Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Episode 6 – Never give up, Never Surrender!

Last week we were left with a cliff hanger with the Yamato sinking into the oceans of Pluto. Surprise, they didn’t sink and all of that was some sort of ruse. Does that surprise you? Probably not, but I didn’t know how else to start off this episode introspective thing. In this week’s episode, we get an epic battle and we dig deeper into how the Gamilas empire works. What’s not to like? Epic battles and political intrigue are thing that I love to death. So, let’s dig deeper into this episode.

So you know what this is. Spoiler warning. Redundant spoiler warning sentence thing.

Today’s episode can be explained in one paragraph’s worth of plot detail. The Yamato crew is suffering from last week’s third laser blast, but they tricked the enemy through one of Engineer Sanada’s handy tricks. We also finally get back to the fighters. One set of fighters finds a supposed enemy base and get in a fight, while Kodai and Yamamoto go through a distortion field and find the true enemy base. After the destruction of the Gamila base’s distortion field, everything goes downhill for Schultz and his second Gamilans. The satellite laser goes bye bye, the base goes bye bye, and Schultz’s crew in his ship, because they were the only escape ship that survive, leave the area completely. This is rather unfortunate for Schultz. All the Yamato stuff felt like secondardy stuff this time around.

Episode six was capped off and sealed by Gamilas empire intrigue. At first, we see Schultz talking to his crew about who they announce their victory too. The first thought was to tell their immediate superior. Of course, Schultz recognized that this would mean that their superior would get the credit. This leads to Schultz talking to their great leader, Dressler, himself. Thus, character introduction. We see Dressler (who is a hot bishie) get out of his standard evil hot tub, meet some important people in his fancy imperial bathrobe, and then see him take Schultz’s message fully dressed. Dressler doesn’t take the message in any kind way. He responds to the news of the Yamato’s destruction with a big duh and just admits that he will recognize Schultz’s loyalty. That’s it. At the end of the episode, we see that Schultz is in a lot of trouble. Dressler does not accept retreat from his minions. Only victory or death, nothing inbetween.

A quick comment about the space battles. I just love how they are done in Star Trek and this show. Star Trek’s combat before DS9 had a large semblance to submarine warfare, which always made the action interesting. The question of how one captain was going to outwit the other added a lot of special intrigue and tension to what was going on. Yamato 2199 builds on this in a lot of ways. The submarine warfare aspect of finding your enemy and destroying them is still there, but it adds more naval warfare variety. The fighters are sent out to seek the enemy base while the Yamato is fighting for survival against an enemy that knows where they are. When the base was found, the Yamato used its battleship guns the way they should be used, long range combat. So good. I am looking forward to more combat in the future.

So yes, this episode was great. Great intrigue, excellent character work, with some solid foreshadowing. (Take a look at what planet is next to the Gamilas home planet). What is not to like here? It has all the types of thing that I love and just serves them to me like a delicious multi course dinner. Next episode please. See you all next week.

This post is a part of the Yamato 2199 blog tour between me and DerekL. If you want to get involved: please click this link here, read what it says, watch the show with us, and post before noon on Fridays. Simple enough right?


  1. “Star Trek’s combat before DS9 had a large semblance to submarine warfare”

    Not as much as people think… It’s not just about outwitting the other captain, submarine warfare is also about exploiting asymmetry in sensors, environmental conditions, etc… etc… It’s a fascinating game.

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      1. Those two are largely exceptions. Most Star Trek combat (especially where cloaked ships aren’t involved) is more like dogfighting or line-of-battle warfare, they close the range and just start blasting away at each other.

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