Finally got around to watching the episode and overall its a solid episode and ending to the first season. Even if this was the end it would have been ok as far as gundam endings go.
So, my thoughts
- Fights were a little bit on the anti climatic side. As soon as Mika "mastered" the katana the battle just quickly ended and Gaeilo pretty much never stood a chance against McGillis as he prety much just toyed with him the entire fight. Still, the fights were entertaining and it was nice to see the Grimgerde in action again. However, its a real shame we didn't get to see Akihiro single handily thrash the enemy grazes. That would have been quite a sight.
- Lafter, Azee, and Shino are alive and well. While I'm not surprised theat Lafter and Shino made it out I was a bit surprised that Azee made it out as well. The whole thing is a bit of a cop out and takes away the sting of the previous episode, but at the same time I'm glad because I really want to see these characters get more attention. Hopefully, season two will capitalize on this.
- As soon the mission is complete Orga tells his gang to get the hell out of dodge and not throw their lives away. While it probably goes without saying, I enjoyed this speech because its a reminder that despite Orga's reckless actions he doesn't take his comrade's lives for granted. Though, on the flip side one could argue that Orga gets off a little bit too lightly given his actions.
While Naze tells Orga that he made the sacrifices of his comrades mean something, the question is were they really necessary? Orga was still reckless and things only worked out in the end because of timely arrival of Eugene and the others. In other words, Orga got lucky. The show would have been singing a much different tune had Orga failed. In the end, the battle hasn't really tempered Orga. He's still a (somewhat) reckless teenager and his success at the end here will most likely only encourage his current line of thinking. Guess we'll have wait until S2 to see where IBO goes with this.
- McGillis, who was probably my favorite part about the episode, goes full Char and Not Garma fullfills his destiny...by getting stabbed in the back. In the end McGiliis' betrayal of Gaeilo and Carta was to tip the balance of power within the Seven Stars and despite its simplicity it makes sense. And SNT1 certainly called it with regards to Mecha Ein. McGillis used him turn public opinion against Gjallahorn and with McGillis' father at the parliament the Earth Blocs are quick to lay the blame on him, resulting in his exile.
- The mission may be over, but Tekkadan's actions have sent ripples throughout the political playing field. The Earth Blocs have had about enough of Gjallahorn and are looking to create their own armies with Tekkadan as military advisers. However, Tekkadan is still a part of Teiwaz and this could easily lead to conflicts of interests. And while Gjallahorn has (presumably) lost some of it's power, its still around and far from finished. McGillis most likely has big plans for Gjallahorn, and you can bet he won't sit by and let some other power eclipse it. Between the current political situation and McGillis' efforts to revive the AV technology you'd think we were headed towards a "history repeats itself" scenario.
More thoughts to come.
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