Season 1 Episode 1

Pokémon I Choose You!

Aired Saturday 8:30 AM Sep 08, 1998 on Cartoon Network
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Pokémon I Choose You!
Ash Ketchum is finally 10 years old, old enough to become a Pokémon Trainer. He wakes up late, and arrives to Professor Oak's lab late, and all the Pokémon are gone! Ash has no choice but to take a naughty Pikachu. Pikachu won't listen or go inside it's PokéBall, so Ash must drag it along (literally). After many failed attempts at capturing some Pokémon, Ash throws a rock and it hits a Spearow. The Spearow gets angry and starts attacking them! Soon, the entire flock start chasing Ash and Pikachu! Ash, with no Pokemon that will listen to him, he must escape from the raging Spearow. Can they escape and will Ash ever earn Pikachu's trust?moreless

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  • 1st episode ever of Pokemon

    Very 1st episode where Ash get's Pickachu and the journey all begins from here. I love the old Pokemon series and the 1st season was by far the best!
  • the first episode of Pokemon the best show ever

    in this new show that is from japan it's about these creatures that are call Pokemon we meet Ash Ketucht a kid that is on it's way to become a pokemon master and is picking his first pokemon and when a Bulbasaur Charmander Squirtle are all gone Ash picks a pokemon call Pikachu a electric type and it does want to listen to ash but ash saves pikachu then pikachu saves ash and he is bady hurt and Ash see a pokemon but i didn't know what it was now i am older so it was a HO-Ho he sawmoreless
  • A great introduction to the series that made up my childhood.

    When I was younger, I thought Pokemon was a stupid show even though I had never seen it. While over at my friends, they finally convinced me to watch an episode when it was on TV and this happened to be the episode that aired. Now I think it's kind of neat that the very first episode happened to air the day I started watching it. It took me about ten minutes to become hooked on the show from then (Kindergarten/Grade 1) to around grade 6 or 7. I also discovered the games and although they worked a lot different than the show did, I played them all the time. Personally, I'm surprised this series is still going strong. Other series like this (Yu-Gi-Oh) have come to and end. However, I also think it's cool how this show is spanning more than one generation and a whole new generation of PokeGeeks are around.moreless
  • First episode of Pokemon!

    "Pokemon, I Choose You!"

    Grade: A*

    The very first Pokemon episode, after almost 14 years is reviewed by me, and I used to watch alot of the season 1 episodes back in my childhood years. I bumped into this episode on TV not too long ago and thought it was an excellent way to start the series, and is actually quite darkly toned in places and funny. Ash is a total noob at Pokemon, whilst Pikachu is a right **** in this episode, but the key importance is how Ash and Pikachu's friendly trainer relationship grows slowly from here.

    The episode begins with a Gameboy screen of Pokemon being played. The screen changes to an actual Pokemon match and it turns out that it is coming from the TV. A 10 year old boy named Ash Ketchum is looking forward to becoming a Pokemon Trainer the day afterwards.

    Unfortuantly, Ash oversleeps and dreams about which starter Pokemon to choose from (Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur) and ends up waking up late. In a hurry and still in his pyjamas, Ash heads to Professor Oak, and is taunted by his rival Gary, who says he is late for the party and chosen the best Pokemon.

    Ash enters Professor Oaks lab and originally decides to pick Squirtle, but Oak says its taken. He then picks Bulbasaur, followed by Charmander, and they are all gone. Ash is devastated by this and demands to have any Pokemon. Professor Oak tells Ash that there is one more, though its a little misbehaving. He gives him an electric Pokeball and inside it is Pikachu and he comes out of the ball.

    Pikachu is a bit of a terror and doesn't like Ash, constantly using Thundershock on him. Despite not getting along too well, Ash packs his stuff up and says goodbye to his mother and his hometown Pallet Town. Ash is reminded that Pikachu should be going back in the ball, but he refuses and lets him walk with him instead.

    Pikachu doesn't get along with Ash and he encounters Pidgey, which Ash tells Pikachu to attack. Pikachu refuses and ash tries to capture it with a Pokeball normally. It doesn't work and Pikachu just keeps laughing at him. Ash attempts to try again by throwing his coat over Pidgey, but fails due to Pidgey's Gust and Sand Attack. Pikachu continously laughs and Ash realises he's going to have to do everything himself (for now).

    Ash sees another bird Pokemon and decides to try and weaken it with a rock, but it isn't a Pidgey, its a Spearow, and Spearows can be dangerous to both Pokemon and Humans. Spearow calls the hoard from the nest and Ash and Pikachu are forced to run.

    The hoard catches up with Ash and Pikachu, and Pikachu is hurt by the Spearows. Ash tries to save him and jumps into the river, avoiding the water Pokemon and finds himself getting caught by a fishing rod used by a girl named Misty. Misty realises Pikachu is in critical health and tells Ash where the Pokemon Center is, but the Spearows catch up with them again and Ash takes Misty's bike and pedals away without warning.

    Ash and Pikachu fall off the bike, and realising they are stuck, Ash tells Pikachu to get into the Pokeball so that he can be saved, but Pikachu still refuses. Ash tells the hoard of Spearows that he will become the greatest Pokemon trainer and they tell him to attack him instead of Pikachu. Pikachu starts to warm up to Ash and just before Ash is hit by the Spearows, Pikachu uses Thunder and scares the Spearows away, knocking both Ash and Pikachu unconscious.

    Ash wakes up and Pikachu starts liking him again. He notices a Pokemon in the sky (Ho-oh) and checks it with the Pokedex, but it doesn't recognise what it is, and nevertheless Ash starts walking towards the Pokemon Center with Pikachu in his hands, and the journey begins from here...

    Overall, one of the finest episodes of Pokemon and it had a good plot, some humour, and even some heart to it. I mean, Ash sacrifices himself to the Spearows in order to keep Pikachu alive at the end for goodness sake (as Ash doesn't think he'll survive), plus he delivers a moving speech that might even let out a little tearjerker to some viewers. I think this is also the only episode without Team Rocket in it, but I might be wrong, but nevertheless the first episode of Pokemon perfectly set the series and was a great way to start everything.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep its the first ep of the pokmon story were ash gets a pokemon and starts his journy like every 10 year old except he wakes up late and misses all the pokemon so perfessor gives him a pokemon that is hidden under the others pickachu and this is how it all starts ash and pickchu start and dongt get along and ash starts to have a bad time he has not caught anypokemon and pichue gets in some rough time when there running from the spheros that are chasing them and pichue gets hurt and decides to use its last bit of energy to use a thundershock to defend ash and they arrive at viredian city. this was a good epmoreless
Eric Stuart

Eric Stuart

Kanto Pokédex

Recurring Role

Stan Hart

Stan Hart

Professor Oak

Recurring Role

Jimmy Zoppi

Jimmy Zoppi

Gary Oak

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Bruno's Pokéball at the start of the episode is green, instead of the normal red.

    • Ash is based off of Red, a character from the Pokémon Adventures manga and main character of the Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow video games.

    • Pikachu's Pokéball has a lightning bolt on it.

    • Pikachu is the first Pokémon that willfully disobeys Ash in the series. However, the disobedience ends at the end of the episode.

    • The shadowed trainer shown at the very beginning with the Nidorino and Onix was Bruno. It is rumored the Gengar's trainer is Agatha. The opening battle is also the same opening from Pokémon: Red Version.

    • The bird Ash saw at the end of the episode was Ho-oh. This makes it the first Johto Pokémon seen in the series though it had no name at the time

    • Ash has a Voltorb Clock.

    • If Professor Oak was supposed to give 4 trainers Pokemon, he should have more than 3 available (at least as far as everyone knows).

    • Gary: Hey, watch where you're going! Well, you must be Ash. Better late than never, I guess. At least you get the chance to meet me!

      Why would Gary, who should be Ash's lifelong rival, say something like that? It sounds like Gary had heard all about Ash from some other people and this was the first time they met.

    • When Ash enters Professor Oak's Lab and looks at the Pokéballs, the writing is Japanese. When Ash picks up a Pokéball, it's not in Japanese. Later in the series, regular Pokéballs never have writing on them.

      Also, the Pokéballs for the three starters shouldn't have been there at all because the Pokémon had already been chosen.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Ash: (To Pikachu) Pikachu, get inside the Pokéball. I know you're afraid of going in there, but if you're inside maybe I can save you. Please Pikachu. After that then...after that...just trust me!

    • Narrator: This is just the beginning of the amazing adventures of Ash and Pikachu. Their journey is destined to be packed with non-stop action, millions of laughs, heart pounding perils and endless excitement. Together they will encounter fantastic friends, evil enemies and meet creatures beyond their wildest imagination and as their story unfolds, we'll unlock the magic and mystery of the most wondrous place: the incredible world of Pokémon!

    • Ash: Professor Oak? Where's my Pokémon?
      Oak: Your Pokémon?
      Ash: Yeah. I'm ready.
      Oak: You look more like you're ready for bed, not for Pokémon training. I hope you're not going to train in your pajamas.

    • Ash: Hey, get out of there! (Rattata runs away from his backpack.)
      Pokédex: A forest Pokémon - Rattata. It likes cheese, nuts, fruits and berries.
      Ash: Yeah, but this isn't a forest, it's an open field.
      Pokédex: It also comes out in open fields to steal food from stupid travelers.
      Ash: So that means I'm stupid?
      Pikachu: (Laughs) Pika... Pika!

    • Misty: Are you okay?
      Ash: Yeah, I'm fine...
      Misty: (walks up to Pikachu) I meant your Pokémon!

    • (Ash looks at the sky and sees Ho-oh)
      Ash: I wonder what that is?
      Pokédex: There is no data. There are still Pokémon yet to be identified.

  • NOTES (10)


    • The Japanese names for Ash (Satoshi) and Gary (Shigeru) have some significance. Ash's Japanese name was named for the creator of the Pokémon games: Satoshi Tajiri. Gary's Japanese name, Shigeru, was named for the creator of the Mario games, Shigeru Miyamoto. This was meant to be an inside jab indicating that Pokémon rivaled Mario as the top character/game series from Nintendo.

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