I can't stand Kamille, for one. He has no tempered reaction to anything, and flies completely off the handle at even minor provocations. Amuro had anti-social tendencies and could be rash, but he was at worst mild-mannered; Kamille is just angry at everything all the time, and can be calm one moment and will just totally flip out the next. It made him impossible for me to relate to as a protagonist. Connected to that is the whole constant physical violence thing. Why, exactly, does everybody smack and punch and beat and kick each other so much? Is this Tomino's way of showing how EXTREEEEME this post-OYW future has become? Char is as interesting as ever, I suppose, but he takes the back seat so often that it's hard to see him as the protagonist in lieu of Kamille. And boy, do I ever want to see somebody as the protagonist in lieu of Kamille.
Being an angry 17 year old at the time of watching, Kamille was the first Gundam pilot that i personally could relate to. Being at that age of being near an adult,everything you thought you knew is slowly revealed to be false(considering where he lived groups like that Aeug would be considered similar to Al Queda and the like by the media) having to look into the underground circuits and make a real effort to get non skewed information, dysfunctional family, the government who's meant to protect you is abusive and full of trigger happy thugs,etc etc etc. Kamille was great because he was not some picture perfect hero, he paints the picture of a quite typical 17 year old boy, as he should, and once he gains power to do what he wishes in the situation, the first thing to do is go after the Titans who restrained him(seemed obvious in my mind at the time haha), i could of only dreamed of that as a 17 year old, and seeing Kamille do it had me literally cheering.Kamille starts off as a young adult caught in chaos, and the war( realizing that there is something beyond you that is much more important), along with Char and Amuro's mentoring helped him grow up into a mature adult ,and get past allot of things. Everyone was getting hit because they needed to be taught to stay in line, the real military can be allot harsher than that. When you have two battle ships on your tail, you don't have time for Katz's antics, it's a matter of life of death. War is horrifying and takes away allot of the socialized moral ideas that we hold dear in society, because when the guns start, they are totally useless anyways.
The other thing is Zeta's complete lack of rounded characters. One of the things that makes MSG so awesome is characters like Ramba Ral: likeable, relatable characters fighting on the side of what the audience knows to be...well, maybe not EVIL, but bad. I mean, Zeon is pretty clearly the antagonist, and yet you have all these people that you have sympathy for, or maybe even like. I think this was actually touched on earlier in the thread, but I just don't see anybody like that in the Titans. Anybody that the audience can even remotely identify with and who has any likeable qualities whatsoever defects. Was this a way of raising the stakes by making the Titans seem even worse than Zeon? Because if so, it's a fairly cheap smoke and mirrors trick. The Titans are BAD, certainly, and maybe even evil, but worse than Zeon? They both commit horrifying atrocities, and neither is probably better or worse than the other. Scirroco, however, is totally a fantastic Final Boss villain, and the series should be commended for that.
Addis Aziba from episode 37 disagree's, he was an honest Titan who even drove off some feddies who grouped Beltorchika, and works with Kamille to try to save the city from falling mobile suits and the like. I think the Titans would seem like a godsend to some orphan who "lost his parents to Zeon" in the one year war, many people would respect that the Titans would do what ever it took to stop a Zeon uprising. I did'nt find many of the Titans downright despicable either,Jerid was a very typical wannabe alpha male,who was willing to improve himself to get to his goals.Scirroco had some warped plan that was probably just a product of the times, and like many other he felt that his aspirations and probably the world would be doomed unless he took action. I don't really view people as "good or evil" anyways, actions are actions, the value after that is subjective anyways, i see more wrong with the Feddies in MSG than Zeon actually. Zeon were "the means to the right end aren't always pretty" and represented a needed change from the globalized earth's rule, and always had a certain level of dignity to them, and could all see beyond themselves for a better cause. The bumbling perverted soldiers,lack of respect for the White Base crew,,etc all characterized the earth as incompetent,self important, overly bureaucratized, overly globalized, and short sided to me.It was'nt till Zeta that they really showed their true colors.(ill end my rant on this here though haha)
Finally, the mobile suit battles are generally pretty boring
I'll have to go re watch that to decide myself, i watched it right after Seed( and 2-3 times again throughout the years) and i remember the battles being refreshing and gritty,admittedly not as captivating as what modern technology can give us aesthetically, but i thought they were all choreographed well and never broke the vibe of the show with theatrics.