Let’ss start with the Battle of Odessa. It was a bit of a letdown frankly. The battle scenes seemed phoned in (which has got to be hard to do with animation). I did like the bit about the traitor. Char’s return seemed to lack any emotional resonance as well. Maybe its just because I valued him as a character but it certainly wasn’t portrayed as momentously as I thought it should. That said I love the idea of new Zeon battle suits even if they seem to come in every flavor of the rainbow.
I never thought that I would say it but Amuro seems to have calmed down and accepted his life, drafted in the military. Almost no whining has been heard and hes even running military briefings. It may be too good to last though. I was also happy to see characters like Kai get some development time. He was a lot more likable after he got a few episodes to work with. I loved that they made me care about the spy’s death. If nothing else that in itself raised my respect of the writers for the show.
Does the fact that they are taking lots of brain pictures of Amuro make anyone else suspicious? It makes me wonder. Well all the kids have rank now so I suppose its official: they are never getting off that ship for any length of time. Until next week, watch out for those enemy bombs.
I never thought I would say this but there isn’t enough giant robot in these episodes and I am sure that everyone else who has watched these episodes, really there wasn’t enough Gundam but there was a hell of a lot of G-parts, which I have gotten tired of, really I just want to see the Gundam fight other robots or planes or that kind of stuff. Part of me tiring of the G-parts is that so many episodes start with stock footage of Amuro in the core-fighter and combining with the other basic parts of the Gundam as they fall from the ship. I have gotten entirely sick of seeing that animation. There are so many examples in these episodes of reuse of footage, sometimes hidden on top of a different background, sometimes with different voice work.
All the while Zeon has developed 1000 new suits in a week. Up until this point there never a monster of the week feel in the show. Char is back but he’s at the bottom of the ocean in a submarine sending out a different suit each week. Each one was uglier and more ridiculous than the last. To me that is monster of the week bad writing. Meanwhile there is a nice spy plot with Kai. It was nice to Kai get some screen time where he is not whiny and complaining. I think we’re at the point where all the characters have removed the characters not being loyal to the ship entirely. I enjoyed some of the Jaburo battle episode and it was kind of cute to see the kids save the day. Other than that we’re done with Earth for the series and yet they still haven’t explained why Amuro is such a great pilot, but he got all those brainscans.
I’m tossing up a weird video this week. This is song from the end of the second movie as the White Base files to space. This is from Andrew W. K.’s cover album Gundam Rocks