Oof... we’ve just gone from the some of the best filler to some of the worst. Better hold on tight to your seat, lunatics, because the praise train’s about to take a stop.
Tien and Chiaotzu are two characters I never really got a proper introduction to. They might as well be background decorations in the intro as far as I'm concerned. So I have no attachment to them, and maybe that’s why I’m viewing them much less charitably than I view the rest of the Z-Fighters I grew up with.
No… I’m not going to be conciliatory this time. Look, last episode, we got a complete narrative wherein two bad guys demonstrated exactly how evil and powerful they are by blowing up an entire planet. This time, a full 22 minutes have been devoted to characters training. And the majority of that training’s being done by ancillary characters who aren’t even that interesting within the pantheon.
Yeah yeah… we’ve got to understand this in the greater DRAGON BALL sweep. Perhaps their inclusion stresses how ominous a threat the Saiyans pose. Vegeta and Nappa are so bad, we need to pull literally every character out of the woodwork to band together against them. Even if that’s the case, this still feels like an also-ran inventory story, and it’s really puzzling how Toei would’ve run out of source material this quickly into the season. And again, by comparison, at least when the crew pulled Yamcha back into the fold, the recruitment was tied up in a baseball game that was quite amusing on its own merits. All the shenanigans with “Launch” or whatever her name simply plays rather ho-hum.
In simpler terms, I feel like I just bought a trading card deck and all it turned out to have were the same duplicates for lame characters that everybody already has.