I don’t have a more fonder memory than watching and listening to the opening prologue and montage of The Terror of Mechagodzilla created by Henry G. Saperstein. Growing up there wasn’t a conversation about Godzilla with my friends during which one of us didn’t recite portions of these opening words. There’s nothing better than hearing, “Other sinister minds from outer space decided that the only way to take over the earth and destroy Godzilla would be with another Godzilla-like creature, a huge robot monster, impervious to anything, Mechgodzilla.”
The prologue is a summary and recap of the Showa series providing an overall story arc to the Godzilla series. The narrator takes us from the beginning with the stomp and roar of Gojira in 1954 to the alien masterminds from Planet X and the bouncing triumphant Godzilla to the defense of the homeland against King Ghidorah, Ebirah (sound only), Hedorah, and Gigan, culminating in Mechgodzilla. I find it interesting how both Godzilla and humanity united against invaders from out space. This is another aspect of René Girard’s theory of the scapegoat that I have reflected upon in other blog entries. In moments of division and turmoil, we find unanimity around a common enemy. Godzilla is the scapegoat upon which modern Japan is founded. He is both a demon taking lives and a god who saving lives.
And here it is below in words, pictures, and audio courtesy of YouTube: