Comes True (Episode 118)
Today's episode was another "prep" to get ready
for what I hope is some serious action.
We pick up with Trunks following Vegeta in their
continuing attempt to search for Dr. Gero's lab. Trunks also
recalls some clips from previous episodes concerning how stubborn
Vegeta is, and once again pleads with Vegeta to wait for Goku
before attempting to fight 17 and 18, the androids from Trunks
future that Dr. Gero is about to unleash. After some ego-centric
talk from Vegeta about how he is a member of the Saiyan elite,
and now that he is a Super Saiyan, the androids are no match,
Trunks once again tells Vegeta not to underestimate the power
of the Androids.
We then flip to a sequence with Goku battling
Dr. Gero in what is obviously a dream-sequence. After some
cool action from Goku, Dr. Gero grows and says to Goku that
his destiny is written and the world is his. This then cuts
to Chi Chi and Yamcha by his bedside trying to wake him. Yamcha,
clutching the medicine that was given to them by Future Trunks,
keeps repeating that Goku has to pull through.
Meanwhile, Piccolo, Tien, and Krillin finally
arrive at North City. They begin to realize just how big the
city itself is, and located in an alpine mountain range, there
is an endless multitude of mountains that could house Dr.
Gero's secret lab. Piccolo suggests that they split up, and
that whoever finds the lab will send a signal by raising their
power level so that the other could detect them. Krillin also
splits up the remaining sensu beans (2 apiece) before they
split up. Amazingly, Dr. Gero is just below them and sees
that they are still looking for his lab, and begins running
in that direction, but some guy mistaking him for a deer tries
to shoot him, which he easily catches the bullet and proceeds
to blast him into the nearest pine tree. Krillin senses this
and finds Dr. Gero, who ends up pummeling Krillin until he
All this time (The episode actually cuts back
and forth much more than this review does, but I am trying
to keep a sense of continuity for you…), Gohan is still carrying
Bulma, Yajirobe, and Baby Trunks back to… wherever it is they're
supposed to be going. Yajirobe and Bulma continually bicker,
with Yajirobe making fun of Future Trunks and baby trunks,
with Bulma constantly threating him with telling Vegeta what
he keeps saying.
Ok, back to North City. Krillin managed to follow
Dr. Gero to his lab, but unfortunately Dr. Gero was able to
get inside before Krilling could signal to the others. Dr.
Gero then activates 17 and 18, who both mysteriously eye the
control that Dr. Gero is holding. As Dr. Gero tells them that
they are to destroy Goku's friends who are outside. However,
17 (the boy) grabs the control from Dr. Gero's hand and destroys
it, saying that he will not "put them to sleep again."
Outside, Trunks and Vegeta arrive at the scene,
and Vegeta in his characteristic arrogance, finally blows
the door when Trunks pleads once again to wait for Goku. When
the dust settles, there stands 17 and 18, the androids Trunks
talk about before standing there as the "extreme announcer"
cuts the episode.
Well, I was pleased to see a little bit more
action in a plot-driven episode, unlike Friday's. I particularly
enjoyed Goku's dream sequence, with its pinkish-tint, brought
a very surrealistic element to the action, but why is it that
he is constantly "out-of-the-picture" at the start of these
really cool battles (Freiza Saga…)? I guess it is to build
Some of the dialogue, of course, is pretty corny,
but what should I expect when importing it from Japan to prime-time
American TV… it would be more realistic if a "Damn" and "Oh
S-T" (see, even we have to censor…) were added instead of
"blasted" and other such dribble. This is why I encourage
1) See the Japanese episode, which I haven't
seen all of, or
2) Get the UNCUT versions on video.
Maybe we at the DBZN should petition Funimation
to strive for greater accuracy and realism when changing the
The music was pretty standard as well. Not much
to say. I really wish they did something about that as well,
maybe take a lesson from MANGA Corp. and put some good music
in or leave the original music, but even then that music can
be pretty lackluster too.
All in all, the elements of today's episode
were a little better then Fridays. So the moral of this episode
is a little action goes a long way in helping this plot develop,
and to keep the audience's attention so that the plot actually
soaks in (if you notice, this review is a little more keen
on the details than Friday's).
The Final Word
Not bad, Funimation, but you had some help.
Better than Friday's, but I still want to see some more action
(which you can't do anything about), better music and more
realistic dialogue (both of which you can do something about)
The Celestrian gives today's episode: 3.8/5
It looks like might we might actually see
-The Celestrian DBZN