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Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles (2006)

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Picking up where the original series left off, Scott Bernard continues his search for Rick Hunter and the fate of the SDF-3.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Epcar ... Vince Grant / Haydonite (voice)
Eddie Frierson ... Louis Nichols / Haydonite (voice)
Mark Hamill ... Commander Taylor / Haydonite (voice)
Alexandra Kenworthy ... The Regess (voice)
Yuri Lowenthal ... Marcus Rush (voice)
Melanie MacQueen Melanie MacQueen ... Marlene Rush (voice)
Chase Masterson ... Janice (voice)
Edie Mirman ... Maia Sterling (voice)
Iona Morris ... Jean Grant (voice)
Tony Oliver ... Admiral Rick Hunter (voice)
Arthur Santiago ... Alex Romero (voice)
Gregory Snegoff ... Scott Bernard / Haydonite (voice) (as Greg Snegoff)
Michael Sorich ... Sparks (voice)
Kari Wahlgren ... Ariel (voice)
Dan Woren ... General Reinhardt / Haydonite (voice)
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Storyline

The Robotech Expeditionary Force stages their final assault on the Invid to liberate Earth at all costs along with REF pilot Scott Bernard and the Invid princess Ariel's parallel planetside efforts at the alien's stronghold, Reflex Point. Just before the attack, the fleet gets a distress call from Admiral Rick Hunter and their flagship, SDF-3. In the ensuing mission, which only manages to rescue the android Janice Em, the REF discover that they have been betrayed by their own ally, the Haydenites, whose powerful technology they have supplied now is revealed to be designed to devastatingly enable their own plans of conquest even as the Invid withdraw. As Scott and Ariel join the fleet, the disparate pair and Janice must overcome their comrade's deep distrust to find a means to stop their newest foe before it is too late. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Everyone thought the war was over ... but the darkest battle has only just begun. See more »


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Rated PG for sci-fi action violence, language and some senusality | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robotech: Shadow Force See more »

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Harmony Gold See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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I, too, am speechless
21 September 2008 | by tonicboySee all my reviews

However, my lack of speech is more out of respect for the original series than anything else. As a long-time fan who grew up on Robotech every day after school, it is extremely hard for me to speak about the series with harsh words. And yet, that's what I feel I must do.

This movie is a prime example of why Americans (or maybe just Harmony Gold) should NEVER, EVER, EVER be allowed to do Japanese-style anime. To begin with, the plot is predictable, the dialog is terrible and the voice acting even worse. Seriously, the voice acting is worse than a bad dubbing job. However, even if all of that were true, at least there should be some great eye candy for Robotech fans, right? Really cool robots flying around, new aliens to gawk at, cameos from old characters, cool new armor, etc. Wrong, you get NONE of that.

The mecha in this movie is so utterly disappointing. On the Earth side, you get Alpha and Beta Fighters with a short scene with Cyclones. Not a single new mecha. Not only that, but the mecha are rendered in the worse CGI I have seen in decades. Simplistic models with no texture mapping at all (AT ALL!!), no cell-shading or any other advance techniques to maintain an anime-style feel. Just pathetic. On the Invid side, all you ever see are the standard Invid Troopers (they may even be Scouts, I didn't get a good enough look). For the "Children of the Shadow", you only get to see their mecha for about 5 minutes towards the end, and the mecha design is really primitive compared to Japanese designs.

Overall, it's hard to believe that this movie was made twenty years after the original series. If you watch the many sequels for series such as Macross, each one brings to the table advancements in animation, character and mecha design. The Shadow Chronicles is a step backwards in each of these areas. If you are super die-hard fan as I am, you will probably ignore this review and see the movie anyway, because you need to see for yourself. However, just be prepared to have your childhood memories ripped to shreds.


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