The episode is titled “Upheaval in the Earth Sphere,” – which suggested chaos, but I thought it was hardly chaotic at all. In the Universal Century, it took the chaos of Operation Stardust – which atomized the flower of the EFSF fleet (not to mention the colony drop on the EF primary agricultural resource) thanks to the return of the “Nightmare of Solomon” for the Titans to take over. And by the time the Gryps conflict was starting, the Titans were still not truly in complete control.
Contrast this with the clean, efficient, and clockwork cleanup Flit Asuno did of the Earth Federation Government. Apart from the Vagans who attempted to assassinate the foremost of the collaborators (the Prime Minister), the casualties were kept to a minimum. This is cleaner and swifter than both Reinhard von Lohengram’s control of the Galactic Empire, Senator Palpatine’s control of his Galactic Empire, Job Trunhit’s control of the Free Planets alliance… to compare Gundam AGE with other shows.
Flit really is one of the most remarkable characters in the Gundam franchise.
One of the stories in this particular age is Asem’s coming of age, particularly in relation to his father. I’ve discussed Asem’s finding his purpose in fighting in the previous post. What I’ll point out here is how in the face of imminent death – the Vagan MS was pointing its gun at the Prime Minister, which would’ve killed Flit and his team as well, he calmly told his quarry that he will not let the Vagan kill him. Where does Flit’s unshakable confidence come from?
It’s because he put Asem on the job, and Asem got it done.
A clean, neat resolution to the father-son dynamic. Flit the scourge of Ambat (and Vagans in general), Flit the defender of the Earth Sphere, Flit the reformer, Flit the family man… in the next episode, Flit the grandfather. This character, has done so much given the opportunities he’s given. What a life. What a story.
As for the Vagans, it’s hard not to feel for them given how they’ve been losing for decades now. They have to endure some more, and they do what they can to give themselves a better shot in the next sortie by putting Zeheart in cryogenic sleep. What kind of meeting would it be between him and Asem? Will their love go beyond the time?
Good night, my sweet prince~