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Monarch: Legacy of Monsters

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters season 1





Kennedy Unthank

TV Series Review

In 2015, the world changed.

San Francisco was made a ruin when MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) arose and fought Godzilla there, making the world aware of the existence of such legendary monsters.

Of course, the secret organization Monarch already knew about the creatures, but this was the first time the general public figured it out, too. And decision makers knew they had to take action.  Cities invest in defensive missiles to protect themselves, for instance. And people are required to be decontaminated when flying on airplanes now.

“Like spraying us for parasites would help prevent another monster attack,” one man quips.

Cate, a former teacher who survived that San Francisco showdown, is just trying to move on with her life. Her father passed away, and she’s flown to Tokyo in order to settle his affairs there. But when she arrives, she finds an apartment with a wife and son.

Who knew she would literally be dealing with his affairs?

It doesn’t take long for both Cate and the family to realize the truth. And now, Cate’s interested in what other secrets her father hid from them.

That’s when she finds his secret office safe containing a bag of encrypted film footage shot by Bill Randa (a man who ventured to every monster’s favorite paradise in Kong: Skull Island). And when she tries to bypass the encryption, it sends an alert straight to Monarch HQ.

One that’ll certainly be bringing some secret agents straight to her door.

He Did the Monster Mash

Marvel has the multiverse, and Godzilla has the Monsterverse.

Even if you’ve never seen Godzilla or King Kong strut their way over the screaming people of [INSERT DESTRUCTIBLE MAJOR CITY], you’ve probably heard their names—and even some of the names of other titans with which they battle. You’re probably also aware that monsters of such magnitude don’t tend to pick up after themselves, leaving countless buildings and people flattened in their wake.

With that in mind, you can guess what content issues you’ll deal with. Yes, oversized beasts kill people—and not even children are safe in this Apple TV series. Likewise, when folks meet the towering creatures, they’re quick to utter a crudity in their terror.

What more can we say? Some franchises are pretty simple to summarize. Just as Fast & Furious is to epic car stunts and family, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters is to massive versions of animals causing chaos around the globe.

Episode Reviews

Nov. 17, 2023 – S1, E1: “Aftermath”

Cate travels to Japan to settle her father’s affairs, where she meets his secret family—and finds some other secrets, too.

A schoolbus full of children teeters on the edge of a broken bridge. While some of the children escape, most of them plummet to their deaths offscreen. Godzilla destroys some cars. A helicopter crashes.

Giant beetle-like insects swarm and attack three people. A man shoots some of them with a gun, and a woman is pulled by them into darkness, and she’s presumably eaten alive. A giant spider and a giant crab fight each other, and they both topple into the ocean.

A boy says that he thinks the “government burned a hole through the Earth all the way to hell.”

The s-word is used three times. We also hear a couple instances of “a–,” “h—” and “crap.” God’s name is used in vain seven times, including once in the form of “g-dd–n.”

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Kennedy Unthank

Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics. He thinks the ending of Lost “wasn’t that bad.”

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