Ultraman was so fun to watch on Public Television when I was growing up. Those very cliché’ TV shows molded me into the cliché I am today. HA! But seriously a good old cliché’ can really help me out when I need some inner strength or resolve. They can bring me hope.
“They say any landing you can walk away from is a good one…Now that I think about it; people say a lot of stupid things.” - Jack Shindo*
Science Patrolman, Shin Hayata was on the scene when the monster Bemular attacked earth. Bemular was followed by Ultraman. In the battle Hayata was badly injured. To save his life and honor his sacrifice Ultraman merged their two bodies and minds, becoming Japan’s premiere superhero Ultraman.. Now whenever Ultraman is needed Hayata only needs to operate the “Beta Capsule” and Ultraman arrives to save the day.
Humans do say some “stupid things” but they still remind us to act accordingly or to remember there is always a “silver-lining”. Walking away from an accident alive is a good thing. Here’s a good one, “Life hands you a lemon…Make lemonade.” Growing up our parents would say, “You made your bed now lay in it.” How many of us thought this cliché was truly about the bed? Good thing we learned that how we treat or react to people, or situations create the type of rest we receive at night. Here’s another, “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Let’s live in a way that the “Bed Bugs” won’t bite. Let’s remember, the great Grandmotherly Colloquialism, “Can’t be grateful and hateful at the same time.” Sometimes it is joyful and hopeful to sit and share these “stupid” clichés and colloquialisms. In sharing them we find out in ourselves what they mean.
First Appearance: Ultraman, “Ultra Operation #1”, Episode #1, July 17, 1966, TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) Series original run, July 17, 1966 – April 9, 1967, TBS
Creator: Eiji Tsuburaya
* “Genesis”, Ultraman, #1, July 1993, Harvey Publishing
Dwayne McDuffie (writer), Ernie Colon (art) and Ken Steacy (cover art)