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OBITUARY: Carl Macek 1951-2010

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Carl Macek died yesterday. He was Fifty-nine.

While never a household name, Carl had a huge influence on my life in the mid-1980s, thanks to his role in bringing anime to the United States through his studio, "Harmony Gold." Anime had already been here, of course: Speed Racer, Star Blazers, Battle of the Planets, and a few others had already stuck their toes in the pool, but they'd all been sanitized and dumbed down quite a bit in translation and editing, based on the presupposition that cartoons are *only* for little kids.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Macross: “First Contact” (Episode 11) AND: Robotech: “First Contact” (Episode 11)

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This is the last Macross episode I’ve got on hand, and since the Democrats are in the Oval Office again I don’t really have the money to buy any more. This’ll be the last Macross/Robotech review for a while, but I I’m really enjoying the comparison/contrast thing going on here, and I fully intend to return to it as soon as possible.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Macross: “Miss Macross” (Episode 9) and Robotech: “Miss Macross” (Episode 9)

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We pick up our story just a week after Minmei’s sixteenth birthday, and just two or three weeks at the most after the Battle of Mars. Exactly how long the SDF-1 Macross has been in space is unclear, but it’s been several months, long enough for people to settle into a more-or-less accepting daily routine. The series never says, but it’s probably going on half a year by the time we get to this week’s story

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Macross: “The Longest Birthday” (Episode 8) AND: Robotech: “Sweet Sixteen” (Episode 8)

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There, see, that wasn’t so bad, was it? Only a week between reviews of this show. I should be able to keep up this not-at-all-breakneck pace for a couple more weeks, anyway. For those of you that are new, I’m simultaneously reviewing both “Macross,” a Japanese Anime from 1981, and “Robotech,” the somewhat bastardized American version of “Macross” from 1985. I’m generally using the American names for the characters because presumably our readers are more familiar with ‘em, and also they’re easier to type.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Macross: “Bye-Bye Mars” (Episode 7) AND Robotech “Bye Bye Mars” (Episode 7)

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Welcome to the second installment of “Retrospeculative TV,” our feature in which we look at classic SF shows as if they were new, in our attempt to draw attention to the shows that had a formative influence on ourselves and our genre. There are many shows that get overlooked or forgotten when the heavy-hitters like Next Generation-era Trek or the New Galactica, or Stargate go striding by, and that’s a shame.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross: “Daedalus Attack” (Episode 6) AND Robotech: “Blitzkreig” (Episode 6)

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Sorry for the long delay since the last episode review from these shows, real life got in the way. Jumping back in to the saddle:

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross: “Transformation” (Episode 5) AND Robotech: “Transformation” (Episode 5)

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It's a little tedious watching basically the same episodes back to back, but I'm really digging this project! It's fun revisiting old friends and adventures from a quarter century ago, and then comparing them to a less bowdlerized version.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross: “Lynn Minmei”( Episode 4) AND Robotech: “The Long Wait” (Episode 4)

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As Hikaru points out, it’s really been a busy day. In less than 24 hours he went from being a 17-year old orphan visiting his old flight instructor at the launch of the Macross, to fighting alien invaders, to flying in space, to getting lost and trapped inside an unused portion of the derelict starship.

This episode gives us a chance to catch our breaths. Perhaps a bit too much.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross: “Space Fold” (Episode 3) AND Robotech: “Space Fold” (Episode 3)

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We pick up exactly where we left off last week, with Roy flying back to the Macross. Hikaru is still catatonic on the ground, so Roy checks in with Misa to explain the situation - about Hikaru being a civlian, the mess-up that got him involved in the fight, and so on. Misa is furious. Roy heads back. There’s still a lot of fighting going on all around the island. Global and the bridge crew wonder why the aliens are toying with them - clearly they’ve got the firepower to simply destroy them and be done with it.

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