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Episode 12: Big Escape

 

Review by Chris Guanche

Original Review: May 1, 2000

New Review: December 17, 2002

 

Summary

 

Max continues to explore the ship, and Hikaru says they have to get out. He says that the next time a guard comes to bring them food, they should kiss to distract him and escape. Misa thinks that’s a crazy plan and refuses to go along with it. Boddole Zer tells Vrlitwhai that he wants to send a spy to the Macross, and Exsedol says contact with the Protoculture could destroy them. Boddole Zer thinks that if they could get reaction weaponry or knowledge on how to repair ships it would give them a great advantage over the Supervision Army. They wonder who they could possibly get to perform the mission, and Loli, Conda and Warera volunteer to become miclones. Misa thinks that it is important to get her video back to the Macross, so she reconsiders Hikaru’s plan. A guard opens the door, and Hikaru and Misa kiss to distract him. However, the guard is actually Max. He picks them up and places Hikaru and Misa in one pocket and Kakizaki in another. He says he didn't know Hikaru was into older women, and Hikaru objects. Max promises that if they get back to the Macross. He’ll keep their secret. A Zentradi soldier spots them, and Max attacks and transforms to GERWALK mode to escape. He flies right through the bridge and past Boddole Zer, Vrlitwhai and Exsedol. Soldiers shoot at Max’s Valkyrie, which loses power in an elevator. Everyone escapes just as it explodes and kills a Zentradi soldier. Boddole Zer decides to pull Vrlitwhai off the front line for his mistake and replace him with Moruk Laplamiz. Hikaru and Misa run off on their own and spot several miclone chambers in use. In a weapons storage room, Misa wonders if the Zentradi were human-sized in the Protoculture and if they genetically engineered themselves. A soldier grabs Misa and kicks Hikaru away. Misa drops the camera, and Hikaru grabs a massive Zentradi rifle and kills the soldier. She tells him to leave her, but he pries her out of the soldier's hand. Soldiers shoot at them on a bridge, and the floor crumbles beneath them and causes them to fall down a large chasm.

 

Hikaru dreams of Minmay and wakes up with Misa. She tells them that they fell into an area where water had collected, which saved their lives. Hikaru wonders how the Zentradi can have such an enormous fleet and not be able to repair their equipment. Misa thinks that perhaps they lost something when they went from human size to giant. She says this is evident from the fact that they have no civilians and that men and women live separately. Hikaru thinks it is rather sad that the Zentradi live only to fight, and Misa says that is just like her. She explains that her family has served in the military for over a century and that she graduated at the top of her class in the Academy. She says that Claudia teases her for thinking of duty so much. Misa asks Hikaru if he has someone he loves on the Macross, and she guesses it is Minmay because he said her name in his sleep. He says he'd like her to be his girlfriend, but now that she's famous she has no time for him. Misa says he at least has someone to go back to because her only lover is duty. He tells her she could definitely find someone if she acted more like a woman. They decide to leave and eventually find an open area with a wide view of all the ships docked inside the mothership. Max and Kakizaki catch up, and they decide to board a small ship that is loading supplies. The micloned spies board the same ship, and it joins with Laplamiz's fleet and folds. Ace pilot Milia Fallyna doesn't like the idea of a spy mission, and Laplamiz tells her that the miclones might be more dangerous than the Supervision Army. As the ship prepares to de-fold, Hikaru and the others get into a Regult to escape. Milia launches in her Queadluun-Rau mecha and carries a capsule with the three spies. She destroys several Valkyries and Destroids before leaving the pod inside the Macross. Hikaru and the others blast out of the ship in the Regult and drift in space. They manage to call the Macross, and Roy and two other pilots haul them back to the ship. Hikaru is glad to be back and runs through the city.

 

Commentary

 

The trilogy of episodes that started back with episode 10 ends here. Hikaru and the others make their escape and manage to return to the Macross safely. We see that the Zentradi don’t do so well when it comes to repairing things, and Boddole Zer wants this knowledge to defeat the Supervision Army. Vrlitwhai gets taken out of the action, and we’re introduced to Zentradi females Laplamiz and ace pilot Milia Fallyna. She seems like she could be quite a match for an ace like Max. On another note, we get to see a new side to Misa here. Usually she's very military and by the book, but here we get to see her feminine side. Hikaru definitely has a point that she would do better in life if she acted more feminine.

 

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