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Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 16 October 2007

Capsule Review:    

I had not seen this episode for probably twenty-six years. However, when I watched it again, I immediately remembered that it had traumatized me. A man wrecks his car and stumbles out, only to be immediately attacked by a fleshy vegetable monster. The hungry plant douses its victim with some sort of spray, then jumps on the man and eats him! The actual ingestion plays out as shadows on the wall of the freeway overpass. Later, a scientist meets the same fate as the unfortunate driver. Viewed by a seven year-old, that was not cool, not cool at all. I wouldn't visit the garden alone for weeks.

The plant's method of attack is to spray the target with some sort of pollen (it could be sap), then flop on top of him and wiggle. The prey, trapped underneath the undulating monster, is dissolved and ingested. Looking at it objectively, the organism actually looks like the gonorrhea-infected cousin of the Hamburger Helper mascot. I think we can all agree that having something like that on top of you would be terrifying.

The Science Patrol is tasked with investigating the disappearances and the mysterious slime left behind. They discover that the missing scientist brought back a strange plant from one of the islands used for the Pacific nuclear tests. A stakeout follows, and the Science Patrol members zap the monster with their ray guns. It quickly disappears into a lake. When the thing resurfaces, it is much larger. Hayata transforms into Ultraman and sets the monster on fire. Ever seen a fifteen-story tall burning bush? Hayata has.

Things I Learned From This Show:  

Green Dot Chlorophyll is a key ingredient in antifreeze.
Green Dot Being the fat guy is perilous when a hungry monster is on the loose.
Green Dot Plants not only have no concept of time, they are violently opposed to the idea.

Stuff To Watch For:  

Green Dot 4 mins - And people laugh at me for using weatherstripping soaked in Roundup.
Green Dot 8 mins - It would cure nearsightedness, too.
Green Dot 16 mins - What the heck is wrong with you?
Green Dot 23 mins - Ultraman should have opted for the accessory lithium battery pack.

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Ultraman: Secret of the Miroganda
Reply #1. Posted on October 17, 2007, 11:44:40 AM by Xenorama
i saw three episodes of Ultraman growing up (see what that did!) and this was one of them.  it was after my grandfather's funeral, during the loud Irish wake they were then having.

anyway, it was quite memorable.  it's a cool and unusual monster, that's for sure.

Re: Ultraman: Secret of the Miroganda
Reply #2. Posted on October 20, 2007, 01:28:36 AM by daveblackeye15
It was a cool monster but I recall the action wasn't that great. Though it's been almost a year since I saw this.
Re: Ultraman: Secret of the Miroganda
Reply #3. Posted on March 31, 2009, 06:39:05 PM by George

One thing we must realize is,that when exploring heavily radioactive islands,there's always the dangers of bringing something awful back to civilization.

An expedition to Oedoes Island leads a photographer and scientists to a waterhole and beautiful flower,just as she's taking pictures,she's caught by a man eating plant.

One of the scientists shoots the thing.They take part of back home to study.

One scientist has a growth formula to help with word food sortage,unfortunately the plant is exposed to it,and now can walk around.

Remembering all the scientists and that female reporter,it seeks now to kill them,and slowly begins doing so.

The Science Patrol is called in,and knowing the women is the only one left on the death list,protect her.

This leads to a fight between Arishi and the plant,the rest of the patrol arrives and they shoot the plant with there ray guns,the plant falls into the water,and---.

Thinking it's over,the patrol heads home,after getting there,the Ghidrah phone rings,and they are told the plants been sighted in the city.

Wasting no time they rush to the sight,and what a sight!,a huge 100ft tall killer plant!.It begins to smash buildings,Arishi uses his big ray gun,but this time not much effect,it shoots out a mist that stuns him,while the other lead him away,Hayata uses the beta capsule and once again turns into Ultraman.

The two have a tussle and the plant covers Ultraman,then starts to walk away,just then Ultraman rises up and the just face eachother down.

Between them is a clocktower,as it sounds midnight,the plant smash the clocktown to pieces,then Ultraman fires his m-ray,and wow!,talk about lighting up the night!.

After it's burned,it turns into an ash pile and blows in the wind.

The trouble with half hour monster shows is,you wait to see Ultraman fight the monsters,they take so long with everything else it leaves little time for a really good fight,I guess that's why Ultraman can only be on earth for few minutes before losing his strength,although I read somewhere these Ultraman versions where made for American TV,in Japan,if it took 45mins for Ultraman to defeat his foe,then the show lasted longer than 30mins,if it had to.

Oh the constraints of time here!.
Ultraman: Secret of the Miroganda
Reply #4. Posted on April 01, 2009, 12:34:39 AM by Xenorama
well, that's not true about any of these Ultraman episodes, they are the exact same length in both languages.  i've never heard of any Japanese tv show that went over it's allotted amount of time.

Re: Ultraman: Secret of the Miroganda
Reply #5. Posted on April 01, 2009, 06:14:46 PM by George
Humm David,--perhaps you're right,I forgot the Japanese made 39 Honeymooner,or I mean Ultraman episodes for American consumption,still the fact remains the same,and I don't imagine the Japanese were to found of those 39 episodes.

They took so much time with the other stuff,there wasn't really much time left for a good monster fight,I'm sure other episodes we never seen may of lasted longer or went two parts,like Gahorrah.

Monsters are suppose to be hard to kill,so condensing the show into 30mins doesn't leave much leeway for a good fight,perhaps the best worst example was S.O.S. Oil Disaster,in which Ultraman easily kills the monsters and spends the next few minutes playing fireman.
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