G: minus 7 days
Gojirathon is me just writing up some thoughts about the movies I see while I conduct my little marathon of Godzilla-movies in anticipation of the new Hollywood retooling. Why Gojirathon and not Godzillathon? Well, because Rolfe already did his Godzillathon as part of his Monster Madness, and I don’t want to steal his work. I’ll be using the terms, G, Big G, Godzilla and Gojira somewhat interchangeably… since I can be a bit lazy at times, when it comes to these things.
Godzilla VS Spacegodzilla (1994)
According to imdb trivia, this is the explanation for the strange way the last film was titled in the states:
“Despite the film’s English title, “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II,” the film is not a sequel toGojira tai Mekagojira (1974) a.k.a. “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.” The film was retitled due to the fact that in the Western world, different films in a series rarely have the same title unless they’re remakes. A third film with the same title in Japanese, Gojira tai Mekagojira (2002) (“Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla”), was also retitled for the Western market (as “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla”.)”
I just thought I get that part out of the way.
Anyways. Here’s the film I have the longest history with. Simply because it was the very first Godzilla-film that I ever saw a good chunk of. I was at home. Zapping between channels on my parents satellite TV. Old analog version mind you me. The closest you came to VOD was a tape-recording that you did in real time and the internet was still this newfangled thing with noisy modems screaming at each other during night-time because the phone-companies had lower rates at night. And suddenly I stumbled over a Godzilla-film that I later surmised was this one about the battle with Space-Godzilla. I came into it about halfway through as the military command were discussing the origin of this “Uchuu Kaiju”.
Somehow the most probable reason for the SpaceGodzilla was that when Mothra left earth a couple of movies back, she had Godzilla-cells on her. And while passing by a black hole, some of those cells fell into it, merging with space crystals and becoming a giant crystalized version of Godzilla when emerging from a white hole and then absorbing the energy from a dying star before setting it’s course towards Tokyo, Japan, Earth, Sol Solar system, Western End of a remote part of the galaxy, Sector ZZ9-PluralZ-Alpha. I mean, the probability of that happening was 2 to the power of 267,709 to one against, at least. But hey, Science!
So this film that isn’t really a sequel to Mechagodzilla II introduces us to a newly built MechaGodzilla called Mogera, which is short for something I don’t remember. But the kids don’t care. Because this one can transform and split up into a flyer and a roller. Sadly not animal-themed though. And we get to catch up with Minya (there was much rejoicing), and also the psychic who now get’s her hormones flowing… Wait… I thought this was supposed to NOT be a sequel? WHY U LIE TO ME, IMDB-TRIVIA?!
The psychic is there to try to telepathically control Godzilla using newfangled technology. Some are there to kill Godzilla and we even get a completely pointless subplot where a collegue turns out to be part of an international criminal corporation. This is dropped as soon as they are free from his clutches 5 minutes later. FILLER!
The part I really do remember of seeing this film at my young age was that it wasn’t subtitled or dubbed. So I watched it trying my best to piece things together without understanding a word of the non-english they mostly spoke. Now, this is the third time I have seen it. And I can say, it was an easier sit than the last try I did. But it could also be because I’m severely sleep-depraved and I recently realized that I need to do the rest of these before end of Sunday (three days early) in order to finish it all up in time. So I appologize if these texts come off as a bit mure-a rembleeng thun usooel. Boot hey. Bork bork bork! Tu tell yuoo zee troot… I beseecelly thuooght ooff thees furmet es un ixcoose-a tu du sume-a peeenting in flesh oon a deeely besees. Um gesh dee bork, bork! Hum dee hurr hurr! BWAAAAH!!!!
Be seeing you!