Groudon & Kyogre, so they again swim around for lord knows how long until finding Sootopolis City and its mysterious Cave of Origin. There, they face off with the two legendaries before taking on the eighth and final Gym Leader, Wallace.
Notes: Featuring a lot of outdated pop culture references, as well as those to raunchy Pokémon art that your kids probably shouldn't hear. (Should they hear this podcast at all though?)
The trainers venture into Hoenn's own Safari Zone, which seems to have bought all of Kanto's Pokémon but is an inferior experience. Looking for more thrills, they stroll Lilycove and run into streets full of Aqua & Magma grunts that they trace back to Mt. Pyre. There, they—again, two children—are entrusted with a life-preserving orb, which they take to Slateport to learn about "Captain" Stern's latest discovery. During his press conference, Team Aqua/Magma makes off with the sub and they follow it to their hideout in Lilycove. After shutting down that operation, they take a trip to sunny Mossdeep, and take on its freaky brother-sister duo Gym Leaders.
Notes: Featuring "Someone Like You (Karaoke Version)" by EdKara (YouTube).
Minnie Max and RHCP are joined by Bug Catcher FJ, aka Fionnuala Jones, host of the Bandwagons podcast. The trio takes to the sea: Tanner much, much more than the other two. Once on the other side of Route 118, they encounter some trainers with big cult energy, a big cutie Pokémon, and a big mess at the Weather Institute. After cleaning it up, they set out to defeat Fortree City's Winona, but run into some unforeseen barriers first. Devon Corporation's newest product saves them, and they stack it up against Silph Co.'s offerings before a fight breaks out: Will Josh reclaim the crown of EXP. Share champion? And who will prevail between EXP. Share: A Pokémon Podcast and Bandwagons: Not A Pokémon Podcast?!
Notes: Check out Bandwagons wherever you catch your podcasts, and give 'em a follow @bandwagonspod!
Featuring "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
After last week's long journey and battles, Minnie Max & RHCP get a little reprieve. Using their new Go-Goggles, they traverse Route 111's desert and find some mysteries in its sands, returning with them to Rustboro City to give Devon Corp. one last chance to prove its scientists are worth their mettle. With Petalburg just down the road, they set off to prove to Norman that they don't have daddy issues at all and HE'S the one being immature, Dad! They take issue with his gym layout, but lay him out along with the rest of the Normal type trainers and receive HM 03 Surf as a reward. With that, they set off for a strange sidequest on another shore.
Notes: Featuring "I Believe I Can Fly (Karaoke Version)" by Let's Sing! (YouTube).
For our longest episode and most guests ever, hosts of Pokésports Mike & Kevin join Josh & Tanner for the journey—and boy, was it one. The routes were endless, the sweeties and gross 'mons plentiful, so we have double the segments. We weigh in controversial discussions, such as Spoink & Grumpig (cuties, or best as bacon?); the credibility of Team Magma & Aqua's dastardly schemes; and how pretty much everyone hates Pokémon contests. Then, each show team goes head to head against each other and then the shows themselves... who will be the mid-game champions?
Notes: Thanks to @PokesportsPod for joining us! Check out their coverage of the competitive Pokémon scene (including an interview with us) wherever you catch your podcasts.
Mr. Briney takes Minnie Max & RHCP to Slateport City, where they find a whole lot of nothing to do. The flea market or whatever offers nothing. The Contest Hall says they're unqualified. The Oceanic Museum is packed to the gills. They finally get a dockworker to talk at the harbor, and find "Captain" Stern, who isn't really even a captain. Looking for a gym leader to crush, they head north and run into a bunch of neer-do-wells on Route 110, but are rewarded with some wheels and a real good fight with Gym Leader Wattson. Josh struggles with the current members of RHCP and considers changing the lineup.
Minnie Max & RHCP attempt to head east but run into trouble in Rusturf Tunnel—and a lovers' quarrel. Fortunately they make a new friend along the way, and hitch a ride down Dewford Town way. Once there, they meet a number of hipster freaks who are starving for goss and the latest trends from the mainland. After they spill the tea, they spill Gym Leader Brawly's guts all over his gym floor. Then, they hit the floors of Granite Cave, searching for a mysterious "Steven."
Notes: Featuring "Suck My Kiss" by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Pokémon Masters of Kanto & Johto dust off their Game Boy Advances and step foot into a new region: Hoenn. With both Josh & Tanner running themed teams this season, it's bound to be one wild ride. That journey begins with an overview of all the saucy new changes added into Gen III, the return of Level Check and what we're working with this season, and then we move into Littleroot Town. Also, thanks to our friend Michael LeVine, we have a Reddit now! Hang out with Bug Catchers at http://www.reddit.com/r/bugcatchers.
David Sims (aka GringusD) 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 they've each 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 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.