All 10 episodes of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters ranked from worst to best

Each episode is unique and fun in its own way, each adding more and more to the lore and universe of the franchise. But which episode is the best one?
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10. "Departure" - episode 2

Alright, let's talk about episode 2. It lands at number 10 on my list of best episodes — and for a couple of reasons that even my 7-year-old twins couldn't ignore. They kept asking, "Where is Godzilla?! It makes no sense, Mommy!" And honestly, I'm right there with them. This episode plays a bit of a teasing game with us Godzilla fans.

We're all hyped up for some classic city-smashing action, but what do we get? Flashbacks and fleeting glimpses of our favorite giant lizard. Sure, it's a suspense-building tactic, suggesting that when Godzilla finally does show up, it's going to be epic. But come on, we're itching for some real kaiju action here! The episode's focus on the past, with a flashback to 1952, introduces us to key characters — Lee Shaw, Keiko, and Billy Randa. It's an interesting mix of personalities and backgrounds, but let's face it, we're here for the monsters, not a history lesson.

Now, don't get me wrong, the character dynamics are pretty fun. We've got Lee Shaw, played by Wyatt Russell, who's a spitting image of his dad in his younger days. Then there's Keiko, the scientist who's breaking gender stereotypes left and right, and Billy Randa, our cryptozoologist who's chasing dragon legends. Their chance meeting and subsequent adventure have some great moments of cultural misunderstandings and scientific debates. But where's the monster action?

Instead, we're treated to a scene with a giant bat-like dragon attacking a battleship, which, while exciting, feels like a teaser rather than the main event. The episode also tries to weave in themes about legacy and family history, with Bill Randa's ambitions and the present-day Tokyo storyline involving Cate and Kentaro, but it feels a bit disconnected from the monster mayhem we're craving. The episode ends with more promises and hints about future revelations and timelines, and the show does deliver what it has promised eventually - but this episode just wasn't my favorite.