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What happens to a fandom when you let too many cooks in the kitchen...
There is a good reason why JK Rowling will never let anyone else write official Harry Potter stories and why the Tolkien family are even reluctant to let people adapt movies of their stories. Let fan boys and fan girls get into the kitchen and you undoubtebly get one big fat mess where the fanboys try to rewrite history to the way "they" think it should have gone. For example, Scott Bernard goes from angry, bitter duty bound sourpuss to mellow and easy going. Some fans complained that Dana Sterling was too annoying to be the daughter of favorites Max and Miriya, so they decided to create a "perfect" version of their daughter in Maia Sterling.
Like Maia Sterling, characters here are two dimensional. They are either good guys we are supposed to root for or boo hiss bad guys. There are no flawed characters like Rick Hunter or Lisa Hayes who could drive you crazy but ultimately you want the best for them. There are also no "baddies" whose motivations you can sort of understand.
It doesn't help that the creators don't exactly have rights to the Macross characters that everybody knows and loves. That's why we have a completely unrecognizable Rick Hunter and no Lisa, Max or Miriya (and don't be surprised if Miriya has been bumped off. Exedore and Breetai and their loyal crew were killed in prequel comics and as Zentraedi is a Macross term, the Yune brothers seem to be getting around this issue by committing fictional genocide).
The plot is interesting although too derivative from Babylon 5 and Star Wars but hopefully in the sequel we get to see what Rick and co. have been up to. Because the SDF-3's been lost for some 20 years and I can't be the only fan who just wants someone to either find the damn vessel and move on or blow Rick and co. up and move on to other things.