Happy New Year, Macross fans! I’m kicking off the new year by going back to the source of my passion for Macross: the TV series! I first watched it in its modified Robotech First Generation form, and am now curious what changed from the original TV series. So I found the Japanese TV series, and started watching it.
Episode 1 is “Booby Trap”. We first see a huge spaceship crash land into an island on earth. It’s the SDF-1!
SDF-1 crash lands on Earth
The presence of alien technology causes most countries to unite, but sparks some fighting. Eventually, mankind restores the SDF-1, and it’s the year 2009, when the SDF-1 is about to take off on its maiden voyage. We’re entertained by the opening sequence.
It’s not Robotech. It’s Macross, the original!
We see an action sequence with a fighter jet transforming into a gerwalk, then into a battloid, and destroying some two-legged pods!
We then get introduced to all the main characters in the show, as they celebrate the completion of the SDF-1’s restoration.
First, we see Macross City’s mayor
And then Captain Global (Gloval in Robotech)
Misa Hayes (Lisa in Robotech) enters the bridge of the SDF-1
Claudia Grant stands right next to Misa on the bridge
Claudia and Misa talk about how Roy Focker is a war hero who can win in battle while hung over
Hikaru Ichijo flies in, and got an invitation from Roy to join the SDF-1’s festivities
We see Roy Focker, who presents veritechs to the public
Here’s the public, laughing at the banter between Roy and Hikaru. Who’s the woman with the dark blue hair and red dress? No one else has that hair color!
Hikaru sees that Roy is still a womanizer. Roy is staring at the woman with the dark blue hair.
Here’s a key scene that was omitted in Robotech. Roy is staring at the woman’s behind. There’s one thing wrong with this scene: Roy’s eye level is higher. This view is from someone who’s about as tall as the kid.
Now, we get to see the aliens!
Britai and Exadore in the alien commandship! Britai refers to Exadore as the Chief Archivist. We see that the aliens are humanoids! What we don’t know yet is that they’re much taller than humans.
Another bit left out of Robotech: humans used “reaction weaponry” (nuclear missiles) to eliminate some of the Zentradi battleships
The episode ends with Hikaru in an orange VF-1J, looking up at the dogfighting happening in the sky
This episode refers to the SDF-1 as a booby trap, because Captain Global realizes why the SDF-1 suddenly wakes up and open fires on the alien spaceships: he explains that similar tactics were used by the Germans in World War II in which innocent-looking items had bombs in them.
Episode 2 is “Countdown”!