"Bird of Paradise"

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"Bird of Paradise"
"Bird of Paradise"
Bird of Paradise
Series Godzilla: The Series
Episode # 10
Directed by Alan Caldwell
Written by Neil Ruttenberg
Air date 12/5/1998
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"Bird of Paradise" is the tenth episode of Godzilla: The Series.


The episode opens with a man discovering a Mayan step pyramid. He goes inside and uses his palm to open a door with a paw-like marking on it. When the door opens, he sees a narrow pathway to a bird-shaped altar with a similar marking. He tries to open it, but he is rejected and the room begins to fill with smoke. When the man gets outside, he is attacked by the Quetzalcoatl. The opening credits roll, and the show cuts to Godzilla playing with a fishing net at H.E.A.T. headquarters. Inside, Monique Dupre and Elsie Chapman watch a news report on TV, that details the destruction of several small Mexican villages. They receive a phone call, which prompts them to take a trip to the destroyed Mexican villages, where no one wants to talk to Nick Tatopoulos about the damage. Monique asks where Elsie's colleague who called them on the phone is, and he appears shortly after. The man (named Lawrence Cohen) takes them to the temple he had unsealed at the beginning of the episode and tells them about Quetzalcoatl. the group is skeptical, until Randy Hernandez discovers a large feather, and the bird actually appears. Monique and Nick are able to fight it off, and later that night Elsie and Lawrence discover that the Quetzalcoatl is covered in scales instead of feathers. They then share their findings with Nick, who observes that the scale has a silicate coating and questions if the kaiju is a silicon based life form. It turns out that it is not, but its scales are coated so that it can live inside of volcanoes. It attacks them, but not even five Rhino tranquilizers could not bring it down. It is then decided to use black scorpion venom against it, but they only have enough for one shot. Quetzalcoatl begins to attack a nearby village, and Elsie is taken by it. The rest of H.E.A.T. and Lawrence theorize that Quetzalcoatl or "Q" may have a nest that it is taking food to. The group finds Elsie in the nest with the help of N.I.G.E.L., and they signal Godzilla to aid them. Lawrence enters the nest to save Elsie, and the two are lifted out by H.E.A.T.. Godzilla is able to defeat the Quetzalcoatl, and it and its young are re-sealed in the volcano. Lawrence then tries to re-acquaint himself with Elsie, but he becomes distracted by his work again.


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  • Lawrence Cohen's name references Larry Cohen, the director of the 1982 monster movie Q: The Winged Serpent. "Q" is short for "Quetzalcoatl", who descends on New York City to make a nest.


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