‘Monarch: Legacy Of Monsters’ Episode 6 Recap & Ending Explained: Did Godzilla Resurface?


Monarch: Legacy of Monsters Episode 5 solely took place in the 2010s after the capture of May, Kentaro, Lee Shaw, and Cate by the titular organization. Tim and Duvall decided to let go of the kids and then monitor where they were going because they believed that they would take them straight to Hiroshi Randa. The deputy director of the organization, Natalia Verdugo, tried to get Lee Shaw to spill some information about Hiroshi and his findings, but he refused to budge as well. With the help of Cate’s mother, Caroline, and her work friend, James, the kids ventured into the attack zone in San Francisco to find some more clues in Hiroshi’s office, just like they did in his office in Japan. And they did come across the map to the Hollow Earth that existed underneath the Earth of the mortals. Based on the theatrically released movies set in MonsterVerse, this Hollow Earth is the home of the Titans and is connected to the surface via gravity-defying portals and tunnels. Sadly, the kids weren’t able to keep this knowledge to themselves, as Duvall had coerced May to betray her friends.

Spoiler Alert

Randa And Keiko Want To Go To Japan To Hunt A Titan

Episode 6 of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters opens at the 1955 Summer Ball, arranged by the American Defense Industry Federation. Puckett, the Naval Force, and the Air Force are in attendance, and so are Lee Shaw and Keiko. Although both of them don’t want to be there, they have to because the Department of Defense is funding the Monarch project. If they don’t feel that Monarch is indebted to them, then they’ll start acting up. It’s not easy to appease them, though, because Puckett and his friends are racist towards Keiko. In an effort to lighten Keiko’s mood, Lee takes her to the dance floor. By the way, given how the crowd at the ball is mostly white, dancing with Keiko normalizes her presence, especially since everyone else is treating her in the most offensive manner imaginable. It is a lovely scene, too, as Wyatt Russell and Mari Yamamoto have genuine chemistry. When Lee and Keiko decide to take their relationship a step further, Lee gets a call from Randa about an anomaly. I have to point out that during this whole sequence, I thought that Keiko was cheating on Randa, but then I remembered that everything that we are seeing are events from before Randa and Keiko’s marriage and Keiko’s apparent death in that pit of glowing creatures. The first episode seems so far away that I forgot that the ‘50s storyline is a flashback.

Anyway, as the young Lee Shaw laments about sacrificing so much for Monarch, the episode cuts to the 2010s timeline to show the older Lee Shaw being transported somewhere by Monarch. Duvall, surprisingly enough, has a change of heart, and she frees him on the condition that Lee is going to do more than what Monarch does when it comes to dealing with these Titans. Lee says that he doesn’t know how to stop the Titans, because they’re giant creatures, but he does know what the emergence of the monsters is leading to. He has apparently warned the Monarch about all this, but they’ve shrugged off his suggestions by labeling him as a crazy guy. Lee asks Duvall why she is helping him, and she says that her sister, Sandra, was in Janjira, i.e., the fictional Japanese city that was destroyed in the opening moments of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. Hence, she wants to make a difference, and Monarch isn’t exactly helping. The episode goes back to the ‘50s to show Randa coming up with a plan to go to Japan because a guy there apparently knows something about a Titan. Yes, it’s super vague, and that’s why Shaw is skeptical about going down this rabbit hole. But Randa convinces Shaw to let him and Keiko go there while Shaw takes care of the budget proposal meeting, because they need money to hunt Titans and they need to prove Titans exist in order to keep Monarch alive. There’s a really subtle moment here which shows where Keiko and Shaw’s heads are at. While talking about the details of the Japanese guy’s findings, Randa says that his opinion on the data can be summed up with the three most beautiful words in the English language. Keiko and Shaw look up at him at the same time, as if they want to hear the words “I love you,” but all they get is “I don’t know.”

Lee Shows Up At Randa And Keiko’s Titan Hunting Mission

Kentaro, Cate, and May enter Caroline’s house only to find Lee and Duvall sitting there. It’s obvious that Duvall has used May to get there, but she hasn’t revealed it yet. But does it mean that Duvall wasn’t instructed by Monarch to threaten May regarding her past or her loved ones? Was Duvall bluffing back then? Or was Duvall actually doing what Monarch wanted them to do and subverting everyone’s expectations once she realized that Lee Shaw and the rest were better than Monarch? There are lots of questions, but not a lot of answers. What we do know is that Duvall has switched sides, and she’s helping the protagonists for now. Lee says that she has the means to get them anywhere they want to go. You can hear the kids talking about going to North Africa, which is probably where Hiroshi is. That’s actually confirmed by Tim, as he investigates Hiroshi’s office and tries to decipher the mysterious dots on his wall, and he points out that North Africa is one of the positions marked on Hiroshi’s map. Here’s another little tangent. Natalia refers to Tim as “Columbo.” It’s the titular character of a detective TV series from the ‘70s. Columbo has surprisingly gained popularity again. He has been name-dropped in Scott Pilgrim Takes Off. The show was a major influence on Rian Johnson’s Poker Face. And he has now been mentioned in Monarch: Legacy of Monsters. Usually, writers refer to Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot in their movies and shows while, unironically or ironically, talking about a character’s intellect. But, I am guessing those fictional characters have become oversaturated. Hence, we are seeing the rise of Columbo, and as someone who hasn’t watched it, I think I have to check it out.

Coming back to the important stuff, Randa and Keiko reach Japan to meet the man of the hour, Suzuki, who has built a machine capable of emitting gamma radiation. According to him, there’s something out there that’s reciprocating his radiation. And that makes that spherical device the first iteration of the Titan-calling phone that we’ve seen in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The name Suzuki is probably a reference to the actor Toyoaki Suzuki, who appeared as Shinkichi Yamane in Godzilla (1957). In the 2010s timeline, we see that Duvall, Lee, Cate, May, and Kentaro have reached somewhere in North Africa in the hopes of finding Hiroshi. Lee and Cate express their mutual feeling of respect. Duvall assures May that even though the circumstances have changed, she is going to keep her end of the promise and help May go back home. The team does run into a major disagreement because Cate doesn’t want to work with a bunch of ex-Monarch soldiers. But since everyone sides with Duvall, Cate is left with no other option but to go along with everyone else. In the ‘50s timeline, a lovesick Lee calls up Randa to check on Keiko, but Randa kind of deflects his questions about Keiko and focuses on the Titan hunting part of their mission. Lee goes to Puckett to seek permission for his trip to Japan so that he can reunite with Keiko. Puckett, who is aware of Lee’s feelings towards Keiko, warns him about the consequences of going away to Japan for love and monsters (there’s a Kaiju movie with that name, and you should watch it). Lee abandons the budget proposal meeting and goes to Japan because this man is, as the kids like to say, down bad. I don’t blame him, to be honest.

Did Godzilla Resurface?

The end of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, episode 6, is legitimately bonkers and a true emotional rollercoaster ride. In the 2010s timeline, the anti-Monarch team actually locates Hiroshi. He seems to be using a miniaturized version of the Titan-calling phone that we saw in the ‘50s. His kids are elated to see him, and even though it seems like he is happy too, a closer look through the binoculars makes it clear that he is telling them to run away. Duvall appears in his helicopter with a bunch of army men, because he has managed to use his rough idea of Hiroshi’s map to locate Cate and the rest of the group. So, for a moment, it seems like Hiroshi is warning the group about them. But that’s when the ground begins to crack up, thereby leading to a landslide. It seems like another random Titan sighting. However, when the dust clears, everyone realizes that it’s the big guy, i.e., Godzilla. He takes one look at Cate and then walks away into the distance, nearly turning the protagonists into a puddle of blood with his tail. Lee Shaw decides to go after Godzilla with Duvall. Cate decides to go after Hiroshi and Kentaro, and May agrees with her, which means that May is not in Duvall’s debt anymore, and she won’t get to go home. When May reveals her deal with Duvall to Cate, it obviously creates a rift between them. It’s unclear if Kentaro and Cate will be able to forgive May for her betrayal. Well, to be honest, May’s “betrayal” is what brought them to Hiroshi. Without Duvall, the three kids couldn’t have made it anywhere close to Hiroshi’s location. So, once Cate realizes that and meets up with Hiroshi again, I think she’ll go easy on May. 

In the ‘50s timeline, a similar hype-worthy moment is followed by a dispiriting moment. Keiko and Lee weigh the chances of pursuing a romantic relationship while going after monsters. That’s when Suzuki’s Titan-calling phone goes underwater and then hurtles towards the two of them. Godzilla pops out of the water to show that it was him who spat out Suzuki’s device, roars a little, and then goes underwater again. Keiko, Lee, and Randa are relieved to know that the army failed to kill Godzilla with their nuke. But when they’ve to report it to Puckett, they are in two minds because if they reveal that Godzilla is alive, they’ll try to kill him again, and if they don’t reveal that Godzilla is alive, they won’t get further funding. When Randa, Lee, and Keiko walk into Monarch’s headquarters, they find out that it has been taken over by the Naval forces. Yes, Lee has been demoted or, worse, fired because of his impulsive decision to go away to Japan. This is going to cost them heavily because they won’t be able to set the terms anymore. They’ve to depend on the Navy, who will probably try to kill every Titan they detect instead of letting the scientists do any kind of research. Does this mean that when we see Lee, Randa, and Keiko searching for Titans in the first episode, they are doing it on their own or for Monarch? Well, we’ll have to wait for the next few episodes to shine some light on the dynamic between Monarch and the trio of scientists.

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Pramit Chatterjee
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Pramit loves to write about movies, television shows, short films, and basically anything that emerges from the world of entertainment. He occasionally talks to people, and judges them on the basis of their love for Edgar Wright, Ryan Gosling, Keanu Reeves, and the best television series ever made, Dark.

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