It’s kind of weird seeing the recap close with Vegeta’s tense declaration against Beerus only to cut to the bright title card with the cheerful theme song playing in the background. There’s more than a little mood whiplash there.
In any event, Vegeta begins his anger-fueled assault in earnest. While it gets off to a rocky start, he actually does start to land some solid hits Beerus actually seems to feel said hits and, judging by his reaction, is legitimately caught off guard by Vegeta’s success.
It was a great moment for the Saiyan Prince. He got to boast a bit and achieve success in battle that even his arch-rival was unable to. It was also a refreshing change of pace after seeing the heroes make no progress in their resistance against this particular foe. As one would expect, though, it is short lived. Beerus reveals that he is only using a tenth of his power, at which point, he promptly knocks Vegeta out with a light flick.
Earth appears to be doomed. Then again, the food is pretty good. As such, Beerus offers one last chance at survival. The god challenges Oolong to a game of rock, paper, scissors. Why Oolong? Well, he’s pink like Buu. Oddly enough, Beerus mistakes the two for being the same species (as they’re both pink) but he knows that Oolong is a pig. He even refers to him as “Mr. Pink Pig”. It’s over analyzing a bit that was probably more concerned with being funny than consistent, but still.
You can’t help but feel bad for Oolong as that is a lot of pressure to put on a person. He’s reluctant to say the least, but he has no real choice.
Beerus’ claim that it takes a generous person to offer a second chance is likely meant to be simple self-aggrandizing, but in this case, he’s not entirely wrong. For a being that isn’t known for being patient, he’s showing quite a bit of it with them. Also of note, unlike trying to challenge the god to a straight up straight fist-fight, Oolong’s chances of victory are as good as Beerus’ here. The other planets that Beerus visited would have considered themselves very fortunate to be given that much leeway.
The situation is played for laughs to a certain extent, but at the same time, there’s a lot of tension as the stakes are as high as they’ve ever been.
After two draws, Oolong loses. As Puar points out, Oolong was an idiot for putting out the same thing three rounds in a row, but that’s just armchair quarterbacking. Per the rules of the challenge, Beerus declares the Earth a goner.
It was a surprisingly grim moment as everyone stood helpless to do anything despite their combined might.
As has been the case so many times before, Goku arrives just in time. His arrival is portrayed as triumphant, but it’s an odd subversion as Goku knows he has no chance of beating Beerus and shows no interest in even attempting to challenge the god on that level. He does, however, convince Beerus to delay Earth’s execution by offering a chance to help find the Super Saiyan God.
It’s true, Goku and Vegeta know nothing of it, but Shenlong might; and as it happens, the dragon balls are all right there. Of course, even the kais don’t seem to know anything of it, but it’s as good a plan as any and Beerus agrees to give them one last chance, saying that if this doesn’t pan out, he’s going to destroy the whole solar system. Granted, that threat would probably carry more weight if any of the other planets actually had life on them, but that’s neither here nor there.
One little highlight was Goku wishing Bulma a happy birthday and apologizing for forgetting her gift. It was kind of heartwarming. Not only is that the sort of thing Goku would do, but it shows how he values his friendship with her.
If the episode has a weakness, it’s Pilaf. Basically, he and his crew book it as they don’t want to get caught in the big fight. It is something they’d do, but it renders their presence in the show almost pointless. You could have cut them out entirely and the plot wouldn’t have been affected in the slightest. Maybe he’ll play a bigger part later, we’ll have to see.
This was another really strong outing for the series. It was engaging and had a good balance of everything. The episode did a great job of building up tension, gave us a great action sequence, and all the emotional notes hit. It appears the series has found its footing and it’ll be interesting to see where things go.