S.O.S. Earth: Revive Space Battleship Yamato

Star Blazers2199 A.D.: At the end of the 22nd century, planet Earth has been laid to waste by decades of radioactive planet bombs launched by the all-conquering Gamilons. The surviving human population has resorted to elaborate underground cities to survive, but the radiation will soon reach a point beyond which the surface of the Earth cannot protect them. All life on Earth is doomed.

Captain Avatar, one of the Earth Defense Force’s most seasoned leaders, commands a futile action against Gamilon forces which have now gained a solid foothold in Earth’s solar system on Pluto. The battle quickly turns against the human warriors, and with only two ships left of the fleet he led to Pluto, Avatar orders a retreat. The captain of the other ship, Alex Wildstar, disobeys direct orders and covers Avatar’s retreat – at the cost of his own life. Only Avatar and his surviving crew escape the slaughter, and the Gamilon presence in the solar system is left unchecked.

Meanwhile on Mars, Cadets Mark Venture and Derek Wildstar – Alex’s younger brother – discover the remains of a crashed spacecraft, neither of Earth or Gamilon origin. The sole occupant, a beautiful young woman, died in the ship’s violent landing, protecting a message capsule to the last. Wildstar and Venture are picked up by Avatar’s returning battleship, bringing the mysterious capsule with them.

Once decoded, the capsule turns out to be a message from Queen Starsha of the distant but peaceful planet Iscandar. Starsha offers a solution to Earth’s imminent doom in the form of Cosmo DNA, which can only be obtained on her world. The message also includes complete instructions for building a new propulsion system which will make the journey, spanning hundreds of thousands of light years, possible within one year.

Wildstar and Venture are summoned to a city constructed beneath what was once an ocean floor. Lodged in the surface above them lies the great World War II battleship Yamato, which is secretly being refitted into an advanced, one-of-a-kind starship using Starsha’s wave motion engine designs. To their surprise, the cadets have been hand-picked to join the command crew of the new vessel – which is to be commanded by Captain Avatar, whom Wildstar blames for Alex’s death.

But before the mighty Yamato can be rechristened Argo and launched on the last desperate mission to save the human race, the Gamilons launch an attack to destroy the ship on the ground – unless the ship’s new crew can pull together quickly and repel the assault.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Opening Gun: Space Battleship Yamato Starts

Star BlazersD minus 364 days: The Gamilons step up their attack on Earth when the learn of the Argo’s launch. Even as the Argo makes preparations to embark on its 148,000 light year voyager, the Gamilons launch the Menace Missile toward Earth, intending to finish off the Argo and humanity in one final attack. Captain Avatar prepares his new crew for the battle ahead, including radar operator Nova, science officer Sandor, medical officer Dr. Sane, and chief engineer Orion. But Avatar must first deal with a potential discipline problem with one of his new top officers – Derek Wildstar, who lacks confidence in the captain whom he holds responsible for his brother’s death.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Yamato, Take Off: The Challenge of 296,000 Light Years

Star BlazersD minus 363 days: With the Menace Missile successfully evaded, Captain Avatar and the crew make ready for a hitherto unattempted (and incredibly dangerous) space warp. If the calculations for the jump across space are off by even the tiniest margin, the Argo and its crew – and the hopes of Earth – will be lost forever. As if there aren’t already hazards aplenty during this vital stage of the mission, a Gamilon gunship plunges deep into Earth’s solar system on a mission to destroy the Argo before her journey can even begin. Wildstar leads the Black Tiger Squadron into battle for the first time, and almost learns what it means to lose someone under *his* command.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

World Of Wonder: Yamato Leaped Past Light

Star BlazersD minus 362 days: In order the complete the mission to Iscandar with the year Earth has left, the Argo’s crew prepares for the space warp. Venture questions his ability to hold up under the mission’s all-or-nothing stress. And in the meantime, none of his crewmates are sure what the warp will be like…or whether they or the Argo will survive it. Gamilon Leader Desslock watches their every move, preparing to strike, but unaware that Iscandar has provided Earth with vital technology.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Escape The Floating Continent

Star BlazersD minus 361 days: The Argo’s warp past Mars takes it too close to Jupiter, and the ship is pulled into the huge planet’s atmosphere, sustaining even more damage in the process. Just when it looks as though the Argo will be crushed in the intense pressure of Jupiter’s lower atmosphere, an impossible solution presents itself – a large land mass afloat in the atmosphere. But this convenient repair stop proves to be too convenient, for the continent is also home to a well-armed secret Gamilon tactical base. Captain Avatar sees the Gamilon threat as a perfect target on which to test the powerful wave motion gun, a piece of Iscandar technology which is so powerful, it drains all power from every other system aboard the Argo immediately before and after firing.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Space Destroyer Yukikaze Sleeps In The Ice Field

Star BlazersD minus 360 days: Though the Argo has escaped Jupiter, the wave motion gun’s enormous power has actually damaged its own ship. The Argo’s energy transmission unit has burned out, and repairs will require Titanite, a substance found only on the largest moon of Saturn. But Wildstar’s scouting party finds something else on Titan too – Gamilons. IQ-9 prevents Wildstar and Nova from being captured and killed by the narrowest of margins, and in the moments after the battle, Derek makes another startling discovery…the broken hull of his late brother’s battleship, crashed on Titan after the battle of Pluto.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Fateful Battle To Destroy The Enemy Stronghold

Star BlazersD minus 359 days: Approaching Pluto, the Argo is spotted by Colonel Ganz from the well-fortified base the Gamilons have established there. Ganz is eager to lure the Argo into range of the reflex gun, a new Gamilon weapon with a shorter range than the wave motion gun, but comprarable in destructive power. The reflex gun scores a direct hit on the Argo, causing critical damage, and forcing the ship into a death dive for the surface – a fate which is avoided by firing the rocket anchor into the surface of Pluto’s moon Charon at the last minute. But then Ganz reveals his trump card – a serious of orbital satellites which can reflect the energy of the reflex gun in any direction around the planet. The second hit forces Argo into Pluto’s icy oceans…and a third sinks the great ship with all hands aboard.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Destroy The Reflection Satellite Gun

Star BlazersD minus 356 days: Not content to merely sink the Argo, Colonel Ganz orders a submarine squadron to finish off the Star Force. Wildstar leads a desperate mission to find and destroy the reflex gun, while the Gamilons’ attack intensifies. The Argo’s oxygen supply is damaged, and once the ship’s air is exhausted, it will be forced to surface in Pluto’s ocean again – making it a very easy target for the Gamilons. If the Star Force can drive the Gamilons from Pluto, the attackers will lose their foothold in the solar system, ending the bombardment of Earth. But if the Argo is destroyed, the human race is doomed.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Revolving Defense: Asteroid Belt

Star BlazersD minus 354 days: Disgraced by his retreat from Pluto, Colonel Ganz tries to regain Desslock’s favor by mounting a last-ditch offensive against the Argo – and given the Argo’s extremely vulnerable state following the withering series of attacks at Pluto, a Gamilon victory isn’t inconceivable. Sandor warns Captain Avatar that a straightforward fight will only result in the Star Force’s destruction. With no alternatives, the Argo takes shelter in a nearby asteroid belt, where Avatar hopes to buy enough time to conduct thorough repairs. Sandor concocts an unconventional camouflage scheme, in which asteroid fragments from the belt will be drawn against the hull of the Argo. Though the disguise offers a brief period of disguise, Ganz soon figures out where his prey is. But this too has been anticipated by Avatar and Sandor, who have another strategy to defend the battered Argo from the Gamilons.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Farewell Solar System, From The Galaxy With Love

Star BlazersD minus 338 days: As the Argo prepares to become the first Earth vessel to leave the solar system, a signal from the Earth Defense Force brings news to the crew. Though the destruction of the Gamilon base on Pluto has brought an end to the bombardment of Earth, the resulting radiation has taken its toll on the human race. Before the Argo makes the space warp that will take it beyond Earth communications range, Captain Avatar arranges for every member of the crew to make a five-minute call home. For some, the occasion is joyous, and for others it brings tears. But for Derek Wildstar, it’s a bitter reminder of the family he has lost.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Break Through The Gamilus Absolute Defense Line

Star BlazersD minus 315 days: The Argo encounters a space minefield, and Venture plots a course around the deadly obstacles, only to discover that they’re programmed to follow the ship. The mines slowly surround the ship until it’s impossible for the Argo to move any further. Sandor and IQ-9 undertake a grueling mission to defuse the control mine. As Desslok and his aides watch, the crew of the Argo salvages its ship by removing the mines by hand – a solution the enemy of the human race never would have anticipated.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

Note: This is the first episode in which Desslar/Desslok’s skin appears to be blue; in the first ten episodes, he seemed to have a rather normal caucasian human skin tone. No explanation is given for the change.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Absolute Death: The Wishing Star Of Orion, Hell-Star

Star BlazersD minus 311 days: The Argo is ensnared in a gravitational space net and targeted by Gamilon missiles. Captain Avatar suddenly seems weakened and hesitant, and only the fast thinking – and even insubordination – of his crew saves the Argo. Dr. Sane bandages up a superficial wound for Avatar after the incident, but then privately gives the captain a warning: Avatar is beginning to succumb to the same radiation sickness that will claim all life on Earth within a year. The captain insists on keeping his condition under wraps, but cannot avoid Dr. Sane’s warning that he will eventually succumb to the radiation and become unfit to command. Desslok forces the Argo into a perfectly-planned trap…and at the most critical moment, Captain Avatar collapses, unable to give vital orders and still unwilling to admit his illness to the crew. And between crises, Nova finally admits her attraction to Wildstar, though the young officer is oblivious to her feelings.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Hurry, Yamato: Earth Is Suffering

Star BlazersD minus 308 days: Growing tired of the Star Force’s last minute escapes, Leader Desslok calls upon General Lysis, the ruthless Gamilon war hero, to do away with the Argo. An advance flight of Black Tigers engages a squad of Gamilon fighters, capturing one damaged ship and its pilot intact. A large crowd gathers to watch Dr. Sane examine the pilot, and all speculation about the nature and cruelty of the Gamilons is laid to rest when the flight suit is removed – the pilot looks like a human being, only with blue skin, and his vital signs are the same as any human. Wildstar, reliving the trauma of his parents’ death during the Gamilons’ bombing of Earth, has vowed to kill the first Gamilon he sees with his own bare hands…and decides to fulfill this promise even if it means murdering a valuable prisoner.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Galaxy’s Ordeal: The Year 2200 Advances

Star BlazersD minus 305 days: The Argo is seized by the immense gravitational and energy storm surrounding the Octopus Star Group. Held immobile by the intense forces surrounding the small star cluster, the crew begins to develop a bad case of cabin fever. Wildstar and Venture’s rivalry turns into violence, even to the point of interfering with their duties. The Argo hasn’t moved in three weeks, and is falling behind schedule on its mission. Teamwork is the key to escaping the Octopus Star Group…but the ship’s crew is falling apart.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Desperate Escape: The Galaxy’s Different Dimension

Star BlazersD minus 280 days: The Argo is caught in the gravitational vortex of a collapsing star. As if this isn’t a bad enough position, an enormous Gamilon fleet commanded by General Lysis closes in from the rear. As the vortex sucks the Argo’s energy reserves dry, the survival prospects for the Star Force look bleak.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

Note: The introductory shot of Volgar is an rare example where the Japanese characters for his name have not been covered by an English subtitle. Also, General Lysis’ log entry gives the date as January 7 – though why the Gamilons would be using the Julian calendar is unknown!

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Beemera: Underground Prison Of Condemned Criminals

Star BlazersD minus 277 days: The Star Force arrives at the planet Beeland, a world with ample vegetation – something needed on the Argo to replenish the ship’s dwindling food supplies. But Beeland is also home to an insectoid race which has been enslaved by the Gamilons, and a search detail consisting of Nova and IQ-9 is captured in the mistaken belief that they are Gamilons as well. A revolt against the insects’ queen, who keeps her people subservient to the Gamilons, is in progress – and the hostages are caught in the middle.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Charge! Ballonodon Special Attack Group!

Star BlazersD minus 267 days: The Argo approaches the planet Ballan, a volcanically active body which is the home to a large Gamilon encampment. Ballan is also the halfway point on the journey from Earth to Iscandar. As the Star Force moves into Gamilon space, the Gamilon generals, Lysis and Volgar, are fighting each other over strategic matters. But the Gamilon leaders are not the only commanders in disarray – Captain Avatar collapses on the bridge and Dr. Sane decides that he must undergo a high-risk surgery. General Volgar jumps the gun and launches a premature attack, and Wildstar is forced into his first uneasy command without his mentor nearby.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Floating Fortress Island: Two Men Brave Death

Star BlazersD minus 263 days: A large spacecraft looms in the Argo’s path just eight days out from Ballan. Sandor flies ahead in a recon ship to investigate, but is forced to eject when his ship is destroyed by intense vibrations emitted by the Gamilon vessel. Sandor takes another chance on the mission, this time using a fighter of his own design with a seamless, one-piece hull. Using this vehicle, Sandor and Wildstar board the Gamilon ship, hoping to disable its vibration weapon before it destroys the Argo. Their journey through the heart of the immense ship takes long than expected, and Captain Avatar is forced to consider leaving without them. The artificial intelligence driving the Gamilon ship traps Sandor – but the science officer reveals that, due to a childhood accident, his limbs are all prosthetics and can be easily removed. But in order to detonate the explosive charges to destroy the Gamilon weapon, Sandor – now incapable of escaping the blast – must stay there.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Homesickness Of Space

Star BlazersD minus 260 days: The Star Force manages to contact Earth, and Captain Avatar receives a status report – things are getting worse, but there is great hope that the Argo will survive its journey to Iscandar and back. But unknown to the rest of the crew, Communications Officer Homer has been misusing his abilities to stay in near-constant contact with his own family – thus putting the Argo at risk of being located with every communication. After learning that his father is near death because of the radiation wracking the human race, Homer loses his nerve and demands that the ship turn around and return to Earth, and when Venture refuses, the homesick communications officer takes matters into his own hands, even if it means abandoning his loyalty to the Star Force.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

Full title: Homesickness Of Space: My Mother’s Tears Are My Tears

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Day Planet Ballan’s Sun Dropped

Star BlazersD minus 255 days: The first Star Force reconnaisance planes reach Ballan, and Wildstar and Conroy barely get away after finding the Gamilon base. The Argo continues toward Ballan, but its arrival has been anticipated – Generals Lysis and Volgar are still planning strategy, but Volgar is appalled at Lysis’ willingness to sacrifice the Gamilon base on Ballan (and all of its personnel) in a plan to crush the Argo with Ballan’s artificial sun. Wildstar, however, suspects that the Argo is flying into a trap, and indeed the ship sustains severe damage in the battle. Captain Avatar, impressed by Wildstar’s handling of the situation, makes the young officer the Argo’s Deputy Captain.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Desperate Challenge From Domeru’s Fleet

Star BlazersD minus 253 days: General Lysis is court-martialed and sentenced to death by a Gamilon military court for the loss of the Ballan base, but is pardoned by Leader Desslok with the provision that his next attempt to destroy the Star Force must succeed. Lysis issues a direct challenge to the Argo for a confrontation in the Rainbow Star Group, which Captain Avatar grudgingly agrees to meet. Lysis musters an enormous fighting force for the decisive battle, including a large scale teleportation system capable of transmitting entire ships across space instantenously. Lysis has also prepared a drill missile specially designed to penetrate the muzzle of the Argo’s wave motion gun and rob the Star Force of its single most effective weapon. As the two forces converge at the Rainbow Star Group, the gradually weakening Avatar hopes that he has chosen his successor wisely.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Fight For Honor At The Rainbow Star Group

Star BlazersD minus 253 days: The Cosmo Tiger fighters scout ahead of the Argo to take out the Gamilon advance – but this also takes them away from the Argo, and General Lysis teleports a fleet of bombers directly into the Argo’s immediate area to attack. The great ship is almost destroyed, and Wildstar and the Cosmo Tigers are unable to help in time. Lysis launches his final weapon – the drill missile. The projectile runs true, lodging itself in the Argo’s wave motion gun and burrowing deep into the ship, where it will detonate once it reaches a central location. The Star Force fighter squadron is forced to return to base to refuel, leaving the ship completely defenseless until Sandor and IQ-9 reverse the drill’s direction, firing it back out of the wave motion gun’s tube and destroying the Gamilon fleet – with the exception of Lysis’ command ship. After delivering a final ultimatum to Captain Avatar, Lysis launches his last attack.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

Full title: Decisive Battle: Fight For Honor At The Rainbow Star Group

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Finally Arrived: Crest Of The Magellanic Cloud’s Wave

Star BlazersD minus 165 days: The Argo reaches the Magellanic Cloud, and is greeted by a communication from Starsha of Iscandar – and a barrage of missiles from Gamilon which render the Argo’s navigational instruments useless. The crew begins to wonder if Starsha’s message was a fake, but this question is resolved by the discovery that Iscandar and Gamilon are a twin planetary system. Captain Avatar, wracked by the final stages of radiation poisoning, is bedridden, leaving Derek Wildstar in command. The Argo is magnetically forced down into Gamilon’s acidic sea, where it is trapped as the Gamilons launch their final attack.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Death Struggle: God, Weep For The Gamilas

Star BlazersD minus 164 days: Trapped between an acid sea and acid rain, with Gamilon missiles closing in, Wildstar consults with Captain Avatar one last time. Avatar recommends submerging the Argo long enough to find an undersea volcano – and trigger an eruption with the wave motion gun. IQ-9 locates something that will turn the tide of the whole battle: a volcanic system which, if triggered properly, could turn the already inhospitable Gamilon homeworld into an uninhabitable hell. What Wildstar can’t even imagine is that Desslok’s obsession with destroying the Argo will lead the Gamilon commander to lay his own world to waste.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Iscandar: A Dying Planet of Love

Star BlazersD minus 161 days: The Argo lands on Iscandar and is met by Queen Starsha herself, who initially mistakes Nova for her sister, who died delivering Starsha’s message to Earth. As the components of the Cosmo DNA device are loaded aboard the Argo, Starsha leads Wildstar and Nova to her home, where she has been nursing an Earth officer back to health after the Gamilon ship that captured him landed on Iscandar: Alex Wildstar, Derek’s older brother who was presumed dead in the battle of Pluto. In the meantime, assistant engineer Sparks leads a dozen members of the Argo’s crew in an attempt to mutiny and remain on Iscandar. But two things make this situation especially dangerous: Sparks’ mutineers have chosen one of the most dangerous spots on Iscandar to hide, and they have kidnapped Nova.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Earth: Yamato Returns

Star BlazersD minus 131 days: After a one-month layover on Iscandar, the Argo heads back to Earth – but Desslok has escaped with one last Gamilon destroyer and plans to exact his final vengeance on the Star Force. But even Desslok’s sneak attack goes wrong when the Argo goes into warp – and rematerializes around the Gamilon vessel. Desslok takes advantage of the collision and the chaos, leading his men into the belly of the Argo and pumping a radioactive sleeping gas into the ship to render the crew unconscious. Nova makes a last-ditch attempt to save the crew by prematurely activating the radiation-cleansing Cosmo DNA machine, but nearly pays for it with her life – she inhales enough of Desslok’s gas to fall into a coma. The Star Force returns to Earth at last, but the first day of the human race’s salvation will be Captain Avatar’s last day alive.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Awakening

Deepwater Black / Mission GenesisA young woman named Yuna awakens from cryogenic sleep aboard a ship that’s lurching unpredictably through space. Other cryogenic containers open gradually, revealing the rest of her crewmates, though none of them – including Yuna – can remember their names or their shipboard functions at first.

Yuna and a young man named Reb regain enough of their memories to realize that their ship is being attacked, and manage to evade the attack by jumping into hyperspace – but whoever is firing on them continues the pursuit, and they can’t run forever. The others begin to recall their jobs: Zak is a cybernetics expert, and immediately sets about trying to repair the onboard computer and its holographic interface, Gen. Lise is medically trained, while the aggressive Bren comfortably steps back into his function as the ship’s security chief. Gret seems to be the crew’s communications expert. But all of them will have to remember how to do their jobs quickly in order to survive the next attack…

written by Bill Taub
based on the Deepwater novels by Ken Catran
directed by George Mendeluk
music by Fred Mollin

Cast: Gordon Michael Woolvett (Reb), Nicole de Boer (Yuna), Jason Cadieux (Bren), Julie Khan (Gen), Craig Kirkwood (Zak), Sara Sahr (Lise), Kelli Taylor (Gret)

Deepwater BlackNotes: Aired in the U.S. as Mission Genesis on Sci-Fi Channel, this series – based on a series of young adult SF novels by Canadian writer Ken Catran – was partially bankrolled by Sci-Fi Channel and was billed as the first Sci-Fi Channel original series. The cast is filled with faces familiar to viewers of Canadian-produced drama series (a category that also crosses over with many later Sci-Fi Channel original series). The television series diverges from the books in everything from minor story details to major elements such as the characters’ names. Composer Fred Mollin had previously scored such Canadian-produced TV series as Friday The 13th: The Series (and some of the later movies from that franchise), Forever Knight, TekWar and episodes of the new Outer Limits.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Lullaby

Deepwater Black / Mission GenesisAfter surviving their first challenge from a hostile ship, the young and still amnesiac crew of Deepwater Black continues trying to remember anything – including how to fix the onboard computer, Gen. They’re surprised when Gen puts in an appearance shortly after Zak short-circuits her console, but she’s not herself. Gen insists that the entire crew resume cryo-sleep in one hour, and begins depressurizing sections of the ship in preparation. Even without their memories, everyone knows something is wrong, but with Zak locked out of Gen’s diagnostic program, they can’t get her to slow down her rush to put them back to sleep. Exploring the ship to look for another console, Gret suddenly has a flash of memory – and that memory includes the knowledge that she, and everyone else on board, is a clone.

Deepwater Blackwritten by Jeff Copeland and Barry Pearson
based on the Deepwater novels by Ken Catran
directed by Don McCutcheon
music by Fred Mollin

Cast: Gordon Michael Woolvett (Reb), Nicole de Boer (Yuna), Jason Cadieux (Bren), Julie Khan (Gen), Craig Kirkwood (Zak), Sara Sahr (Lise), Kelli Taylor (Gret)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Legacy

Deepwater Black / Mission GenesisThe ship is nearly wiped out in a tachyon storm, with the lack of a clear chain of command nearly getting the crew killed. Bren is sent into the bowels of the ship to reroute power, but is distracted when he finds a message tape with his name on it – along with the words “for your eyes only.” After the immediate crisis, Bren returns to his quarters to watch the message: a top secret communique from the original Bren’s military commanding officer, informing him that he may have to take command at a critical moment. But the message is vague enough to make Bren think that his time is now, and he begins planning an armed takeover; after all, the lack of discipline on the bridge is dangerous, and it’s in everyone’s best interests. Yuna and Zak, conducting repairs outside the ship in the shuttlecraft, are stranded outside the shields, and Bren chooses this moment to relieve Reb of command by force, stunning him and taking him off the bridge. The more his crewmates resist his command, the more paranoid Bren becomes. Lise discovers that the message tape was coated with a mind control drug developed by the military, but by the time Bren finds out that he’s out of control, it may be too late for Yuna and Zak.

Deepwater Blackwritten by Jeff Copeland
based on the Deepwater novels by Ken Catran
directed by Don McCutcheon
music by Fred Mollin

Cast: Gordon Michael Woolvett (Reb), Nicole de Boer (Yuna), Jason Cadieux (Bren), Julie Khan (Gen), Craig Kirkwood (Zak), Sara Sahr (Lise), Kelli Taylor (Gret)

LogBook entry by Earl Green