Goku’s space ship crash lands on the planet Imecka, where a robot eats the Dragon Radar.
Now in space at the start of their journey, Goku, Pan, and Trunks find that their ship is having engine problems. The cause? A tiny piece that flew off upon takeoff.
The Planet Imecka
The ship makes an emergency landing on the nearby planet Imecka. Our heroes are immediately accosted by the inhabitants, wanting to sell them all kinds of junk. Even their hotel room price gouges for every single thing.
The gang escapes the hotel and meets a nice family that tells them their planet is under a dictatorship – leader Don Kee steals money from the poor to fuel his lavish lifestyle. The family discovers their rent has just run out, and robot repo men arrive to take all their stuff and throw them out on the rainy street.
The next day, as our heroes wander the desert outside the city, a robot named Giru pops out of the ground and eats the Dragon Radar. To make matters worse, the gang finds their ship is being towed away by Don Kee’s men.
Not a bad start. Looks like we’re entering a formula where the gang goes to a planet, finds a problem, solves the problem, and gets a Dragon Ball for their trouble. So in other words, like the first arc of the original Dragon Ball (as is the intent), but that’s fine and this is fine. I actually like it so far.
The bad guy is a stock villain, though, who’s been seen everywhere from Robin Hood to Doctor Who.
With the last two episodes, I was taken aback by how quickly things were moving (dumb kidnapping filler in episode 2 aside), but this is the first in a three-episode arc, so things should thankfully slow down a bit.