As the episode opens, there’s an odd tension in the air. Vegeta is terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought, but most of the party goers don’t really know what’s going on. Oddly, they don’t pick up on this and task him with setting Beerus straight.
Of course, a straight fight isn’t an option, so Vegeta tries one last time to calm the god down to no avail. Even the offer of more pudding does nothing to appease the angry god, who declares that Earth will be destroyed.
Not surprisingly, the others aren’t too keen on this. As such, Trunks and Goten immediately fuse into Gotenks. Even with fusion powers, this fight doesn’t go too well. One might find it odd that Gotenks never goes to Super Saiyan 3, but it’s probably moot. It’s also surprising that he didn’t attempt that exploding ghost attack that he seemed so fond of back in the fight with Buu.
To Gotenks’ credit, he does point out how ridiculous it is that they are all fighting over pudding. This results in a lengthy rant from Beerus about how he has no idea what pudding tastes like. It’s an odd moment as it is somewhat played for laughs, but at the same time, he takes the matter so seriously that it’s almost frightening. It really does show how mentally unbalanced he is. It does make you wonder, though, why Vegeta’s offer for more was so ineffective if he was so hung up on trying it.
With Gotenks down, Piccolo, Tien, and Android 18 take their crack at the new enemy. It was good to see 18 jump into the fight, but alas, even with a combined assault, the three are no match for the god. As he had before against other foes, he bests them all with a mere push of his aura.
Buu makes a few attempts to dish out some payback with equally pitiful results. Again, he doesn’t attempt to use his powers to turn Beerus into chocolate. Not only is it one of his more potent abilities, but given the god’s obsession with food, you’d think it would be fitting.
Even Gohan’s mystic form is almost useless. All in all, the group appears to be screwed.
In a twist that shocked nobody, Yamucha and Krillin don’t do anything. Krillin almost does something when Chichi points out that his wife is the one going into battle. In fairness, she’s a lot stronger than he is, but it’s enough to coax him into at least giving it the old college try. He is stopped by Piccolo, who points out that he wouldn’t be able to do anything.
The more intriguing development is Dende’s fear. His look matches Vegeta’s as he immediately picks up on the fact that Beerus’ energy is that of a god’s. His efforts as the party healer are underwhelming. He does heal Piccolo, but really, he was off his game this time around.
Another interesting character twist is Whis, who becomes a lot more…flamboyant. He largely just sits on the sidelines and continues to enjoy the good food, but he does it in an over the top foppish a way that is drastically different from what we’re used to seeing from him. It kind of comes out of nowhere, but it could also make him a more layered character if handled a bit better.
With no one left to stand, Vegeta makes one last ditch effort to challenge the god. He doesn’t get far. It did make for a great chilling speech from Beerus as he compares the Saiyan prince to his father whilst pushing Vegeta’s face into the ground with his foot. It really did a great job emphasizing how hopeless the situation was and how outmatched they were.
Being a warrior, Vegeta is surprisingly OK with being killed by a destructor god. He does the whole “face death with dignity” thing rather well. Did he beg when Frieza killed him? I don’t remember, could be possible character growth there if he did.
His death, however, is stayed when Bulma interferes and tells the god to GTFO. She even goes so far as to slap him.
This doesn’t sit well with Beerus. Not. One. Bit. So he returns the favor. The episode milks this for all it’s worth too. We see Beerus slowly turn his head as he gives her this angry glare, than he slowly raises his hand and gives an evil smirk as this intense music plays. Vegeta even begs Beerus not to do it, but Bulma gets the backhand.
The way the scene is framed, it looks like he went with a full slap, but given that he sent other warriors flying with a mere flick or touch, wouldn’t a full swing have snapped her neck in at least a thousand places? Maybe he just gently tapped her, though that loses some of its dramatic impact.
As was the case in the movie, this triggers an intense reaction from Vegeta, as he calls on power buried deep within him to transform into….Super Saiyan 2. The build up was great, even Vegeta’s transformation had the sort of showmanship that you would come to expect. His eyes going all white also showed promise as it appeared to hearken back to Broly’s “legendary” form, but the final result was underwhelming.
This could be marked as the show’s strongest outing to date. It delivers the sort of action that you expect with this franchise, it does a great job building up tension, and there are some good character moments peppered throughout. The animation, by and large, was solid. There were a couple of close up shots of Beerus’ face that looked off due to over-pronounced outlines, but it was nothing compared to what we saw in episode 5. All in all, it was very enjoyable.