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The Macross Saga, Episode 05
Air date 8 March, 1985
Written by Steve Kramer
Directed by Robert V. Barron
Adapted From "Transformation"
Comic adaptation(s) Robotech: The Macross Saga 5: Transformation
Novel adaptation(s) Genesis
Episode Guide
"The Long Wait"

"Transformation" is the fifth episode of Robotech: The Macross Saga.


The citizens of Macross Island try to adjust to their new life inside the alien vessel and Rick Hunter weighs up joining the Robotech Defense Force. The SDF-1 is faced with a long, dangerous journey home after it is discovered that the spacefold drive has disappeared. To make up for the missing components the crew stumble onto the idea of transforming the ship, which is soon put into use when the Zentraedi attack.



The SDF-1 transforms for the first time.

To raise morale, Lynn Minmei persuades her aunt and uncle to open their Chinese restaurant up in space.

Rick learns that the VF-1 Valkyries can also fly in space and is given an offer by Roy to try and fly one again, but this also means he must join the military.

Because the conduit connected the main gun to the main furnace was lost when the fold system disappeared. Dr. Emil Lang proposes a radical idea: transform the SDF-1 so it can use its main gun against the Zentraedi. Captain Gloval hesitates because the civilians have finally started to settle down.

The SDF-1 is being hounded by the Zentraedi; Breetai wonders why the SDF-1 hasn't fired its main cannon, and Exedore suggests that they should hit harder.

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Exedore suggests to Breetai that the Zentraedi forces should hit harder to get a response out of the SDF-1.

In the light of the advancement by the Zentraedi, Gloval and the crew decide to transform the SDF-1 into a humanoid configuration. Many of the citizens aboard are injured in the transformation, and Rick is tasked to save Minmei yet again. After the short skirmish, Rick decides to join the military.

Memorable quotes

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Background information

"Transformation" was based on the original Japanese episode entitled "Toransu Fōmēshon" (Meaning "Transformation" in English) that was aired 7 November, 1982 in Japan.

Robotech Remastered additions/changes

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Main cast

Secondary cast

External links

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The Long Wait Blitzkrieg


For the Macross equivalent, visit Transformation.

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