episode begins with Vegeta and Trunks flying off to
do battle with the evil Cell, now in his new and improved
second self. At the same time, Goku and his son, Gohan
enter the Hyberbolic Time Chamber to get a
years worth of training in a single day.
as Vegeta and Trunks speed along, Cell continues his
efforts to find 18 by blowing up the multitudes of
small islands that they could possibly be hiding in.
18 and 16 sit really
16 tells 18 that if they remain in their
current location, Cell will be unable to find them.
Cell is just about to blow the last island when Vegeta
So after a brief dialogue and cracks
from both sides about how this isn't going to be challenge
for either of them.
Vegeta powers up.
For 7 minutes. I actually counted.
This of course is the prelude episode
to some serious action will grace your TV's on Monday,
but I figured they could have done a little more in
terms of the plot in those 7 minutes. Why didn't they
show Goku and Gohan already underway in their training,
since time should be accelerated in the hyperbolic
If you think about it, 1 year = 365
days, and the HTC gives a years time in 1 day = 24
hours. So you figure that:
365 x 24 = 7665 Hours <--- Here's the
number of hours that Goku and Gohan will experience
in the HTC
times that by 60 = 459900 Minutes Spent
in 1 day at the HTC
24 x 60 = 1440 <--number of minutes
in the real world during the 24 hour period.
To see how much time has elapsed in
the HTC in 1 minute outside, we use simple division:
459900/1440 = 319.3 minutes has elapsed
in the Hyperbolic time chamber while 1 minute has
SO HERE'S THE POINT:
While Vegeta was powering up for 7 minutes,
37 HOURS had already passed in the hyperbolic time
chamber, and that doesn't count the rest of the time
Vegeta spent getting to Cell.
So doesn't it seem odd that Goku and
Gohan spent at least 37 hours talking about how weird
the HTC was?
***This is why you should learn higher
mathematics, physics and all that good stuff. Why,
because then you can do what's REALLY important; over-analyzing
a DBZ episode and pondering the space-time dynamics
within that animated universe.***
SIDE NOTE: Did you know there are actually
people who get paid to do just that? They're the technical
advisors to movies and TV Shows, Star Trek has a whole
team of them, and there IS such a thing as anti-matter!
Alright, there was my educational piece
for the day.
The animation was retty good, better
than the Frieza Saga, but still not as crisp as some
of the later Cell episodes. The bantering between
Cell and Vegeta was pretty good, and 16 seemed very
true to his android self when saying "if we remain
in our current location." Nice. Well, other than that
little inconsistency with the "Time Problem", it was
a good plot day in terms of fore-shadowing. Expect
to see the start of a good rumble come Monday.
gives this episode:
5 Dragon Balls out of 7.