As well the original DB has great adventure and comedy.
While Dragon Ball Z wasn’t among my first anime experiences as a child, it was definitely my favorite as a teenager.
While some do bag on DBZ, I think that has more to do with the filler episodes more than the overall series. So hopefully some will be able to go back and look at DBZ in a new light as the Kai series continues.
As for your DBZ saga breakdown, it goes a lil’ more like this…
First, Goku is indisposed for some reason.
Second, the other Z Fighters have their ups and eventual downs against various fighers before meeting the eventual enemy.
Third, Vegeta or Piccalo believe themselves to be the ultimate figher and able to save the day themselves but are sadly mistaken.
Fourth, Goku arrives too late but is still greeted as the conquering hero.
Fifth, Goku amazes the enemy with his strength as they compare him to their previous foes.
Sixth, Goku reaches a new level of power.
Seventh, the enemy reaches a new level of power.
Eighth, the enemy eventually falls to Goku’s power.