Episode 202 "Videl
Our episode continues where yesterday's left off. Spopovitch
chases after Videl, and is coming towards her FAST! Amazingly,
the two fighters still have energy to go on, and Videl throws
some very fast punches, but Spopovitch again gains the upper
hand. He hits her and then fires a purple energy wave at her,
and she flies down to earth landing on the ring on all fours.
Spopovitch lands too, and Goku wonders how he could've changed
so much. At the last World Martial Arts Tournament, he wasn't
able to fly or throw energy blasts. Even so, Videl manages
to land some punches, but Spopovitch only retaliates in brutal
punishment. Videl flies all over the place from his massive
hits and kicks, yet she still refuses to give up and gets
up to punch him.
At this point in the fight, the tables are harshly turned
against Videl. She doesn't have any chance whatsoever of beating
him, and Spopovitch just beats the !$#@ out of her. It was
a horrid scene to watch; a hero being beaten so badly.
Hercule still refuses to believe that his daughter is losing,
and one of the tournament members insists that he should watch
the match. Videl somehow musters enough strength to fight
back a little, but he seems to have unlimited power no matter
how hard she punches and kicks. Spopovitch then kicks Videl
so hard so that she flies right outside of the ring, and as
she's about the hit the ground, he grabs her leg and swings
her back in the ring for another round of beating. Videl gets
up miraculously, and lunges at him, but he punches her in
Gohan watches the match is disgust and horror. The battle
is very one-sided, and it seems as though Spopovitch might
even kill her. Now, the Z-fighters, especially Gohan can barely
stand to watch. He is having an extremely hard time controlling
his inner anger towards Spopovitch's ruthless fighting. Goku
turns to him and tells him to control himself and not to interfere
with the fight. It looks like Gohan is ready to pop, controlling
his severe rage inside.
Sure enough, Gohan decides to help Videl. He turns Super
Saiyan and his costume comes almost completely off and he's
on the brink of deciding whether to fly over and help or stay
in despair. While Gohan turns SS, the Supreme Kai adopts a
peculiar grin on his face as if he is pleased about something.
Videl's energy is non-existent in the fight and Spopovitch
now kicks her off the arena, and she touches the ground. Gohan
rushes up to cradle her in his arms and get her immediate
medical attention. After he makes sure she's alive, Gohan
yells out to Spopovitch, who now is standing next to the ring
with his back turned. Gohan tells him to stop, and that the
next time they meet, he will fight him and he (Gohan) will
win. Spopovitch and the other mysterious man fly away.
At this point, Goku teleports to go to Korin for some senzu
beans to help the now injured Videl. The scene then switches
to Hercule looking over his beaten daughter. He can't comprehend
what he sees. Videl tells Gohan in a frail, weak, voice, that
he should get revenge on Spopovitch. Gohan leaves, and Hercule
soon realizes that Gohan is Videl's boyfriend. He becomes
enraged that a boy as puny as him could be in love with her
because Hercule told Videl that the only way she can have
one is if he is strong. Hercule certainly doesn't think much
of Gohan. (I almost laughed my head off here.) The episode
then ends by showing Goku getting the sensu beans from Korin.
Once again, as in the last episode, Sapopovitch was very
nicely drawn in detail. Videl's body is very accurately represented
as being beaten to a pulp. Dirt, cuts, bruises, scrapes, and
discoloration can all be taken notice of.
Yesterday, the music was downright bland. Today, however,
was a different story. The music in the hospital, where Videl
was being cared for was just amazing. It was subtle and serene,
but also was a perfect match for the situation. I give the
music and sounds for today a thumbs-up. :)
The dialogue wasn't exceptional today, but the crowd's emotion
towards Videl was quite powerful. Also, when Goku told Gohan
to restrain himself, it sent chills down my back. An important
observation to make is that, in a fight, there isn't much
friendly conversation. So if you enjoy fast-paced action (I
do), then dialogue doesn't make as much of an impact. Yet,
if you listened to the grunts and yelling, I suppose that
today was quite satisfactory.
The point of today's episode was to end the long fight between
Videl and Sapopovitch, and more importantly foreshadow what
is to come. The point where the Supreme Kai grins is a good
example. Hint. Hint. I liked the fight and the fact that a
good guy was being hurt. Not that that was cool, but that
it set the following episode(s) or two in place.
The Existence's Inside Line: The show was great and
all if you like fighting and some suspense. There were several
clues in here that had to be seen to be understood, and the
long, somewhat boring or dull fight is over. The good stuff
is yet to come.
The Existence gives today's episode:
5 Dragonballs out of 7...