Todays episode begins
with Cell's little "Celljiuns" attacking the Z warrior
team. There's quite a bit of action as these little
things pretty much kick the crap out of the Z Fighters,
all to piss off Gohan to see if his true power will
reveal itself. With Goku still exhausted (sensu beans!?)
he is unable to properly defend himself, and after
a while is on the ground. Only Vegeta and Trunks are
able to defend themselves for extended periods of
In the meantime, Hercule
and the other "fighters" watch in terror as Cell's
minions continue to bash the fighters. Suddenly, 16's
head speaks to Hercule, and goads him on to carry
him to the area Gohan is in. Here is the one moment
of true bravery this guy ever shows in the entire
saga, and runs closer to where Cell and Gohan are
despite the energy blasts exploding around him.
With a throw, 16 lands
in front of Gohan, just as Cell orders his "kids"
to kill them. After a brief and touching dialogue,
16 is smashed to bits by Cell's foot.
…and finally, after Gohan realizes what 16 did, and
how he sacrificed himself to preserve life and the
Earth, the hidden power of Gohan explodes, surprising
Animation: Excellent! The animation quality
has gone way up since the beginning of DBZ, and with
the action dominating a lot of the episode, we were
treated to an eyeful. The final explosive animation
sequence was a perfect finale to the episode.
Choreography: Very Nice. The fights were
well planned and the cuts were also good as well.
The "aahing syndrome" seems to have been cured, at
least for a while. The final scene was a great angle
to illustrate the depth of Gohan's power.
Dialogue: I was impressed. The dialogue between
16 and Gohan (more of a monologue, actually) was very
well written. I can't believe that anyone from FUNi
thought of that. The quality has gone way up, there's
still a lot to go, most of these episodes are still
butchered compared to the Japanese versions, but what
are you going to do?
Plot: Well, now we've reached Prime Time.
I say this now. WATCH TOMORROWS EPISODE, and THE ONE
AFTER THAT,… and the one after that, and so on and
so forth. There's going to be a lot going on, but
you know me, "Watch it yourself."
Overall: I was glued to my set for this entire
episode. This was such a great one, even when there
wasn't any "major" action between Gohan and Cell.
But tomorrow will change that a little bit.
The action was great! I loved this episode, but I
cannot wait for tomorrows!
The Celestrian gives todays episode 4.9/5