Having discovered an abandoned base on Mars, the Zentradi set up a trap for the Macross. The Macross already far off the intended course for earth, makes a stop on Mars for much needed supplies. Driven by personal considerations, Misa requests permission to inspect the base for the origin of an emergency signal. The Zentradi spring their trap, pinning the Macross to the surface. Misa is forced to blow up the base's underground nuclear reactor to release the Macross. Hikaru is sent to rescue her after she finds Herself trapped in the doomed base.
Homing in on the planet Mars is a Quel-Quallie Theatre Scout Pod. Deploying it's radar, it hovers over an abandoned base, transmitting the data back to the fleet. On his Nupetiet-Vergnitzs-class, Vrlitwhai Kridanik sees that no life signs are detected on what he has realized is a base albeit abandoned. The fleet have reached a rendezvous point where they are scheduled to meet up with other forces. Exsedol Folmo asks Vrlitwhai who they are meeting up with.