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Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 9 July 2008

Capsule Review:    

Japan is battered by a Category Five Typhoon as the Science Patrol watches. Hayata and the others do not sally forth in their rocket planes to rescue people; they sit safe and sound in their control room and monitor the instruments. Every so often one of them makes a remark along the lines of, "Wow, it's really windy outside."

As the storm rages, we see a camp of Young Japanese Mountaineers (they're like the Boy Scouts, but they climb things). The troop leader tells the youngsters that they are all fraidy cats for being worried about a little wind and rain. They are taking shelter from a Typhoon inside of a rickety shack with a tin roof! Of course they should be worried. They should be looking for big trees to tie themselves to, just in case the shack blows away.

"Okay boys, let's see who can tie a double figure eight loop under pressure. Tetsuo, you try. Well, what do you know - he blew away. Kaneda, your turn..."

After the storm has passed, crews working to repair a road are scared out of their hardhats by a monster that erupts from the ground. They call the creature Gabora, but it looks like a huge bulette. This is one of my favorite Ultraman monsters. Well, until Gabora changes. Later on they reveal that the armored plates around the head peel back (like some sort of huge sunflower) to reveal a ho-hum, regular old monster face. Gabora starts doing what all monsters do. It tromps around, roaring and generally frightening people. It also subsists by eating radioactive materials. When Gabora starts making a beeline for a town with a supply of nuclear materials, the Science Patrol is called in to stop it.

The Science Patrol successfully diverts the monster from the cache of uranium, but then discovers that Gabora's new path will take it right though the Young Japanese Mountaineers' bivouac. To save the Kenny encampment, Hayata lures Gabora away using the old carrot on a stick routine. Except, there is no carrot, just a cylinder full of uranium. Nor is there is a stick. Hayata is in a helicopter, with the yummy uranium attached by a pair of cables.

Finally growing tired of chasing food that can outrun it, Gabora unfolds his neck petals and starts shooting beams of energy at the helicopter. In human form Hayata is not infallible. He makes a mistake and the helicopter crashes. Shortly after that, Ultraman appears and beats the fission out of Gabora.

Things I Learned From This Show:  

Green Dot There is such a thing as "Food Grade Uranium 235."
Green Dot Always make sure you have a copilot or a multi-tool; or, even better, a copilot with a multi-tool.
Green Dot The best binoculars are made in Japan.
Green Dot One reason not to evolve petal-shaped growths around your neck is the propensity of some people to play "She loves me, she loves me not."

Stuff To Watch For:  

Green Dot 5 mins - You should draw straws, then eat the loser. I dare you to. I double dog dare you!
Green Dot 11 mins - All of the politicians who spoke out against the propane tank program, saying it was pork barrel funding, are worried about the next election.
Green Dot 17 mins - How is it that everyone knows the monster's name?

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Re: Ultraman: Operation Lightning
Reply #9. Posted on March 30, 2009, 03:07:59 PM by George
Typhoon 5 blast southern Japan,ah but the day after,have you ever seen such a beautiful day?!.

A time for the Boys Mountaineer troop and residents of the two nearby towns to clean up storm damage.

It may seem so but problems begin when the scout leaders discover the supply shed with food has been swept into the sea,so the two scout leaders head for town for food & supplies,ah the town was also hit hard,I don't know if they can spare any food and supplies right now.

Anyway the towns folk are trying to get things back in order but underground rockslides keep happening,why?.

We don't have to wait long to find out,the ground starts to open up and then suddenly out pops Gabora,a horrible thing that has it's face covered,(maybe for the better),it feeds on radioactive materials.It wasts no time in starting to have fun destroying the nearby town,then sensing radiation stored in the next town it heads there.

Our heroes The Science Patrol are called in to deal with the thing.

They know the only thing to do is get it in the mountains area,because the thing is radioactive and will explode like an a-bomb,but first they have to lure there,and save the town.How do they save the town?,are you ready,no fooling,with 3 giant hibachi lighters!.

They work but now it's headed for the Boys Mountain camp,the only thing to do is fix a radioactive capsule to a helicopter & fly over Gabora,Hyata flies it,Fuji & Hoshino go along for the ride,they see the two scouts,land the copter,Fuji and her brother lead them to safety.

As Hayata resumes flight Gabora finally reveals himself,and from his ugly mug starts firing rays,he hits the copter,it crashes,and Hayata finally uses the Beta Video,er I mean capsule to become Ultraman.

Again this was a short fight,but one of the better ones,finally Ultraman wins and everything fine,except the boys didn't get any food.

Oh just leave it to Hayata and the Patrol,they came through,one of the scouts said to Hayata,"Any ordinary man would of been in trouble when the copter crashed",Hayata says"Well who says I'm ordinary!",he's not!,for you see he is in reality,our hero Ultraman!!,though no one on earth really knows that.
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