Episode 07: "The Blue Stone of Baraj" (catch up on past episodes)
aka. "The Blue Stone of Baradhi"
Original Air Date: August 28, 1966
Featured Monster: Antlar
The Science Patrol crash in the Middle East while investigating a meteor but must contend with a giant magnetic monster instead.
This week, Ultraman goes international. Stepping beyond the bounds of Japan, not only does "The Blue Stone of Baraj" take place in the Middle East but it also introduces a new Caucasian character: the nondescriptly named Jim from the Paris Headquarters of the international Science Patrol. Changing up the setting for this week's episode went a long way in giving new energy to the show's formula, which has already grown quite stale after only seven episodes.
|While everyone else wears a look of dull surprise, Hayata thinks about strangling kittens.|
|Hey kids, Geography!|
|"When you used to tell me that you chase tornadoes, deep down I thought it was just a metaphor."|
It becomes immediately clear in this episode of Ultraman that simply setting the action out in the desert around various ruins and old Arabian temples and putting the Science Patrol out of their element does a lot to brush off the stale routine of the past seven episodes. Previous episodes have, more or less, taken place either in a city, around warehouses, or on the coast of Japan, so the desert is a welcome change of pace. The production value of the desert sets is not extravagant but detailed enough to convince us that we're not in Japan anymore, Toto. This week's monster is also a refreshing reprieve from the water-based kaiju of past weeks.
|The ugliest Care Bear of them all|
|If you could read my mind|
Chartam reveals she can read the Science Patrol's minds and, therefore, can speak Japanese. She explains that their town is protected from Antlar by the God of Noa. Unfortunately, the town has been so isolated and cut off by the monster that no new people have come to live in Baraj for decades, leaving behind only an aging population. When asked how the God of Noa protects Baraj, Chartam takes the team into a sacred temple to reveal a holy statue -- a stature of Ultraman!
|Hey kids, Idolatry!|
|Ultraman always made sure to invite Antlar to his weekend rave parties.|
|"Oh stop, that tickles."|
|Ultraman stands pretty triumphantly for getting his ass kicked by a beetle|
|Another poorly rear-projected town is lost to the ravages of time|