Frieza Saga (1991)
The Frieza Saga, also known as Season 3, is the third season of the Dragon Ball Z anime. It spans from episodes 75 through 107 in the original Japanese anime and FUNimation dub, and episodes 61 through 92 in the original dub. It adapts chapters 291 to 329 from the Dragon Ball manga. It is preceded by the Namek and Captain Ginyu Sagas and succeeded by the Androids Saga.
Ep.1 Password Is Porunga
Air Date: 1991-01-30
While Goku is recovering, Krillin heads to Guru's to get the password. Gohan is left behind to guard the Dragon Balls while Vegeta is taking a nap. On his way to Guru's, Krillin sees Dende flying in the opposite direction. He meets up with him, and Dende tells him that he has been sent to deliver the password. Krillin and Dende head back to Frieza's ship. Once they arrive, they decide to make the wish now, so Vegeta won't get his wish of immortality. They bring the Dragon Balls to a nearby island, and Dende summons Porunga. Frieza, meanwhile, realizes that Nail is purposely stalling him, he makes a move to finish him off. Nail, however, says that killing him won't do any good because the others probably already have summoned the dragon balls. As the sky suddenly turns black, Frieza realizes that someone must be summoning the dragon, and frantically flies back to his ship.
Ep.2 Piccolo's Return
Air Date: 1991-02-06
Thanks to Dende, the Eternal Dragon, Porunga, has been summoned. Unlike Shenron, the earth's dragon, Porunga has the power to grant three wishes. Through King Kai, Piccolo tells Gohan to use the first wish to bring him back to life, then use the second to bring him to Namek. The dragon grants these two wishes. While they are thinking of their third wish, Vegeta wakes up. Furious, he flies over to Gohan, Krillin, and Dende, demanding that they wish for his immortality. Before they can decide what to do, Porunga suddenly disappears. Guru has died, so the Dragon Balls and Porunga die with him.
Ep.3 The Fusion
Air Date: 1991-02-13
Guru is gone, along with Porunga and Vegeta's wish. Frieza arrives, furious at being denied his wish. He begins to fight with them. Vegeta is confident in his new strength. Meanwhile, Piccolo comes upon Nail's wounded body. Nail tells him to fuse with him, because this transformation might give him enough power to defeat Frieza. Though he is reluctant, Piccolo agrees. He and Nail become one, though it is in Piccolo's body. With his newfound strength, Piccolo continues towards Frieza's ship.
Ep.4 Fighting Power: One Million??
Air Date: 1991-02-20
As the battle continues, Frieza decides to tell Vegeta that it was actually he who destroyed planet Vegeta, wiping out the Saiyan race. Vegeta claims that he knew all along, which was why he hated Frieza so much. Frieza decides to reveal another secret: he can transform. He claims that at full strength, his fighting power is over one million. Eager to finally destroy Vegeta, Frieza transforms into a hideous giant.
Ep.5 Gohan Attacks
Air Date: 1991-02-27
By transforming into a giant, Frieza has gained much more power. Frieza's first victim is Krillin. After seeing his friend attacked, Gohan loses control of himself and unleashes a furious attack on Frieza. Though he is strong, he is not strong enough to stop Frieza, who pounds the inexperienced young warrior.
Ep.6 Piccolo the Super-Namek
Air Date: 1991-03-06
Dende heals Krillin's injuries. Krillin is then able to distract Frieza long enough for Dende to heal Gohan. Though they are both back to full strength, it all seems useless, because none of them are a match for Frieza. Suddenly, Piccolo finally arrives at the scene. He tells them that he will take on Frieza alone. Krillin and Gohan don't understand why he would do this, but Piccolo insists. With his new strength acquired from fusion, he is confident that he can take down Frieza.
Ep.7 Deja Vu
Air Date: 1991-03-13
Piccolo and Frieza begin to fight. With his new power, Piccolo is able to hold his own with Frieza. Also, since he is fused with Nail, he is familiar with the way Frieza fights. Inside the isolation chamber in Frieza's spaceship, Goku senses that Piccolo has arrived, and that his strength has dramatically increased. It seems that Piccolo is going to defeat Frieza.
Ep.8 Frieza's Second Transformation
Air Date: 1991-03-20
Piccolo is beating Frieza, but the evil tyrant has another trick up his sleeve: another transformation. He changes into a hideous beast. In this form, Frieza is even more powerful than before. Piccolo begins to fight the new Frieza, but it is clear that Frieza is more powerful. Piccolo is no longer able to hold him off.
Ep.9 Another Transformation?
Air Date: 1991-03-27
Frieza is about to finish Piccolo off, but Gohan jumps in front of his energy blast to save him. He then fires a blast of his own at Frieza, but Frieza is able to deflect it. Frieza decides to transform into his final form to finish them off once and for all. Vegeta, however, comes up with a plan to stop him: he asks Krillin to severely injure him, but when Dende heals him, he will become much more powerful. Krillin reluctantly gives Vegeta a powerful blast, and the Saiyan falls to the ground. He stumbles over to Dende, demanding that he be healed. Though Dende resists, Gohan and Krillin convince him to do it.
Ep.10 Dende's Demise
Air Date: 1991-04-03
Frieza realizes that Dende has been healing his opponents, so he kills him. Now in his final form, Frieza seems unstoppable. Gohan and Krillin throw everything they've got at him, but Frieza easily defeats them. Vegeta steps in, telling Frieza that he has now become a Super Saiyan. Unafraid, Frieza takes him on.
Ep.11 The Renewed Goku
Air Date: 1991-04-10
Despite his dramatic increase in power, Vegeta is no match for Frieza. It seems that he is not a Super Saiyan after all. Gohan, Krillin and Piccolo helplessly look on in horror as Frieza tortures Vegeta. Luckily, Goku has finally recovered. He breaks out of the isolation chamber, and flies to the battlefield.
Ep.12 The End of Vegeta
Air Date: 1991-04-17
Goku has entered the battlefield stronger than ever and prepares to fight Frieza alone. It seems that Goku might become a Super Saiyan, as he easily deflects Frieza's energy attacks. As Vegeta taunts Frieza, the tyrant easily finishes him off with a cruel bout of laughter. With his last breath, Vegeta tells Goku of what Frieza has done to the Saiyans. Can Goku defeat Frieza, the one person no one else has beaten?
Ep.13 The Ultimate Battle
Air Date: 1991-04-24
With new understanding of the Saiyans, Goku vows to avenge them by defeating Frieza. Both of these warriors match each other's moves with great speed and strength. Then, Frieza fires at Namek, causing a volcanic eruption. Can Goku survive this?
Ep.14 Clash of the Super Powers
Air Date: 1991-05-01
As the fight continues, Goku attacks from underwater upon realizing that Frieza can't sense power levels. As Goku seems to be in control, Frieza uses his mind to use rocks to attack Goku so he can trap him in an energy ball that will explode if it touches anything but Frieza, and it doesn't look good for Goku.
Ep.15 Frieza's Boast
Air Date: 1991-05-08
To prove that he's the strongest of all, Frieza uses his feet and not his hands to beat Goku. It may seem Frieza has the advantage, but Goku proves that the tyrant will have to use his hands. Meanwhile, Bulma finds a frog, unaware that it's Captain Ginyu as he prepares to switch bodies with her.
Ep.16 Bold and Fearless
Air Date: 1991-05-15
To ensure Goku is defeated, Frieza powers up to 50% of his maximum and it seems that not even Goku can handle it. Ginyu finds the other heroes in Bulma's body and prepares to have his revenge.
Ep.17 Embodiment of Fire
Air Date: 1991-05-22
Captain Ginyu prepares his revenge by switching with Piccolo, but Gohan is able to throw Bulma (as a frog) in the way to get her body back. Meanwhile, Goku is being beaten up by Frieza with his power increase and even the Kaio-ken attack doesn't work. But as he is held by the monster's power, he has a vision showing what Frieza could do to Earth. Rocked and inspired by the vision, Goku powers up.
Ep.18 Trump Card
Air Date: 1991-05-29
Goku's 20x Kaio-ken attack with a Kamehameha cannot work against Frieza, as the tyrant tries to destroy him once and for all. Luckily, Goku has one more trick up his sleeve: the Spirit Bomb.
Ep.19 Keep the Chance Alive
Air Date: 1991-06-05
As King Kai and the others watch the battle on Namek, the Ginyu Force arrives to take over the planet, but Yamcha, Tien and Chiaotzu are ready for a fight. Back on Namek, Frieza discovers Goku's Spirit Bomb and plans to stop it. Suddenly, Piccolo steps in to give Goku more time.
Ep.20 Power of the Spirit
Air Date: 1991-06-12
The battle on King Kai's planet begins with the Z-Fighters against the Ginyu Force and it seems that our heroes' training is paying off. Piccolo does his best for Goku to complete the Spirit Bomb, but it seems that Frieza might win this battle. At the last moment, the Spirit Bomb is completed, and Goku hurls it at Frieza, who can't control the force of the blast. Frieza is seemingly destroyed.
Ep.21 Transformed at Last
Air Date: 1991-06-19
It looks like the battle is over, as Frieza seems to be defeated and the Ginyu Force has been beaten off King Kai's planet to Hell by the remaining Z-Fighters. As everyone celebrates, Frieza reappears and spares no time attacking; first he fires a blast at Goku, but Piccolo hurls himself in front of it and takes the blast, knocking him out. Then Frieza fires another blast and uses it to blow up Krillin, killing him. Fueled by rage at the loss of his best friend, Goku's power increases exponentially, and he ascends to become a Super Saiyan.
Ep.22 Explosion of Anger
Air Date: 1991-06-26
Goku's hair has turned gold and his eyes green, as he is surrounded by a gold aura; the fuel of this power being his anger towards Frieza. As Gohan takes Piccolo to Goku's ship, our hero starts to pound on Frieza as the tyrant fires back, but none of his attacks are working against Goku now that he is a Super Saiyan. It looks like Frieza will finally be defeated.
Ep.23 Namek's Destruction
Air Date: 1991-07-03
Not willing to be beaten, Frieza fires an attack to destroy Namek so Goku will be killed, as the Super Saiyan can't do anything to stop the attack. However, he holds back too much power, and the planet isn't destroyed, but is left unstable and ready to collapse and blow up.
Ep.24 A Final Attack
Air Date: 1991-07-10
Namek is about to explode in 5 minutes, as Gohan finds Bulma and gets back to the ship. Meanwhile, Frieza powers up to 100% of his maximum to finish the fight. Instead of stopping him, Goku has let Frieza go full power, on the idea that if he beats Frieza at his full power, Frieza will never fight him again. As they continue their fight, it seems that Frieza has regained the upper hand now that he has powered up to his maximum, but Goku claims that the battle is far from over.
Ep.25 Approaching Destruction
Air Date: 1991-07-17
As the battle on Namek continues, Kami and Mr. Popo have found all of the restored Dragon Balls, giving King Kai an idea that might save everyone on Namek,bring back all of the fallen Nameks back to life, including Guru.
Ep.26 Gohan Returns
Air Date: 1991-07-24
Everyone that has been killed by Frieza and his henchmen on Namek are resurrected, but so far, Guru isn't back yet and it looks like Goku has been beaten by Frieza's attack. To avenge his father, Gohan returns to the battle to make sure that the cold tyrant dies along with the planet, but is no match for Frieza. Before Frieza lands the killing blow, however, Guru returns to life, and Goku reappears, and orders Gohan to leave Namek.
Ep.27 The Last Wish
Air Date: 1991-07-31
With Guru back to life, the Namekian Dragon Balls have been restored as well, with Porunga ready to grant the third wish. As Dende prepares to complete the final phase of King Kai's plan, Frieza flies towards Porunga to have his wish granted as well. Can Goku stop him in time?
Ep.28 Duel on a Vanishing Planet
Air Date: 1991-08-07
It seems that everyone on Namek has been transported to Earth, but Goku is still on Namek, insisting that he finish the fight. Everyone is upset with Goku's decision, as it seems that there is no escape from the explosion.
Ep.29 Pathos of Frieza
Air Date: 1991-08-14
As Namek gets closer to an explosion, it looks like Goku can beat Frieza with ease, as Frieza is getting weaker. Finally, Goku decides to leave, stating that, Frieza has lost to a fighter superior to him, but the tyrant won't give up that easily.
Ep.30 Frieza Defeated!!
Air Date: 1991-08-21
Frieza fires a pair of Krillin's Destructo Disks that will follow Goku until it hits him or anything else. Even so, Goku has the situation under control as the battle draws to a close end.
Ep.31 Mighty Blast of Rage
Air Date: 1991-08-28
As Guru enjoys seeing his people alive on Earth, the time has come for him to go, but gave his powers to Moori, as the next Eldest Namek. Back on Namek, Frieza has been cut in half by his own energy disk from behind, but Goku, being the kind person he is, gives Frieza some of his power to escape. However, Frieza will not accept defeat, as he uses the given power to finish Goku off, but Goku finishes off Frieza with a final blast attack.
Ep.32 Namek's Explosion? Goku's End?
Air Date: 1991-09-04
With Frieza gone, Goku flies to Frieza's spaceship to escape from Namek, but to no avail. Even though it looks like Goku is gone, Bulma and the others have an idea that could work; using the Namekian Dragon Balls, once restored, to bring everyone else back, including Goku.
Ep.33 Goku's Alive!!
Air Date: 1991-09-11
As it looks like Goku and Krillin can't come back, Vegeta has an idea: wish their souls to Earth and then wish them back to life, which is done for Krillin. Yamcha is also brought back to life. After another 130 days, Tien and Chiaotzu are also back to life, but Porunga says Goku can't be wished back to life because he's still alive, and knew that he doesn't want to return to Earth yet. However, Goku will return some other time.