Episode 01: "Ultra Operation" (catch up on past episodes)
Original Airdate: July 17, 1966
Featured Monster: Bemular
The origin of Ultraman is revealed when the evil space monster Bemular escapes to Earth. The extraterrestrial space-cop pursuing Bemular must pause in his pursuit to save the life of an earthling, Science Patrol member Shin Hayata, by merging with him to create the superhero Ultraman.
From the start, Ultraman doesn't waste any time getting to the action. The first episode begins with two strange spheres hurtling through space, chasing one another as they are pursued by Shin Hayata, member of the Science Patrol. The Science Patrol is an elite group of sharply-dressed astronauts, pilots, and researchers who stand on guard to defend Earth from supernatural and extraterrestrial threats. When they're not hanging out wearing blue blazers and fiddling with buttons in their futuristic headquarters (well, futuristic by 1960's standards), they slip into orange jumpsuits with shoulder flaps, grab motorcycle helmets, and strap on their laser guns to fight some aliens. And they always wear ties because, hey, you dress for the job you want, right?
|Looking sharp, boys.|
|Are you looking at it?|
|Ultraman: Origin Story or Date Rape Parable?|
|Here he comes. This is going to be awesome!|
|I see something! Is it some horrific tentacled monstrosity?|
|It's a.....it's a.......it's a...........|
|Oh. It's a google-eyed dinosaur sea urchin with floppy arms|
|Splish splash, I was taking a bath|
|Plan B(eta capsule)|
|Monster Mating Season|
|It's complete pandemonium here at monster stadium. The crowd's going wild|
|Talk to the hand|
This first episode of Ultraman is light on character but heavy on action. With rarely a dull moment, it establishes each character's broad personality and introduces us to the types of monsters we can expect from the series. "Ultra Operation #1" is hardly my favorite episode, but it's a fun mingling of sci-fi/fantasy and rubber suit wrestling.
Come back next week as I look at the second episode: "Shoot the Invader"