In 1966 Mr. Eiji Tsuburaya of Godzilla (Gojira-Japanese) fame created a Japanese version of Saturday morning cartoons mixed with Thursday night WWF style wrestling matches. He called it Urutoraman. We called it Ultraman! It crossed the Western pond (Pacific) in 1972 and made it's way across America (with Ted Turner's help) on almost every independent station across the US. The bulk of those stations are now either UPN or Fox Network stations. Here in the DC area it aired on WDCA TV-20 every afternoon at around 2:30 or 3pm. It was a mad rush in my neighborhood to get off the school bus and get to the TV before the title credits began. Anyway here's a synopsis of the first episode which will give you a formula to figure out how all other episodes (and 28+ spin-offs) would operate. Space Patrolman Shin Hayata (he was only known as Hayata in the English dubs) is on patrol high above the country of Japan, when he spies two UFOs in an apparent dogfight/chase. Hayata reports to his shift's radioman (er woman I mean) Akiko Fuji (she was only ever called Fuji in the English dubs). Fuji and Captain Mura listen intently as Hayata gives them his report. Hayata gets in the way of another "Space Patrolman's" spacecraft (a red orb) and the two crash into the Earth together, near a lake. The "bad UFO" (a blue orb) damaged by the red UFO crashes into the lake near Hayata and the red orb. Hayata is killed. Nearby there are several kids camping who witness the entire event. As they look on, the red orb rises and levitates Hayata's dead body "aboard". Inside the orb, the pilot tells Hayata's body, "I am Ultraman from the galaxy, M-78". He further apologizes to Hayata for taking the poor man's life and offers his own life energy in exchange for taking his. Ultraman also explains that their lives would be thereafter "tied" together, and that whenever Hayata needs his help, to call him with the Beta Capsule. A microphone looking thing with a grey and black body, red button and a strobe light that will call Ultraman. Ultraman is now permanently attached to the earth and can ever-after never return home. It was suspected by me and my friends that Ultraman would "fly" or orbit around the Earth until called, but we never confirmed this. Now the monster in the blue orb regains his strength and begins to surface just as the rest of Space Patrol arrives, to search for Hayata. They attack the monster but do it no harm, and the foul thing hides itself at the bottom of the lake. Mura and his seconds begin to search for Hayata with the campers help, but do not find him. As they give up, Ms. Fuji arrives in another spaceship carrying the S-1, a submarine. Mura asks her why she is here, and she explains that Hayata asked her to drop the sub off in the middle of the lake. At this time Hayata (motorboating his way to the middle of the lake) radios Mura and briefly explains about the monster, and how to attack it. Captain Mura, Fuji and the rest of the team will attack from the air as Hayata attacks from under the surface of the lake. During the battle, both Hayata, and his teammates score several hits on the monster (I think his name was Baragon a reuse of another TOHO monster). The attacks seem to do Baragon no ill, but merely serve to tick him off royally. Baragon scores a hit on the S-1 and spits it out of his toothy maw, several hundred yards away, then blasts it with his energy ray, bursting it into flames. Hayata is trapped and his teammates look on in horror as there is nothing they can do to help. Hayata muscles the hatch open just before the sub explodes and calls for Ultraman. A battle between Ultraman and Baragon ensues. The Space Patrol watch what happens. Ultraman at his current height (180 meters I think?) begins to weaken, and in a brilliant guess of deduction, Ide (the goofy team member) deduces that the blinking light on Ultraman's chest indicates his power is waning and that he will soon die. Ultraman only has 3 minutes of time to defeat all of his (and Earth's) enemies. He always triumphs about 3 seconds before he dies, and in some episodes does "die", kills the monster and, then he flies off into the outer atmosphere to "recharge". Thus is how Ultraman saves the day, everyday for a half-an-hour. Great stuff!!!! As earlier stated, he (Ultraman or Eiji, depends on how you look at it) spawned 28+ spin-offs including Ultra-7 which was also spread across the US by Ted Turner. Ultra-7 and all of Ultraman's brothers, sisters, parents, friends, and seconds have similar powers, and limits to their powers. Ultra-7 for example usually appears man-sized (most of his enemies start this way too) when he is small he can last in the Earth's atmosphere for a much longer time. I suspect the Ultraman could have done this too, but this "refinement" was only used on later shows with other "Ultramen/women". Usually at the end of U-7 the bad monster would "grow" and so would U-7 in order to fight him. U-7 also had a human 'symbiote' but the catalyst this time was not a Beta capsule but a pair of "glasses" that when donned would turn the human into U-7. Other "Ultras" include Utraman Tiga, Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman's mother and father even showed up in a few shows of the other Ultras, and an Ultra-King as well. You can search for Tsuburaya dot com on the net and get even more info. I hope this was helpful to you. Cheers....I mean HAH!!!! (HAH was Ultraman's "karate yell") CYA.