I went into watching this show really wanting it to succeed. I was hopeful, but careful. The first two episodes were competently done, but nothing in them really stood out to me. They were just living up to my minimum expectations on what a good Gundam show would be for kids. This episode changed this. I’m leaping off the fence because this episode rocks. This is good stuff. Oh yes Gundam welcome back!
The tension is well orchestrated between two things: a series of duels between the Gundam and the UE mecha, and then the somewhat complex rescue/salvaging of the severely damaged colony. It wasn’t just bad guys vs. kid inside the Gundam. There were things the adults needed to do and boy did they do it.
The duels themselves are interesting, especially the final one. It was long, drawn out, and inconclusive, and not in a completely annoying (Jerid) way. This happened because the combatants had high defensive capabilities as well as speed and agility, and that their weapons were underpowered. Imagine that! Underpowered weapons! Underpowered beam weapons.
More importantly, the sheer amount of misses made by Flit despite discovering his Newtype (unconfirmed) abilities with the help of Yurin L’Ciel on his lap. The whole sequence was sweet, and involved visual references to Amuro fighting Lalah’s Elmeth’s funnels back in Solomon in Mobile Suit Gundam, particularly the image of the beam rifle tracking down the target’s motion. It was satisfying to watch Banagher Links miss so much (especially with his limited ammunition) vs. Full Frontal’s Sinanju in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, I’m very glad they brought back this dynamic here.
Otherwise you get the insta-kill God-mode AU boys from Wing, 00, and SEED.
This show is doing a lot of things I like, I can only hope it can be sustained. So Flit won his first battle. Captain Bruzar made his heroic sacrifice. “Your priority is to save the lives of many than to save the lives of one!” The show introduced death early, and in a mature way. The Diva, as a capital ship did more than most of the featured capital ships in the Gundam franchise. Beyond Unicorn, this show went ahead and depicted the complete destruction of the colony. Flit doesn’t get the girl all at once, and is headed for what could be the first truly interesting (and not fucked up) love triangle in Gundam.
Then a new character rises from sleep, woken by the scent of battle. He must be a villain! The Diva will be transporting more survivors than the White Base did, and in a way that’s more Macross (Frontier) than old school Gundam. There’s a lot of wrinkles and nuances here that experienced viewers can appreciate.
AGE is still simplistic the way kids’ shows tend to be, and I’m glad, while it handles death not in a stupid way, or avoids it entirely like the G. I. Joe cartoons of my childhood. I’m really into it now!
Apparently, there are a LOT of reactions to this episode, I had to turn a whole bunch of fools away and still I had to accommodate some well-wishers and of course the reviewers.
I too offer my congratulations, especially for holding on to the DODS Rifle even though it was out of energy/ammunition, unlike Kamille in Z Gundam who routinely ditched the rifle into the vastness of space whenever he felt he wanted to use his beam saber instead. But don’t get a big head now Flit!
I’m sure many will disagree with me in terms of how I feel about the episode, no less from the esteemed panel of critics that I invite every week.
Princess Marina Ismail is too poor for punctuation. Tsk, tsk. Remember you can also holler at the panel(s). Let them know how YOU feel about the episode and their respective opinions.