|X-Bomber Goes Forth|
|Air Date (JP)||
November 15, 1980
|Air Date (UK)||
November 27, 1982
X-Bomber Goes Forth (旅立つXボンバー! tabidatsu X bonbā!) is the sixth episode of Star Fleet. It aired on November 15, 1980 on Fuji TV in Japan, and November 27, 1982 on ITV in the UK.
|Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.|
X-Bomber returns to Moonbase after its encounters with the Skull, Lamia speculates on her possible connection with the Skull. Dr. Benn tells Lamia although she received the message, it may not have been for her, and asks her not do anything without further proof.
Meanwhile General Kyle at Star Fleet HQ analyzes footage of the Skull's battle with the Alliance. General Kyle believes that it can help with Star Fleet's war with the alliance and decides X-Bomber should trace the Skull, reasoning that Earth will be OK without X-Bomber, as F-01 is Makara's main priority. Dr. Benn explains this reasoning to the crew - Lamia will come along according to Shiro to "boost morale". He orders the crew to rest before launch.
Back on Earth, Star Fleet Command goes to 'yellow alert' as an unidentified ship approaches, when they see it's Makara's cruiser, they change that order to 'Red Alert'. Makara calls to demand the handover of Lamia to her, if they comply she will spare the destruction of Earth. Kyle orders Mars based Astrofighters to engage Makara's ship until X-Bomber can get there.
Makara orders Orion to prepare the Imperial Fighters to engage the Astrofighters, as on X-Bomber, the pilots are confused as they are alerted to launch early. Orion completely annihilates the fleet of Astrofighters, and Makara orders him to set course for Earth.
X-Bomber lifts off from the Moon, and also heads toward Earth. Makara keeps a calm head and surprisingly orders Captain Orion to retreat. X-Bomber resumes its mission to hunt for the Skull. General Kyle thanks Dr. Benn for once again saving Earth, Dr. Benn realizes that Makara will be following them and accepts this danger as it'll protect Earth. Imperial carriers meanwhile tail the X-Bomber as it scans for the Skull.
Dr. Benn briefs the pilots on finding the Skull, and tells them that they have to use every skill possible and use instinct. Hercules and Lee debate the connection between the Skull, F-01 and Lamia. Shiro considers to himself whether the Skull was the ship that brought Lamia to Mars. His thoughts are broken by Orion's cruisers opening up fire on the X-Bomber with the aim of drawing out the Skull.
As the battle draws out, the controls of the X-Bomber start malfunctioning, as does PPA. They find the controls are being interfered with by a near black hole, which is dragging X-Bomber into it. Shiro struggles to control the ship as it is being sucked into the hole. X-Bomber collides with a meteorite, knocking out the bridge crew.
Makara revels in their victory, having planned to draw the X-Bomber into the black hole.
|Character||Japanese Voice||English Voice||French Voice|
|Termoids||Masaharu Satō||Jacob Witkin||Frédéric Pieretti|
|Communications Officer 1||Naoki Tatsuta||Jay Benedict|
|EDF Officer||Shigeru Chiba||Constantine Gregory||André Valmy|
|Mars Ocean Patrol Pilot||Shigeru Chiba||Mark Rolston||Frédéric Pieretti|
|Moonbase Launch Announcer||Hideyuki Tanaka|
Earth Defence Forces
- Ocean Patrol Astrofighters
- Imperial Battlecruiser
- Imperial Carrier Craft
- Imperial Fighters