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Tread Perilously - ‘Robotech: Phantasm / Farewell, Big Brother’

Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.

This WeekRobotech's "Phantasm" / "Farewell, Big Brother"

Tread Perilously finally boards the SDF-1 for a couple of episodes of the fondly remembered 1980s syndicated animated series, Robotech, but will our hosts 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 face 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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Last modified on Thursday, 13 October 2016 14:20