It's less a "jumping off point" than "Can I copy your homework?", and its style of writing is "Gundam for Kids!"... that's not even disparaging, that's literally what their goal was. CE's storyline feels kind of basic and has a lot of issues in the eyes of older audiences because its showrunners and the writers were aiming the series at middle schoolers and couldn't make the story as subtle, complex, or nuanced as the UC works the series was being based upon.
A lot of the reason Shinn gets as much crap as he does is that he's a less complex, less nuanced, and much less interesting version of Kamille Bidan who lost a lot of what made Kamille sympathetic in the process of streamlining him for CE's intended audience.
But, as you pointed out, it's already been done and done better in the Universal Century.yugioh54 wrote: ↑Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:30 am I agree UC is raw in it's approach to war and it's spinoffs like Thunderbolts, Hathways flash, Unicorn have a lot of space to explore the events that were hinted at in the main timeline. But so does SEED/DESTINY with the bloody valentine, junius seven drop, the morganrate project with the gundams, the corrupted earth alliance
If your goal - as Sunrise's is - is to push viewers towards the UC as the "true" Gundam, why put any more than the necessary effort into a sideshow?
There is absolutely nothing special about that. That's merchandising. They are trying to make money off an established property, in some cases because it still hasn't broken even on its production costs. Every Gundam series gets that.