Well, well, well, we're almost to the point
where the real action begins! This episode picks up with Android
20 draining Yamcha of his energy, which triggers the rest
of the Z Warriors to "hone in" on the position. They arrive
just in time to see Android 20 holding Yamcha's limp body
with a lovely gaping hole in his torso (I was extremely surprised
that Funimation actually kept this in the "TV" version, but
wouldn't show the hole in one of Frieza's goons, in the first
trunks episodes), which he then tosses onto the concrete.
Goku, obviously upset, tells Krillin to take Yamcha back to
Yajirobe and the sensu beans. The Androids are interested
that Goku and the Z Warriors anticipated their arrival right
down to the location and time of arrival.
Then we have an interesting moment. In the suspense,
Goku says to himself and the Z warriors that if they fight
in the city, too many people could get hurt, and they should
fight somewhere else. Android 20 actually hears this, and
interrupts, "Yes, I agree, this place is to crowded. Too many
people could get in our way,… I will see to it that they do
not." He then proceeds to blow up everything within eyesight
with his eyes. Everything around them explodes as 20 rotates
and continues to blast buildings. (An interesting sequence
occurs when 19 simply bends over to avoid 20's blasts) Goku,
shocked and enraged to see the ruthlessness of 20, charges
and hits 20 right in the face. The scene is rather important
because the punch knocks of 20's Russian style turban hat,
giving us a good glimpse of his "androidness" which is a transparent
cranium that houses his brain (but whose brain was it originally?
One must wonder…).
After some discussion, and 19's sickeningly
child/robot voice, The Androids reveal that they to know who
Goku and the Z Warriors are. Of course, the troop is surprised,
Goku tells the Androids to follow him to a different location
to fight. The scene then makes a transition to Yamcha, Krillin,
Gohan, Bulma and Yajirobe. Yamcha is healed from the sensu
bean (His abdomen mysteriously is back…), and all of them
see Goku leading the Androids away. Krillin, and Gohan immediately
follow after Yamcha tells them that the Androids can absorb
a fighter's energy. Yamcha, however, is doubting if he can
handle going back, until the guilt makes him go. Bulma and
Yajirobe have a comedic scene, which provides some relief
and a transition (its kind of cute, and if you haven't seen
the episode, I'm not going to spoil it).
After some time of Goku continuously flying,
Android 20 finally loses his patience (androids losing patience?),
and "chooses a site for them." Before they get to business
though, Goku asks how the Androids know about him and the
others. However, at this time, Goku is breathing hard and
sweating, which has the Piccolo and Tien (Spelling?) slightly
concerned. Android 20 reveals that Goku has been under constant
surveillance by Dr. Gero since he was young. All the Androids
were built for the express purpose of revenge. All of his
techniques, including the Kamahameha have been studied, and
therefore reproduced. The When Dr. Gero had all of the information
needed, the surveillance ceased. Goku asked if he ad been
monitored when he fought on the planet Namek, in which 20
replied that there was no need because Dr. Gero obtained "all
the information he needed". Dr. Gero had assumed that Goku's
power would increase, and calculations based on his previous
growth was extrapolated and figured into the Androids programming.
However, as Piccolo then pointed out, Dr. Gero had not counted
on Goku turning SS. The episode ends with Goku charging 19
and 20 after another SS transformation (which I live for in
THE ACTUAL REVIEW (Good and the Bad.) I'm not one for summaries. I would much rather focus on
the elements of the episode than to recount what happens,
most likely a lot of you have already seen it.
This episode, like many in this series, was
pretty action packed. The animation of the city being shredded
by 20 was extremely fluid and well choreographed. The cranium
of 20 was pretty wild, and this episode seemed to be a prelude/suspense
builder once again, giving you a taste of the action, but
nothing really "hardcore."
Once again 19's voice really bugs, but I guess
the "innocently violent" sound was what Funimation was looking
for. The music wasn't bad, but not noteworthy either
As mentioned before, I get the biggest kick
when Goku goes SSJ, and once again this episode didn't disappoint.
Very fluid, but not excessively long, I hope too see many
more like this in the future.
I liked this one, which says a lot, because just about the
entire Namek Saga (except for the later episodes), had me
bored stiff. This combined a fair amount of action and moved
the plot along reasonably well. As an action junkie, a lack
of violence needs to massively make up in plot, but this episode
had both. Not what I would call a "wow" episode, but you should
be well entertained for 25 minutes.
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