Episode 02: "Shoot the Invader" (catch up on past episodes)
Original Air date: July 24, 1966
Featured Monster: Baltan Seijin
Ultraman encounters a dangerous foe in the Baltan Seijin, a hostile and elusive alien race determined to colonize the Earth.
Last week's premiere episode of Ultraman was fun but left a lot to be desired. The monster suit was cheap-looking, the characters were flat, and the final monster fight was pretty standard stuff. Imagine my surprise when the second episode, "Shoot the Invader," came out of the gate delivering a sincerely funny and surprisingly exciting tokusatsu adventure with an unforgettable villain.
|Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice...I mean Science Patrol headquarters|
Ide begins to tell the story by flashing back to the previous night when he couldn't sleep because his bunk-mate Daisuke Arashi was snoring up a storm. To make matters worse, a piercing warning alarm begins to sound, rousing the Science Patrol out of bed and into action. They're so efficient at Science Patrol that they don't even have to get dressed.
|Apparently the Science Patrol sleeps in uniform.|
|Damn it, Arashi. We've all seen your mime impression!|
Hayata comes face to face with a Baltan alien, aka. Baltan Seijin. Unlike last week's dime-store monster costume, the Baltan Seijin looks great. At first, it's human-sized with giant claw hands that fire paralyzing beams. It's spooky orange eyes can even rotate and move, giving the costume's face a surprising amount of life. And it's no pushover in the powers department.
|Double your pleasure. Double your fun.|
|Dude. I think that LSD's kicking in.|
|Ide needs to see The Wizard about some Courage.|
In a surprising show of good faith, Hayata offers the Baltan Seijin a place on Earth, but the Baltan Seijin have no intention of living by Earth laws or customs. After all, their invisible ship currently holds 2.3 billion Baltans (or over 60 billion according to the English dub). On the ship, they're the size of bacteria, but they're ready to colonize and grow to their full height. There is simply not enough room on Earth for both species. Well hell, Baltans, why don't you go live on Mars instead?
|Picky, picky, picky.|
|Magic wand, make my monster GROW|
|Duh. He survives.|
|BOOM! Ultraman doesn't care. He doesn't pay taxes.|
Wait...didn't this whole story start with Ide getting a black eye? After Ultraman saves the world, Ide goes to bed, this time snoring so loudly as to keep Arashi awake. Oh, ho, but what's this? Ide falls out of bed and bangs up his eye! VO-VO-VO-VO. Ide, you silly goose. Will you ever learn?
|Tell everyone you walked into a door knob.|
See you next Monday when I review the next episode: "Charge Forth, Science Patrol"
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