Ultraman X Episode 3

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Recap

We learn that wearing high heels might not be appropriate if you’re pursuing an alien that eats humans. Ultraman shows up at the end with a new form.

Euri’s thoughts

I think I would be way more into the goings-on of Xio, the mysterious alien-murdering super force, if it was a rag-tag group of people thrown at a problem that the special forces didn’t know how to solve. I want to see these guys chasing after giant monsters in banged up personal cars, not so much in expensive looking and completely useless cars and jets capable of symmetrical docking. I think that a setting like that would make me more likely to appreciate having a genius alien scientist with Goku’s appetite and a member that changed out of her slippers and into high-heels to pursue an alien with a gun.

Speaking of Dr Alien, I was really hoping for something of a goofy mascot. Don’t get me wrong, having him come up with a lot of the crazy tech behind the scenes is cool and all, but I feel like we’ve skipped over proper character development in favour of 90% of his lines being about eating food. If we’re going down that road, at least show him actually eating something! We also saw the totally-not-inspired-by-US-crime-drama scientist show up again, complete with that signature dorky getup that isn’t particularly appropriate for the workplace (but given the high heels goof, perhaps it’s a non-issue), who claims that she’d like to go on a date with Cyber Eleking, a trading card, before disappearing for the rest of the episode.

The monster of the week was Teresdon, who looks a bit like a mole but with lizard-like features. Teresdon isn’t as impressive-looking as Demaaga, and doesn’t look as stupid as Birdon, so I’ve got to assume this is what average looks like in the monster world. Fire-breath and the ability to perform Psycho Crushers are certainly positives, but once again our villain is no much for one of Ultraman’s finishing moves. The fighting was pretty good once again, especially the special effects used for the lightning and fire-breath, but it would be nice to see more of it.

It’s ultimately the giant monster fights that are keeping me coming back, but I would love to see the chemistry between the human characters improve over the next few episodes. Throw in Dinosaur Tank and you’ll have me hooked until the end.

Random Observations

  • Please skip to 2:35 and watch the guy by the car ‘using’ his tablet. It’s kind of amazing.

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colons’ thoughts

If you’ve ever watched anything following this show’s formula before, you know how episode three goes already. We learn some more about who we can assume is the overseer of these monsters as a force for evil and we encounter the first enemy who cannot be defeated by the protagonist without power-ups. There’s really not a whole lot else to say; the only interesting thing this show is doing is integrating the merchandise into the show in a uniquely brazen way.

This is bad!

Oh, I couldn’t agree more.

 

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