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GOJIRA - 1954
But just how bad can an Oxygen Destroyer be?
Serizawa claims that his invention splits Oxygen into fluid. Let's be forgiving of the writers and pretend that Serizawa may have been trying to speak in layman's terms for his betrothed, Emiko, because that explanation doesn't make any sense.
Oxygen isn't a molecule but a single atom: an element. You split it and you have 8 newly freed protons and X number of neutrons and no small amount of energy. But the demonstration of what the weapon is can't be denied. It instantly removes the oxygen from the water and then, before the fish even have a chance to asphyxiate, it vaporizes the flesh from their bones, and then evaporates their bones.
How can a mere Oxygen Destroyer do all that? Consider that fish can be as much as 99.8% water (jellyfish for example). Consider that an animal like Gojira, who survives just nicely in water or on land, could be as much as 60% water, like humans. And that figure is not an entirely accurate statement. For example: Our brains are up to 70% water, our blood is up to 83% water and our lungs are up to 90% water. And all water is comprised of the molecular composite of H2O (two hydrogen atoms bound to every one Oxygen atom). It's easy enough for scientists to separate hydrogen atoms from oxygen atoms in the lab. In fact, its so easy that you can do it at home. But Dr. Serizawa makes it clear that with his invention,
"Just a tiny piece can turn Tokyo Bay into a graveyard."
So what we're talking about here is an invention that starts a molecular chain-reaction, destroying every water molecule in its path until it reaches equilibrium (the moment where it don't do that no more). But it doesn't merely free the Oxygen atom from the Hydrogen, it splits the Oxygen like an atomic bomb splits the atom. Oxygen is smashed into its smaller particles of free electrons and neutrons.
Then the water, H2O, becomes a bath of hydrogen liquid first (hang on, I'll get back to this) as in nano-quick succession. Any oxygen existing within the water is ripped apart. And in a bunch of creatures that, to some degree are mainly water, this would blast the flesh into vapor, as we witness happen to the poor fish in the tank.
It would truly be a horrific weapon... but not like it is shown here.
Without Oxygen, Hydrogen doesn't have liquid properties - unless it's kept at an extremely low temperature - and that's not happening in a free standing bay of water. No surface conditions on earth will cut it. When the oxygen is destroyed in the bay, the bay itself should have exploded with all of the hydrogen being abruptly released. Any ships on the water would have been thrown sky high. Then what was left of Tokyo after the shockwave would have been utterly destroyed by the resulting mass of remaining ocean (there was only enough Oxygen Destroyer to turn Tokyo Bay into a graveyard.). Imagine the rest of the Pacific Ocean rushing in like the awesome tsunami it would be. If you are going to go and drop an Oxygen Destroyer into Tokyo Bay, you may want to be somewhere safer than a boat IN that bay. Say, on top of Mount Fuji. . . all covered with cheese.
Footnote - are there areas of ocean starved of Oxygen? You bet! While the water itself is an oxygen bearing molecule, the amount of free oxygen in the water is very low; so low it may not be able to support multi-cellular life. Believe it or not, this can be both a good thing and a bad thing at the same time.
GODZILLA - 1956
Which is all minor quibbling compared to the fact that Godzilla is supposed to be 400 freakin' feet tall and breathe radioactive fire. Unprecedented in nature doesn't begin to describe it. But that's okay with me. As I've mentioned elsewhere (see my review of GODZILLA  vs. GODZILLA 2000) Godzilla is plain and simple inexplicable. He just is.
This article copyright 2004 E.C.McMullen Jr.
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Matt Jarbo's interview with Feo Amante at The Zurvivalist.
Researcher David Waldron, references my review of UNDERWORLD in the Spring 2005, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture entry, Role-Playing Games and the Christian Right: Community Formation in Response to a Moral Panic (downloadable pdf).
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