Ghost Ship From Planet Mir

Battle Of The PlanetsA new Earth base on the planet Mir, combining an oceanic research facility with a huge oil refinery, has become the latest target of Spectra’s attacks. Supply ships with human crews are disappearing near a “ship graveyard” in Mir’s major ocean, and Chief Anderson sends G-Force to investigate. The Phoenix arrives and heads straight for Mir’s ocean, quickly finding evidence that Spectra is teaming up with disgruntled locals on Mir to drive humans off their planet. Jason is eager to take the fight to Spectra’s fleet of fighters, but when he empties the Phoenix’s entire supply of missiles, G-Force has to hope that help is on the way.

written by Jameson Brewer
directed by Hisayuki Toriumi
music by Hoyt Curtin and Bob Sakuma

Voice Cast: Casey Kasem (Mark), Ronnie Schell (Jason), Janet Waldo Battle Of The Planets(Princess / Susan), Alan Young (7-Zark-7 / Keyop), Alan Dinehart Jr. (Tiny / Chief Anderson), Keye Luke (Zoltar / The Luminous One)

Note: The Red Impulse element of the original episode is completely omitted here; G-Force’s salvation comes from unspecified “fighters from Mir.” (Various characters pronounce the planet’s name in different ways, ranging from “mere” – a la the Russian space station – to “murr.”) President Kane’s discussion with Chief Anderson seems to imply that Earth is not welcome on Mir, despite the fact that they’ve built an undersea base with a huge oil refinery there; the presence of two factions on Mir seems to infer that Earth has set up shop in the middle of a Mir civil war (!). Large portions of the original Gatchaman episode were cut from this installment, including the initial attack on the supply ship and the entire attack on the undersea base. For the corresponding episode of Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman, click here.

LogBook entry by Earl Green