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THE YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO THE (SPACE) OPERA

X-Bomber/Star Fleet Episode Guide

NOTE: Titles are for X-Bomber; Star Fleet has no episode titles. X-Bomber names in brackets. X-Bomber has 25 episodes, but Star Fleet has only 24. Episodes 18 and 19 were combined to make Star Fleet episode 18.

#1 SCRAMBLE X-BOMBER!
2999: a gigantic Imperial Alliance battlecruiser wipes out the EDF's Pluto Alpha Base and heads for Earth. General Kyle orders X-Bomber to intercept it but the craft is only 90% complete and not up to the task. Badly damaged in the ensuing battle, it crashes on the Moon.

#2 SUPER POWERFUL GELMA FLEET
Captain Carter is interrogated by Commander Makara, but reveals nothing. Meanwhile Lamia and Kirara take a buggy from Moonbase and head for the stricken X-Bomber. They come under Alliance attack but are saved by covering fire from Shiro and Barry. X-Bomber manages to fend off the Alliance with the 'Brest Cannon' but hasn't enough power to lift off. Makara reaches Earth and demands Star Fleet hand over F-01 or be destroyed.

#3 FIND F-01!
No-one on earth knows what F-01 is, but Lamia fears it may be her. She begs Dr. Benn to reveal her mysterious past and Shiro, overhearing, is shocked to discover she's an alien. Lamia contacts Makara intending to give herself up, and the battlecruiser heads back to the Moon , only to be met by an X-Impulse blast from the partially recharged X-Bomber.

#4 WIPE OUT THE TRANSPORT FLEET!
Star Fleet sends transport carriers to rebuild Pluto Alpha Base but they mysteriously disappear. Kyle orders the repaired X-Bomber to escort the next group, and it wards off an Alliance ambush near Jupiter, where Dr.Benn surmises the Alliance have a secret base. Attempting to destroy it, X-Bomber falls into a trap set by Makara, but using the Dai-X robot for the first time they escape and smash the base.

#5 THE MYSTERIOUS SHIP 'SKULL'
Reaching Pluto, the crew search for Carter's body without success. Shiro refuses to believe his old Academy instructor is dead. Lamia intercepts a message for her to meet a mysterious caller. Instinctively feeling he will shed light on her origins, she leaves in a shuttlecraft, pursued by the worried X-Bomber crew. At the rendezvous is the intergalactic sailing ship 'Skull', which fails to answer her calls and is attacked by Makara's forces. X-Bomber comes to the rescue but the 'Skull' flies off without making contact.

#6 X-BOMBER GOES FORTH
General Kyle decides the 'Skull' holds the key to the F-01 mystery, and orders X-Bomber to track it down. Makara appears again, demanding they hand over Lamia. Seeming to retreat when faced with X-Bomber, she follows secretly as it goes after the 'Skull', attacking to lure the 'Skull' to X-Bomber's rescue. Sucked into the vortex of a black hole, which drains its power, X-Bomber crashes into an asteroid.

#7 MORTAL COMBAT IN THE GRAVITY GRAVEYARD
Trapped in Sargasso, the graveyard of space, X-Bomber uses the last of its power on an X-Impulse blast to ward off Makara, who has followed them into the vortex. Lamia sends out an SOS to the 'Skull', which uses a tractor beam to pull X-Bomber clear of the vortex before disappearing again.

#8 AN ATTACK BEYOND TEARS
X-Bomber lands on the volcanic planet Alareah (Planet M) for repairs and is swiftly overrun by its friendly, furry inhabitants, the Mon-Mons. Tracking them to the planet, Makara uses laser missiles to set off a nearby volcano and Shiro is forced to shoot the Mon-Mons off the hull so X-Bomber can lift off and avoid the lava flow.

#9 TARGET: THE CAPTAIN
Recalled to the Alliance fortress base, Makara and Orion face the death sentence for their repeated failure to capture F-01. The Imperial Master reviews their performance via stock footage fromepisodes1-4, but Makara persuades her master to give her one last chance.

#10 GALAXY ADRIFT
With 6 months to the new Millenium, Captain Carter, brainwashed by the Alliance, replaces Orion as Commander of Operations and lures X-Bomber to the arboreal planet Zenon (Planet S) with a fake signal from the 'Skull'. Landing on "the sea of trees" X-Bomber is trapped by their creeping vines. When the crew refuse to hand over Lamia, Carter's attack damages the vines, helping X-Bomber break free. The real 'Skull' turns up to help them drive off the Alliance, but then disappears yet again!

#11 FAREWELL THE ETERNAL BATTLEFIELD
X-Bomber answers a distress call from Princess Keeli of Planet D (not named in Star Fleet). The Alliance tried to conquer her people years before and left behind robot war machines which nightly replay the terrible battle. Carter arrives and reactivates the robot tanks and fighters, but Dai-X makes short work of them. Princess Keeli, her planet free at last, thanks them before fading away, leaving only a rose.

#12 OUR MORTAL ENEMY IS CAPTAIN CUSTER
X-Bomber picks up a defecting Alliance Termoid soldier, but it's really another of Carter's schemes. It takes Lamia hostage and plants a bomb in the engine room before being jumped by a furious Kirara. Enraged at Carter's betrayal, Shiro challenges him to a duel. Following a space battle Carter's fighter crashes onto an asteroid, and Shiro finds him not only alive but free of Alliance control. Carter, in self-disgust, forces Shiro to shoot him and dies in his former pupil's arms.

#13 BATTLE TO THE DEATH: X-BOMBER VERSES THE GELMA EMPIRE
A rather pointless recap of the story so far, as a brooding Shiro recalls events leading to Carter's death, using footage from episodes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 12.

#14 LAMIA: GIRL OF DESTINY
Lee manages to contact the 'Skull'. Halley, its captain, asks Lamia to go alone to his ship. Dr. Benn refuses, but Lamia persuades Shiro to take her in a space chopper. As she tries to board the 'Skull' the Alliance attacks, and she is hurled into space and captured. Shiro rescues her and thanks to Legtrack they make it back to X-Bomber, where Hercules, losing his cool, decks Shiro for endangering her. The 'Skull', needless to say, is gone.

#15 X-BOMBER: DEATH ON PLANET M
Since her contact with the 'Skull' Lamia has begun to manifest strange powers she claims to communicate telepathically with Halley and be able to detect the whereabouts of the Alliance ship. Hercules' skepticism of her new powers lands them in trouble when Makara attacks, destroying X-Bomber's oxygen supply. With the crew unconscious, an unaffected Lamia and PPA make an emergency landing on the planet Morphane (planet M) but Alliance soldiers get aboard.

#16 LAMIA KIDNAPPED
Lamia grabs a gun and holds off the Alliance forces. The crew revive but fail to prevent her capture. While they repair X-Bomber, the 'Skull'arrives and Halley reveals that Lamia is F-01, who, come the new millenium, will inherit power capable of bringing peace or destruction to the Galaxy. Arranging to meet on Callinean, the 'Planet of Peace' (Planet M13), X-Bomber takes off after Makara, but runs into space mines left by her and is forced to land once more for repairs.

#17 ASLEEP IN THE ICE PRISON
Makara takes Lamia to the Glacier Planet in the Aurean cluster (the Rainbow Star Alliance's ice prison planet). There she reveals Lamia's destiny before sealing her in a capsule underground. Lamia tries to contact Halley telepathically. Since X-Bomber has been unable to pickup Makara's trail, this is her only hope of seeing in the year 3000.

#18 BLOODY MARY'S PROMOTION
Returning to the Alliance Base, Makara and Orion are promoted and get drunk celebrating. Meanwhile Halley continues to try and contact Lamia, but the extreme cold of her prison is getting to her and her thoughts are becoming weaker.

#19 DESTROY THE PRISON PLANET!
Lamia finally contacts Halley, who pinpoints the prison planet's location. Dai-X rescues Lamia from her capsule, but sets off a chain reaction of explosions through the underground prison. X-Bomber and Dai-X get clear in time, but the returning Makara is caught in the blast and her ship set alight.

#20 F-01: ASSASSINATION PLOT
Her ship repaired, Makara is now obsessed with Lamia's destruction. She orders Caliban to construct a mantis-like cyborg assassin which stows away on Legtrack after Dai-X investigates a planted derelict spaceship. On X-Bomber the mantis attacks Lamia but she is saved by Dr. Benn. However, he is cut by its poisoned scythe, and dies peacefully within sight of Callinean (M13).

#21 M13: FULL FRONTAL ATTACK BEGINS!
X-Bomber lands on Callinean (M13) and finds Professor Hagen has been there since his disappearance, secretly constructing a laser cannon to protect its peace loving people from the Alliance, though their King has vowed never to use it. Dr. Benn is buried but they have no time to mourn as the Alliance launches a twin attack from Makara's battleship and Caliban's latest invention the Death Ball!

#22 M13: A BATTLE WITH NO TOMORROW!
X-Bomber, Prof. Hagen at the helm, tackles Makara's ship while Dai-X takes on the Death Ball, with almost disastrous results. Eventually X-tracers blow up Caliban's creation and the King relents, firing Hagen's laser cannon at Makara's ship, which retreats. With only one month to the Millenium, the outraged Imperial Master strips Makara and Orion of their command and decides to attack Earth himself with his fortress base. Intercepting this news, X-Bomber and the 'Skull' race for Earth.

#23 BOARD THE GELMA EMPIRE FLAGSHIP!
Orion, injured by a falling girder during the laser cannon attack, attempts to regain his honour with a suicide attack on X-Bomber. He rams his Drone ship into her, disabling the X-Impulse. Makara follows this with a strike that takes out the 'Brest Cannon'. In a last desperate bid for survival, Dai-X manages to break through the Alliance ship's new force field and destroys the ship from within. Caliban and Makara are killed and X-Bomber resumes the race to Earth.

#24 THE END OF EARTH
As X-Bomber heads Earthwards and the new year approaches, Lamia's powers continue to grow. The Alliance fortress tries to stop X-Bomber with laser torpedoes and a solar net which shorts out their electronics, but X-Bomber breaks free. On Earth the EDF defences go into action, but prove hopelessly ineffectual against the Alliance's weaponry.

#25 A NEW BEGINNING FOR THE GALAXY
Dai-X and the 'Skull' attack the fortress which has wiped out two thirds of Star Fleet, but the battle turns against them; Kirara is killed and Dai-X badly damaged. However they have delayed the Imperial Master long enough; the planets align, the new millenium dawns, and Halley and Lamia merge. Transformed into an ethereal child of peace, Lamia nonetheless destroys the Imperial Master and his fortress. She thanks her friends before disappearing to bring peace to the Galaxy, while X-Bomber and Dai-X head for a ravaged, but safe, Earth.

Last updated 14 December 2013

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