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Memory Matrix (Database) - The Sentinels Connection
Many "Robotech" fans would familiar with the fact that the character B.D. Andrews in
"Robotech the movie" was recycled as T.R. Edwards in the aborted
"Robotech II: The Sentinels" TV series. However the links between
"Robotech the movie" and "Robotech II: The Sentinels" go far deeper than that.
The obvious links are of course are the designs for B.D. Andrews (#7) and Eve (#8 - marked above as
"Eve II" and "Sexy Robot"). Note the comment next to Andrews;
"Damaged face due to battle injuries", which means that he was meant to survive the climactic battle between him and Mark Landry in
the original concept for "Robotech the movie". The changes forced upon the production of
"Robotech the movie" by Cannon Films, which included the
"Southern Cross" footage, forced Macek to change the setting to 2027, which meant a name change for this character; T.R. Edwards. The inclusion of Eve II is more interesting. Many of the more hardcore
"Robotech" fans would already know that Eve became the basis for Janice Em who appeared briefly in
"Robotech II: The Sentinels" but played a much larger role in related
"Sentinels" spin offs such as the Jack McKinney novels and "Sentinels" comics. She would later be given a
more prominent role in "Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles". According to the Janice's biography in the Robotech Art 3: The Sentinels book;
"Janice is the reconstructed, ambulatory remnant of an artificial intelligence brought to Earth inside the SDF-1. Originally used by the United Earth Government to control the Robotech
Defence Force and provide a conduit of propaganda for controlling the civilian population, Janice has been converted into a three-dimensional object by Dr.
the Robotech Art 3: The Sentinels book alludes to a link between Eve and Janice, the above pre-production art confirms it.
Finally, compare the line art above for the four characters (#17, #18, #7 and #8) on the far right with the original "Megazone 23" production art below;
It's obvious that the initial designs were copied verbatim with very few changes, most in terms of clothing. Even the poses haven't been altered. The similarities prove beyond doubt that Harmony Gold's original plan was to make "Robotech the movie" directly continue on to "Robotech II: The Sentinels" through these characters. In my opinion the original concepts that Harmony Gold devised for "Robotech the movie" and "Robotech II: The Sentinels" were far more interesting than the final products that finally reached audiences. It’s a shame that outside interference and financial problems got in the way of what could have been excellent continuations of the “Robotech” franchise.
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