Trivia / Ultra Q

  • Follow the Leader
    • Considered by western fans to be this to The Outer Limits or The Twilight Zone, but a better comparison is found in Quatermass. Which makes it funnier that the English dub was made by the producers of The Twilight Zone, and acquired by the producers of The Outer Limits.
    • Also, it was the popularity of the Godzilla franchise that led to the monsters taking center stage and the Ultra Series that followed being all about heroes vs. monsters. Eiji Tsuburaya didn't want it to be this way at first, but was talked into including more monsters by The Powers That Be.
  • Prop Recycling: Many of the kaiju suits were recycled from Toho as Eiji Tsuburaya owned the suits.
    • The first monster, Gomess, was quite clearly a repurposed Godzilla suit (specifically the Mothra vs. Godzilla suit) while Litra was Rodan (specifically the puppet used for Rodan's flight scenes in Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster).
    • Goro the giant monkey was simply the King Kong suit with a tail.
    • The Kai Dragon was made from Manda.
    • Litra was remade into Larugeus, and was in turn reused as the Giant Condor from Ebirah, Horror of the Deep.
    • Baragon was made into Pagos.
    • Sudar was the Giant Octopus prop used in King Kong vs. Godzilla when King Kong fights it (Toho used live octopuses for the non-fighting scenes).
    • Todola was made out of Maguma from Gorath.
    • Several of the suits were reused for Ultraman. Baragon/Pagos was remade into Neronga, Magular, and Gabora, Peter was remade into Gesura, Kemur and Ragon's appearances were reused, Peguila and Garamon became Chandler and Pigmon respectively, and the Cicada Man was modified into Alien Baltan.
  • What Could Have Been: Ultraman was originally going to be in an Ultra Q episode, where he was going to be an alien villain, instead of a superhero.
    • Eiji Tsuburaya wanted episodes where monsters from earlier ones would fight each other, but the show ended before he could ever get around to that.
    • A scrapped episode for Ultra Q was "Oil S.O.S." in which a giant oil-eating manta ray named Clapton attacks Japan. The episode's script was recycled for Ultraman, but Clapton was used as the alien bio-weapon Bostang. Thus, Tsuburaya created Pestar to be the episode's monster.

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