Part 32: Shut Your Gob!Update 33: Shut Your Gob!
Spikemuth - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
As we go right, we run into what looks like a merch stand.
Grunt: Old on, mate. If youre gonna take on the Gym mission, youd better change into yer uniform!
While every Gym so far has had both a gimmick and some Trainers, the Spikemuth Gym just has the second. Instead of figuring out some puzzles, you go through the Team Yell Grunts checkpoint by checkpoint, whether in single or double battles.
The closest thing there is to an obstacle here is the occasional Kantonian Mr. Mime walling off the path. Now, there IS a Galarian Mr. Mime, an Ice-type, but were dealing with the original version here. Mr. Mimes sit firmly on the slopes of the Uncanny Valley. Those ear things and fixed smile have been terrifying young players for generations. Mr. Mimes worst qualities even made it into Detective Pikachu, and the fact that that movie exists still completely blows my mind. But the most interesting piece of trivia about it? In the anime, the main character, Ash, doesnt have a father. Nobody ever makes a big deal of it, their family is perfectly happy and stable without him, but its all pretty mysterious. In the first part of the anime, Ashs mom also keeps a Mr. Mime around the house to do chores. No wonder he left home so quickly.
When I was still keeping up with the fandom, there were four competing theories as to who Ashs father was:
- He was some rando who left them long ago and will never show up again (probably the canon explanation).
- He was Giovanni, the closest thing Gen 1 had to a major villain.
- He was Professor Oak, the local equivalent of Prof. Magnolia, Sonia, and more rolled together, who did everything from giving you your Pokédex and first Pokémon to calling you up every time you used your bike indoors telling you to knock it off (probably the most popular theory).
- She fucked the Mr. Mime.
Grunt: Gym Challenger.
The first fight starts out A little rough. By that I mean the first time someone lands an attack on my Pokémon, the Linoone OHKOs L337 on the spot. So, thats pretty promising. It still goes down to Baklava, though, and thats all she wrote.
Grunt: But, since I lost, it was really all for nothin! Whatever. You won, so I guess Ill step aside.
Wait! I, uh, I have something to ask you.
Grunt: Eh, go ahead.
Do Do you know about me and Marnie?
Grunt: Yer askin if we approve?
Grunt: Then why you askin ME that? Its not like were all one person. I swear
No look. Marnie is very important to me, and you guys are VERY important to her. But I dont know anything about Spikemuth, I really dont. Just rumors and stereotypes. I was hoping to I dunno, break them? I mean, Im not going to make you tell me anything, but I really want to get to know you better.
Grunt: You know what? Sure. Outsiders never ask that. So, what dyou know about Spikemuth?
Not much. I know a little bit about Muneth. Did you know the true heirs to the throne of Galar are somewhere around here? The last members of the Alfredic Dynasty vanished into the Munethic countryside and with the Brother Kings line having given up their right to succession after the Revolution, they stand first in line to the throne.
Grunt: Points for knowin Muneths name, but thats ancient history. Nobody in Spikemuth cares about that.
This is what I need I dont KNOW any of this. Whats it like living here?
Grunt: Well hm. I bet yer thinkin about Wooloo-shaggin jokes.
Im Cameran. Galarians make the same jokes about us.
Grunt: Maybe. But I aint never even SEEN a Wooloo, you know? Me da was a binman and me mum runs a corner shop, so me an my sisters were a bit better off than most. Gwen here, though, she grew up without a father. Her mums a wonder though.
I dont know who my father is and I dont care to find out. He and my family abandoned my mum when I was small and she raised me better than he ever could.
Gwen: Yeah! See, she gets it
I mean, she talks about synthesizers all the time, but she never seems to want to talk about actually playing them much.
Left Grunt: Yeah, both her and Piers. I dont get it.
I dunno, a lot of artists like to keep their work personal. But then, Piers heads up a band, so
Right Grunt: Hes a private man, our Piers. Humble, too. The whole wild-eyed punk rocker thing? Its a front. Hes a sweet man under there. Part of why we like him so much.
Left Grunt: You know he runs his own label?
Left Grunt: Its true. He publishes alf the bands out of Spikemuth, then funnels all the money back to them. Financial genius, that one. He talks about music bein pretty maths all the time
They jump out the windows and the camera cuts away. It returns once they land.
Wait! Werent you the bloke that tried to steal that bike?
Left Grunt:You tried to steal a bike?
Right Grunt: I did NOT try to steal a bike! I just wanted t borrow the damn thing!
And use it to ride down Challengers.
Left Grunt:You were going to do WHAT?
Right Grunt: I Okay, I KNOW it was a bloody stupid idea. I KNOW. I just I just wanted to be a bit more active, you know?
As in Stay fit, or
Right Grunt: No, not like that! By then everybody elsed scared off most of the Challengers. I wanted to do SOMETHING.
Left Grunt: Leigh, mate, thats a terrible idea no matter how ya look at it.
Well, he didnt cause anybody any harm. Plus, it was a Rotombike, so he couldnt use it anyway.
Left Grunt: Bloody hell, really? Thats amazin!
Wait wait wait, Hitmonchan Adventures!
Left Grunt: What?
Right Grunt: Oh shit.
That entrance! Right down to whipping out the scrolls at the end! What was it, the Dark-type Hand? That was their thing!
Left Grunt: Was it now. Yknow, I remember bein told a certain someone came up with it all by herself.
Right Grunt: Come the hell on, Megan, you said you thought it was cool!
But it IS cool! That was a GREAT show. Well, it was all right. But I did like those little educational segments at the end!
Right Grunt: Youre kiddin me, mate, the fight scenes in the first couple seasons were mad!
Left Grunt: Oh God, I remember you talkin' about that. You never shut up about it!
Right Grunt: Only because you wouldnt watch it with me!
You know you can stream it for free off the networks website now? You have to put up with adverts, but
You know, I kinda had a sneaking suspicion. Does Marnie know that you lotve been intercepting Challengers?
Grunt: No, course not!
You know, maybe I dont know Marnie as well as you do, but I got the impression she isnt a fan of people lying to her.
Grunt: We werent lyin'! We were just... Not tellin' her.
Its only a matter of time before she finds out, you know
What do you know
Looks like I called it.