yazi88 wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:10 am
In the end
McGillis didn't have a master plan via resurrecting a MA nor betray Tekkadan after all, I don't really understand why there was a lot of speculation McGillis would betray Tekkadan because it doesn't match his actions throughout both seasons, aside from luring Carta towards them in season 1, but that did benefit them and their revenge.The only people he betrayed is Gjarrhorn which was his intention from the beginning. And given his awful childhood and his dialogue with Mika, he has more of a connection to them, plus they have saved his life earlier too on Earth against Galan. And he was right in his crusade to try to take down Rustal, but as much of a schemer he was, he wasn't a tactician like Rustal who outmanuvered him completely, and he paid the price for it.
To me he was a anti-hero and not the villain some people kept insisting he should be in the end. He wanted power to change the world and that isn't a bad thing, but it also depends on how power is used, while yes there might've been a possibility he might be a tyrant had he won, there might've been a chance he could turn Gjarrhorn from its awful current form into a decent organization and keep the peace in a better manner, unlike how Rustal has been committing various war crimes as the top dog of Gjarrhorn.
I think Gaileo can come around and redeem his character after McGillis's death which was his sole driving plotline. Now he has no reason to put up with Rustal's crap and put a end to him and achieve McGillis's goal of reforming Gjarrhorn.
Couldn't agree more, Yazi, I just wish we'd have gotten to this conclusion sooner plot-wise. This episode should have been, by all rights, LAST week's episode. seriously now, they wasted so much time thus far and now we have officially run out of... well, plot.
IBO needed to seriously redefine it's objectives. What were they? Marie Okada admitted her inspiration was boys getting covered in dirt. What do we have as our finale? A bunch of boys excavating a tunnel
Seems to me I must apologize to Marie, as she's actually not far off from her inspiration. But should inspirations be goals? Should a series focus on the inspirational image alone? I think not, at least not when it comes to a bunch of orphans playing in the dirt.
To me, IBO always felt like it was limping along since very near the beginning. It picked itself up during the Hashmal arc but the writers never followed through on fights or development. On a purely mecha-porn level, they completely and intentionally avoided showing off the Gundam Vidar, a personal issue for me, even when there was absolutely no reason I can think of not to have it get a shot at Mega Skarmory. And sadly, that arc was the most action-packed. the rest of the series seems to avoid battles like a disease. On a purely entertainment level, that's bad for a mecha show, that sometimes lives and dies by its fights, no pun intended, honest.
Well, we can predict who will die next episode, but at this point the whole cast could go and I'd really not care. While Destiny had a horrific and unacceptable ending I still enjoyed its first 34-37 episodes (even the Chess filler episode) more than I ended up IBO. It didn't feel like a waste of time, just potential. IBO feels like an exercise in futility. The entire show demonstrates this, in my opinion, with awkward ques and fetishes that it doesn't even take seriously, such as Kudelia and Atra. This ending feels like a horrendous conclusion (barring a miracle, which I'm still hoping for) to an already exhausted body of work.
Fafner in the Azure demonstrated hopelessness in a compelling way, and then sent hope dashing in to chop it up through the tears. IBO, however, is hopeless, depressing, and lacking in enough intensity to sell it. It projects a languid pace, yet attempts to present the dynamic and bombastic in its second season. The first season projected a sense of urgency, yet this too didn't mix properly with the all-pervasive lethargy. Even the blues music didn't create a proper atmosphere on most occasions (speaking of, today's soundtrack for the Bael vs Kimaris Vidar fight was absolutely brilliant).
The reason I and others, I assume, wished for a surprise Mobile Armor awakening was because it was the last twist that could up the tension. That, technically, could still happen, but there's precious little time now for it, or anything else, for that matter.
I wish the staff had taken a different route from the epic saga and instead focused on a more seedy, down-to-earth work about Teiwaz and Tekkadan's jobs for them smuggling weapons and whatnot. Of course, there would be run-ins with the law of space, Rustal Elion (who's name even sounds like a sheriff to me).
It would have had a more languid, Bebop pace to suite the lethargic motion of the pacing. Make it episodic and we could have had a classic setup with plenty of action and down to earth moments the writers seemed to love so much, all rolled into a package devoid of unnecessary "Grand Schemes" or convoluted plot.
And this ending, of the "space pirates" getting cornered at last, would feel FAR more appropriate an ending to this kind of series, rather than to a Gundam show that tried to deal the "Reform and Revolution!" card. again...
They don't know the power of a balanced vision.