93 "Chance o Ikase!! Piccolo Sutemi no Engo Shageki"
(Keep the Chance Alive!! Piccolo's Life-risking Backup Volley)
78 "Keep the Chance Alive" 99-10-14

Goku continues to gather ki for his Genkidama, getting energy not only from Namek, but also from nearby planets. On Kaiou-sei, Tenshinhan, Chaozu, and Yamucha have their hands full with the Ginyu force. Meanwhile, Freeza sees what Goku has been attempting, and Piccolo jumps into the fray as a distraction to allow Goku to finish the Genkidama.

Have you ever been in one of those situations where you're in a huge room full of people and they're all staring at you expectantly, waiting for you to say something interesting... only you have nothing to say?

That's kind of how I feel about doing a comparison for this episode. There's almost nothing whatsoever to talk about. How much can you say about an episode in which Goku stands there for the entire time with his arms in the air? Half of this is some loooong shots of little white ki bits floating around the planet and through space. And since ki bits are neither bloody or talkative, there isn't much of an opportunity for censoring or stupid dialogue.

But I guess there are a couple of things I could mention. Let's see... for one thing, the dub's "ki collection" music was actually somewhat decent, in a "new age hippie crap" kind of way. Also, I kind of dug all of the Dragon Ball flashbacks, which the NA viewers will hopefully appreciate because it's doubtful that FUNimation will ever go back to dub Dragon Ball. As for the episode's suplot, I think it's pretty stupid, and just an excuse for another fight to fill up time. Yeah... Kaiou secretly asked all of the Ginyu to come and cause trouble and destroy his house so that his students would have someone to fight and not be bored. NOW THAT'S JUST SILLY, ISN'T IT?

Other than that, there's just a couple of stupid lines, and that's about it.

Goku: "Stars in heaven, give me more power!"

Not bad dialogue, but Goku said "heaven," which is a first. According to Saban's guidelines for Seasons 1 and 2, heaven is evil and you cannot mention its name.

Freeza: "I spy with my little eye one pitiable Namek who got away!"

I spy with my little eye a crappy expression that the true Freeza would never use.

Goku: "It's two...two great battles in one on the next exciting episode of Dragon Ball Z!"

You know that FUNimation is really grasping at straws when they have to resort to referencing gum commercials.