Real world equipment is seen for the first time. The Carrier destroyed in Episode 1, is in fact a US Navy Kitty Hawk Aircraft Carrier named Illustria, in homage to the HMS Illustrious Aircraft Carrier of the Royal Navy. The Merlin Helicopter and F-14 Tomcat are both seen in this episode, (used by the Royal Navy and US Navy). The Russians are represented by the MiG-29 Fulcrum, the French and Israeli's by two different types of assault rifles. Studio Nue has tried to use NATO equipment versus Warsaw pact equipment to better reflect today's world conflicts. See more »
A prequel to tthe eighties "Macross" series ? It could have been junk, but asides of some lackluster animation and stylistic differences between the traditional cell animation (characters, bgs) and non-ILM-quality CG (dogfights, mecha) it´s quite probably one of the finest first episodes I´ve seen in some time. Rumored to be a 5-part series, it deals with several interesting issues: UN forces unifiyng the world under one government to oppose alien invasion, anti-unificationists rebelling with superior mecha, anthropological research beginning to suspect mankind is genengineered by aliens, Roy Fokker (hero of the original series) testing the first production run VFs (modernized decently and visualized with one of the most beautiful transformation sequences ever)...and our hero is stranded not only on an island, but also without any distinctive political opinion.
Technically great stuff, good writing, decent humor, interesting characters bearing some resemblance to the original "Rick Hunter" character, a youth shaped by the conflicts around him.
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