The year 2000 was not only the dawn of a new millennium, it was the dawn of a new Godzilla. Over the years, Godzilla has fought and defeated all kinds of giant beasties, several of whom hailed from outer space. Of all the space monsters that have terrorized the Godzilla multiverse, none were quite like the space creature we are about to explore.
Millions of years ago, a star-crossed voyager came to a relatively young Earth, where it crash landed somewhere in its dark, murky depths. There it was slowly consumed by the underwater environment, where it was left to rest on the ocean floor. In the present day, humans discovered it off the coast of Japan, and unwittingly awoke it from its slumber. With the light of our star empowering it, it was free to resume its original mission: conquer the world and forge a mighty empire.
As far as alien species goes, the Millennian Aliens are as fascinating as they are dangerous. They're not anthropomorphic in nature, which is unique and original to the Godzilla series. Their existence raises many interesting questions: how many of them are there? Is the universe full of these super-advanced beings? Is this one the last of its kind?
Nevertheless, what we do know about them is noteworthy. The Millennians rely on solar energy to function, which explains their interstellar capabilities and limitations. They're a highly adaptive, intelligent, and curious race. Their mastery of physics and molecular biology makes their experiments look like magic to a backwater race like us, as aptly demonstrated when they created a giant body seemingly out of nothing for them to inhabit. Their sophisticated biotechnology made it easy for them to immediately hack our supercomputers, giving them full access to our top secret information. It took our scientists many years to sequence the human genome; with a quick scan, the Millennians learned everything they needed to know about human genetics, and ultimately found us wanting.
When we tried discerning what they might look like, our scientific instruments detected no vital signs of life. But our x-rays confirmed the existence of an unknown type of liquid circulating inside the UFO, suggesting the Millennians' natural forms are liquid based. This was corroborated by the UFO's use of unknown liquids in jumpstarting its new Terran body, before chemically bonding it with Godzilla's genetic code.
Like how humans don protective suits in order to safely navigate hostile terrains, the Millennians have the power to develop bioengineered bodies. To create an alien Reich right here on Earth, the Millennians needed the best genetics this world, or any other, had to offer: Godzilla's DNA.
But before we analyze how that went down, let's explore the dynamic and versatile Millennian UFO.
|The Millennian UFO|
The Millennian UFO exemplifies biotechnology at its finest. Using a form of magnetism, it could navigate the skies and the cold recesses of outer space, unopposed. When threatened, it unleashed immensely powerful energy pulses, which could wipe out any aircraft known to man, severely scorch massive skyscrapers, and, even more impressive, temporarily subdue Godzilla. Despite being vulnerable at night or on a cloudy day, the UFO was by no means defenseless; it was durable enough to withstand the thunderous whack of Godzilla's tail, and its strength was sufficient enough in pushing over a skyscraper onto Godzilla's head. With its invisible electromagnetic tentacles, it effortlessly hacked our supercomputers, intuitively mastered our languages within moments, skimmed through centuries of human history in a blink of an eye, and manipulated the electric grid of an entire prefecture. It even meshed underground steel cables together, using them like tentacles to entangle Godzilla. Its electromagnetic tentacles could extract complex genetic information instantly. After having half of its body vaporized by Godzilla's heat ray, the UFO experienced no difficulty whatsoever in maintaining flight and proving its usefulness in battle. At the time of its destruction, it was nothing more than a vessel because it was willing to sacrifice itself for its new progeny.
Its most powerful weapon was its side cannon, which projected an immensely powerful energy beam. It was powerful enough to forcibly blast a sea dwelling Godzilla out of the water and onto dry land, temporarily incapacitating the mighty reptile. Its kinetic energies are simply off the charts.
With its advanced sciences, the UFO sought to use Godzilla's genetic data to create the perfect body for it to conquer the world with. But Godzilla's cells acted more like a virus to the new Millennian body, ravaging its cellular structure to the point where it mutated into an abomination.
|Transformation into Orga|
Tragic irony. That's all I would write on the Millennian's epitaph. Throughout Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999), Man and Millennian alike were locked in an epistemological arms race to unlock the mysteries of Godzilla's miraculous healing abilities. While Man sought to use Godzilla's secrets for medical purposes, at least at first; the Millennians had something more sinister in mind. Ultimately, the Millennians won the race but their victory was short lived.
Orga's short existence was wracked with misfortune; his quest for godhood was in shambles. Though his inception was fraught with pain and peril, Orga quickly learned the ways of war when Godzilla provoked him in a fight to the death. If Orga was to be denied Godzilla's gifts, then nothing -- not the humans, not even Godzilla himself -- would be permitted to see another sunrise.
Right from the start, Orga's gigantic claws were intimidating. When he whacked Godzilla's face, it made the King of Monsters think twice about fighting Orga up close. Orga's hulking body negated most of Godzilla's physical attacks; Godzilla's teeth and claws failed to penetrate Orga's extremely dense flesh. Even after sweeping Orga's legs up from under him with his tail, Godzilla's advantage in battle was at best a temporary one. In a superb showcase of strength, Orga jumped thousands of meters into the sky, crossing several city blocks in a single bound. He did this in order to distract Godzilla long enough for the UFO to blindside the reptile, which worked until Godzilla retaliated by throwing an atomic temper tantrum.
Like the UFO that spawned him, Orga has an energy cannon located in his left shoulder. Though its destructive energies manifested differently than his UFO counterpart, its kinetic power was arguably more devastating; it instantly blasted Godzilla back several hundred meters, stunning the atomic menace long enough for Orga and the UFO to regroup and coordinate its next attack.
|Orga's Rupture Attack|
Orga and the UFO didn't always share a telepathic connection. While Orga was too busy writhing in agony, plagued by Godzilla's cells, the UFO hovered in silence. Godzilla took advantage of this by vaporizing half the UFO's body. After regaining control of his senses, Orga maintained a constant telepathic connection with the UFO. Since he was willing to sacrifice the UFO, and not the other way around, this confirms that Orga was the original Millennian, and was pulling the UFO's strings. While this ultimately backfired, Orga was not a poor strategist by any means; he used the UFO in a tactically sensible way, one that, for a time, kept Godzilla on the ropes. The problem is neither Orga nor the UFO had any real means of safeguarding themselves from Godzilla's heat ray. Orga must have known that using the UFO as a shield was a temporary reprieve. It was only delaying the inevitable, which is why Orga knew he had to find another solution, or else he'd be reduced to ash.
Godzilla's skin samples could heal hours after being damaged. If mere skin samples could perfectly reconstitute themselves, then it's no wonder why Orga's regeneration, despite being an imperfect duplication of Godzilla's regenerative power, was still very impressive. Even after having large chunks of his body blasted off, thanks in no small part to Godzilla's devastating heat ray, Orga regenerated the damaged skin tissue within several seconds. Compared to the genuine article, however, it was still deeply flawed; Orga later failed to regenerate his shoulder cannon, depriving him of his only long range weapon. He sought to rectify this problem by consuming Godzilla outright, with the hopes of becoming a Godzilla clone.
|The loss of Orga's cannon before regenerating his shoulder back|
Assimilation, Vampirism, and Adaptation
Orga's most unique power was its ability to assimilate the genetic code of any living thing it touched. During the assimilation process, Orga needs to absorb vast quantities of energy from his prey, effectively making him a vampire. This would put most enemies at a serious disadvantage, because the longer Orga maintained contact, the weaker his enemy would become. So as Orga assimilates the characteristics of his enemy, presumably becoming a stronger being in the process, his enemy would be left severely drained of energy. Godzilla was the exception to this, as his super regeneration afforded him luxuries most kaiju lack in comparison.
Orga's mere existence was a mistake. The Millennians never intended for him to turn out the way he did, which suggests his ability to snap open his mouth like a snake in a desperate attempt to gobble Godzilla up was a subtle display of adaptation. This means Orga has the power to change his cellular composition, albeit with restrictions.
There's no telling what would've happened had Orga successfully assimilated Godzilla. Would it have actually worked? Organizer G-1 was demonstrably problematic for Orga's physical being, so how does having more Godzilla cells solve the problem? The issue from the start was that the Millennian couldn't have the best of both worlds; it wanted to become a Millennian/Godzilla hybrid, which ended very badly for it. So it elected to become a Godzilla clone instead, as demonstrated when jagged fins sprouted from Orga's back while his grey flesh turned into a darker shade of green. And since Orga didn't seem the least bit alarmed by the power he was assimilating, it looked like his gambit was finally paying off. Unfortunately, Orga reaped what he sowed; Godzilla annihilated Orga's upper body in an explosive show of nuclear force. As Orga's scorched, lifeless body crumbled away into dust, Godzilla proclaimed his dominion over the earth, much to the chagrin of the human race.
Even when separated, Orga and the UFO maintained a close telepathic connection, giving them a massive strategic advantage. I'll analyze the fighting tactics of the UFO and Orga separately before explaining why the two together make a formidable duo. It's important for me to note that the Millennian and the UFO were once the same entity. All actions committed by Orga and the UFO were committed by the same Millennian creature.
As the UFO, the Millennian was a cunning, ruthless adversary. It didn't shy away from using its impressive arsenal, or the very environment itself, to its advantage. Its airspeed bellied its massive size, achieving speeds that would put several notable kaiju fliers to shame. What was even more impressive was the aesthetics of its movements. Then there's its adaptiveness in battle. Even though it never planned on being imprisoned in solid rock, which made it look like a 'Flying Rock' to Earth's denizens, it didn't hesitate to use its rocklike hide as as means of protection from Godzilla's heat ray. When the usefulness of its rocky outer layer ended, the UFO quickly shed away its earthly skin. The UFO's ensnarement of Godzilla by using steel cables, its move to immobilize Godzilla by dropping a skyscraper on his head, and the systematic hacking of Japan's supercomputers are all examples of a highly intelligent fighter. It was always a move ahead of its enemies, as demonstrated when it lured Godzilla to the heart of a city that was unknowingly its pawn. In hindsight, the Millennian was probably better off remaining inside the UFO throughout its fight with Godzilla. It lost its strategic stronghold when it unexpectedly turned into Orga, which became a catalyst for a new world of problems; Orga's telepathic connection to the UFO was temporarily severed, which made the UFO unresponsive and vulnerable to attack. This gave Godzilla the chance to exact his revenge on the meddlesome spacecraft by severely damaging it.
Initially, Orga appeared incapable of defending himself. That was because his theft of Godzilla's genetic data backfired. Plagued by pain and misfortune, Orga was suffering from shock by the time Godzilla attacked him. It didn't take long for Orga to recuperate, however. When he did, Orga made certain to keep away from Godzilla while telepathically summoning the damaged UFO to his side. Sadly, Orga, like a foreigner in his own body, miscalculated how long it would take for him to charge up his energy cannon. This forced him to sacrifice the UFO. In close combat, Orga relied on his imposing bulk and large claws, where he found some measure of success. But he knew it wouldn't last, so he elected to try and become a Godzilla clone. He clamped down on Godzilla's arm like a vice, absorbing tiny traces of Godzilla's genetic code. But he still had no way of countering Godzilla's devastating heat ray, and though his own impressive regeneration bought him some time, it wouldn't save him forever. In fear of his life, Orga was forced to make one last move that ultimately placed him in checkmate.
|Orga Controlling the UFO|
As a fighting duo, Orga and the UFO were extremely dangerous. They likely would've won had Orga not been initially distracted by his painful transformation. The UFO by that time had also sustained heavy damage, which hindered its overall effectiveness in battle. Making matters worse, they were facing an enemy that was virtually indestructible, who was armed with a highly flammable projectile that posed a serious threat to their existence. Despite the odds heavily stacked against them, Orga and the UFO kept Godzilla in check. In a more preferable scenario, where the UFO was fighting at full capacity, and Orga had been given enough time to familiarize himself with his new body, the Millennian duo likely would've improved their chances.
When the Millennian was directly controlling the UFO, it displayed a sophisticated forte of fighting tactics. Then when it became Orga, it unknowingly downgraded itself to the point where it was no longer in control, effectively robbing itself of victory.
Orga's energy cannon possesses immense concussive force. It drilled Godzilla back a respectable distance, even stunning him for a short period of time. This weapon does have a few drawbacks, however. It doesn't seem to radiate any heat or explosive force. All it's designed to do is bludgeon its enemy, which, while effective against most targets, would be impractical against those with super regeneration. Orga's seldom use of his most powerful weapon is both surprising and disappointing. Overall, it's an effective weapon to use in a fight, particularly against a troublesome enemy. Then there's Orga's ability to assimilate and mimic his opponent, which would require the absorption of vast amounts of energy. While Godzilla clearly didn't like being bitten by Orga, his super regeneration prevented him from feeling the negative effects of fatigue, malnourishment, and energy loss. Against an enemy that does not have the luxury of possessing super regeneration, Orga's assimilative efforts likely would've proven fatal.
Despite his best efforts, Godzilla failed to pierce Orga's dense skin. Tried as he might, neither Godzilla's teeth nor his claws could draw blood (assuming Orga had blood to draw), which is why Godzilla found greater success in using his heat ray. Now there's no shame in being wounded by Godzilla's signature weapon, as this Godzilla's heat ray was tremendously powerful. It's just, as far as Orga's durability goes, quantifiable feats are very limited. The UFO, it should be mentioned, withstood atmospheric reentry just fine, and Orga appeared to be slightly more durable than the UFO. Make that as you will. Then there's the fact that Orga does have a secret weapon in the form of his regeneration. It is a game changer, because even if his foe succeeded in inflicting what would've ordinarily proven fatal, Orga's regeneration would cancel out the damage in no time. This gives his durability a higher rating. But given the imperfection of Orga's regenerative design, an enemy wielding impeccable firepower would likely prove too overwhelming for Orga to handle.
There's no denying that when it was the UFO, the Millennian fought brilliantly. But when it became Orga, its decision making abilities took an immediate nosedive. Orga made a profound tactical error when he invited Godzilla to rush headfirst into his open maw. Sticking a living flamethrower down your throat merits a quick visit to the nearest psychiatric hospital, or, in Orga's case, a one-way-trip to oblivion. Aside from that rather embarrassing blunder, Orga was actually an intelligent creature. As a Millennian, Orga possessed knowledge that surpassed the smartest minds on Earth. But being academically smart doesn't automatically make you a great combat strategist. In the beginning of his fight with Godzilla, Orga was disjointed, as demonstrated when Godzilla marched right up to his face and smacked him around with zero resistance. Now Orga didn't choose to be a punching bag; Godzilla was essentially hitting a creature that was suffering from severe traumatic shock. When Orga finally came to his senses, he did well with what he had. When he at last recognized direness of the situation, Orga fought with competence; he fought more or less evenly with a superior opponent.
Orga's best feat was skipping over several city blocks in a single bound. Not bad. Sadly, Orga is still lacking impressive feats in the strength department. This is disappointing, because I see a creature that was strong enough to cover a lot of distance in a short period of time, and had he coupled his strength with his speed more, he might have posed a greater physical threat.
The fastest thing Orga ever did was make a big leap, and that still required preparation. Unfortunately, Orga was very slow at everything else; it made me think he really lucked out in facing such a slow, cumbersome Godzilla. Against a faster opponent, which describes most kaiju, Orga would be at their mercy.
I've long thought that the Millennian Aliens deserved a second chance at cinematic life. In the Godzilla multiverse, it's so rare to find an alien species with such a unique set of abilities, and an even greater desire to improve itself. The Millennians have so much creative potential. Alas, all I have left now are speculations. There's no telling how many Millennians are teeming the stars right at this very moment, exploiting the genetic data of countless worlds, all in a mad quest in achieving perfection. Then there is the possibility that they might be responsible for the origin of life right here on Earth, which to this day continues to confound the scientific community. What if the Millennians seeded the Earth of life long ago, allowing evolution through natural selection to weed out the weak, only to return in droves billions of years later to profit off its genetic prosperity? I know, I know, that's not quite what the filmmakers had in mind, but it still sounds cool.
Orga was a sad, grotesque creature. It knew only agony in its very short existence. Yet despite suffering from a litany of health problems, it continued to persevere in the face of so much adversity, which came in the form of a giant, pissed off radioactive dinosaur. Orga died as he had lived, and in doing so, earned his own Monster Analysis page right here on Toho Kingdom.