Episode 09: "Operation Electric Stone Fire" (catch up on past episodes)
Original Air Date: September 11, 1966
Featured Monster: Gabora
While towns try to rebuild after a devastating storm, the reconstruction efforts are put in jeopardy by the appearance of a giant uranium-eating monster.
After last week's amazing monster-palooza episode "Monster Lawless Zone," this week's episode seems very thin and boring by comparison. Lacking in tension and plot, "Operation Electric Stone Fire" is about as run-of-the-mill as you can get with Ultraman.
The episode begins after a typhoon has devestated an island community that is home to a youth camp. Were red fedoras popular in Japan in 1966? Because every kid, even Hoshino (the Science Patrol's kid partner), seems to wear one. What's up with that? Anyway, the youth camp has been cut off from food supplies by the storm, so two of the older kid strike out on their own to try and make it to town for supplies.
|Perhaps if the Hitler Youth had worn red caps they'd be more fondly remembered.|
|Massive storm? Pffft! Call us when it's a guy in a rubber monster suit.|
|If the Japanese did Tremors|
|Never shoot Gabora from his bad side.|
|Look ma, I'm bloomin'!|
|Gabora eats uranium and shoots uranium beams. Does that mean I can shoot hamburger beams?|
|It takes two to tango, baby|
|The Shriek of the Mutilated|
Perhaps from the trauma of being viciously mutilated, Gabora finally falls to the ground. The light literally goes out of his eyes, telling us that this week's disposable monster is dead! The fight was extremely quick and Gabora didn't seem to pose much of a threat to Ultraman. All in all, the energy was high, but the monster battle was unsatisfying.
|Hayata embarrasses himself in front of the children|
So, those were the life and times of Gabora. The plot was thin and there was no mystery or suspense, but at least the pace was quick and the episode didn't drag.
I can't say the same thing for next week's episode: "The Mysterious Dinosaur Base." Come back next week for ULTRAMAN MONDAYS as we look at one of the strangest, most surreal, and utterly perplexing episodes of Ultraman yet!