Throwback Thursday: “Pokemon 3: Spell of the Unown,” A Retrospective

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This past tuesday night we all got together to watch arguably one of the strongest entries in the Pokemon universe, “The Spell of the Unknown”. We pick up with an old family friend of the Ketchum’s and Professor Oak’s. I’m totally blanking on their name right now but anyway this dude is researching some ancient language and ends up discovering the unknown, who end up overtaking him and his entire home. They befriend his young daughter, and in turn recreate Ente, a legendary Pokemon  that the young girl sees as her father reincarnated. The unknown turn the family’s home into a massive crystallized castle. This is all fine until when Ash and company come to investigate what’s happened, where they are met with Professor Oak and Ash’s mother who are concerned with their friends.

The young girl yearns for a mother as she lost her own, upon hearing her wish, Ente shoots out and kidnaps Ash’s mother. Ente is extremely fast and escapes the group’s grasp. It’s up to Ash and his team to go and save his mom and try to save the little girl from her own imagination.

Looking back on this movie, this was one that stood out in my mind from the other Pokemon movies. Although the story might not be as great as Pokemon 2000, or as deep and philosophical as the first movie with Mewtwo. However, what it does have is great action, and possibly one of the greatest climactic battles in movie history between Ente and Ash and his Charzard. What a battle, Ash and his fiercest and most powerful Pokemon pitted against one of the legendary Pokemon, and Charzard is the underdog. Greatest fight I’ve seen in the Pokemon universe.

It may not be the most emotional or the one that provokes the most thought of the Pokemon Universe but it may just be the most action packed and epic of the movies. This might be the biggest challenge physically for the group, and they tackle it head on. Whatever it takes for family.

Coming up next: Pokemon 2000.