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ROBOTECH REWATCH 26: Whole New World

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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We’ve entered a new phase of the story – and the one that I really think of as mine. I was a sporadic watcher of Robotech when I first discovered the show. Hey, remember the days when if you missed an episode you couldn’t just jump online for a catchup? It was years before I saw a lot of the early parts of the saga. But the New New Macross era (no it’s not called that) marks the stage where I was watching religiously and, let’s face it, obsessively.

Later when I got into the novelisations, the first one I owned was a collection of books 4, 5 and 6, which is the second half of the Macross-Rick-Lisa-Minmei story, and gave me an even more intense familiarity with these particular scenes and storylines.

So it’s this world-weary Lisa and shellshocked Rick who first made a strong impression on me, not to mention drunk and abusive Kyle, and the older, sadder version of Minmei.

Jack McKinney’s novelisations, by the way, are some of my favourite space opera novels of all time. They’re based on a cartoon, and yet he invests them with a great deal of gravitas, building up the storylines into something that feels tailored for an adult audience. I particularly love the chapter headings which are matched with snippets from “historical” documents, giving a larger sense of the history that these characters are making, and the story still to come. This includes academic texts, pop culture essays, and snippets from Lisa’s memoir.

The fact that she’s gonna be an Admiral someday doesn’t make the thing where she does Rick’s dishes any less weird.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 25: Ships Fall, Everyone Dies

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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Try not to cry as the world is destroyed.

Even my hardboiled, steel-coated nine-year-old was slightly distressed by the death toll in this episode.

Episode 27 – Force of Arms

So this is it, the big battle is about to happen. Space is “literally stuffed” (thanks, narrator) with Dolza’s ships. After Rick sends lovebirds Max and Miriya off to their ships, he catches sight of Kyle and Minmei. On the grounds that he’s probably about to die, he confesses to Minmei that he loves her, salutes and leaves.

Minmei runs after him after shaking off that jerk Kyle, who tries to stop her.

Gloval is still wrapping his head around the fact that he is fighting alongside Zentraedi now. It’s a headspin.

Minmei catches up with Rick during his important pre-battle glove-putting-on ritual and they do the awkward pause thing a lot despite time being distinctly of the essence. She tries to apologise about the whole Kyle thing but is basically having a panic attack about feelings while Rick is noble and self-sacrificing. Nothing is resolved.

Before Rick can even get in his ship to make a smooth exit, Dolza’s forces open fire on the Earth, razing it across the entire surface. Everyone, like EVERYONE on the Earth is killed (with only a few exceptions to be revealed). Minmei mourns her parents, and Rick whispers Lisa’s name. He pulls himself together quickly, asking Minmei to sing. He has a plan.

Because yet another rendition of Stage Fright is going to put a bandaid on this apocalypse? Okay, then.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 24: Provocative Pairing Rituals.

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

orange juiceIt’s all kicking off in Robotech – within an episode or two, the entire premise of the show is about to change. This one’s all about a meeting of the minds, and military secrets.

Episode 26 – The Messenger

The Zendraedi are approaching again, and so the humans on the SDF1 get their big gun ready, same as always. To their surprise, they get a message that the Zentraedi want a ceasefire and to actually… talk. Peacefully.

Naturally, Khyron takes this opportunity to try to attack, but Breetai’s Zentraedi fire on him until he behaves himself.

Rick is seriously weirded out at having to escort a Zentraedi pod ship directly to the SDF1.

On the podship, Exedore has been Micronised and is ready to visit the SDF1, though his guard is still super big.

Exedore introduces himself as Minister of Affairs upon arrival. His giant-sized pilot is asked to remain at the ship, and to their horror, a couple of human soldiers are asked to bring him a snack. They’re left trying to figure out how to acquire the world’ biggest sandwich.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 23: Fastest Wedding Plot Twist Ever

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

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THIS episode, people. THIS episode. Even knowing what happens, it blows me away every time. Of all the Robotech WTFery, and there’s a whole bunch of super uberWTFery still to come, this is the WTFest of them all.

And yet.

I ship it so hard.

Max and Miriya, you put the “whuh” in whirlwind romance and I love you to bits.

Episode 25 – Wedding Bells

Once Ms9 saw the title of this one, it was all I could do to make her watch it – and thanks to the spoilery Next Time announcement from last week’s episode, she knew whose wedding it was gonna be. Thanks for that, overly-invested and weirdly precognitive narrator. I only dragged her back to the show (words cannot describe how much she hates kissing and romancey stuff) with the promise of a knife fight.

Her eyes lit up. “With the happy couple?”

“YES, RAELI.”

“Well all right then.”

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 22: Video Game Romance

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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We’re up to one of my favourite subplots, the Max-Miriya romance. In my head, it always takes a lot longer for the two of them to, uh, settle things between them. But this episode is one of my favourites, and the game duel between them may have inspired an early scene in Musketeer Space…

Team Miriya all the way!

Episode 24 – Showdown

Lisa is off on her secret mission to convince the top brass on Earth that it’s a good idea to let the Zentraedi deserters integrate with their own society. Sami is taking her temp gig seriously, and she’s on fire with new confidence – so much so that she ends up chiding Captain Gloval for interrupting her. It’s adorable the way he lets the bridge crew scold him.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 20: Old Songs For New

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

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This is the one where the aliens think Kyle is magical, and Minmei sings a song.

Episode 22 – Battle Hymn

Dolza catches up on the Micronian kung fu movie via Netflix – and once again, Kyle’s magic powers and anti-gravitational kicking ability impress him. He’s a teeny bit concerned that all Micronians will have these skills. Meanwhile, the rest of the Zentraedi soldiers are melting at the heart about the tinny voice of the Minmei doll that Konda, Bron and Rico have been showing off behind the bike sheds.

Soldier: This singing really makes me feel funny.
Konda: Just wait until you hear the next song.
Soldier: Oh there’s another song?
My daughter: Nope.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 19: Make Movies, Not War

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

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This one has a film premiere, a love square and an extra blog commentary by my nine-year-old co-conspirator in this rewatch.

Episode 21 – A New Dawn

Minmei’s movie Little Green Dragon is about to be released, and her drunken agent promises her anything she wants since she’s such a big star. She asks for a front row seat to be reserved at the premiere as a surprise for Rick.

Remember Jan, the “famous” Hollywood actress who thought she was going to win Miss Macross? She turns up in a bitchy cameo, attempting to pour red wine over Minmei’s “quaint” dress. Hilariously, because Minmei is made of diamonds and lucky unicorn glitter, the wine gets nowhere near her. Don’t mess with the Minmei, you cannot win!

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 18: Popaganda

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

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It’s all hotting up this week – and we’re getting closer and closer to The Big Plot Twist. Meanwhile, Minmei finds new and interesting ways to present Stage Fright, the song with a thousand meanings.

Here are the full lyrics of Stage Fright, for those who have missed out on the poetry of the ultimate song of war, peace, the meaning of life, and humanity in general.

robotech-the-macross-saga-1-20-paradise-lost-300x228Stage lights flashing,
The feeling’s smashing.
My heart and soul belong to you.
And I’m here now, singing.
All bells are ringing.
My dream has finally come true.

Stage fright, go away,
This is my big day.
This is my time to be a star!
And the thrill that I feel
Is really unreal.
I can’t believe I’ve come this far!
This is my time to be a star!

I think there’s something in that for all of us.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 17: Don’t Make Dinner Plans II Revenge of the Steak

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

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More death and food in this one.

19. Bursting Point

We haven’t forgotten the vital plot thread about how the SDF1 has been ordered into space along with its tantalising city full of peoplebait, to lure the Zentraedi away from the Earth.

Captain Gloval takes passive aggressiveness to the ultimate extreme, flying the SDF1 in a low crawl over cities and other populated areas. As the authorities protest his actions, he declares over an open channel that he will continue to keep intimidating them all with his massive Robotech ship until the Earth government lets him deport all his civilian passengers.

Oh, and he pretends that the low flying is due to a ‘fault’ in the ship which is endangering the residents of Macross City. Another reason to let them off already. Gloval is basically awesome, and he is too old for this shit.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 13: Can’t I Smoke Anywhere?

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

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It’s all getting a bit political.

minmeis yokohamaEpisode 15. Homecoming

The SDF1 is home! But it’s not going to be that easy. While the population of the ship party like it’s 1999, Lisa and Captain Gloval fly to Antarctica Base to talk to the government about resettling the civilians.

The spies practice their party skills, which mostly consists of yelling Hurrah and drinking. They’re fitting in just fine.

Claudia gets off duty and goes to call on her fiancé Roy – FIANCE? Where did that even come from? Last I saw he was still making smutty comments about how he could take Minmei off Rick’s hands. And while there has been some definite flirting-dating action between these two, mostly only hinted at in between larger plot developments, apparently there has been some serious progression.

Then again, it’s been two years, and we missed quite a lot thanks to time dilation and alien abductions.

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