Well, my theory is that humans are the remnants of a Generation Ship *
. It doesn't contradict the theory of Palkia teaching that much, since during the ages specific branches of technology may have been lost or altered too much to count significantly (geolocation and harvesting being the most likely ones in my opinion). The only practical issue with the Palkia teachings theory would be the amount of time between the now and then. Vehicles (up to and including megaships), instant healing and energy storage look like technologies that could have been retroengineered. Also a Generation Ship
theory has the advantage that it doesn't require humanity to bring along all species from Earth or whatever; just samples and/or genetic information of some. Perhaps some of that genetic information was never used. It also helps explain "artificial" Pokémon, in particular Castform and the Regi trio.
On the Legendaries thing, I'd call GaSS
on the behaviour the games exhibit, as Arceus is specifically shown as creating another (our?) universe of sorts, regardless of how in game statistics they are just as well beatable with a top-percentage Rattata. The anime shows a more realistic and far less exhibited
perspective of what their power might be. Also, that's the bad thing about the anime: normal mons or even humans beating up Legendaries to a pulp is not a scarce ocurrence
. The three Regithings were beaten by Ash, particularly by Pikachu spamming the same move again and again
despite Regice (I think) having fully restored between "turns"; also Articuno and a Darkrai were pretty badly beaten, and who knows what else am I missing series-wise. Giratina was conquered and essentially killed by a measly machine she hay as well have Dragon Clawed in one hit (that thing really looked fragile). Two of the three birds were caught pretty easily; Raikou suffered a similar fate. Zapdos was forces into happy servitude
to a Ranger and Team Rocket
has somehow got hold of a Rayquaza. Arceus Himself was taken out
for hundreds of years
by a bit of electricity and
As for humans, it makes sense for them to be a sustantially (but not necessarily fundamentally) different creature than Pokémon are, given there are plants like ours, apparently, and it would make sense that there should be also plankton and microbia like ours (I don't see how the hordes of sea Pokémon could maintain themselves otherwise). They lack some broad attributes Pokémon have, particularly the concept of metamorphosis. And life, Pokémon or otherwise, is canonically not limited to that "blue planet". Let's also consider that those humans must be breathing our-kind-of oxygen too, but then, it is fairly obvious those humans are somewhat different from us: stronger and more resilant, and probably mature faster too.
edited 26th Feb '11 6:38:34 AM by SilentReverence