Radar Men From The Moon

Radar Men from the Moon (Republic Pictures, 1952) is the first Commando Cody serial, in 12 chapters.

Chapter Titles
  1. Moon Rocket (20 min)
  2. Molten Terror (13min 20s)
  3. Bridge of Death (13min 20s)
  4. Flight to Destruction (13min 20s)
  5. Murder Car (13min 20s)
  6. Hills of Death (13min 20s)
  7. Camouflaged Destruction (13min 20s)
  8. The Enemy Planet (13min 20s)
  9. Battle in the Stratosphere (13min 20s)
  10. Mass Execution (13min 20s)(Recap Episode)
  11. Planned Pursuit (13min 20s)
  12. Death of the Moon Man (13min 20s)

Provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Aliens Speaking English: Lampshaded by Cody when he meets Retik, Retik simply answers that all of their people are required to speak english so they can work more efficiently in USA.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Lunarium, used to power the moon men's Ray Guns.
  • Cliffhanger Copout: As early as the second episode. "Commando Cody and Ted are trapped in a cave by the moon men, who use their ray-gun to melt the rock walls."
    Cody: Maybe we can get out along that side?
  • Disintegrator Ray: Retiks Ray Gun. There isn't no visible ray, stuff (and Mooks) just disappears in a puff of smoke.
  • Human Aliens: The men from the Moon looks exactly like humans.
  • Jetpack: Commando Codys flying suit.
  • Ray Gun: From small handheld guns to guns used in tanks and mounted to trucks. They Disintegrate, melt rock and make stuff explode.
  • Retro Rocket: Looks like a rocket but takes off and lands like a plane.
  • Selective Magnetism: Retik uses what presumably is an electromagnet to disarm Cody. Codys gun flies out of his hand and get stuck to the wall, nothing else is affected.
  • Spinning Paper: In the start of episode one. Oil wells gets blown up and it fades to a newspaper with the headline "MYSTERY ATTACK RAZES OILFIELD", transmission lines get blown up and a paper with the headline "TRANSMISSION LINE WRECKED" spins in, an skyscraper blows up and it cuts to a woman holding a paper with "OFFICE BUILDING WRECKED BY MYSTERIOUS EXPLOSION".