Ok, so right away the show is introducing a new concept and characters, The Robotech Masters. Clearly the second and most unpopular section of Robotech is being set up. Let me go on a little rant here for a minute. I’ve always hated how Harmony Gold, the owners of Robotech have called the second part The Masters Saga. Equally as lame is the third which they called The New Generation. It just sounds so generic to me. I prefer to call the second part Southern Cross rather than The Master Saga, while The New Generation I always call it The Invid Invasion. Getting back to the story, the Robotech Masters on their home planet that’s across the galaxy from Earth have detected a large discharge of Protoculture. They suspect that their enemies the Invid have either taken control of the SDF-1 thus the mass production of Protoculture or that the disciples of Zor, the scientist who discovered Protoculture have managed to defeat their warriors the Zentraedi. See how they’re now putting in new concepts?
Back on Earth we hear the narrator pointing out the obvious that many Zentraedi warriors died holding onto Minmei dolls, case in point we see the rotting carcass of one soldier leaning against a downed Tri Thruster in the middle of the wastelands.
At some factory a Zentraedi starts to kick the shit out of a bunch of trucks, making them explode and says that he’s had enough of just doing menial labor. After he kicks a bunch of steel beams he tells another fellow Zentraedi that he’s leaving. And that’s what he does, huffing and puffing away. In New Macross City Admiral Gloval walks in for a meeting with Exedore and a couple of higher ups.
At some shitty supper club Minmei just finished a performance. Kyle being his usual self tells her that she gave a God awful performance. Not giving a shit, she just says sorry. She points out that there was hardly anyone out there and she was taken by surprise. Like I’ve said before, she’s like an addict when it comes to attention and she’s craving it bad! Once again they have another argument about giving all their money away to the poor people. Same stuff as the previous episode. After being all gruff with her, he makes her go out for dinner. Clearly Kyle becoming a raging alcoholic has made him into more of an asshole. I didn’t think it was possible, but there you go.
He pulls up in some futuristic sports car with six wheels and Minmei says that she wants to go to his dad’s restaurant because they haven’t been there in a while. Of course he knows that his dad hates his guts and says that he doesn’t want to go there. Minmei once again just thinking about herself says that she’ll go there herself and opens the door, almost making them crash. After they calm down he says that he’ll take her as far as the city line. Which is hilarious, if you think about it.
In this scene Exedore begins his report and drops the bomb that the people of Earth and the Zentraedi may have the same ancestors. Everyone is shocked to hear this. Exedore goes on to say that Humans and Zentraedi have many common traits but the main one is that both races seem to love making war. This creates a big shit fire storm with Rick getting all pissed off and resents Exedore’s notion. Some other officer that looks like Dr Lang but isn’t agrees with Exedore and cites all the wars before the invasion from space as prime examples.
Exedore tells the both of them to calm their tits and that it’s just their findings and to reserve judgement until the report is finished. Gloval says that he wonders where both races are headed. Rick in his mind angerly says that the people of Earth should never become like the Zentraedi, no better then robots he says.
Oh God, Minmei arrives at the Chinese restaurant and get’s what she was craving. Attention! They all love the fact that she’s gracing them with her presence. After she basks in her glory she asks her aunt and uncle if she could stay in her old room. Inside she notices that the corner of the wall is all messed up and she starts to have flashbacks when Rick broke through the wall with the Battloid he didn’t know how to use. With that memory she opens up the drawer and finds the medal that Rick gave to her for her birthday. I love how it was just in there the whole time collecting dust. With all these memories she starts to cry and says, “Oh Rick what have I done?” I’ll tell you what you did. You friend zoned him you stupid bitch!
The next morning Minmei walks out and the paper boy notices her and says hi. But of course her being self absorbed and thinking of her own problems, she doesn’t say hi back or even acknowledges him. In the other side of town Rick is running like he’s Jessie Owens.
At some laundry place it seems like Rico, Konda and Bron have taken a job delivering dry cleaning. Rico tells the other two that they missed Minmei at the Chinese restaurant the other night. Bron starts to give the other two shit, but that’s when he notices Minmei. They all go crazy for her and they ask her if she could sign some person’s bath towel. Of course she delights being in their spotlight.
Uh oh, in another part of town two Zentraedi are going ape shit, just causing a bunch of property damage. The mayor tries to reason with them but one of them says, “Be quiet fatso or I’ll squash you.” He literally said that. Inside their home the Mayor’s prudish wife is calling the authorities but she’s discovered and she’s man handled by her neck and put on the ground all roughly.
As Rick is continuing his jog, Lisa dressed like someone from the 50’s spots him and they have a little chat. He goes on to mention that he put the pictures she gave him in the previous episode in his photo album. Just as he’s telling her that, that’s when Minmei spots them and instantly bursts into tears and goes running away like a big drama queen. I love how Rick is way too apologetic to her, he doesn’t owe her a goddamn explanation. Especially after how she’s treated him the whole time. She rounds a corner and they lose her. But they can’t wonder where she got to because that’s when they hear the commotion with the Zentraedi.
Seems like another Zentraedi came around and told them to stop their shit, but he’s only getting his ass kicked now. Rick comes upon them and tells them to stop fighting. Just as it seems like the Zentraedi wants to hurt them all, four Destroids come along blocking both sides of the street. Some pilot named Dan tells them to stop and Rick tells him that he’ll handle it. Rick goes on to have a stern talk with them. He says that he knows that life is hard with them but that the authorities want to help them with their problem if they only gave them a chance. But the Zentraedi are fed up with a boring life of not fighting. Minmei comes along just in time to see Rick get flicked by the Zentraedi and he goes flying right at the feet of one of the Destroids.
At that Dan tells everyone in his command to prepare to fire their weapons on his order. The Zentraedi shit their pants and begs him not to shoot. Rick get’s back up, bleeding from his mouth and tells Dan to hold his fire. Rick now pissed off points out how they’ve done everything to help them and that’s how they repay them. All full of shame now, the two Zentraedi just leave to wander out in the wastelands. The Zentraedi who got his ass kicked tells them to give it another chance especially how they were all amazed at Minmei and their way of life. He calls them stupid cowards when they don’t listen to him. Rick tells Lisa that they’re going to have to do something with the Zentraedi because the problem is getting worse and worse. The mayor chimes in with saying that they’re responsible for the Zentraedi’s problems and they haven’t heard the last of this shit.
In another part of the planet, that asshole Khyron is hearing a report from Geraro that their spies are reporting thousands of dissatisfied Zentraedi are leaving town after town. Geraro estimates there’s probably around 10,000 of them. Khyron is happier than a pig in shit hearing this news. Seems like Khyron and Azonia survived the big battle and have now joined forces. He goes on to address his troops saying that they are to lead all of the Zentraedi to him and that all the micronized Zentraedi will once again walk proud and tall.
At Minmei’s gig, her agent is pissed because Minmei is nowhere to be found. Kyle instead points out what a shitty promoter he is because the crowd outside is small as hell. Just then a stage hand comes in and says that Minmei finally arrived and she’s getting ready. Kyle bursts in all pissed off and they have yet another argument. You cannot know how tired I am of the both of them already. She shuts him up by saying that she’ll go on singing her songs all for herself. Which pretty much says it all about her because it’s the most selfish thing ever uttered in this show.
She goes into another song called It’s You and we cut to Admiral Gloval and Exedore giving Rick, Lisa, Max and Miriya a very top secret briefing about the fact that they’ve now found the Robotech Factory Satellite being guarded by the last remaining Zentraedi fleet. Exedore scares all of them by saying that inside the factory satellite are being constructed ships that can destroy the Earth with a single blast. Their mission is to capture it intact because they have no idea when the other Zentraedi will arrive to attack them again, so they need as many ships and weapons that they can get their hands on.
The episode ends with Minmei singing her downer of a song and a shot of the dead Zentraedi wasting away in the wastelands.
Eh, this episode was ok. It was basically used to set up future episodes and that was about it. I didn’t know it was possible, but I hate Minmei even more now.
Firsts: The Robotech Masters.
Robotech Death Count: Zero.