Monthly Archives: January 2011

Macross TV Episode 11: First Contact

“First Contact” is about direct interaction between the Zentradi and our heroes from Earth.

Hikaru fights hand-to-hand with Britai, who overpowers Hikaru's battloid. Hikaru tries to escape by ejecting, but Britai catches him.

Britai and Exsedol discover that the miclones are genetically and physically structured very much like the Zentradi

The Zentadi and miclones can relate to each other because they're genetically similar!

Now we hear Hikaru's chauvinistic attitude towards women.

More chauvinism. In Robotech, Rick just says some missions shouldn't be given to women.

Exsedol suggests that Britai take Hikaru, Misa, and Hayao to their supreme leader, Bodolzaa

Misa reacts to Hikaru's chauvinism

Misa tells Hikaru she can't believe he got promoted

Misa takes out her small video recorder

Back on the SDF-1, because he hasn't heard from Misa in a while, Global considers that she may be dead

We learn from Minmay's gal pals that her debut is in ten days. (This part is omitted in Robotech.)

When Minmay returns to Nyan Nyan Restaurant, Roy is waiting for her. Roy tells her Hikaru hasn't returned from battle.

Minmay can't believe it, and runs to the park.

Minmay's fame grows. She gets photographed for a military recruiting poster.

In a flashback, when HIkaru thinks of Minmay while Britai's ship is in a hyperspace fold jump, we learn that Minmay's debut song is "My Boyfriend Is a Pilot"

Also in the flashback, we learn that Minmay will be singing her debut song on "The Sunday Show"

Britai's battle ship de-folds, and Hikaru, Misa, and Hayao see Bodolzaa's home base

Elsewhere on Britai's ship, Max knocks out a Zentradi soldier and takes his uniform.

On Bodolzaa's base, Bodolzaa summarizes the oddities of the SDF-1: possession of nuclear weapons and a society where men and women are together

Bodolzaa hopes the miclones are not the Protoculture. In Robotech, protoculture is a fuel.

Bodolzaa introduces himself to Hikaru, Hayao, and Misa

Bodolzaa asks how the miclones encountered the Supervision Army, who had the SDF-1

We learn that for the Zentradi, fighting is the only way of life

Max looks for Hikaru, Hayao, and Misa. His Zentradi uniform catches a Zentradi's attention, but not enough for the Zentradi to sound an alarm.

After witnessing how the Zentradi can obliterate an entire planet, Misa stands up to Bodolzaa.

The Zentradi ask how miclones are born

Wow, a birds-and-the-bees discussion!

Bodolzaa demands to see kissing

Misa orders Hikaru to kiss her

Misa admits to Hikaru she'd rather kiss him than Hayao

Misa and Hikaru kiss, the beginning of a wonderful relationship...

Bodolzaa reacts, and realizes the miclones are Protoculture! He orders that the miclones be removed from his sight.

Hayao doesn't like Zentradi's culture.

Bodolzaa gives a Pete Mitchell / Top Gun introduction to what he's about to say

The Protoculture are the Zentradi ancestors, actually, their creators who used genetic engineering

Bodolzaa explained the Protoculture also had men and women living together

And now a warning...

Any Zentradi coming into contact with miclones/Protoculture will lose the will to fight! In Robotech, Dolza explains the secrets of protoculture are aboard the SDF-1.

The three Zentradi soldiers think Bodolzaa's warning has to do with how the Protoculture love each other.

During her debut, Minmay sings her song, "My Boyfriend Is a Pilot". In Robotech, even though Minmay told Rick the title of her debut song ("My Boyfriend Is a Pilot"), Minmay sings "This is my time to be a star".

While Minmay sings, we see that Roy and Claudia are a couple

Next episode:  “Big Escape”!

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Macross TV Episode 10: Blind Game

This episode is called “Blind Game” because the SDF-1 loses its radar, and is “flying blind”.

The forces on Earth instruct the crew of the SDF-1 to buy time.

As a result of a skirmish with the Zentradi, Hayao's valkyrie is damaged. Hikaru decides to return to the SDF-1 for repairs, but Misa disagrees. Roy sides with Hikaru. Guess how Misa feels about that...

Meanwhile, the Zentradi plot their next move. Kamjin decides to let an older Zentradi shoot a warning shot at the SDF-1, hoping that the shot hits the SDF-1 instead of missing it.

Kamjin's villainous laugh!

Hikaru waits for Minmay in the park. Shammy asks Hikaru if Minmay is prettier than her, Vanessa, or Kim. Hikaru says Minmay's about the same as them. In Robotech, Rick says, "It's not polite to make comparisons."

Minmay calls Hikaru on a videophone, and says she can't make it because she has a singing lesson.

The Zentradi fire warning shots at the SDF-1, and the lasers cause tremors throughout the SDF-1, like in this coffee/tea house. There sure are a lot of coffee/tea houses...

The Zentradi's warning shots melt the SDF-1's radar.

Kamjin's ship's laser shot hits the radar room directly

All radar room personnel are killed.

Claudia and Misa spot a valkyrie outside the bridge, and the pilot was killed. Misa is reminded of what Hikaru told her, that she's safer on the SDF-1 than the valkyrie pilots are in the vacuum of space.

The Zentradi order the SDF-1 to surrender. Global ignores the transmission.

From what Hikaru said and from the dead pilot she saw, Misa is compelled to go out into space on a recon mission. Hikaru, Max, and Hayao escort her Cat's Eye recon ship. In this screenshot, we see one of the valkyries has missiles on their tail fins. We never see this again...

The Cats Eye bumps into an asteroid, knocking Misa unconscoious and killing the Cats Eye pilot. A Zentradi ship captures the Cats Eye.

Hikaru, Max, and Hayao follow the Cats Eye into the Zentradi battleship. They scare the Zentradi soldiers away with gunfire.

Hikaru uses his battroid to get Misa out of the Cats Eye. He hesitates putting Misa down, and Max and Hayao comment on how Hikaru gets weak in the knees around Misa.

Britai attacks the valkyries, and Max has Hayao fire two missiles at the ceiling. Max then throws Britai out of the ship. The vacuum of space doesn't hurt Britai at all!

Britai returns, and smashes Hayao's battroid!

Next episode:  “First Contact”!

Macross TV Episode 9: Miss Macross

In this episode, Minmay enters the Miss Macross Contest, a beauty contest aired as the first show by the Macross Broadcasting System.

A good profile shot of Minmay. Notice the various shades of her hair. Hikaru and Minmay are meeting in a coffee/tea shop.

A famous movie star, Jamis Merin (Jan Morris in Robotech), is on board the SDF-1, and also enters the Miss Macross contest. Hikaru and Minmay also talk about the artificial sky.

Splash screen for the Miss Macross Contest

Three Zentradi soldiers are sent by Britai in a recon ship to record a clearer signal of the Miss Macross Contest.

Hikaru rides a bicycle to the stadium where the contest is happening

Minmay tells the judges she has no boyfriend!

Minmay says she has lots of male friends, though. Poor Hikaru... she's just not that into you!

We also learn that Minmay was an only child

Hikaru gets paged on the loudspeaker. He goes to a phone booth, and gets reprimanded by Misa, who wonders why he was initially unavailable because he's the on-call contact, and she needs him to go investigate the enemy recon ship. Hikaru lies and says he was eating.

Hikaru boards an armored VF-1J!

The Zentradi aboard the recon ship watch the contest, and are shocked that men and women are together on the SDF-1.

Hikaru watches the contest in his VF-1J, and suddenly, almost crashes into the recon ship. The red blip is his computer warning him of the enemy target.

The three Zentradi are shocked at the skimpy battle armor that Minmay is wearing (chuckle).

Hikaru unleashes all of his armor's missiles, which don't damage the recon ship at all. The recon ship fires back, damaging Hikaru's armor. Hikaru jettisons his armor, then continues attacking.

The Zentradi have to abandon ship!

Hikaru enters the recon ship, and sees the Zentradi's escape pod leave the ship. Then, the recon ship blows up. Luckily, although Hikaru's battroid gets damaged, he's still alive.Meanwhile, back on the SDF-1, after the bridge bunnies observe the recon ship being destroyed, everyone immediately switches to the Miss Macross Contest. No one, not even Misa, bothers to check that Hikaru is okay.

The audience votes for who they think should win.

Minmay wins! Jamis is totally shocked because she thought she would win. Her reaction reminds me of how Faith Hill reacted when she didn't win an award.

Minmay crowned Miss Macross!

Hikaru regains consciousness, and sees Minmay as Miss Macross. He feels even more distant from her.

Next episode:  “Blind Game”