I already knew that the Saiyan Saga was going to keep going on past the usual season length, and I’d been quietly wrestling inside over whether I really wanted to continue this retro revisit up into the 30’s. Well, if a completest urge wasn’t already making it difficult for me to just walk away, this episode’s cliffhanger makes it all but impossible.
We’ve had to watch the Saiyans commit some many atrocities, and we’ve seen Goku literally fight through Heaven and Hell to get back in time to fight. Now, he’s so close, and he’s blazing after them as fast as he can go, and he’s got packing such a righteous fire inside him… and I just have to see what happens next!
So yeah, I’m a total mark, and I’ve just fallen for some of the most basic tricks of serialized storytelling. I know I’m being worked here, and I can’t help myself. Shit, even the whole bit about the Saiyans taking a three hour break, more-or-less just to torture to Z-Fighters with tense anticipation, is taken straight out of a pro wrestling general manager’s playbook.
Hell, there’s even an extended scene in this episode that might as well as be called as a ‘pocket’ of filler. If we’re going to really get down to brass tacks, Nappa’s titular rampage (though spectacularly animated) is unnecessary. He’s a sick, sadistic, tongue-flicking brute - - we've got it!
If this is all still about building to a glorious and brutal comeuppance in the climax of the arc, then there’s no matter better way to throw more gas on the fire than to make you hate this bastard even more than you already do. More than you even have patience for. And it’s going to make the payback dealt onto him all the more satisfying.
DBZ is just diabolical about this. I’ve got to see what happens next, now.
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