Episode 03: "Charge Forth, Science Patrol" (catch up on past episodes)
Original Air Date: July 31, 1966
Featured Monster: Neronga
The construction of a new power plant at Mount Iwami awakens a roaring, invisible creature that feeds on electricity. The Science Patrol and Ultraman must stop the monster before it brings down Japan's power grid.
This week's episode of Ultraman is nowhere near as interesting as last week's "Shoot the Invader," but what it lacks in story it makes up for in explosions and brutal monsters mashing. In fact, this week's monster battle is an unforgettable for two reasons. First, this episode marks the first time Ultraman's Color Timer weakness is canonized. Second, this may be the first time a monster gets so savagely beat up that I feel sorry for it.
|A monster's eye view.|
As usual, Hoshino does something incredibly stupid; he climbs down into the well and runs into a giant monstrous eye. The monster behind the eye is enraged and rises up out of the ground -- but we can't see it. The giant creature is - DUN DUN DUUUUUN! - invisible. The only thing we can see is the path of destruction in its wake and the giant footprints in the ground that appear to materialize out of thin air. Meanwhile, the beast's emergence from beneath the earth causes a collapse in the well that traps Hoshino and Akiko inside.
|Blue Blazers = Serious Business.|
|Why So Serious?|
|The inspiration for Elton John's song "Electricity"|
|Yo dawg, I heard you liked boats|
|All your power stations are belong to Neronga|
|Again, who the hell is looking after this kid? Will someone get him some pants, please?|
|Holy smoking eye sockets, Ultraman!|
|Ultra Head Lock|
|Sweet Chin Music|
|Let's fly off into the sunset and celebrate the brutal death of one of life's rarest creatures|
What am I supposed to make of this show's monster fights? The first episode was cheesy, the second episode was exciting and inventive, and this week's episode was surprisingly graphic. I don't know what to make of Ultraman yet, but I'm excited for next Monday's new installment: "Five Seconds Before the Explosion"
Don't forget to visit the MONSTER DATABASE for detailed profiles on all the creatures we encounter on Ultraman and the other movies I review.