|Air Date (JP)||
December 13, 1980
|Air Date (UK)||
January 8, 1983
Galaxy Adrift, or The Drifting Galaxy (銀河漂流 ginga hyōryū) in original Japanese, is the tenth episode of Star Fleet. It aired on December 13, 1980 on Fuji TV in Japan, and January 8, 1983 on ITV in the UK.
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Makara, now with only six months to get F-01, narrowly escapes execution and continues with a new battle plan. Shiro stares into the vast emptiness of the galaxy, wondering where the Skull is. Lamia disturbs his thoughts and the two talk about where the Skull may be.
On Makara's ship, she tells Orion that they don't have any time to waste. Orion is unsure whether or not Lamia is the F-01, but Makara is sure of it, there being no other reason for her contacting the Skull. Makara and Orion's conversation is interrupted by a familiar voice. The elevator rises revealing it to be Captain Carter, long thought dead by his friends. Carter has been "brainwashed by the ultra solar rays" and has total allegiance to the Alliance. Makara allows Carter to take command of operations.
Meanwhile on X-Bomber, the crew are trying to trace the Skull, but the ship is running low on power and food. Shiro wonders why they've not heard from Makara in a while. Hercules believes it's because they've been slowly drifting into the deepest parts of space. Dr. Benn orders Lee to contact Star Fleet Command, but he is unable to and they realize they're too far out to send or receive a message. Lee then picks up a message from the Skull giving a rendezvous point.
The message instructs them to land on the nearby Planet Zenith, a heavy foliaged planet with a "sea of trees". As X-Bomber lands, the Skull is within sight. Dr. Benn tries to contact the Skull, but it does not respond. As they attempt to contact, vines extend from the forest and wrap themselves around the X-Bomber. Lamia communicates with the Skull directly, which finally elicits a response, wanting her to go across alone. Dr. Benn finds this very risky and is very suspicious; he orders Shiro to take off.
As Shiro preps, Carter, deep in shadow, comes on the X-Bombers communications screen. He tells Dr. Benn that his apprehension was indeed correct and there is no escape for them unless they hand over Lamia. X-Bomber tries to take off, but the vines stop it from launching. The harder X-Bomber tries to escape, the more violent the vines become. The Skull disappears, revealing it was only a hologram and another trap by the Alliance. Makara's ship appears from behind a waterfall, and Dr. Benn calls them ship-to-ship to ask what they want. Carter again appears on screen demanding Lamia to come across. Lamia leaves the bridge to hand herself over, but Dr. Benn refuses to allow her to go. He tells her they can't let her go even if she is the F-01.
Carter's patience runs out, and the battlecruiser opens fire. This plays into X-Bomber's hands, as the attack weakens enough vines to allow them to take off. Carter decides to prepare the Delta Laser, the Alliance's "ultimate weapon". Captain Orion is shocked by this, as the Delta laser can destroy an entire planet. As the Delta laser is readied, the Battlecruiser is suddenly struck by laser fire. The real Skull has arrived, and once again comes to X-Bomber's aid, pouring laser fire onto Makara's battlecruiser. This buys X-Bomber enough time to power up and escape the damaged vines.
The Skull outruns Makara's battleship in their attempt to catch up to it. Carter decides to think up another plan than pursuit any further. Captain Orion, feeling jealous, attempts to convince Makara that the failure is Carter's fault, which Makara ignores. X-Bomber attempts following the Skull as well, but it too is outrun. Shiro meanwhile ponders the new Alliance commander, finding his voice suspiciously familiar.
|Character||Japanese Voice||English Voice||French Voice|
|Termoids||Masaharu Satō||Jacob Witkin||Frédéric Pieretti|
Earth Defence ForcesEdit
- Imperial Battlecruiser