Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ultra Q Review: Episode 9 Baron Spider

In this episode a group of friends out driving get lost and pull over a few of them fall into a swam and one almost drown so they decide to look for a place to to stay nearby. They discover an old abandoned mansion and decide to stay the night.

While look walking around the house they start to notice that it is filled with a lot of spider webs and one of the friends tells a story about a rich man that owned a mansion that had a fascination with spiders. Apparently the rich man's daughter got bit by one of his rare spiders ,she died and came back as a giant spider. Apparently the rich baron went crazy and he died shortly after and also turned into a spider. We soon learn that the mansion they are staying in is the home of this legend and that the legend is indeed true. The 2 giant tarantulas begin attacking the friends one of the friends manages to kill one by stabbing with a knife that he found. After killing the one they fled the mansion while the 2nd tarantula chased them through the swamp. When the friends reached the car the ran over the 2nd tarantula and drove away as it flailed around and died. The mansion burned down shortly after the spiders death and sunk into the swamp, the fire must have been caused when one of the men threw a light candelabra at the first spider.

This episode was pretty good it had more of a horror aspect to it than a sci-fi feel. I really enjoyed the dark backstory to how the giant tarantulas came to be. While the spiders were not massive they were still big enough to be considered kaiju in my book. I honestly think this episode would have even translated well into a movie. This episode is actually one of my favorite stories for an Ultra Q episode so far.

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