Pokémon made an epic return to pop culture this month. With the launch of Pokémon Go, people all over the world are catching some of their favorite creatures in their neighborhoods and local parks. But what about those who want to watch the classic series? No fear, Pokémon: Indigo League is on Netflix.
Pokémon: Indigo League used to be looped together into one “Pokémon” title on Netflix, but now it has its own. The Indigo League has all of the famed episodes of the epic anime that came to the US in 2000. The first episode introduces us to Ash Ketchum, a young boy set on catching 150 Pokémon and becoming the “very best that no one ever was.” I guess getting a Pikachu as your first Pokémon counts!
As the series continues, Ash meets friends Brock and Misty. These two accompany Ash on his journey and embark on missions of their own. Brock wishes to be a Pokémon Breeder, while Misty aims to be a trainer and not live in the shadow of her older sisters. Ash, Brock, and Misty travel around catching Pokémon, taking down “Gyms,” and defeating the evil Team Rocket, an organization of villains that capture, steal and sell Pokémon. The main Team Rocket trio of the series consists of a feminine man, James; a bossy woman, Jessie; and Meowth, their cat Pokémon, who, unlike other Pokémon, actually talks.
Gyms in Pokémon are different than typical ones. Unlike usual gyms, where people are getting their pump on, these gyms feature trainers who train certain types of Pokémon in the area and are some of the best in their town. There’s one trainer known as the “gym leader” – the strongest in town. When one defeats the gym leader, they obtain a badge that shows their victory, a similar mechanic being present in the mobile game.
Pokémon: Indigo League is a binge that will keep your eyes glued to the show for hours! Check it out on Netflix!
Time Commitment: 1 Season
– Leo Rydel
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