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Dragon Ball Z

Season 17 Episode 14

Bardock: The Father Of Goku

Aired Weekdays 10:30 PM Unknown on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

    • At the end of the movie, it shows Grandpa Gohan picking up Goku away from the space pod without him noticing it. Yet in the 1st episode of Z, Gohan found Goku in the pod. Also, in the 1st episode the flashback included Goku before hitting his head was a big pain in the neck, yet in the movie he is happy boy.

    • Goof: In Bardock's prophecy at the end where he saw that Kakorat would one day confront Frieza, he had glimpsed Frieza in his first form sitting in his space-transport. This was an animation mistake because, Goku only confronted Frieza in Frieza's final form.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • Original airdate: October 17, 1990
      Original title: A lonesome, final battle-The father of the Z warrior Son Goku who challenged Frieza.
      Japanese Title: ドラゴンボールZ たったひとりの最終決戦~フリーザに挑んだZ戦士 孫悟空の父~

    • Bardock is voiced by Sonny Strait who also voices Krillin, therefore both Goku's father and Best friend are both voiced by the same person.

    • On Feburary 19th, 2008, this special, along with The History Of Trunks was remastered and uncut on DVD/Blu-Ray disc. Also, Season 4 of the Uncut, Remastered version of DBZ was available on that same date.

    • Because Akira Toriyama (DB's creator) loved this special so much, he included Bardock in a chapter of the manga.

    • The remaining Saiyans (including movies) are: Prince Vegeta, Nappa, Goku, Raditz, Broly, Paragus, and Turles.

    • Bardock receives a vision that Frieza would destroy the planet Vegeta, as well as the vision that Frieza would be defeated by Goku.

  • Allusions

    • "Bardock" is a pun on the Japanese vegetable dish "burdock," keeping the constant name pun for Saiyans.
      His crew also maintains the name pun:
      - "Totapo" = "potato"
      - "Toma" = "tomato"
      - "Panbukin" = "pumpkin"
      - "Selypa" = "parsley"

      (Note that some of these names may only be for the Japanese version)

    • The Bardock Special has a big resemblance to the Orgin of SuperMan:The Last Son of Krypton. Jor-El/Bardock fights against Krypton/Frieza. Krypton/Frieza destroys the planet Krypton/Vegeta. Goku/Kal-El goes to Planet Earth is raised by Granpa Gohan/The Kents.

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