It turns out that, no, Goku did not throw the fight out of some misguided sense of nobility. He really did suddenly get woozy, allowing Frost to knock him out of the ring. There is a bit of a scare as Goku doesn’t get up. In a rather sweet moment, Chichi rushes out to see if her husband is OK.
Luckily, whatever happened seems to wear off, as Goku gets up a few moments later. No one seems sure as to what happened. Even Frost expresses shock at the turn. He’s still nothing less than gracious, though, commending Goku for the fight and even giving his saiyan opponent a moment to get a round of applause after helping him get back up.
Both Beerus and Vegeta express shock (and in the case of the prior, outrage) at the fact that one of their stronger team members is out, but there’s nothing they can do. As such, Piccolo steps up.
Despite all the power ups that the Namek has had, people still seem to underestimate him, though in Goku’s case it does seem far more good natured than genuine doubt about Piccolo’s ability.
Right off the bat, Piccolo begins charging up his Makankosappo (or special beam cannon). A lot is made about how long it needs to charge, but that hasn’t been the case for some time. Really, that hasn’t been a problem since the fight with Raditz. He’s used the attack several times with no such hindrance. Even the idea that he needs to charge it up a lot to take down someone of Frost’s caliber doesn’t seem to make much sense.
It doesn’t matter, though, as this is what Piccolo decides to do. It puts him on the defensive, though he still holds his own. He’s able to dodge Frost’s attacks (which makes sense given the emphasis his “abridged” counterpart places on it) and deflect others.
Even when Piccolo does take a hit, he uses the multi-form technique to create doppelgangers that occupy Frost’s attention. It’s purely a stalling measure, and it works for the most part,but it isn’t enough time.
Just as it looks like Piccolo’s about to get knocked out of the ring, he extends his other arm and wraps Frost in it, pinning his opponent. It turns out that this was all part of Piccolo’s strategy. It’s unclear why he didn’t think he could take Frost, but the tactics paid off as Piccolo is moments away from victory.
That is until the namek suddenly becomes woozy, loosening his grip on Frost and leaving himself open for a counterattack. Like Goku before him, Piccolo gets defeated.
It was noted before that there was no clear explanation as to why Goku suddenly fainted. It is here where the explanation is presented. Jaco sees that Frost has a concealed needle and notes that it is forbidden. While Frost tries to argue it’s a natural part of his body, the excuse doesn’t fly and he is disqualified, allowing Piccolo to pick up the win.
At first, this seems out of character as Frost has been nothing but honorable. As Vados explains, it is a facade. In truth, Frost starts the wars that he claims to campaign against so that he can buy planets for cheap, rebuild them, and make a lot of profit. In short, he isn’t as different from Freeza as we were originally led to believe.
It’s somewhat sad, as Frost being a good guy was rather interesting and endearing. This twist does, however, explain why the chanting was used before. It made no sense at the time, but in hindsight, it was pretty clear foreshadowing. Said chanting makes a glorious comeback as Frost basks in the role of heel.
What happens next is, bizarre to say the least. Upon discovering Frost’s nature, Champa is ready to obliterate him as payback for the humiliation. It would have been satisfying, but Vegeta stays it, saying that he wants to fight Frost himself.
The only way to do this, however, would be to redact Piccolo’s win and replace it with a loss. Despite the fact that this is an incredibly stupid move given that they are already at a disadvantage, Piccolo agrees and Vegeta steps up to the plate. It’s likely that Vegeta will win, and he could see this as a chance to make up for Goku stealing his win against golden Freeza, but it still seems like a bad tactic from two people who are supposed to thrive on their tactical thinking.
Still, this was a fun episode. Frost’s turn was perfectly executed and I’m a sucker for that ominous chanting leitmotif that accompanied it. The fight with Vegeta should be a fun one, so I’m looking forward to next week’s entry.