Odd as it may seem at first glance, Vegeta finds himself in a bind against his current opponent, the metal man named Magetta. The amount of heat that Magetta’s lava generates in such a confined space thanks to the new barrier is sapping Vegeta of his strength as a result of exhaustion. On top of that, it’s eating up more oxygen than can flow into the barrier, making suffocation a threat on top of that.
As noted before, this was a great way to present a challenge to such a powerful fighter without just increasing the power level. Vegeta’s backed into a corner and is running out of time. It makes for surprisingly great tension in what could have, by all accounts, been another anti-climactic fight.
In fact, Vegeta comes very close to losing. Magetta goes on the offensive and appears to knock Vegeta to the ground outside the ring. It makes for a great cliffhanger to precede the cut to break. Of course, Vegeta is still eligible and the fight proceeds.
This was, admittedly, an odd development. It’s revealed that Vegeta’s foot landed on a piece of debris from the demolished stage. Because he’s technically still on the ring and his other foot never touched the ground, he is still eligible to fight. You’d think that this was Vegeta’s plan all along. Not only is it a good tactic, but the amount of precision and balance it took to land the way he did was honest to God impressive.
That would be fine, but Vegeta actually takes umbrage at this development. He hates the fact that he needed a loophole to win the fight. Nonsensical as it is, it brings Vegeta to the state where he is no longer playing around and he decides to end the fight once and for all.
His first order of business is to use his immense power to destroy the barrier, because while touching it is allowed, that was an option apparently. Champa chides Vados for not making the barrier stronger, but she notes that he didn’t make a big deal out of it before. Not only does this vent the heat to some extent, but it allows the Saiyan prince to breathe normally again.
Vegeta’s Gallic Gun may have been ineffective, but he finds that the final flash yields much better results. He doesn’t take nearly as long to charge the attack up as he did when he used it against Cell. Though the intent is to knock Magetta out of the ring, not kill him, so the difference is justified. On top of that, Vegeta’s a lot stronger, so he may not need as much time to charge an attack as he did then.
While the beam doesn’t knock Magetta out of the ring, Vegeta is able to knock Magetta out with a melee attack.
There’s not much more to the episode, as it ends after the young Saiyan boy from universe 6 declares that he’s the next opponent. This was a solid episode. It was largely fight focused, but it kept the tension up. You might find the fake out a bit cheap, but I thought it was pulled off better than some. It should be interesting to see the two Saiyans face off. It might add some personal weight to the fight, but we’ll see when we get there.