At the end of season five of Dragon Ball Z
, artificial android Cell achieved his perfect form and challenged the Z Fighters to a martial arts tournament to determine the fate of the Earth. Now the tournament begins, but it proves to be a very uneven adventure. The contest begins slowly: The first 11 episodes are just set-up and filler, with little action. The battles between Cell and the Z Fighters offer plenty of excitement, as the brawlers blast each other through rocky cliffs and fling bursts of energy into space. Goku correctly predicts that Gohan will crush Cell. But the story falls into repetitions; Cell has to be killed three times before he'll stay dead. When Cell announces the tournament on TV, Mr. Satan, a WWF-type, appears as Earth's champion. Although he's a coward and a phony, the TV crew fawns over him--a lame gag that goes on far too long. The filmmakers also change the rules in mid-story. Cell had to absorb Androids Nos. 17 and 18 to achieve his perfect form. After a series of body blows from Gohan, he vomits up No. 18 (intact); later, he regenerates himself into an even more perfect form without the Androids. Goku is killed and decides to remain in the Next World with King Kai, rather than risk attracting more evil creatures to Earth. But when Trunks returns to the future, he destroys Cell before he can travel to the past and achieve his perfect form
which means the Cell that killed Goku never existed. Season six could have easily fit on four discs--the last two discs contain just three episodes apiece, and the only extras are textless songs and some trailers.(Rated TV PG. suitable for ages 8 and older: violence, tobacco use, ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon
(166. What Is the Tournament? 167. The Doomsday Broadcast, 168. Meet Me in the Ring, 169. No Worries Here, 170. A Girl Named Lime, 171. Memories of Gohan, 172. A New Guardian, 173. Dende's Dragon, 174. The Puzzle of General Tao, 175. The Games Begin, 176. Losers Fight First, 177. Goku vs. Cell, 178. Cell's Bag of Tricks, 179. No More Rules, 180. The Fight Is Over, 181. Faith in a Boy, 182. Gohan's Plea, 183. Android Explosion, 184. Cell Juniors Attack! 185. The Awakening, 186. The Unstoppable Gohan, 187. Cell's Break Down, 188. A Hero's Farewell, 189. Cell Returns! 190. The Horror Won't End, 191. Save The World, 192. Goku's Decision, 193. One More Wish, 194. Free the Future
Having at last achieved his Perfect Form, the evil Cell’s powers have soared to terrible new heights, overshadowing even the greatest of the Z-Fighters. Eager to demonstrate these newfound abilities and prove his superiority, Cell proposes a tournament. He issues an ultimatum to the people of Earth—produce a worthy opponent or die!
The day of reckoning upon them, Goku and the Z-Fighters line up to participate in Cell’s twisted game, the world’s best hope of defeating the monster. But they are not the only ones brave enough to accept the challenge—the reigning World Martial Arts Champion, Mr. Satan, has also stepped into the ring! Now, with the fate of the human race hanging in the balance, one of these valiant fighters must come forward to defeat the seemingly invincible Perfect Cell—but who will it be?
Dragon Ball Season Six contains the entire Cell Games Saga - episodes 166-194. Stills from Dragon Ball Z: Season Six (Click for larger image)