For whatever reason, Hulu has decided to remove the three episodes between this and the last one I watched. Like, only those three episodes. I guess, if we’re trying to recreate the experience of viewing this show as it 'originally' aired, then maybe this is like me missing a few episodes because I had to visit my grandparents or something.
(Or perhaps we’ve got a “Hulu Edit” now to contrast with the various cuts by FUNimation, Ocean, et al).
Either way, it’s amusing to just get a recap of the fight with Nappa instead of actually seeing it played out, blow-for-blow. I get the feeling that I didn’t miss much - - although Vegeta’s shrieking “DIE!” almost arbitrarily as he tosses Nappa up probably would’ve been even funnier in full context.
Again, Goku vs. Vegeta is basically Superman vs. Zod, and since such a big portion of this episode is actually devoted to Goku flying to an even more remote location to keep their fight away from innocents, it’s worth comparing it to MAN OF STEEL. While there are plenty of criticisms that people can validly lob at that flick, the complaints about its level of collateral damage are still pretty asinine.
- Godlike beings brawling in urban landscapes, and wrecking all sorts of collateral, have been a fundamental part of superheroic fiction (like DBZ!) for decades. Getting queasy about that now is tantamount to asking why these heroes don’t just step back and call the proper authorities.
- Egoraptor rather accurately pointed out how ludicrous the very notion of these unobstructed wastelands are. Like, there just happens to be an area nearby with no bystanders and, because Vegeta’s such a sporting villain, he’ll courteously follow Goku there instead of heading over to a city where he can actually, y’know, fulfill his stated aim of massacring humans.
At the least, the appeal of watching so damn many of these shows is that you get illustrated talking points for the merits of various "moral conundrums" that come up in pop entertainment. Now... where do you stand?
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