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Episode 14: Mother's Lullaby

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 7, 2008

 

Summary

 

Alto manages to boost his Messiah out of the atmosphere and escape the Dimension Eater's destruction of Gallia 4. At Tenkumon Hall, Elmo tries to assure people over the phone that Ranka will be back in time for her show. In the city, Luca meets with Nanase and tells him about what happened to Ranka. Ozma looks at his Messiah and recalls how he tried to tell Ranka she was being reckless before she left. Ozma says to himself that she turned into a woman before he realized it, and Bobby says all girls turn into women some day. On the bridge, Cathy, Lam, Monica and Mena discuss how Cathy dated Ozma years ago. Monica then brings up Bobby's crush on Ozma, and Mena says he knows it'll never go anywhere because Ozma is straight. Monica says she'd want the person she likes to love her back, and Cathy suggests she confess to Jeffrey since he's been a widower for years. Monica becomes embarrassed, and when Mena comments that Jeffrey is the only one who hadn't noticed, he suddenly appears and asks what he didn't notice. A radar alert comes in when a large number of Vajra ships de-fold ahead of the fleet. Nanase thanks Luca for treating her to lunch, but just as he's about to say something, a battle alert is sounded. Howard wonders why the Vajra appeared now, and Leon suggests that the Vajra analyzed their fold communication waves. The Islands deploy their protective covers as swarms of Vajra mecha launch. Before leaving, Luca tells Nanase that he has something to say to her when he returns. NUNS pilots take off in their Nightmare Pluses, and the Macross Quarter launches and transforms. Ozma orders his units to attack, and Luca deploys his remote-controlled Ghosts. In deep space, Alto docks with his Super pack and the LAI fold booster, which he uses to fold in.

 

As the battle continues, a Nightmare Plus Diamond force unit destroys several Vajra mecha. Sheryl wakes up and realizes that the ship they grabbed on to has folded back to the fleet. She tries to wake up Michael, but he doesn't respond. On Battle Frontier, Captain Perry tells Howard that if he permits the use of reaction weapons, they can wipe out the Vajra. In space, Sheryl takes control of Michael's Messiah and flies around wildly until Luca spots her. Several Vajra open fire on the Messiah, causing Sheryl and Michael to be ejected before it's destroyed. A Vajra closes in on Luca at close range, but just then Alto arrives and destroys it. Elsewhere, the Vajra mothership continues to fold, and Ranka thinks about how she wants to return home. A Vajra queen sends a probing tentacle toward her, and Ranka suddenly finds herself looking at the fleet. Alto takes Sheryl back to the fleet, and she apologizes for not finding Ranka. The Vajra mothership and its escorts fold out behind the fleet and open fire. Although Island 1 deploys its repulsion field, the blasts breaks through the dome and sucks civilians out into space. As he drops Sheryl off on the Macross Quarter, Alto recognizes the mothership as the ship Ranka was on. Howard can't believe the Vajra used diversionary tactics because they're just stupid animals, but Leon suggests that the mothership is the one coordinating the attack. Howard relents and gives the authorization to use reaction weapons. The Macross Quarter turns to attack the Vajra mothership, and Alto asks Jeffrey for permission to rescue Ranka. Jeffrey says he can't stop the attack, but he gives Alto permission to use an Armored pack and reaction warheads to rescue Ranka. Sheryl asks Alto come back safely, and he promises he'll return with Ranka. Alto returns to space, and Ozma threatens to kill him if anything happens to Ranka. Vajra mecha close in, so Alto and Ozma fire their reaction missiles and destroy them. Ranka watches the fighting and suddenly sees a vision of her mother singing "Aimo," which causes her to sing too. In space, a red Vajra mecha fires its cannon and kills Raramia with a single shot. Alto is reminded of Gilliam's death and flies toward the Vajra mothership. The Vajra mecha suddenly stop firing, but Alto destroys them all with his missiles and presses forward. Luca is amazed by Alto's fighting, but while he's distracted his Messiah is hit by a Vajra shot. Alto blasts a hole into the mothership's hull, but Brera suddenly flies by and tells Alto he's getting in the way. Inside, Brera cuts Ranka's energy bubble free, and Alto unleashes a missile barrage on the Vajra queen. The explosion ejects Alto from the ship, and Brera's Lucifer soon follows. He announces himself as Major Brera Stern of the Macross Galaxy's Antares Squadron and states that he's rescued a captive. The Vajra begin to lose coordination, so Jeffrey fires the Macross Cannon at the mothership. With the mothership destroyed, the rest of the fleet becomes easy pickings for both NUNS and SMS pilots. Elsewhere, Grace wakes up in her new body and wonders if Ranka is the little queen. Brera asks Ranka why she's crying, and her stomach glows again.

 

Commentary

 

The cliffhanger from the last episode is promptly resolved, with Alto escaping from Gallia 4's atmosphere just in time. The Vajra fleet is drawn to the Macross Frontier, sparking a large scale battle. It's nice for once to see the NUNS pilot destroy things instead of just being cannon fodder, and I wonder if the Diamond team is supposed to be a reference to Gamlin Kizaki's Diamond Force from Macross 7. We've seen that Luca has a crush on Nanase in recent episodes (I know it's hard to tell, since he looks like he's always blushing), and he promises to tell her something after the battle. That's usually a death warning sign, but he's lucky to get off with a close call and some light damage. Michael gets the short end of the stick this episode, and I'm sure he won't be happy that Sheryl's horrible flying led to his Messiah's destruction. Although Raramia has surprise death in this episode, it really has zero impact since she had maybe two lines of dialogue total up to now. Ranka has a vision of her mother, which brings about more questions regarding her past and her connection to the Vajra. Fueled by rage, Alto gets to go on a nice destructive streak in this episode with reaction missiles, but his attempt to save Ranka is foiled by Brera. After being a mystery man for so long, Brera finally reveals that he's part of the Macross Galaxy forces. We also see Grace alive and well at the end of the episode, so it's clear she has a Motoko Kusanagi-like ability to switch bodies.

 

Overall Rating

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4 out of 5 stars
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