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|Robotech: The New Generation, Episode 73|
|Air date||12 June, 1985|
|Written by||Steve Kramer|
|Directed by||Robert V. Barron|
Seeking water for an ill Marlene, Rand is caught in a sandstorm and inhales spores from the Flower of Life, afflicting him with a prophetic dream about the plans of the Invid on Earth.
The group leaves winter behind when they make their way into the desert beyond the mountains. A scalding wind roars across the dunes as they hide from a posse of Invid shock troopers. The Regess does not take defeat well. She suspects the simulagent of having provided the information that caused the destruction of the cortex center. Scott and crew decides to lie low for a while -- at least until the search lets up, and while Marlene rests up after having fallen ill.
Seeking water to help alleviate Marlene's suffering, Rand leaves the cave, but is caught by a sudden sandstorm and falls into a pit. The impact leaves him unconscious, and he unknowingly inhales hallucinogenic spores from the Invid Flower of Life -- the same kind of spores that once infected Dana Sterling.
In his dream, the Regess appears intoning an awful prophecy regarding the evolution of the Invid. When Rand comes to, having been found by Rook, he tries to explain his dream, that the Invid are "trying to survive by plugging themselves into the Earth's evolutionary process." Unable to win over Scott, Rand quietly sits next to Marlene, whose health is slowly improving, and contemplates the message in his dreams.
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