|Where it all started|
This is the show that it all! I wanted to go through the entire Universal Century timeline. I bought the movies but they do not give you the entire story. One good thing about the movies is that they were able to skip episodes that didn't add very much to the show. But I enjoy something more when it's played out and built so I'm someone who perfers the show.
I can see why when this was aired in the US why they didn't use the opener. It doesn't fit the seriousness of the show.
Compared to Zeta Gundam and the later OVAs this show isn't as good. But if war and gaint robots are your thing then I would recomend this. Also there is plently of politics that go on in this series. I love the idea of "the bad guys" not really being bad guys but rather a rebel group that has a legit reason to split from The Earth Federation. There are some bad guys to be found in Zeon off chorse, like The Zabi Family.
If anything this show will help you understand what happened before Zeta Gundam and you don't need to hand out money to view it. It's free on YouTube so even if you arn't sure it's nice that you can check it out before you make any purchase.