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Episode 39: Basara Returns

 

Review by Chris Guanche

Original Review: July 19, 2000
New Review: June 21, 2008

 

Summary

 

In his apartment, Basara plays "My Soul for You" on his acoustic guitar. Elsewhere, a TV crew cuts together cuts together footage of Basara flying and singing in space. Ray is surprised that Akiko got all the footage from U.N. Spacy, and she says they recognize the good job Sound Force is doing. Ray thinks it's probably just a good advertisement for the military, and Akiko tells him he's too cynical. Ray wonders what the military is planning to do next, but Akiko isn't worried. On his flagship, Geperuniti and Valgo look at footage of Lux's destruction. Gavil is surprised to hear that Gigile's destruction was part of the plan. However, Geperuniti isn't pleased about the Spiritia wasted to bring Valgo back, or the whereabouts of Sivil, so he orders Gavil to attack the Macross 7 fleet. Riding together in a car, Gamlin tells Mylene he's made up his mind about not returning to the military. She asks him why he flew out into battle, and he say's kind of like what Basara used to do. At dinner, Mylene points out that it's forbidden for civilians to enter combat zones, but he says it's the duty of retired soldiers to help during an emergency. She asks him what he plans to do now, but he has no specific plans. Later, they attend an Alice concert, and Mylene tells Gamlin that being a pilot suits him. Max and Exsedol examine the Protoculture data, and Exsedol explains that the Evil were a series of living weapons that were possessed by the extra-dimensional Protodeviln. Exsedol believes that the Zentradi have a fear of the Protodeviln in their blood, and that correlates to all the violent incidents that occurred with the Zentradi when Sivil appeared in City 7 earlier. Max asks for the rest of the data, and Exsedol explains that the Evil series all had different forms depending on their functions, but it's unclear what connection there is between their bodies and the Protodeviln who possessed them. The remains of the Protoculture ruins are being examined on the science ship Einstein, and Chiba is making adjustments to the sound boosters.

 

On the Three-Star, Chiba works on the sound boosters and Sound Force Valkyries. A separate team works on Basara's Excalibur, and Ray wonders where he went with it. A technician comments on how beat up it is, but Ray explains that Basara takes very good care of it. Barton tells Chiba to hurry up with repairs, and he wishes the Jamming Birds were ready so they wouldn't have to rely on Sound Force. Gavil's squad attacks, and Battle 7 sends out its Thunderbolts, as well as Emerald Force and the Jamming Birds. The Panzersolns open fire as the Jamming Birds sing "Riding in Your Valkyrie." Gamlin arrives on the battlefield and attacks the enemy. Ray tells Mylene that they'll have to launch without Basara because his Excalibur is still under repair. Basara fights with several soldiers and takes off despite their warnings. Chiba sends out the sound boosters, and Basara starts singing "Planet Dance." The power of his song energy wakes up the Zentradi Panzersoln pilots, and Max tells them to retreat from the battle. Gavil tells Geperuniti that he can't control the Zentradi, but Geperuniti says it doesn't matter. Gavil calls Basara that there's no beauty in his simplistic strategy. Basara responds by hitting Gavil with song energy, and Gamlin destroys his Zaubergeran, forcing him to retreat. Later, a crowd gathers for a Fire Bomber concert, and Akiko assures Ray it isn't a promotional event for the military. Basara parachutes onto stage and starts the concert by singing "Submarine Street" as footage of exploits plays. The crowd is surprised when they see footage of Basara singing to Sivil, and Michael asks Janet if it was ok to not publish that footage. She answers that she was thinking about it, but she wanted to use the photos to repay Basara. Now that she's done that, she wants to become a serious journalist and get a Galactic Pulitzer.

 

Commentary

 

The pacing slows down a bit in this episode with the fallout from Lux's destruction and Gigile's death. However, Geperuniti is still moving forward with his plans, despite the obstacles. There's also a bit more discussion about the Evil, as well as the Zentradi reaction to Protodeviln. The Jamming Birds go out for their second battle, but they don't seem to do much better than their first sortie. Also, after about ten or so episodes of this, it's getting kind of old to see the same stock footage of Gamlin loading a special round of ammo and blasting Gavil's Zaubergeran. I swear that Gavil must go through those things at the rate of one an episode. Despite that, it was still a good episode as a transition to the next arc.

 

Overall Rating

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