The newly revived Frieza gets caught up on what has happened in his absence. He’s in surprisingly good spirits, though escaping Hell would probably do that for you. His apparent pleasant demeanor doesn’t signify too drastic a change, however, as he expresses contempt for how his armies fared without him and promptly tortures Tagoma when he questions Frieza’s plans for revenge.
To be fair, Tagoma raises a good point in saying that the Saiyans that Frieza is gunning for have gotten a lot more powerful since he last fought them. This is handwaved by Frieza, who explains that he never had to train as he was naturally just that powerful. With training, he thinks he can become strong enough within four months. It’s a bit of a stretch as Goku and Vegeta have been training a lot longer. It’s a moot point as they aren’t on Earth anyway as they are still training under Whis.
The training is going well, though Beerus is woken up in the process. For all the worry about waking him up, he’s surprisingly OK with the disturbance. He isn’t even bothered by the fact that Goku and Vegeta are there training. He’s disappointed that there’s no food, but he’s showing more patience now when he’s groggy than he did when he was at full attention.
Back on Earth, Bulma is warned by Jaco, a galactic patrolman, that Frieza is revived and en route. While the character doesn’t seem to have appeared in any anime, Bulma reacts as if she knows who he is. It does help move the plot along a bit quicker, though those unfamiliar with the character are introduced to him through Goten and Trunks, who meet the alien for the first time.
Unlike Future Trunks, who gave the heroes of Earth plenty of time to prepare for the upcoming threat, Jaco only gives Bulma an hour’s notice regarding Frieza’s arrival. Thankfully, technology allows her to contact Krillin, Piccolo, Gohan, and Tien quickly. Yamucha doesn’t show up for some reason. Then again, would it have made a difference? It’s Yamucha. It is still a great moment as the Z-fighters all assemble to take on the threat. With Goku and Vegeta absent, it’s a chance to let the usually sidelined characters to step up and shine.
In addition to Yamucha, Goten and Trunks are also strangely absent. Even though they don’t know who Frieza is, you’d think they’d want to get in on the chance to fight with an alien army and that the others would want the added numbers (plus, ya know, Super Saiyans). 18 offers her assistance, but Krillin wants her to protect Marron. It’s an odd move as she is more powerful (something even she notes) and even Master Roshi gets in on the fight. Maybe she’ll decide to drop the kid off at Chichi’s and jump into the fight. Between Frieza and his 1,000 soldiers, she would certainly come in handy.
The episode does a good job balancing tension and humor, though it does lead to a bit of mood whiplash. The parts with Frieza are appropriately tense and it does the best it can to establish the old villain as a new threat. The second half of the episode is much more lighthearted and comedic. In a way, it’s refreshing, but the shift can also be seen as rather jarring. The episode may not leave a lasting impression, but it did move things along rather well and holds the viewer’s interest for the duration. It also ends rather dramatically as the confrontation with the resurrected alien tyrant is about to begin.