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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross Zero: “The Birdman” (Episode 5, 2004)

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Episode four ended with Sara and Aires getting nabbed by the bad guys while Roy and Shin looked on impotently. This one starts out with the two of them being airlifted back to the aircraft carrier Askua, just off of Mayan Island. Meanwhile, back on the Anti-UN submarine aircraft carrier (Which is very cool!), the Professor continues to lecture the women folk about the evils of the UN and how he hopes to use the Birdman to offset the advantage the UN has from managing to nab the Alien Space Ship 1 (AKA the Macross) when it crashed in to South Antaria Island nine years before.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross Zero: “Jungle” (Episode 4, 2004)

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Since we've been away such a long time, here's a really good FMV I found to get us all back in the mood. Watch this and then we'll get to the review:

Freakin' beautiful, isn't it?

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GI Joe: Resolute: The Return (And Subsequent Exit) of GI Joe

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Holy. Flurking. Shnitt!

Back in the 80s I was insanely fond of the crappy GI Joe cartoon. We'd get together every day in my dorm room and drink ourselves stupid while watching it, sing along with the theme song, etc. Of course it was a bad show, but it was a really good bad show - one with a lot of in gags for adults, or at least childish adults like college students, and some surprisingly hot women who tended to loose their pants a lot in the second full season.

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MOVIE REVIEWS: “Be Forever, Yamato” (1980)

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Recently I reviewed – in drunken, rambling, and poor fashion – the movie “Space Battleships Yamato: The New Voyage,” which was essentially a ‘reunion movie’ for the “Space Battleship Yamato” television series (Known in the ‘States as “Star Blazers). It was pretty kickass and entertaining, and so I was understandably pretty psyched about watching the next movie in the series, “Be Forever, Yamato” which came out the following year.
To be honest, I was rather disappointed. It just wasn’t all that good.

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SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE REVIEWS:“Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage” (1979)

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“Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage” is essentially a “Reunion Movie” that was made after the “Space Battleship Yamato” series had ended. In the US, “Space Battleship Yamato” was (badly) dubbed in to English, and was known as “Star Blazers.” In this bowdlerized form, the show was a huge hit with kids of my generation, who tended to get beat up a lot and were too old for “Battle of the Planets,” and too young for girls. The series ran for two seasons in Japan in the ‘70s.

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MOVIE REVIEWS: "Speed Racer" (2008)

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To kill time while we're waiting for the big TV SF Triple Feature tonight, I thought I'd throw up a movie review, since we haven't done really any of those so far, I thought "Hey, why not start off with a movie from a year ago that no one went to see, no one had any interest in, and which was an utter bomb? Yeah, that's the way to start out!" So here we go with:

Speed Racer

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Macross Zero: “Blue and Desperate Battle”(Episode 3, 2003)

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We pick up right where we left off, with Sara singing naked in the sacred pond, and stuff floating through the air. Sara herself seems surprised by this, then she realizes Shin is watching her, and covers herself more in annoyance than embarrassment. The rocks and things fall. She cautions him that the bonds between ground and rock are failing, as are the bonds between people, and soon the bonds that hold the world together will fail.

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TV REVIEWS: Macross Zero: “The Stars Of The Surface” (Episode 2, 2003)

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We begin with a clever recap of the previous episode, a montage with a voice over of the elder from the island village telling the story of the Water Humans meeting the Bird Humans for the first time, and the creation of Rooy Kanu, the first “modern” human. The Montage/Recap flows seamlessly in to the episode itself, and we see that the villagers are hiding in a cave listening fearfully to the story while Sara prays to the gods to protect them, Roy continues to fight the Anti-UN forces in the air over the island, reeking much havoc, and Shin runs to the lake to save Mao.

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TV Review: Macross Zero: “The Ocean, The Wind, and…” (Episode 1, 2002)

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“Macross” is probably the best Science Fiction TV Series of the eighties. If I’m honest, that’s not saying a lot, since there wasn’t much to compare it to. Certainly “Manimal” didn’t offer much competition, nor did “The Powers of Matthew Starr.” Yeah, there was Star Trek: The Next Generation in the final third of the decade, but that series didn’t exactly hit the ground running as Wil Wheaton’s occasional reminiscences over on TV Squad point out.

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