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Dragon Ball Z: Zarbon Transformed (1997)
Best. Dragon Ball Z. Episode. Ever.
Summary: Zarbon transforms into a demonic reptilian beast and pounds the life out of Vegeta with brutality as he unleashes a relentless succession of rapid head-butts, roundhouses, aerial bicycle kicks, devastating choke holds, and a bone-cracking pile-driver against Vegeta, tossing his opponent around like a rag doll. This is the one true battle where the villain completely dominates the protagonist character; This is pretty much the epitome of the series to me.
Characters: Zarbon takes the cake in this episode and in the series in its entirety with the most ruthless beat-down ever witnessed in all DB history. Zarbon's character has been mysterious up until this point and this is the episode we learn his true ability: to transform into a reptilian brute. The character already maintains a very strong persona as a deadly warrior, but this episode adds to his foundation of greatness. Ultimately, Zarbon is my most favorite character in the entire series due to being elegant, handsome, militaristic, ruthless, brutal, having serious mannerism, dying loyally (Immortality Denied), and having an exquisite reptilian design. These qualities all play a contributing factor; The role he portrays and his development are my favorite, that of Frieza's elite Commander-General and close henchman and adviser. The fact that he suggests to eradicate the Saiyan race is a brilliant idea and adds to my love for him (as seen in Bardock: The Father of Goku). My great love stems from the brutal villainy and brutally grotesque demise... the great portrayal of emotions such as fear and cowardice when on bottom but brutal and extremely wicked when on top. The character of Zarbon is the pure definition of the beauty and the beast, he is the personification of the brutish demonic monster within and the ever-elegant warrior, mysterious and deadly... due to his brutal characteristic being entombed along with his magnificent stature. He's an emotional villain with double persona and greatly layered with dastardly deeds that come back to extinguish his flame. Also, I prefer Zarbon's transformation by a long margin to the other transformations in the series. For one, he doesn't charge up for an long amount of time and he doesn't have a minor alteration either. I like both his forms because they make him who he is, sadistic and brutal whilst handsome and mysterious. Elegant yet deadly... he's the beauty who hides a dormant beast. He has the most vivid execution scene, extremely gruesome and satisfying... and the method of execution was displayed brilliantly. Due to my love of aliens and demonic characters, Zarbon's reptilian ancestry and dynamic blue-skin adds furthermore to his sustained personality. Not only designed beautifully and having an appealing appearance, he also perishes in a powerful manner and very brutally. I prefer characters who die in a memorable way as opposed to those who live throughout the entire series. Those who captivate the screen in a shorter amount of time do a better job for me than those who last forever, because through a suspenseful demise... they live forever, surpassing the mortal coil of the norm. Still, he's my favorite character due to affiliation, design, actual villainy, and intricate detail. As for Vegeta, he maintains his cocky personality until he is shocked by the surprising revelation he faces. The stubborn and relentless Saiyan is brought down to within an inch of his life in a matter of minutes.
The Battle: Zarbon's beat-down of Vegeta is my favorite scene in the series (Zarbon Transformed), especially the repeated head-butt combination he unleashes, relentlessly annihilating Vegeta's face. The overall battle is the best to me because it doesn't allow the protagonist a chance to even fight back; it's the evil character beating on the good one the entire time straight up. Best. Fight. Scene. In. DBZ. History.
Notes: The only other fights that are remotely as enjoyable as "Zarbon versus Vegeta" are "Recoome versus Vegeta", "Android 19 versus Vegeta", and "Spopovich versus Videl", each contributing their own level of brutal physical combat and taking the fighting to the maximum level with stupendous bone-cracking maneuvers. Zarbon versus Vegeta remains the most gripping and powerfully captivating fight in the series, making this the most dynamic episode in the series. Dubbing variations of this same episode include "Zarbon Transformed," "Zarbon's Surprise," "Zarbon's Hideous Transformation," and "Goosebump Time! Zarbon Transforms into a Demon." The episodes equate to the same footage albeit having very minor differences. The most powerfully gripping of them is the original Japanese as it features the BGM matching every striking blow of the battle with great systematic synchronization under the track "Kyoufu no Ginyu Tokusentai." In full sincerity, if it were not for the great fight that is witnessed in this episode, the series would not be the same.
Best Episode In History of The Sopranos; On Par With The Godfather
Primary Story: So Chris and Brendan return the hijacked truck but Junior still isn't happy as he hasn't punished anyone yet. Mikey keeps encouraging him to take action and Junior ends up agreeing with him. But man, "Take it easy! We're not making a Western here!" was a great comeback.
Additionally, Meadow and Hunter ask Chris and Brendan for speed just so they can stay awake and study for the SAT exams. Brendan has a nice remark here, "Kids, ya think ya can protect 'em, well you can't!" This holds a strong moral complexity as it's a reference to how kids will always find a way to get what they want. Though hesitant at first, Chris is convinced by Adriana to give them some as it's preferable to acquire the drugs from them as opposed to street dealers from Jefferson Ave, who as Chris puts it, would have "robbed them, raped them, and left them on the side of the road." ends up giving them a little but wants to avoid getting in trouble with Tony for doing this. And after Eventually, at the end of the episode, after Livia ends up giving her piece of advice to Junior, the old yet deadly puppet-master ends up agreeing with her mentality; so he decides to dish out the punishment; a mock execution for Chris laid down by Russian gangsters and a real one for Brendan via Mikey Palmice's swift and extremely climactic punishment.
Secondary Story: A Hasidic Jewish fellow approaches Tony for a quick job; pretty much beating up on his son-in-law Ariel until he agrees to a divorce. The interrogation doesn't go too well as he's a hard one to crack and he references Masada, the site of a long siege between a small number of Jews and the legions of Roman soldiers which eventually ended in the mass suicide of these same Jews who chose death over enslavement, and then Ariel goes on to say, "Where are the Romans now..." and Tony's comeback is one of the best... "You're lookin' at 'em a$$hole..." That was some beautiful writing there.
Tertiary Story: Jackie Aprile, Sr. is in the hospital and his condition worsens as Tony discusses the cancer diagnosis with his psychiatrist, Jennifer Melfi. He also deliberates whether or not he's seen as a "Frankenstein" figure... someone who lacks emotions and feelings.
Music: Best music in the end of the episode. "All Through the Night" intercut with vicious brutality and scenes whilst depicting the gentle nature of Meadow's choir performance makes this the most memorable scene in the series.
Characters: Brendan Filone is and always will be my #1 most favorite character in The Sopranos due to the method in which he is executed. Brendan was Christopher Moltisanti's friend and partner in crime as we witnessed in the previous episode entitled "46 Long." Due to his addiction to drugs and his overall unplanned hijacking gone awry, he is silenced for his actions, sending a message to the rest of Tony Soprano's crew.
This scene is perfectly depicted in "Denial, Anger, Acceptance" and is the most important climax in the entire first season. Brendan was shot to death in his bathtub, clean through the eye, by Junior's trigger man, Mikey Palmice. The method of execution is known as the "Moe Greene Special", a specific form of Mafia killing based on Moe Greene, who also happens to be my favorite character from The Godfather trilogy.
The scene is also my most favorite in the history of The Sopranos, since Brendan's method of demise is unparalleled throughout the series. The scene was so memorable in its Godfather-like ending that it shall always remain a part of me; always my favorite moment in television/film history.
The sheer brutality and ferocity is heightened in this instant, where a lullaby plays in the background as Brendan smokes his final cigarette. Mikey Palmice walks in, startles Brendan, and says "Hijack! Bye Jack!" before silencing him with a glock aimed at his eye; a message job. As the montage buildup of the musical choir "All Through the Night" sounds in the background, Filone looks up and fear strikes his face; his dreams shattered in that instant! He dies in that terrifying moment as the bullet pierces his eye, redefining a bloodbath! The blood fills the tub as Filone remains still, no longer quivering. However, through death, he is immortalized forevermore, a fragment of magnificent brilliance defined.
Brendan will always be my favorite character in the history of film and television, forevermore. I love Brendan Filone.
Overall: Hands down the best episode of the series as it incorporates my favorite character being killed in the most memorable fashion, a very brutal and swift punishment coated with tender lullaby accents and warrants the perfect ending and writing overall as a concept and genuinely brilliant reference to The Godfather.
A Rather Foolish Attempt at a Comedic Twist that We Could Have Lived Without...
Here's the lead-on to the "incredible fighting candy" episode which sucked equally as bad. Here, Vegito is changed into the candy and all hope is temporarily lost... as well as our patience as an audience expecting to see dramatic action and pulse-pounding drama. This was one idiotic episode overall as it destroys the seriousness of previous episodes and the overall feel of the series. Of course, it may appeal to very young children as it has the very random and moronic touch to it, but for people who prefer to see the darker, more serious atmosphere of Dragon Ball, won't really be gaining much here. This was a rather foolish attempt at a comedic twist that we could have lived without...
One of the Worst Episodes In the Entire Series... Due to a Certain Level of Idiocy
This is one of the worst episodes as well as Vegito fights back after he is changed into a chocolate candy jawbreaker piece and starts to battle in this form... against Super Buu... who is bounced around by this piece of candy. He ends up returning Vegito to his initial body since he can't keep up with the piece of candy; Stupid much...? We could have been spared this entire episode and everyone's useless reactions of anticipation for 20 minutes and we might have had a more serious saga here. So basically a piece of candy fights Super Buu, which was already a goofball antagonist to begin with, making the culmination of the saga even less enthralling. A fighting piece of candy isn't something I'd expected to see in such an excellent series. Well, when it comes to this episode, it relies too heavily on being idiotic and sometimes, having a light-hearted fight isn't the best way to go about it.
Indeed... There is the Horror of Watching This Episode For 22 Minutes
This is the lead-up to the forthcoming horrible episode "Save the World." It's one of the worst episodes as well as Gohan and Cell begin their beam struggle here and continue it onto the next 22 minutes of an overload of boredom. The only horror here is the lame footage that people are forced to undergo; it's the worst 44 minutes in the history of the entire series; well, this episode and the one right after. Nothing much happens here, of course... Gohan and Cell get into their useless beam struggle which is the absolute most boring footage in the entire series run. Indeed... There is the "Horror" of actually staying awake during this episode as everyone stares at Gohan and Cell's useless scuffle.
Dragon Ball Z: Save the World (2000)
Worst Episode in the Entire Dragon Ball Z Series Run
This here would be the worst episode of the entire series. Well, this and the one before it. I absolutely hate this ending and the overall emphasis placed on just one beam struggle. The grunting and moaning in the episode also annoyed me. I was completely towards disliking the saga overall but this ending was my least favorite as well as worst overall in terms of storyline progression. In general, I hated this episode and the one prior to it, I believe it was called "Horror won't end", yup, those two are my least favorites due to the ongoing emphasis of boredom here. This episode also lacks the sheer brutality of the 200 or so other really awesome episodes of DBZ. This is the prime example of an overall terrible episode as it is an attempt to conclude a one-on-one fight that just dragged on too long as it is. Cell v. Gohan was the most boring fight in the series, but this ending to the fight was the most grueling and boring due to the fact that if someone is not a fan of Cell (which I am not), then this episode's appeal is very minimal if any. It concentrated too heavily on a beam struggle and not enough on anything but that. There was hardly any dialogue if any and mostly concentrated on repeated footage of the two characters blasting each other, which is the opposite of a very well orchestrated fight scene, but rather, a prime example of "I must hold this face to appear more and add more unnecessary airtime"... very poor episode overall.
Best Episode in the First Season for Characters, Story, Morality, and Development
This is my favorite episode in the first season. It features a handful of very awesome characters; particularly Thersites. He's an assassin with a thirst for money and riches so he goes through any means to get it; be it murder or mayhem. Well, he ends up joining with Xena and Gabrielle temporarily just so they can acquire the ambrosia, this mystical and mythical fruit that's supposed to be able to make mortals into gods. Then there's this other fellow, Petracles, whom is not originally trusted by Xena and ends up being a more honorable warrior. Of course, Thersites ends up going his way to acquire the ambrosia, and ends up slaying Petracles in the process in the end. He himself is slain by Xena and there's a grand directing perspective here from the upper angle portraying their bodies; all for the ambrosia, which Xena tosses away, disposing of it. There is great morality and mortality found in this episode, and there overall emphasis on the characters of Thersites and Petracles was very well orchestrated. Personally, I found Thersites to be the best character in the first season as a stand-alone plot device. His movement was fluid and his actions defined him. There was a solid usage of philosophical connotations as well; the story telling viewers that chasing something can get you killed; and greed being a strong detrimental factor. There's also other nice ways that these messages have been incorporated throughout the episode, but the best is the fact that the characters go on a journey, some are killed in the process, whilst others learn from the error of their ways. This teaches that not all fates are intertwined and there's great misfortune to befall those who defy common logic. The story is not the only thing that shines as the directing here was phenomenal; a gorgeous job indeed.
Lovely Ending, it keeps the show's premise in mind, but maintains the emphasis of the reality of fate and tragedy
This episode was one of my favorite endings; I loved to see Xena meet this unforgettable and tragic end and sacrifice herself for the thousands of lives that she had taken earlier in her life. But that was merely the moral aspect of the episode's greatness. What of the awesomeness of Yodoshi and his "Dragonball-esque" battle against Xena; that was quite memorable. I loved the fight scene as well as the villain Yodoshi. There was great impression placed on Xena's final battle; but the best part was the ever-so-eloquent slicing beheading of Yodoshi in one swift strike, allowing his head to roll on the ground as Xena turned away from her fallen opponent in anime-style awesomeness, not looking back at the grisly visage of her final foe. This was by far one of my favorite death scenes in the series as well, for being such an honorable battle in essence and conception. Also, I loved Xena's decision in the end to stay dead even though Gabrielle could have barely managed to revive her. All their journeys and decisions led to this fateful moment; the moment that Xena decides to perish and allow her vanquished souls to be freed from eternal torment in purgatory. And so, Gabrielle is seen on the boat all alone in the end, riding away into the sunset; but she keeps Xena's presence in her heart, which makes the episode's already great presence even more awesome. Personally, I prefer when episodes are of this tragic caliber to the light-hearted or goofy overtone. With full sincerity, if it were not for serious drama and tragedy befalling everyone, then the series would not have been as good as it was. This episode is a fine example of why the series was so great. It is because of these losses and sadness that envelops the show that makes it so special. If something were to last forever, then it wouldn't be as good. So I am one of the fans who loved this bitter and savage ending to this great story.
The ending was so good, it portrays the morality and overall tragedy in life
By far my favorite episode in the third season. The character of Crassus was extremely well-played as an overall role in this episode. Crassus is captured by Xena and Gabrielle, who must save this guy named Vercinix. They do so, but must switch Crassus with Vercinix, who happens to be in Rome's jail cell. Caesar has promised a beheading and when Crassus is brought forth rather than Vercinix, he is confused, but must sacrifice his loyalty to Crassus because the crowd of the coliseum wants blood. Crassus screams for his life as he is beheaded. So basically, Gabrielle walks away as she plays a part in Crassus' murder. The overall terror and savage execution make this one a masterpiece episode. The character of Crassus stood out not only as a brilliant plot device but also as a great villain with an excellent death scene.
Best Music, Best Plot, Best Savage Ending, and One of the Best Villains all in one package!
Hands down one of the best episodes in the series run, not only for the storyline, dancing scenarios, and musical atmosphere, but also for the presence of the evil yet enjoyable Gurkhan. So basically, Gabrielle wants vengeance against Gurkhan and goes undercover to try and get to him. The best thing about this episode is the overall music selection as well as the matching of the BGM with the scenery. Particularly Gabrielle's belly-dancing sequence. It is phenomenal in terms of music choice; which in my opinion, is the absolute best musical piece in this entire series run. Of course, Gurkhan is later found out in his harem and Gabrielle wants to slice off his head but doesn't; instead, she covers his head and allows Gurkhan's own executioners to behead him. There is tremendous moral value and savage sexual drive while torture and sadistic pleasure go into play. The episode rolls through as an overall very serious one as well as extremely memorable due to Gurkhan's fate. The episode, as well as the character of Gurkhan, remain my second-favorite plot-line and character in the series. Coincidentally, the episode came only right after the brilliantly orchestrated Hell arc.