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Black Hole Escape
Start the Countdown, Starmie (Japanese: 脱出のブラックホール Black Hole Escape) is the 298th round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Carr pilots the Team Rocket battleship with the intent on killing everyone else on board. Sird and Orm try to get to the cockpit and stop Carr, but Orm slips and falls off into the trees below. The force knocks the battleship's controller from Red's hands, which Sird takes with her Persian's Thief. Sird uses the controller to deactivate the battleship's stadium mode and states that she has to get control of the battleship before Carr crashes it.
Now safe, Red and Mewtwo head towards the cockpit. Red takes Entity Two with him, as he states that he can't leave it behind while it's injured. Red attempts to shake the door open, but Carr states that nothing he will do will get it open. Sird appears before Carr on a video phone, but he states that nothing she can do will be able to stop him. Suddenly, Sird's Starmie appears, having used Camouflage to disguise itself as a wall. Starmie knocks Carr and the pilot's seat off of its position.
Sird tells Carr that she will not allow him to mess with Giovanni's reunion with his son. Carr praises Sird's tactics, but claims that he's better. A huge explosion rips a hole in the battleship, sending Sird and one of Carr's Forretress flying out of it. Carr reveals that he planted ten other Forretress onto the ship and commanded them all to use Explosion so that if the ship lands safely, it will still be blown up. Carr escapes from the battleship on his Skarmory and flies off.
Mewtwo breaks the door down and states that they have to get off the battleship immediately. Red states that they can't, as the Forretress could severely damage a town or city if they crash and then blow it up. In addition to that, Silver and Giovanni are still on board as well. Red asks Yellow to help him, but she begins dozing off from overusing her powers. Red realizes that this was Sird's intention when she told Yellow to use her powers on Entity Two. Mewtwo states that although it agrees with him, it asks Red what they should do. As it approaches Vermilion City, the battleship tips over.
At the Safari Zone, the warden and Pidgeybot watch as the ship flies above them. At Vermilion City, the people of the Pokémon Fan Club rush outside to see what's going on. At the docks, the Sailor announces that they have arrived at Vermilion City. Blue and Ultima quick realize that the crashing battleship is the one they were after. Green asks Lorelei who's still on the ship. Using her tracking mist, Lorelei determines that Sird isn't on it. Blue tries calling Red on his Pokégear, but gets no response. Blue and Green immediately rush after the battleship in order to try and contain the damage.
Back on the battleship, Red states that he has a plan, but will need Entity Two's help. He has Entity Two create a black hole to send Silver and Giovanni somewhere else. Once they're safe, he sends Yellow and Mewtwo into it as well. Mewtwo tries to stop him, but Red points out that the black hole is only and entrance to an exit. Mewtwo states that's not what it was talking about and asks what Red is planning to do. Red gives a smile and tells Yellow and Mewtwo that he will return safely as they continue to be engulfed.