Southern Cross: episodes: Labrynth and Metal Fire

Both of these episodes I watched over the last two days. I am beginning to see less and less changes in the plot and basic ideas conveyed in the dialogue from the original series to the Robotech releases of these stories. In “Labrynth” also known as”the Trap” episode in Robotech there is some of the 15th Squadron’s entrance into the ship that was edited out, in Southern Cross there is a skirmish upon entering the Zor?Master’s ship however, it really doesn’t change much at all from the storyline. It may make more sense that there was abattle as to not appear to be as obvious a trap for the Earth forces to fall into. There is a little more explanation of the two enlisted men that are left behind and then hovered over and noticed on the 15th’s exit. It made a little more sense to me now, I always felt those two soldiers laying on the ground was somehow a bit eerie. Another difference I noticed is the music that Musica is playing on the cosmic harp is more melodic in the Southern Cross, it sounds a bit more like the love themes you hear in Robotech, that being said, the “music” you hear Musica playing in Robotech to me, is more alien like in it’s atonal nature. Really a brilliant idea from Ulpio Minucci’s unforgettable soundtrack works in Robotech, he uses so much familiar melody that you would expect to hear some of that in Musica’s playing of the cosmic harp, but brilliantly no, it is very alien sounding music to our ears, even Louis mentions that at som epoint in their time inside the alien mothership.

Finally in “Metal Fire” I have begun to notice some improvements on the dialogue’s content. I prefer not to judge on literal translations as what sounds natural and conversational in one language may sound stilted in formal in another. However, Robotech’s characters and voice actors have conveyed a script that sounds more conversational and more what you would imagine people to be saying in these situations not “headstrong commander, we put our trust in you” or some such phrasing Andresjz/Angelo uses in Southern Cross. But, I have noticed quite a bit of Jeanne’s assumptions on the Zor being human to be based only on their visual appearance whereas it is more believable that Dana in Robotech has some sixth sense from her Zentraedi side. It makes the suspicions she has more plausible. Another bothersome part of Southern Cross’s content is some of the referring to Jeanne as a girl being a bit of a weakness or shorthanded disadvantage or inferiority by many of the characters. I know this can still be the case today with female officers and women in leadership positions but one has to think that these are humans in the distant future not as in Robotech where the story takes place around in 2029-2030. This Southern Cross is on a planet known as Glorie and humans have been left behind in space some have developed into advanced races, but these peopel are still thinking of a female officer as a “girl”.  Although Jeanne is very girlish, which is a nice part of her dualistic character in Southern Cross it is overplayed a bit and the writers have finally allowed her to go beyond complaining about not getting to wash her hair or have a bath. Once again, I see Dana Sterling as being an altogether more interesting character as there is more complexity and reasoning behind her actions and assumptions. Also she doesn’t have goofy lines like “this is like dissection of frogs” or something to that effect during the Bioroid analysis in the Southern Cross version of “Metal Fire”.


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