A few days ago, I bought The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese’s film about The Band’s last concert. With performances from Eric Clapton,
I’ve been waiting for twenty years to finally have a complete archive of this series. I had about half of the last (of the three distinct) series on VHS, until one day the channel that was running the show decided to drop Robotech and start running Centurions in its place. No goodbye, no aloha, they just yanked it off the air with three episodes left. It’s only tonight that I finally got to actually watch the last three episodes, and I have to say that my reaction is completely different than it was when I was a kid, reading the comic book adaptation of the end of the series. Back then, I thought it was great that Scott Bernard launched into space to go find the remainder of the fleet, but today I think that he’s an idiot for leaving his friends (and his alien girlfriend) behind.
In 1985, the Cold War was still raging, and I’m not sure that this series could intentionally be said to be drawn from the inherent differences between American and Soviet cultures, but –looking back- it seems almost obvious that Macross was an allegory to trying to bridge that gap between east and west. The series shows war-hawks on both sides, fully intending to keep the war going, in spite of the fact that peace is possible, and both sides also have more rational individuals who believe in the peace process and cultural exchange. In fact, the Zentraedi (giant alien warriors, bred only for war) have their morale eroded by this cultural exchange and many end up defecting to the human side, which they feel will provide them with more satisfying lives.I’d go into greater detail, but I already spent quite a bit of time writing about the subtext of the first Xenosaga game, so I’m pretty tired. I’ll get back to bullshitting about Robotech later, because I’m not even a third of the way into the series yet, though I plan on watching the entire thing by the time I have to go back to work on Sunday. I'm 25 episodes into a series of 85, so I think it shouldn't be too hard.