While talking with a fellow Kaiju aficionado I mentioned I was watching Godzilla the series in an effort to catch the episodes that I missed during its initial run more than ten years ago. Despite my praise for the series he stated that he had never seen it. This is what prompted me to write this review.
Picking up at the end of the movie, Nick Tatopolus looks searches the ruins of New York only to find the last surviving egg laid by creature. Imprinting on the creature who now seems him as a surrogate father, Nick assembles a team known as H.E.A.T. Together the team and Godzilla fight against all the mutant creatures that start appearing all over the world.
Despite the movie being incredible disappointment the series is a lot of fun. Some monsters that Godzilla fights seem to be a throw back to the some of his rivals and allies. I cant help but think that the Quecazalecutal is in homage to Rodan. The team also fights against mind controlling aliens which is always a classic story line. Also despite having a story line involving time travel which I didn’t really mind myself enjoying in Godzilla vs. King Ghidora the episode entitled Future Shock was incredible enjoyable and one of my favorite of the series. Also, the whole running gag with the robot N.I.G.E.L. being destroyed every episode never got old to me. It’s one of those few running gags that worked.
Unfortunately the series is not without some flaws and one of biggest ones is one it shares with the original movie. The flaw is that the character Audrey Timmons continues to keep coming around and sadly she seems to be even worse than in the movie. Now your probably thinking “that’s impossible because she was already an annoying character in the movie there is no way she could be more annoying” but you’d be wrong. See, throughout the series there are a lot of personal moments for the team of H.E.A.T. but known really for Audrey. She is exactly as she was in the movie, dedicated more to her career then anything else getting story no matter the cost. Every story involving Audrey either involves her chasing down a story no matter the cost or trying to have a relationship with Nick despite the fact they continually dance around the issue that they are both career oriented and shouldn’t be together. It’s an annoying fact that sadly always came full circle. Just break up already!
Godzilla: the series is an example of good that comes out of a bad opening. Much like how others compliment the story lines that come after Spiderman’s “One More Day” story line being entertaining, this is a series that does spin off from a terrible movie that we all wish had been better than it actually was. My advice: Enjoy the adventures of Zilla Jr. and the H.E.A.T. team on their own and just try to forget about the movie all together. I only wish it was still on Netflix so I could recommend people watching it immediately but sadly it is not there at the time of the review. Hopefully that will change in the future.