I’d mark this as the strongest episode to date. Things are starting to move forward at a much brisker pace now that Beerus has his target: the Super Saiyan God. As the saiyan planet was wiped out by Frieza (interestingly enough, Beerus notes that he was planning on destroying the planet himself), finding said god proves to be more difficult. Luckily, Goku is alive, and a super saiyan. Beerus notes that it isn’t quite the same thing, but it is a step in the right direction.
You’d think with a god of destruction wreaking havoc around the galaxy, that the kais would want to call in Goku to confront it. On the contrary, they go to great lengths to keep Goku ignorant of the situation so that he doesn’t take up the challenge. Rather, Elder kai suggests waiting for the storm to pass.
Beerus’ power level perplexes me a bit. Elder kai freaks out because Beerus has wiped out the equivalent of a solar system in only a few days, but didn’t Kid Buu destroy that many planets in a matter of minutes?
I did get a kick out of the fact that the kais describe it as a “disturbance in the force”. I have to figure it was an intentional shout out, that exact phrasing can’t be a coincidence.
While the episode does a lot more to build up a sense of dread about Beerus, there is still plenty of humor to be found. It is another reason why the episode is so fun to watch. The exchanges between Goku and King Kai were a highlight of the episode.
Beerus himself is fleshed out a bit. He has more screen time here than he has had in the previous two episodes combined. We get a better feel for how he operates and also learn other tidbits of information like the fact that he was the one who imprisoned Elder Kai in the Z-sword and that he had been on Earth before. Sadly, this wasn’t a nod to the movie, but it does establish that he was the one who wiped out the dinosaurs.
Speaking of the Z-sword, I also loved all the continuity nods. King Kai calls Goku out on bringing Cell to his planet and never bringing him back to life despite conjuring Shenron on several occasions. In Goku’s defense, I’m not sure what he could do. He died too and Shenron’s magic has a time limit in terms of resurrections. If anything, his beef should be with the others.
We also see Beerus learning of Goku’s exploits. There’s no mention of Cell or Buu, but Frieza’s defeat is brought up. It was a little weird seeing Beerus so shocked at it, but he has been slumbering for almost 40 years. We also see no mention of Future Trunks’ confrontation with Mecha-Frieza and King Cold, though the episode can only throw in so many continuity nods in the allotted time.
On other fronts, Bulma throws herself a birthday party, allowing the other Z-warriors to finally make an appearance. While we don’t actually learn anything about what they’ve been up to, it was still a nice reunion.
I still need to see “Battle of Gods” but this all but confirms that the show is just retelling it, as Bulma’s birthday party was a plot point there too.
Never the less, this was an entertaining watch. There’s a building threat and the fun tone remains. The humor isn’t forced, which could have easily happened. All in all, I like where the show is going and I’m looking forward to seeing more.