After a lengthy trip that pushes Goku’ bladder to the limit, he and Whis arrive on Beerus’ planet. Vegeta is surprisingly OK with the arrival. One would expect him to be miffed that his rival, who has already ascended to godhood, is barging in on his exclusive training session, but he says that he was expecting it to happen sooner or later.
Then again, he could be grateful that he has someone to help with the chores. Oh, yes, it seems that in exchange for training, the Saiyan prince (and now Goku as well) is tasked with various bits of housework like tending to a large lawn and changing Beerus’ sheets while he sleeps.
The latter proves to be especially difficult, though luckily for the Saiyans, the god is a heavy sleeper. There are still a few well executed fake-outs as it looks like the two had woken the god up with their antics, only to see Beerus roll over and go back to sleep.
Goku’s and Vegeta’s competitive relationship ends up working to their advantage as they begin racing to finish their work first so that they can get a head start on training. Said training does eventually begin and it manages to challenge both Saiyans who, keep in mind, regularly train in environments hundreds of times greater than that of Earth’s atmosphere.
Oddly enough, neither one transforms into a stronger form, even when they are tasked with carrying a heavy weight as they walk down a path that disappears behind them. It’s possible that their pride kept them from wanting to be the first one to fall back on it, but Whis suggests that they know that the best way to ascend to Beerus’ level is to train in their regular forms. Considering the transformations multiply their natural strength, it does make some sense.
The session ends with a 2 on 1 sparring match between the Saiyans and Whis. It’s not much of a fight as neither one lands a hit. Whis is too fast and the two don’t really cooperate much. It does lead to an amusing gag as the two knock the other out of the way so that they can take a crack at Whis.
While Goku does note upon arrival that Vegeta has gotten a lot stronger since they last met, even going so far as to say that Vegeta may even be stronger than him now, you don’t really notice it. The two still fare about the same, though Whis does note that he increased Vegeta’s weight since their last session. It would have been interesting to see that contrast, but oh well.
By and large this is a rather amusing filler episode. Vegeta and Goku still play off each other well and it leads to some good banter as the two try to one up each other. The real kicker from the episode comes at the end when we get not one, but two seeds for plot hooks.
The first is the appearance of a spaceship populated by soldiers loyal to Frieza. Given how long it’s been since his defeat, one wonders why they’re bothering, but it’s clearly setting up his return in the ‘Resurrection F’ arc. Seeing that story start to get set into motion was cool enough, but then the episode follows that by showing us that there is another destructor god named Chompa, who greatly resembles Beerus and comes with his own Whis-like sidekick. It seems like it would undercut Beerus’ menace to show that there’s another being just like him, but how that plays out remains to be seen.
Normally this many filler episodes would have been tiresome, but these were well done. They were very character driven and managed to be entertaining in their own right. While it’s good to see the next arc kick into gear, it’s good to know that even during the show’s downtime, it can still provide solid entertainment.