Godzilla: The Heisei Years “Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla”

The penultimate film in the Godzilla Heisei series is 1994’s Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla

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Remember when the remnants of Biollante went to space after Godzilla vs. Biollante?  Or when Mothra went out into space in Godzilla vs. Mothra?  Well it seemed that cells of Godzilla went with them.  Those cells are exposed to radiation from a black hole and become a monster known as SpaceGodzilla.  SpaceGodzilla then makes its way to Earth.

Meanwhile, the UNGCC is again trying to neutralize Godzilla.  This time, their goal is to plant a device on the monster to allow them and the JDSF to control him telepathically.  The project, known as Project T, leads them to Birth Island where Godzilla is staying at the time.  The UNGCC enlist the aid once again of psychic Miki Saegusa on Project T.  While trying to implement this, the Cosmos, the twin priestesses of Mothra warn Miki that SpaceGodzilla is coming.  Since Mothra is away (remember she is out trying to stop a meteor from hitting the planet), the Cosmos say that Godzilla is the one to defend the planet.

The JDSF send out their response to SpaceGodzilla with M.O.G.E.R.A., a robotic replacement for Mechagodzilla but M.O.G.E.R.A. is no match for SpaceGodzilla and is defeated.  SpaceGodzilla is attracted to Birth Island and Godzilla.  SpaceGodzilla ends up finding Little Godzilla (Baby Godzilla from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla) and attacking it.  Godzilla comes to the rescue of Little Godzilla but ends up getting beaten up in the process.  SpaceGodzilla kidnaps Little Godzilla and the two head for Japan.

Meanwhile, Miki gets kidnapped by the Yakuza.  They want to use her and her psychic powers to try to control Godzilla.  However, she is rescued before SpaceGodzilla destroys the building she is being held in the city of Fukuoka.  SpaceGodzilla sets up base in the city near Fukuoka Tower and builds a fortress out of crystals.  This position allows the monster to gain power while draining the Earth of energy.

The JDSF once again sends M.O.G.E.R.A. to fight SpaceGodzilla and Godzilla as well joins in on the fight.  Once again, both are defeated by SpaceGodzilla.  The JDSF then realize SpaceGodzilla’s weakness, cutting it off from it’s energy source.  So M.O.G.E.R.A. separates into two parts, a airship and a tank to take care of the crystals.  Meanwhile, Godzilla goes after Fukuoka Tower and SpaceGodzilla.  Once the crystals and tower and knocked down, Godzilla and M.O.G.E.R.A. fight SpaceGodzilla.  M.O.G.E.R.A. is demolished but is able to weaken SpaceGodzilla enough for Godzilla to destroy the monster and frees Little Godzilla.  As the film closes, Miki uses her psychic powers to remove the Project T chip and Godzilla and Little Godzilla head back to Birth Island.

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As we’ve seen in previous films in the Heisei series, there are certain themes and stories that run through and interconnect.  This film has implications that center around the theme of the film (creation of SpaceGodzilla, need for Godzilla to defend the Earth, use of psychic powers).  We also continue to see the evolution and growth of the character of Miki Saegusa.  She has a prominent role in this film and we see her defend Godzilla in a way that hadn’t really been seen up to that point.  Godzilla is a sympathetic character who in many ways fights only when provoked.  Unlike some films, he is not a villain.  In many ways, he just wants to be left alone but will defend himself or go on the offensive if necessary.

There is only one more film in the Heisei series.  Next time will be a wrap up of that film and also the series as a whole.

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