Ro-Man Extension XJ-2 is often relegated to the world of stupid-looking monsters and it has everything to do with first impressions. Is that a gorilla with a robot's head or a robot with a gorilla's body?
Indeed, it's a weird first impression for an extraterrestrial ambassador to make on an impressionable young planet like Earth. But hey, since Ro-Man's primary mission is to destroy all life on Earth, it hardly manners. He could have worn sweatpants, really.
But of course we never see the real Ro-Man Extension XJ-2 in the film "Robot Monster." The form we see is a mere space suit, providing the alien destroyer bodily protection against poisonous alien environments and the hostile challenges of outer space. Plus those muscles come in handy for brutalizing the natives.
Organic Space Suits
Humans have largely ignored the benefits of organic space suits in favor of artificial materials. Our skills at genetic manipulation simply arn't quite there yet, but it doesn't stop us from dreaming.
Just consider designer Jenny Ekdahl's NASA-sponsored "Organic Space Suit." Here's her statement:
The Hairy Space Suit
But Ro-Man isn't a fan of genetically modified bacteria and plant material. No, he prefers the heated, muscular comfort of vat-grown mammalian flesh. Bones and cartilage provide the suit's structure. Muscles and ligaments provide power-assist (much like NASA's Human Grasp Assist device or Robo-Glove) and anti-zero-G resistance for the wearer (as with the Russian Penguin suit, that employed elastic bands and pulleys).
And don't knock all that black fur! Not only does it insulate the wearer and provide additional protection against blunt trauma and/or animal bites, it also provides just a slight bit of protection against harmful UV rays.
Monster of the Week is a - you guessed it - regular look at the denizens is of our monster-haunted world. In some of these, we'll look at the possible science behind a creature of myth, movie or legend.