In 1999, a giant alien spacecraft crash-lands on South Ataria Island. Humanity proceeds to attempt to rebuild this marvel, but political conflicts centered around the "Macross" result in a global war. After 10 years, the "Unification Wars" are finally over, the new Earth United Nations Government is in power, and work on the Macross is complete. On the day of the launching ceremony, its main cannon fires on its own, destroying an alien spacecraft. This fateful day marks the beginning of the war between the humans on the Macross and the Zentradi, a race of humanoid aliens of giant proportions .
Angel Birds led by Max Jenius. Roy tells the audience to keep their eye on planes #1 and #2 because they'll be passing each-other only 20 meters off the ground at 150 kilometers per hour and the planes will only be just a few meters apart. Hikaru flies his Fan Racer into the presentation, frustrating the Major, the audience (among them, Lynn Minmay and Yoshio) laugh at their conversation. Hikaru follows the Valkyries, flying vertically. The audience are impressed even more as is Roy who's simultaneously angry at Hikaru's boost to an inverted climb maneuver that he actually taught Hikaru. Hikaru walks with Roy past an FL-200 and both boast about their achievements. Getting cans of Petite Cola for himself and Roy, Hikaru reminds Roy of the promise of returning to Hikaru's dad's stunt team after the war, Roy apologizes and tells Hikaru that he'd have to fly a fighter plane to understand. Hikaru notices how much his Senpai has changed. The vending machine moves and they see Yoshio wanting a cola from Minmay, who refuses as he just drank some juice. He gets the urge to go to the bathroom and so Minmay takes him. As she walks Yoshio to the bathroom, Roy stares at her skirt and grins, Hikaru realizes that at least one thing about his Senpai hasn't changed. A Nupetiet-Vergnitzs-class Fleet Command Battleship folds out into orbit above Earth, with several other ships. Exsedol Folmo tells Vrlitwhai Kridanik that the D-Fold signature of the ship of their enemies was tracked to this planet and there's no sign of a re-fold. Vrlitwhai thought that the Supervision Army would've left this system 8 terms ago, but they didn't so he thinks it could be another downed vessel, Exsedol agrees with that possibility. Vrlitwhai orders a reconnaissance mission. A single Picket Patrol Ship moves closer to the planet where Roy's letting Hikaru check out a VF-1D, he's even willing to let Hikaru fly one with himself in the back seat for safety. The Politician makes a speech, Captain Global's standing behind and is informed by an officer about a message from the ARMD-01 Space Carrier and decides to go to the bridge via elevator just as the Politician is about to introduce him as commander of the Macross. On the bridge, Second Lieutenant LaSalle's shocked to see the Macross's original systems are all powering themselves up and are switching over to firing mode.
Spider Bugs and a VF-1A. First Lieutenant Hayase informs Captain Global of a message from ARMD-02 stating they are sustaining minor damage, ARMD-01 is out of commission and the enemy fleet, having broken through the space defense perimeter, are heading on a direct course for the Macross. Captain Global comments that it is ironic as he spent the morning discussing with the Space Defense Council that should the Macross encounter an alien species, under no circumstances will Earth initiate any hostilities. Captain Global, via First Lieutenant Hayase orders all fighters to scramble. VF-1A Valkyries take off from South Ataria and the Prometheus. Major Focker gets into his VF-1S, going to war for the first time in 2 years. QF-3000E Ghost Fighter-Bombers also take off. Vrlitwhai sees the disorganization around South Ataria island from images sent by the scouts and laughs at the primitive species. But he looks closer at his image and sees that the enemy do have a Supervision Army cruiser. Exsedol has no memory of this particular type of vessel despite being the Chief Archivist. He sees that it resembles the weapons of the planet meaning they discovered the ship and restored it. Vrlitwhai thinks it's preposterous such a primitive species could possess such technology, but it fits the facts and explains the missiles they saw earlier; the legendary reaction weapons, so according to Exsedol, they cannot risk destroying the enemy outright. A soldier informs Vrlitwhai that Gnerl fighter pods have pinpointed their targets and are now launching.
Quiltra-Queleual-class Landing Ship Tank to Earth's atmosphere, also launching from the ship are Re-Entry Pods carrying various mecha. The Gnerl Fighter Pods fire missiles at the SDF-1. Although two of the Macross's retractable anti-aircraft missile launchers destroy some Gnerl missiles before they hit, a lot of Gnerl missiles hit the Macross's surroundings, injuring many personnel. Hikaru, who stayed in the cockpit as Major Focker said, is sleeping. First Lieutenant Hayase appears on his screen, wondering why his VF-1D (VT-102) hasn't taken off from the Display Grounds. The puzzled Hikaru tries to leave, but personnel fit VT-102 with a gunpod, preparing him for launch, despite the mess the runaway's in. A man closes the cockpit and Hikaru accepts he must now fight. He screams while flying through the explosions, there's fear in his eyes as he sees Gnerl's triple-barrel beam gun destroying a VF-1A. Skull Leader Major Focker, appears on his screen. Major Focker tells all fighters in the Sepia and Mont flights to scatter the enemy units in Zone 428. Realizing his Senpai's the Skull Leader, Hikaru hails Major Focker. Major Focker asks him when he became a fighter pilot, but he believes he'd never become one. He screams as he comes off of Major Focker's screen but he's ok. Major Focker tells him to keep it level, and fly in formation like in an airshow. Major Focker casually launches missiles on a Gnerl approaching VT-102. He can't believe Major Focker can be so laid back in a time like this. Major Focker jokes that in airshows, he'd would always be in front with Hikaru puttering behind. Hikaru shouts that he won't be behind Major Focker forever, Major Focker praises his spirit and leads the way. He sweeps VT-102's wings back but he's hit by beams from a Gnerl. He blanks out, flashing back to when he was piloting Fokker D.VII biplanes. Remembering Roy in a biplane waving goodbye, he wakes up to find VT-102 spinning towards the ground. First Lieutenant Hayase hails and orders him to veer off immediately. He fails to do so. Realizing he's a civilian, First Lieutenant Hayase guides him. Limbs appear from VT-102. When landing, he crushes three buildings but stops when VT-102's hands pull down an electrical transmission tower, crushing a fourth building. VT-102 lies in rubble in a humanoid mode, it stands up in front of a restaurant.
|4||Bruno J. Global00:05:53:01|
|4||F203 Dragon II00:05:11:01|
|8||VF-1A Valkyrie Angel Birds00:07:02:23|
|12||Picket Patrol Ship00:10:41:07|
|16||SF-3A Lancer II00:15:29:20|
|“||In the year 1999, a huge object fell from the heavens. A gigantic space battleship over 1200 m in length. Further investigation proved that the technology that drove this ship far surpassed mankind's own, and while no trace of alien beings could be found on board, the ship itself was clear proof that not only did life exist beyond our planet, but that it had made the stars its battlefield. In response, a united Earth government was formed and its first priority was the restoration of the alien spacecraft. But the task of establishing a world government was by no means an easy one and pockets of intense and armed resistance erupted across the face of the world. Despite this, restoration of the battleship progressed steadily and when the long and painful Unification Wars came to an end, and the Earth was again at peace, the alien battleship, rebuilt by human hands was given a new name with which to start its new life, The Macross, it has now been 10 years since the Macross fell to Earth.||”|
—Opening Narration00:01:11:10 to 00:02:23:00
|“|| Shammy: Oh there you are m'am! Captain Global has just reached the stage.
Misa: Fifteen minutes 'til the ceremony, and we might just make it after all. I swear, what is that man been doing all this time.
Claudia: Oh, out partying would be my guess. He did mention an Earth Defense Commitee meeting when he left last night, that old fox!
Misa: Unlike you of course.
Claudia: And just what does that mean?
Misa: It means you and Major Focker were out late, and when you got home, it was together.
Claudia: Haha, okaay. So I'm tired I'll be fine.
Misa: You may be fine Lieutenant but the Major has to fly escort for the Macross later.
Claudia: Hahaha, please... that man can drink all night with no effect; you've heard him brag how he nailed five fighters hungover during the Unification Wars.
Misa: Well that maybe so but if something were to happen.
Claudia: I guarantee he'll be fine but you know what? You want him? He's all yours! Take him! Go!
Vanessa: Hahahaha, wow! Maybe our First Lieutenant is interested in men.
Kim: Haha! Could've fooled me!
Shammy: Ah, that's just so mean!
Claudia: Poor Lieutenant Hayase, top in her class and still...
Misa: Senior Officer!
Claudia: You better see what your screens picked up, Lieutenant!
—The Bridge Bunnies Banter00:05:20:15 to 00:06:28:10
|“|| Roy: Huh? Dammit! Hey, get the hell out of there, is that you Hikaru?
Hikaru: I know that voice! Senpai! It's been a while, how are things?
Roy: How are things? You...
*Yoshio, Minmay and the rest of the audience Laugh*
Roy: ...you little, stop puttering around out there!
*Roy's microphone stand breaks
Hikaru: Huh? That's pretty cold, especially since you invited me here.
*Roy fixes his microphone stand*
Roy: I didn't say fly here in a prop driven scrap heap!
Hikaru: Don't worry it's perfectly safe!
Roy: Cut the crap! Besides, you could never keep up with me, junior. So don't forget your place.
Hikaru: You know, I wont stay in your shadow forever, Senpai.
Roy: What d'you say?
—Hikaru interrupts the performance00:07:26:04 to 00:08:07:00
|“|| Roy: Look kid, don't get cocky just because you won the amateur pilot competition two or three times.
Hikaru: Hmm, would you mind adding the other four times to your total there?
Roy: Seven times, big deal! During the Unification Wars, I shot down more than 180 planes!
Roy: Dah! Murderer? It's not like I had a choice about it, it was my job, I swear an oath!
*Hikaru gets to cans of Petite Cola*
Hikaru: Ah-huh, but you made a promise to my dad too, didn't you? That you'd come back to the team after the war.
Roy: Yeah, I let your father down and I'm sorry. But kid, the fact of the matter is, once you've flown a fighter plane, well, if you could pilot one yourself, you'd understand.
Hikaru: You've sure have changed, Senpai.
—Hikaru and Roy boasting about their achievements.00:09:04:17 to 00:09:49:00
|“|| Technical Official: Captain Global, we've just received a message from ARMD-01. They say they are detecting gravitational and spectroscopic anomalies originating from a high lunar orbit.
Captain Global: Gravitational anomalies...just like ten years ago.
Technical Official: When the Macross first appeared.
Captain Global: Let's get to the bridge.
—A message from ARMD-0100:11:51:17 to 00:12:08:05
|“|| Shammy: Captain! This is a Star-class code.
Misa: She's right, and there's more, Sir! When the cannon fired, it destroyed some kind of craft in lunar orbit 280 000 clicks from here. We're now detecting a fleet of unidentified ships approaching rapidly!
*Captain Global Laughs Loudly*
Captain Global: Haha, We...we fell for it! Haha hahahahahahaha. It was a boobytrap!
Claudia & Misa: A boobytrap?
Captain Global, inserting a pipe into his mouth: German troops often used them in the Second World War. They'd hide explosives in things waiting to be picked up like pens or guns and then retreat, leaving those things behind, and when somebody picked up the object, boom! It was sprung.
Captain Global: I'll bet the aliens who crashed this ship installed an automatic defense system.
*Captain Global pulls out a bag from his pocket*
Shammy: Captain! No somoking on the bridge!
Misa: Oh, Shammy.
Captain Global (putting the bag away): I was just keeping it in my mouth. All hands, go to Level One Alert!
—Captain Global names the episode.00:14:10:21 to 15:16:17
|“|| Misa: VT-102, you're on a collision course with us, veer off immediately!
Hikaru: It's no good, the rudders and spoilers are acting crazy, nothing else is responding!
Misa: Then change mode to configuration B.
Hikaru: Huh? B? What is B?
Misa: You don't know?! But that means... ok, pull the B-switch on the left of your console, and engage ACS.
—Misa guides Hikaru with landing00:22:22:12 to 00:22:46:08
- The events of this episode, as well as episode 2 and 3, took place on February 7, 2009.
- In the first airing of this episode, the animators deliberately inserted no scenes of Hikaru in the VF-1J cockpit in the opening, and only one fleeting shot of the Valkyrie in Battroid mode, substituting other shots in order to keep the Valkyrie's transformation and Hikaru's exploits a surprise until the very end of the episode. However, on home video releases, including the dub, the opening animation is identical to that of second episode.
- When Misa was talking to Hikaru during the scene where all Valkyries were taking off, she calls his specific VF-1D "VT-102" and the text on the side of his VF-1D states this too, however, the text on the VF-1D right after Hikaru takes off then changes to "VT-1023".
- After Shammy alerts Captain Global about the Star-class code she detected, text appears on Misa's screen which reads as follows:
|Super Dimension Fortress: Macross Episodes|
|"Boobytrap" • "Countdown" • "Space Fold" • "Lynn Minmay" • "Transformation" • "Daedalus Attack" • "Bye Bye Mars" • "Longest Birthday" • "Miss Macross" • "Blind Game" • "First Contact" • "Big Escape" • "Blue Wind" • "Global Report" • "Chinatown" • "Kung Fu Dandy" • "Phantasm" • "Pineapple Salad" • "Burst Point" • "Paradise Lost" • "Micro Cosmos" • "Love Concert" • "Drop Out" • "Good-bye Girl" • "Virgin Road" • "Messenger" • "Love Drifts Away" • "My Album" • "Lonely Song" • "Viva Maria" • "Satan's Dolls" • "Broken Heart" • "Rainy Night" • "Private Time" • "Romanesque" • "Goodbye, Tenderness"|