Namek Saga (1990)
The Namek Saga, also known as Season 2, is the second season of the Dragon Ball Z anime. It spans from episodes 40 through 74 in the original Japanese anime and FUNimation dub, and episodes 29 through 60 in the original dub. It adapts chapters 246 to 291 from the Dragon Ball manga. It is preceded by the Saiyan Saga and succeeded by the Frieza Saga.
Ep.1 Held Captive
Air Date: 1990-03-14
Gohan and the others are captured by a band of space pirates, who think they are the lackies of a villain named Frieza, who sent some of his forces to take over their planet long ago. Suddenly, the station heads into an asteroid field, and Bulma runs toward the cockpit. She pushes the pilot out of the way, and guides the ship out of the asteroids safely. After realizing that they're not enemies, the pirates let Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma go.
Ep.2 Look Out Below
Air Date: 1990-03-21
Thanks to the kids' help, Bulma uses a shortcut to get to Namek. After a crash landing on the planet's surface, two Namekians nurse them back to health. They offer to help the three in their search for the Dragon Balls.
Ep.3 The Search Continues
Air Date: 1990-04-04
As they continue their search for the Dragon Balls, with the Namekians' help, they get closer and closer to attaining all seven. Back on Earth, Goku escapes from the hospital and begins training. Meanwhile, Vegeta's ship has reached its destination, and doctors have begun their work on him.
Ep.4 A Friendly Surprise
Air Date: 1990-04-11
Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma are one Dragon Ball away from making their wish. But during their search for the seventh Dragon Ball, their two Namekian friends reveal that they are not Namekians at all. In fact, they're not even on Namek. Meanwhile, Vegeta learns that Frieza has traveled to Namek to gather the Dragon Balls. Not wanting to be beaten to the punch, Vegeta immediately blasts off for Namek.
Ep.5 Brood of Evil
Air Date: 1990-04-18
The two "Namekians" reveal that they have been stuck on this planet since their ship broke down, and they have been planning to steal Bulma's ship. They read their minds after her ship crashed, and so they projected images of Namekians over their true forms. Gohan, Bulma and Krillin, however, are able to escape the clutches of the two aliens, and continue their trip to Namek. After a long journey, Gohan and the others celebrate their arrival on Namek, but their party is cut short by the arrival of Vegeta. However, he's not even their worst problem, because Frieza is also on Namek.
Ep.6 Frieza Strikes!
Air Date: 1990-04-25
Frieza and his henchmen are already in possession of four Dragon Balls. Freiza has learned of Vegeta's arrival, so he sends one of his henchmen, Cui, after him. Meanwhile, Gohan and Krillin sees two of Frieza's henchmen looking for the Dragon Balls, but they get beaten up easily. Cui believes that he is stronger than Vegeta, but hasn't calculated Vegeta's power after his time on Earth. The two engage in battle, but Cui is destroyed effortlessly.
Ep.7 Defying Orders
Air Date: 1990-05-02
With Bulma safely hiding in a cave, Gohan and Krillin fly to the nearby Namek village to investigate. Crouching behind a rock, they see Frieza and his henchmen trying to steal the fifth Dragon Ball. Back on Earth, Master Roshi tells Goku everything that happened on Namek and asks for Goku's help, but he's still not healed yet. Yajirobe arrives with a bag of Senzu beans for Goku. Now that he's healed, he flies to Capsule Corp. where Dr. Brief has made a replica of his spaceship, which includes a gravity chamber to train in on his way to Namek. Goku immediately blasts off for Namek.
Ep.8 Namek's Defense
Air Date: 1990-05-09
The evil Frieza and his henchmen try to persuade the Namekian elder of the village to hand over the Dragon Ball by killing most of the villagers. Gohan, who can't watch the innocent Namekians get murdered anymore, is about to fly in and save them, when three more Namekians appear. These three are strong enough to defeat Frieza's weaker henchmen, so the evil tyrant sends one of his best fighters, Dodoria, after them.
Ep.9 The Hunted
Air Date: 1990-05-16
Dodoria steps in to fight, and he easily kills the Namekian warriors. With no other choice, the elder gives the fifth ball to Frieza, but despite his cooperation, he and the Namekian boy, Cargo, are killed. Before Dodoria can finish off the last Namekian boy, Gohan loses control and steps in to save him. He grabs the boy and takes off, with Krillin at his side. Dodoria speeds off after them.
Ep.10 The Prince Fights Back
Air Date: 1990-05-23
By using Tien's Solar Flare technique, Krillin, Gohan, and the Namekian boy, Dende, are able to escape from Dodoria. As the pink alien tries to get back to Frieza, Vegeta shows up, ready to settle the score between him and Dodoria. Dodoria is taken by surprise by Vegeta's new strength, and the Saiyan Prince easily overpowers him. Pleading for his life, Dodoria barters information for his freedom. He tells Vegeta that it was actually Frieza, not an asteroid, that destroyed Planet Vegeta. Although taken aback at this new revelation, he kills Dodoria anyway.
Ep.11 Unexpected Problem
Air Date: 1990-05-30
With Vegeta stronger, and Frieza afoot, Krillin is having doubts if he and the others will be able to collect the Dragon Balls. Bulma hears from her father that Goku is already on his way to Namek. Meanwhile, Goku is training aboard his spaceship at 20x the earth's gravity. Suddenly, an asteroid collides with his ship, which aims it directly into a star. Goku is forced to summon every ounce of strength that he has in order to blast his ship back on course. No longer needing a scouter to sense energy, Vegeta quickly finds the next Dragon Ball. Vegeta threatens the elder, another Namekian jumps in to protect his elder and dies.
Ep.12 Vegeta Has a Ball
Air Date: 1990-06-06
Vegeta wipes out the entire village and takes the Dragon Ball. He then hides the Dragon Ball in the water nearby, for safekeeping. Sensing the nearby destruction, Krillin and Gohan deduce that Vegeta has found the sixth Dragon Ball. With only one left, Dende and Krillin take off toward the Namekian leader, Guru. It is this Eldest Namekian who holds the seventh Dragon Ball. Meanwhile King Kai tells Goku that his friends have made it to his place and to not face Frieza.
Ep.13 The Past and the Future
Air Date: 1990-06-20
As Goku steps up his training, King Kai tells him that Yamcha, Tien, Chiaotzu, and Piccolo have come to train with him. However, King Kai has discovered that Frieza is on Namek, and warns Goku not go near him. Back on Namek, as Krillin and Dende head towards the Eldest Namek, Zarbon, one of Frieza's high-level henchmen, finds Vegeta, and intends to destroy him. Vegeta shows off his newfound strength by easily beating him up. However, Zarbon claims he has a trick up his sleeve.
Ep.14 Zarbon's Special Surprise
Air Date: 1990-06-27
Realizing he is no match for Vegeta's increased power, Zarbon has no choice but to reveal his true power, transforming into a hideous reptilian beast. In this form, he is far more powerful, and begins to pound Vegeta. With a mighty stroke, he blasts Vegeta to the bottom of a lake, and he is presumed dead.
Ep.15 Guru's Gift
Air Date: 1990-07-04
Once they finally arrive at their destination, Krillin and Dende meet the Eldest Namek, Guru, and his bodyguard Nail, who closely resembles Piccolo. The wise old Namekian gives Krillin the last Dragon Ball, and, upon seeing that he is pure-hearted, unlike Frieza, also awakens hidden powers within him. As Krillin heads back to the others, Zarbon informs Frieza that he killed Vegeta. When Frieza finds out that Zarbon only assumes that Vegeta is dead, he makes him go back and find Vegeta. Zarbon arrives at their battle site, pulls Vegeta out of the water, and brings him back to Frieza's ship. Dende arrives and tells Nail what has happened.
Ep.16 Piccolo vs. Everyone
Air Date: 1990-07-18
As Goku trains harder for Namek, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu complete King Kai's first test. Even Piccolo helps out on the second test. Back on Namek, Frieza's men are working to revive Vegeta, but he's still unconscious from his battle with Zarbon. Meanwhile, Krillin is still on his way back to Gohan and Bulma.
Ep.17 Zarbon's Mission
Air Date: 1990-08-01
Vegeta has recovered, and with no one watching him, he breaks out of his medical chamber and hides. He creates a diversion to get Frieza and Zarbon away from the five Dragon Balls. He goes into the main control room that contains the Dragon Balls, blasts a hole in the ship, and escapes. Furious over the loss of the Dragon Balls, Frieza orders Zarbon to find Vegeta and the Dragon Balls in one hour, or he will die. Vegeta finds a suitable hiding spot for the five Dragon Balls. He knows that Frieza and his henchmen have no scouters and can't sense energy signals, so they won't be able to find the five balls without combing the entire surface of the planet.
Ep.18 Gohan, the Hunted
Air Date: 1990-08-08
Gohan suddenly senses an energy signal from the village that Vegeta destroyed earlier, and goes to check it out. Krillin arrives back at the cave to give Bulma the good news, however, Zarbon and Vegeta followed him. They see that he has a Dragon Ball, and they decide to fight each other for it. Zarbon thinks that the fight will be as easy as it was the last time, but he doesn't know that a Saiyan's strength increases after he recovers from injury, and Vegeta makes short work of him. He then takes Krillin's Dragon Ball back to where he hid the other five. Meanwhile, Goku's ship hits a magnetic storm, which makes the gravity machine malfunction, causing it to increase the gravity to 100x normal. Though he can barely move, Goku sees this as a new challenge, and begins to train under the intense gravity.
Ep.19 Unknown Enemies
Air Date: 1990-08-22
With both of his main henchmen killed by Vegeta, Frieza summons his elite fighting squad, the Ginyu Force. Meanwhile, Gohan finds the Dragon Ball Vegeta hid underwater, and heads back to the cave with it. However, he notices Vegeta on his way back and drops to the ground, hiding until Vegeta threatens to blow the surrounding area to pieces. Gohan reveals himself and is able to keep Vegeta from realizing that the last dragon ball is hiding right behind him. Amazed at his luck, Gohan brings the Dragon Ball back to Krillin and Bulma. He and Krillin then take off toward Guru's place, leaving the Dragon Ball in Bulma's possession. They hope that Guru will awaken Gohan's hidden power. Vegeta returns to the village and discovers his dragon ball is missing and realizes that Gohan had taken it (also he draws a conclusion about the dragon radar), furious he returns to the cave but was too late as Gohan, Krillin and Bulma had already left.
Ep.20 Destination: Guru
Air Date: 1990-08-29
As Gohan and Krillin head to Guru's place to awaken Gohan's hidden powers, they leave Bulma behind to look after the Dragon Ball. Frustrated at his loss of five of the Dragon Balls, Frieza begins firing powerful energy blasts all over the surface of Namek. These explosions cause the Dragon Ball to roll away from Bulma and into the water nearby. Bulma takes her submarine into the water to find the lost ball, but there she finds more than she bargained for. As she reaches for the ball, a giant crab thinks she is trying to steal her eggs, and begins to attack Bulma. Bulma saves the crab from a falling rock, and the crab gives her the Dragon Ball.
Ep.21 Bulma's Big Day
Air Date: 1990-09-05
Bulma finally retrieves the Dragon Ball, only to be captured by two of Frieza's henchmen. She persuades them into find the rest of the Dragon Balls and making a wish themselves. Knowing she has more Dragon Ball knowledge than the two of them, they take her along. She leads them into the water, and right to the giant crab, who eats both of them.
Ep.22 Hidden Power
Air Date: 1990-09-12
Krillin and Gohan finally make it to Guru's place, but Vegeta has followed them, determined to get the last Dragon Ball. As Krillin tries to hold off Vegeta, Gohan has his hidden powers unleashed. Suddenly, they all sense an incredibly powerful force arriving on the planet. Vegeta recognizes it as the Ginyu Force. He tells Krillin and Gohan that the Ginyu Force is far more powerful even than himself. Vegeta says that if they are to defeat them and prevent Frieza from making his wish, they must work together.
Ep.23 New Ally, New Problem
Air Date: 1990-09-19
The Ginyu Force arrives on Namek. They are five incredibly powerful warriors named Guldo, Jeice, Recoome, Burter, and Captain Ginyu. These five fighters specialize in making flashy poses. Frieza tells them what the Dragon Balls are, and sends them after Vegeta. He tells Captain Ginyu to use his scouter to find the Dragon Balls while the other four deal with Vegeta. Meanwhile, Krillin is very reluctant to join forces with Vegeta, but Gohan knows that Goku would do it, so he convinces Krillin to help. The Ginyu Force quickly finds where Vegeta and the others are, and are prepared to fight.
Ep.24 Guldo's Mind Binds
Air Date: 1990-09-26
The weakest member of the Ginyu Force, Guldo, steps up to fight against the powered up Krillin and Gohan. Guldo quickly discovers that both Krillin and Gohan are far more powerful than he is, so he uses his special technique: he holds his breath, stopping time. Krillin and Gohan swoop in for the final blow several times, but every time Guldo stops time, and runs to a different location. He then reveals another trick: he uses his mysterious power to completely bind Krillin and Gohan. Unable to move, they are at the mercy of Guldo. Having seen enough, Vegeta steps in and quickly annihilates Guldo.
Ep.25 Recoome Unleashed
Air Date: 1990-10-24
The next fighter from the Ginyu Force is the massive Recoome. Vegeta pulls out all the stops, but he is no match for Recoome. The giant begins to toy with Vegeta, despite the pleas from the remaining members of the Ginyu Force. With Vegeta out of commission, Krillin steps in to save him. Though he does his best, he is easily defeated.
Ep.26 Let the Battle Begin
Air Date: 1990-10-31
Since Krillin and Vegeta can't fight anymore, Gohan is the only one left to fight. Captain Ginyu, leader of the Force, locates all seven Dragon Balls, and brings them to Frieza. Frieza tries to make his wish, but realizes he doesn't know what to do. He figures there must be a password. Meanwhile, Gohan gives it everything he has against Recoome, but the giant warrior is too strong. Just as he is about to finish off Gohan, everyone senses a gigantic power arriving on the planet. Krillin, Gohan, and Vegeta realize it is Goku.
Ep.27 Goku's New Power
Air Date: 1990-11-07
Goku has finally arrived on Namek, and finds Krillin, Gohan and Vegeta near death. He gives them all a Senzu bean, and prepares to fight the Ginyu Force. With a single blow to the gut, he puts Recoome out of commission. Goku's training at 100x normal gravity has exponentially increased his strength.
Ep.28 A Legend Revealed
Air Date: 1990-11-14
With Recoome beaten by one punch, the remaining two Ginyu Force members, Burter and Jeice, fight against Goku, but none of their speed attacks work against him. They try to hit him, but their punches seem to go through Goku. He is dodging so fast that it appears he isn't even moving. Vegeta believes that Goku has become the legendary Saiyan warrior, the Super Saiyan. If this is true, Goku would be the first Super Saiyan in millennia.
Ep.29 Ginyu Assault
Air Date: 1990-11-21
Goku easily beats Burter. Frightened, Jeice flies away to get Captain Ginyu. Vegeta then executes both Recoome and Burter, despite Goku's pleas. Meanwhile, Frieza heads off towards Guru's place, hoping to discover the secret to using the Dragon Balls. Goku, Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan all sense that Frieza is on the move, but the Dragon Balls remain in their place. They recognize that this might be their only chance to make their wish.
Ep.30 Incredible Force!
Air Date: 1990-11-28
Once Captain Ginyu arrives, Vegeta leaves Goku behind to get the Dragon Balls for himself. Krillin and Gohan leave to get the Dragon Radar from Bulma so they can find the Balls before Vegeta. Jeice tells Captain Ginyu how powerful Goku is, but the Captain is confident he can beat him. Goku decides to skip the warmup and power up to his full strength immediately. As he is powering up, Jeice measures his power level on his scanner. He is shocked as the level continues to climb higher and higher, eventually surpassing Captain Ginyu's maximum. Captain Ginyu doesn't believe the scanner, and begins to fight with Goku.
Ep.31 Frieza Approaches
Air Date: 1990-12-05
Goku is obviously more powerful than Ginyu, but the Captain won't give up so easily. Meanwhile, Guru sends Dende to tell Krillin and Gohan the password to use the Dragon Balls. Frieza arrives at Guru's place, demanding to know the Dragon Balls' password. The last three Namekians arrive as well. But despite Nail's pleas, they about to fight Frieza, but the tyrant easily kills them. Though Nail informs him that the Dragon Balls would disappear, following Guru's death, Frieza confronts Guru to get the password anyway.
Ep.32 Goku Is Ginyu and Ginyu Is Goku
Air Date: 1990-12-12
Nail leads Frieza away from Guru's place so that he can't get hurt. He starts fighting Frieza, but it seems that he was unable to hold him up though he does to give time for Dende to deliver the Dragon Balls' password to the Z fighters. Gohan and Krillin get the Dragon Radar from Bulma and head towards Frieza's spaceship. Meanwhile, Goku is winning his fight against Captain Ginyu. Realizing he can't win, Captain Ginyu decides to use his special power: the Body Change. He severely wounded himself to Goku's horror, and shoots a beam of light out of his mouth and into Goku's: the two switch bodies. Ginyu, as Goku, then flies back towards Frieza's spaceship, leaving Goku in Ginyu's thrashed body behind.
Ep.33 Calling the Eternal Dragon
Air Date: 1990-12-19
Krillin and Gohan arrive at Frieza's spaceship and locate the Dragon Balls, unaware that Vegeta is not far away. As the two try to figure out what the password is, Jeice and Captain Ginyu, in Goku's body, arrive as well. The disguised Ginyu tries to trick Krillin into believing that he is Goku. Gohan, however, realizes that it is not the real Goku. Goku, in Captain Ginyu's destroyed body, arrives, and tells Krillin and Gohan what happened. Now it is up to Gohan and Krillin to defeat Captain Ginyu.
Ep.34 Gohan Defeat Your Dad!!
Air Date: 1991-01-16
Ginyu tries to power up with Goku's body, but it turns out what Goku's right, was that he can't reach its full potential, because he doesn't know how to unite body and mind. But even at a relatively low power, he can still overpower both Krillin and Gohan. Vegeta arrives, and begins to fight Jeice. Having recovered from severe injury, Vegeta has greatly increased his power, and easily overpowers and kills Jeice.
Ep.35 Captain Ginyu... The Frog
Air Date: 1991-01-23
Realizing that he's no match for the renewed Vegeta, Captain Ginyu decides to use his body-switching trick on him. Once again, he lets his body get thrashed, so his opponent will be very weak after the switch. Just as Captain Ginyu uses the trick, Goku recognizes the move and intercepts the light beam, switching back into his old body. Back in his broken body, Captain Ginyu tries to switch with Vegeta again. Goku throws a frog to intercept the transfer. The frog, in Ginyu's body, hops into the water, while Ginyu, in the frog's body, flees. With the Ginyu Force defeated, Goku recovers in an isolation chamber in Frieza's spaceship. Vegeta finds two pairs of Saiyan armor for Krillin and Gohan to wear in their upcoming fight with Frieza.