So much went down this episode. It seemed slow at some point, but it’s actually very dense in content and moved the stories along in big steps (ending at least one story along the way). Where to begin? I’ll start with the ending.
Farewell, Captain Grodek. You were a badass. I knew you were going to kick the can, but this show got me again. I expected a glorious road trip to hell with Flit, fun with genocide, lots of dead Vagans… but no, you were too prophetic. The kid you let live did you in. You must’ve felt it was only just and I don’t blame you for going all Beatrice Kiddo on us in that awesome battle. You lived a long, interesting, but tragic life.
Usually characters who die tragically are young, with so much possibility denied. You, you realized your possibility. You overachieved in your life, but nearly half of it was spent in prison – punished for saving the Earth Federation. Well, that and murder. You can’t be both murderer and hero, and Gundam AGE is pretty straight with that. But you saved Flit from being a murderer, and while Flit has been cold in his role as admiral, we haven’t seen him do anything evil yet. The very idea that Flit hasn’t liquidated Vagan populations yet in his ascendancy to becoming Admiral of the EFSF, is your legacy. Grodek your actions meant something.
Even if you died in some back alley with a knife on your back, you chose this death, which makes you one of the baddest asses in all of Gundam. Did you hear that Captain? I salute you.
There’s a lot more goodness in this episode. Again, Flit carries the show despite all of Asemu’s (and Romary’s) work to drag it down. Flit’s reverent way around Grodek was delightful to watch, as well as his command of the battlefield in his Gundam AGE-1 Normal. It was inevitable that he fight Zeheart, though I was counting on Asemu being aghast at having to choose between the two men he loves.
But no, Zeheart insulted him and pulled a gun at him even as he confessed “IF YOU’RE IN THE BATTLEFIELD, I CAN’T BE MYSELF” (LOOOOOOL); then Romary (OMG) behaving like a total Nina Purpleton ensured that Asemu was properly enraged. YOU SPURN MY LOVE, KICK MY ASS IN BATTLE, CONDESCEND TO ME, AND THEN STEAL MY GIRL? SOME INDIGNITIES WILL NOT BE BORNE, NOT BY ME YOU FUCKING MASKED PANSY!
Of course, he can’t keep up with Zeheart yet, not being an X-Rounder like his father. Flit on the other hand, gave Zeheart a fight, but his AGE-1 is 30 years old and is outclassed. Dique gives Asemu an out: not an X-Rounder? Surrounded by enemies? NO PROBLEM. Remember, you’re in an AU Gundam show, where the solution to such problems is always beam spam. HAVE SOME BIG GUNS.
Thus Asemu takes the AGE-2 and combines with the Double Bullet parts Victory/SEED style, and does pretty much the Gundam Wing Zero Double Buster Cannon thing and erases several mobile suits and their X-Rounder pilots from existence. This, I hate. But I’ll endure it, because AGE is such a good Gundam show. As long as he doesn’t pirouette while firing, and start shooting Skittles homing laser beams… I won’t rage… much.
“YOU WERE SAVED BY YOUR GUNDAM’S PERFORMANCE ASEMU!” Oh shut your piehole Zeheart, that’s a very Jerid thing to say and we already have Desil for that. You know for a moment I thought Asemu was a teenager of low worth, especially after going all-tsun on Arisa like that. But you know, he’s just fine. And with his tricked out Gundam he’ll spam your Vagan fleet with pink rivers of death.
None of you shits even bothered to say something for dead old Grodek? You guys suck.