The Deathscythe grabbed one of the cars in a decoy transport train by OZ and derailed it, flipping all the succeeding cars in the air in a massive wreck. This is a turning point of my attitude towards Mobile Report Gundam Wing. I had thought it was all kinds of terrible, but the ending changed everything.
What I saw was a complex series of events wherein LadyUne took tactical command of a global OZ operation to take down the Gundams. It involved a mass transport movement across continents and hemispheres: all a clever ruse to get the Gundams to attack them. The kid pilots all fell for it.
The plan takes into account the documented abilities of the 5 Gundams. They intend to have them deplete their ammunition early, especially in the case of HeavyArms, but they single out Wing to match up with the newly unveiled Tallgeese mobile suit, which is purported to be the superprototype of the superprototype Gundams.
The battle however, does not go very well for the OZ forces, and LadyUne admits that she did not expect the Gundams to be so super robot. Even Zechs in his Tallgeese isn’t doing so good in his duel with Heero’s Wing Gundam. Noin starts taking initiative and gives out orders. LadyUne slaps her cold. Her strategies, she says, never fail.
LadyUne squares off with the insubordinate Noin and Zechs, who debate with her about the interpretation Treize’s desires. LadyUne will not be gainsaid, however. She holds all the colonies under hostage by pointing missiles at them.
At this point, a mysterious Dr. J appears, taking credit for the Gundams. He offers surrender, but is unwilling to hand over the Gundams. Heero understood the order (from Dr. J, presumably) and performs his last heroic act.
Heero made himself an hero, and self-destructed the Wing Gundam. This is the rarest of treats: we see the full destruction of the signature Gundam of a TV series, and the death of the lead pilot. Sure there are heroic sacrifice tropes aplenty in the 30+ year-old franchise, but Heero’s final, defiant act stands unique.
Thus ends a unique experience. I realize that 10 episodes is a rather strange number for Gundam TV anime, shorter than a couple of OVAs it did back in the 90s, but after seeing what this 10th and final episode pulls off I fully realize why and how Gundam Wing captured the imagination of an entire generation of fans and why it endures as a classic.