|Episode||Episode 43: Nightmare on Planet 4|
|Alias||Planet 4 Android|
|Features||Needing to be oiled; fussy about coffee|
|Actor||Masahiko Naruse (commander); Bin Morizuka (police chief)|
Robot Commander is the head of the robots of Planet 4.
The Scorpion with Dan and Soga aboard deviated from the orbit and drifted (actually was guided) to a planet that exactly looked like Earth while staying asleep during the sleep test in the fully automatic long distance rocket.
It was Planet 4 where robots dominated humans.
According to the commander’s memory device, although humans were dominant on the planet about 2,000 years ago, they were replaced by robots as they had become all lazy since they brought robots into being.
As human labor force is resources indispensable to Planet 4, the robots plotted to invade Earth and colonize it in preparation for the shortage of humans expected to occur in the future.
Robot Commander always had with him Robot Police Chief who was making annoying sounds all the time like sucking a candy.
Robot Commander found to be in a strange room looking like a passageway needs to have a female human secretary, Ally, oil his gears at times.
Although Ally tried to shelter Dan and Soga, she was captured along with her lover who attempted to protect her.
They were taken to the execution site to be shot dead by firing squad, but the execution managed to be thwarted by Dan and Soga.
Dan transformed into Ultraseven and destroyed all the weapons including the Earth invasion army of Planet 4.
After Dan and Soga got back to Earth, the Ultra Garrison members laughed away their stories about the atrocious planet definitively assuming it’s a mere nightmare the two had while sleeping. (the same dream at the same time?)
Captain Kiriyama went so far as to tell the team members that the TDF would adopt the computer system for all the functions soon.
It’s a blessed relief to have the ending scenes in which Dan and Soga forecast the next day’s weather with geta (traditional Japanese wooden sandals) playfully and peacefully having a big laugh.
Along with Soga’s seemingly abrupt addiction to horoscope depicted exclusively in this episode, the scenes are meant to contrast with the fully automatic rocket, Planet 4 dominated by robots and the TDF to be fully automated.
Dan, an alien, wearing geta even I hadn’t worn and, moreover, being aware of the traditional Japanese play was a big surprise to me as a child!
Incidentally, if the thrown geta/shoe turns over on the ground, it means ‘rainy tomorrow.’