I don't recall ever saying GSD was perfect. I just said it was my favorite Gundam series. Like you said, nothing's perfect. But also, it seems when you and I watch a Gundam series, we're on the lookout for totally different things.Chris wrote: I'm really tired of having the term "bias" thrown in my face time and time again. If I critically judge something and don't like it for various listed reasons, why does that make me 'biased'? What's wrong with giving the last episode of MSG a 5 if I think it was superior to GSD's finale? How is that being "biased?" Reviewing something critically is not the same thing as being "out for blood." I gave the second half of SEED positive ratings, and the first half of GSD got pretty positive reviews (particularly the first 13 or so episodes). I feel to see how there's any "bias" in pointing out legitimate faults of a series. And though you're perfectly entitled to your own opinion, if you can look at all of GSD and honestly say you don't find a single serious fault with it, you're definitely softballing it.
If you want an example of how black and white you and I are, I thought the last episode of MSG was a total disaster and completely failed at anything even remotely resembling closure. I think MSG's abrupt ending is pretty glaring and undeniable despite the fact that the series lost 7 episodes, yet the equally unsatisfying endings of SEED, Destiny, Wing, and a few others get torn apart for committing the same crimes in your reviews.
I'm sorry, but I loved GSD. I loved the mecha designs, I loved the fight scenes, I loved the characters and how they had grown since the first series, and I thought it executed drama better than a lot of the other sagas without delving into overly contrived plot angles and nonsensical character motivations. The fact that there's some hokey elements like characters surviving exploding mobile suits and lots of flashbacks aren't enough to undo the above mentioned pros, and they're really minor setbacks in my view.