Gero (Episode 117)
What do you know? A DBZ episode without one
single legitimate fighting sequence within the actual episode…
Surprising, isn't it?
This episode picks up with Dr. Gero up against
the ropes with the Z Warriors ready to kick the crap out #20(Dr.
Gero). #20 is pretty desperate to get back to his lab after
Piccolo ripped off his right arm. If he were to fly, the Z
warrior would catch him, but with all of them watching him,
how was he going to escape?
No sooner did he think the words when Bulma
and Yajirobe, along with Trunks the Baby, arrive onto the
scene. Seeing his window of opportunity, 20 yells to the Z
warriors that they had best enjoy their temporary victory,
because he will then unleash 17 and 18 upon them. (At the
same time, Future Trunks once again reiterates from the previous
episode that the two androids they battled were not the two
plaguing his future.) And with that releases a huge explosion.
Temporarily catching everyone off guard and also totaling
When the dust clears, 20 is gone, Future Trunks
saved Bulma and Baby Trunks, while Vegeta stands in the air
yelling how he will destroy 20. Interestingly, Future Trunks
gets in Vegeta's face and asks why he did not bother saving
Bulma and his child (HIM!). Vegeta calmly states that he has
"more important matters" to consider than "That woman and
the blasted child."
Then after some standard Funimation dialogue
filler, Bulma points out that she thinks that android (20)
is Dr. Gero himself. Everyone, including Trunks, is stunned.
Vegeta curses Future Trunks that everything he said was a
lie, and that he told them that Dr. Gero was killed by his
own creations. Bulma also says that he has a secret lab in
a hidden cave in some location that I personally didn't catch
(This is what happens when you read a review instead of watching
the episode). Vegeta makes the connection that since no one
saw 20 (whom will now be referred to as Dr. Gero), he must
have gone on foot, which means he could not have gotten too
far. So the Z warriors, minus Gohan who takes Bulma and Yajirobe
(who finally appears out of the ruble just as Gohan, Bulma
and Baby Trunks are about to leave) back home, are off in
pursuit of Dr. Gero. Oh yes, Bulma and everyone else also
finally find out that Future Trunks is Baby Trunks from Piccolo
as Trunks follows Vegeta.
We then have a scene where Vegeta and Trunks
are flying off in the direction of Dr. Gero's laboratory.
Vegeta challenges Trunks to keep up in which Trunks goes SSJ
and follows. Here we find out that Vegeta also knows that
Trunks is his son. (funny how that worked out…) They actually
overtake Dr. Gero, who figures out that they are trying to
get to his lab and destroy 17 and 18. We then have as the
final scenes Goku clutching his heart in bed as Chi Chi and
Yamcha look on crying and hoping that Goku took the antidote
in time. Here is where the episode ends.
The Good and the Bad: Well, like I said
before, there was not a single substantial fight sequence,
not one! However, there was quite a bit to absorb in
terms of the plot, so I guess this makes up for it. We also
have little bit more character development in Future Trunks
and his relationship (or emerging relationship) with Vegeta.
The animation was up to its usual standards, although Dr.
Gero running through the canyons got a bit repetitious, as
the footage was recycled. Music wise, pretty bland actually.
However, there weren't any footage mistakes that I could see.
The Final Word: Eh. This was a pretty
average episode in terms of entertainment factor. It was however,
important for the plot, on the other hand… eh. Pretty mediocre,
and nothing I would get too excited about
The Celestrian gives today's episode: 3/5 (Sorry
-The Celestrian DBZN