Of course, the independent woman is secretly just pining for a man (the perfect man!)
Okay, so I think one key component of fantasy and science fiction is the idea of adventure. Or at least, the setting must be used somehow as a key component in something -- you wouldn't choose a setting that absolutely no one can connect to if it didn't offer some sort of benefit. Firefly used its setting brilliantly -- what is more romantic than drifting through space? Or let's take an anime example; in Voices of a Distant Star it was a key component in the thematic idea. In Lost Voices the characters ventured into the unknown. In Trigun the setting is basically just the Wild West.
But how does Ozma use its setting? So far all we hear is a bunch of sci-fi technical mumbo jumbo and spaceships. It almost seems like a novelty, as if the writer came up with this cool concept of a planet and threw in the story as an afterthought.
A new piece of technology is introduced pretty much every episode which, as far as I'm concerned, is just as annoying as the shounen trend of introducing a new power every battle [and not every episode because in shounen a battle often lasts something like 5 episodes]. In fact there is very little attention paid to the setting after the first episode or so (we have no really new developments) but a lot of attention paid to the random pieces of technology these guys have. Meaning, the setting doesn't seem to serve a purpose other than to satisfy the cravings of sci-fi fanboys.
So far, Ozma has just been really, really corny, with boring characters and cliches everywhere. Just because it was made thirty years ago doesn't excuse it for being trite. Perhaps it appeals to a nostalgia that I just simply don't have. A little like Star Wars, but at least Star Wars has Han Solo.
We also get a bit of intellectual-battle flavor in this episode, except the parameters are so arbitrary it hardly feels that way. But it still comes with all the unfortunate baggage, being characters over-voicing their thoughts. "What should I do? They know our position." Yes -- presumably, that would be what she is thinking. Let's not hear it. Or, explaining their actions. Actions should speak for themselves.
Also, I said I don't care about the science, but I do care about basic physics. A ship that comes upright like that and then slams down on the ground -- the passengers would NOT be happy, because they'd be dead.
So, overall, I'm not liking this too much. The good things, I guess, are the production values.