Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Monster Profile: Balloonga

Monster Name: Balloonga
Movie Appearances: Ultra Q (T.V Show)

Balloonga is a monster from space. Balloonga looks almost like a floating brain. At first Balloonga was the size of a regular party balloon but after using its ability to absorb all of Tokyo's energy and a Typhoon it became massive and a danger to the earth. Balloonga left earth after Japan launched a rocket that created an artificial sun, the Balloonga was immediately drawn to the energy and remains in orbit feeding on the artificial sun. It is believe that Balloonga actually became a star after absorbing all the energy of the artificial sun, therefore it is possible that all stars are actually Balloonga that have absorbed so much energy that they now burn with it.

Ultra Q Review: Episode 11 Balloonga

When a space shuttle returning from an exploratory mission crashes to Earth it brings a strange creature to Earth refereed to as Balloonga . The space shuttle crashed because it ran out of fuel. We quickly learn that it crashed because Balloonga feeds on all forms of energy. The Balloonga kept feeding on energy and kept getting larger and larger. Tokyo was completely shut down because all energy was absorbed, planes crashed when flying by Balloonga.

After some research by a newspaper it was discovered that this was not the first case of a Balloonga appearing on earth. A doctor had done a report years earlier about the Balloonga but was ridiculed by his colleagues for not having any proof to back his research, so the doctor stepped down and went into retirement. When the doctor was finally tracked down he suggested creating a missile that would create an artificial so that the Balloonga would be attracted to it and leave earth. Japan quickly pulled all it's resources to create the missile and quickly launch it into the atmosphere. The Balloonga was quickly drawn to it and left Tokyo and Earth. The Balloonga now remain in space feeding on the energy and glowing.

The end of this episode gives a theory that all stars are actually Ballongas that have absorbed so much energy. This episode was pretty good the story was very simple and not to complex the design of Ballonga was was pretty weird looking it looks almost like a floating brain with small tentacles coming out . Although Balloonga was basically just an ugly floating balloon it did not need to knock down buildings, or level a city to be a kaiju that caused chaos, it's ability to feed on all sources of energy was enough to cause hospitals to be shut down preventing people from getting surgeries, planes to crash, and much more chaos. Although this episode had a much more simple store than others it was still a really good episode. Ultra Q continues to impress me stay tuned for my next Ultra Q review.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monster Profile: M1

Monster Name: M1
Monster Appearance: Ultra Q (T.V Show)

M1 is an man sized Ape Creature. M1 is an artificial life form that was created by a scientist. M1 was only a gel like life form until it was exposed to a camera flash which caused it to have a chemical reaction and rapidly grow into it's awkward ape like form. M1 does not poses any special abilities but it does have the intelligence of a human being, so the creature is actually much smarter than it appears to be. When M1 crashed a brand new bullet train it saved a boy that had snuck on by hiding in the trains safe so that the safe launched them into space when it crashed. M1 was last seen orbiting earth with the boy in the safe their where about have not been mentioned since.

Ultra Q Review: Episode 10 The Underground Super Express Goes West

The episode starts out with the announcement of a new bullet train.  Meanwhile back at the newspaper office a camera man is packing up his brief case to do photos for the opening of the train but instead he takes the brief case which is carrying an artificial life form, coded named M1. The creator of the M1 life form was at the newspaper being interviewed about his scientific break through. When the inventor goes to open his case he soon realizes that he has the wrong case.

Mean while back at the train the photographer receives word from his office that he took the wrong case. When the photographer opens the case to confirm his mistake a photographer from another newspaper comes into the room and takes a picture of the M1 capsule. The train conductor takes the case with the M1 capsule and brings it to the main engine room where there is a safe. While storing the case in the safe it bust open and the M1 creature actually begins to grow into its full potential it turns into a man sized ape like creature. M1 freaks out the conductor and engineer making them flee the cabin. A young boy who snuck onto the train sneaks into the engine room so that he can get the full train experience when he gets there and sees no one he is surprised, then he sees M1 and thinks that M1 is a robot controlling the train when in actuality M1 has set the train at max speed and detached the rest of the cars. When the boy realizes that M1 is not a robot he tries to run away but when he opens the door to go back he discovers that the rest of the train has been detached. As the train is about to crash M1 takes the boy with him into the storage safe. When the train crashes the safe goes flying out of the train and into space. The boy and M1 survived but are both now in earths orbit.

The episode just ends there you don't find out if the boy and M1 ever returned to earth or if they are stuck in space for time they have left. This episode was a little weird and reminded be of the Gameron episode, in that it revolved around a child a lot and had a weird ending. M1 was an okay design for a kaiju it was like an awkward looking ape man. This episode overall was just okay with me not my favorite but I didn't hate it.

Monster Profile: Mongular

Monster Name: Mongular
Movie Appearance: Ultra Q (T.V. Show)
Mongular was a standard mole until one day it ate honey from a rare type of modified be that allows for rapid muscle growth. Because of the large amount of honey Mongular consumed Mongular became massive. Mongular's only ability is to dig deep with in the earth like all moles do but on a much larger scale since Mongular is massive. When Mongular survived a T.N.T blast the military got involved and began bombarding Mongular with missiles and Tank shells. Mongular seemed to take the hits from these modern day weapons fine but the hollow ground from Mongular's digging did not. The ground bellow Mongular began to crumble and Mongular feel into the earth. Mongular was not only swallowed by the earth but because of his tunneling he had hit a volcanic line causing the monster to be swallowed by hot volcanic lava. It is presumed that Mongular was burnt alive and did not survive this fall.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Monster Profile: Tarantulas (from Ultra Q)

Monster Name: Tarantulas (from Ultra Q)
Movie Appearance: Ultra Q (T.V. Show)
The Tarantula is essentially a giant man eating Tarantula. The Tarantula is slightly larger than a man. The Tarantula's main abilities are weaving webs, and climbing walls. There were two Tarantulas that appeared in Ultra Q and it was believed that they were a father and daughter that were turned into spiders after being bitten by a rare Tarantula. Both Tarantula's were killed the first was stabbed and the 2nd was run over by a car.

Ultra Q Review: Episode 8 The Terror of Sweet Honey

This episode start off with a man breaking into a green house but he flees runs away because the green house holds a special breed of bees. Shortly after the break tremors and earthquakes begin happening in the area nearby. We learn after a train crash that the bees in the green house produce a special honey that cause rapid growth and that a mole managed to get into the green house when the glass was broken and eat some of the bees. The mole quickly became gigantic and was soon referred to as Mongular the giant mole.

After we investigation we find out that one of the men who worked with the man developing the  these bees was the one that purposely broke into the green house to try and sabotage the operation out of jealousy. The man was jealous that his colleague was getting a lot of praise and recognition for this scientific break through in growth. Realizing his mistake the man attempts to go into Mongulars cave and blow him up with TNT. The TNT unfortunately does not do the job meaning that the man sacrificed his life for nothing. The military then began fighting Mongular with tanks and rockets. The rockets cause the tunnels that Mongular dug to collapse on the nearby volcanic line. Mongular feel into the earth and was consumed by hot lava as the earth crumbled bellow it's feet.

This was actually a really cool episode I enjoyed the battle sequence a lot at the end with the tanks, and rockets. They actually reused some footage from the movie Rodan for the volcanic scene which I thought was a nice easter egg. Mongular was a simple kaiju design basically just a giant mole no special powers or anything just able to dig deep underground. Another great episode of Ultra Q in the books.