Tread Perilously — Robotech: Phantasm/Farewell, Big Brother

robotechTread Perilously finally boards the SDF-1 for a couple of episodes of the fondly remembered 1980s syndicated animated series Robotech, but will our host find horror in the 31-year-old show?

When Rick Hunter is shot down (for the first time), he suffers from a delirious state which resembles a clip show, forcing him to faces his fears and pose the question he cannot answer for another twenty episodes: does he love a woman or a girl? Once out of his nightmare, the recovering hero gets a visit from both of his love interests while his “big brother” Roy Fokker bites the big one.

Honestly, it was pretty devastating at the time.

Erik and Justin express their undying affection for ace pilot Max Sterling and note how many similarities the show shares with Battlestar Galactica. Erik admits he probably has blinders for Robotech, but can see some of its flaws. Both recall Roy Fokker as a constant drinker, but Erik knows why Justin remembers him dying in battle instead of while strumming a guitar. They also gush about the toyline and the infamous Palladium Books Robotech RPG.

Also, “Pineapple Salad” is not a euphemism.

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About Erik

Erik Amaya is the host of Tread Perilously and the former Head Film/TV writer at Bleeding Cool. He has also contributed to sites like CBR, Comics Alliance and Fanbase Press. He is also the voice of Puppet Tommy on "The Room Responds."
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