This post might be better titled "How Cross Textual Knowledge Bites me In The Fucking Ass"
I finally decided in a bout of grad school workload caused insomnia and depression to jump the shark and watch this movie
. I always knew it was bad, but man. Mannnnnnnnn. The story and character portrayals are bullshit. Building the ultimate Gundam
for the ultimate Innovator
so it can go fly off and take a psychic history lesson about some pieces of living liquid metal? Seriously? I don't need to go into that. But what makes me angrier is all the ways it so clumsily tries to ape the better moments of superior shows and present loose ends of actual merit and discard them completely.
Descartes Shaman, one of the first innovators to appear after Setsuna, proved to be a xenophobic racist, calling non-innovators the inferior species. One would think when a wave of innovation(TM) is spreading across the human population, the movie would do well to touch further upon this racial tension right? Nope. Lets just kill him off. Further, lets completely abandon any notion of that sentiment and by the end of the movie, let a population with 40% innovators live in complete peace and harmony because apparently he was the only racist in the history of the species except for all the innovades
that came before him.
And then there are the referential moments. Andrei Smirnov
and four of his GNX buddies using transam to push a giant ELS capitol ship as it falls on earth, and exploding just as they succeed. Well doesn't that sound familiar? The movie was literally shoving a shitty tasting poopsicle in the shape of Char's Counterattack
into my mouth and I was literally giving my computer screen the finger. You're going to replace Amuro
with Andrei? Seriously? You couldn't at least do it was a character that was memorable in anyway and give Graham
the heroic death he so dearly deserved despite his antics as Mister Mushido (His first Name Is Mister)? (For the record, SolBraves is a pretty awesome name for a MS team.)
And then of course there is the whole Jupiter Express of enemies. The fact that something in here reminds me of the glorious Diebuster
is an absolute affront to the latter. But it doesn't take a seasoned film critic to know that this show can ONLY end with humans and aliens finding peace. So what better way to present an alien enemy than ones completely devoid of any character at all. In shows such Diebuster or Gunbuster where the mass of characterless aliens are titled the Space Terrible Monster Crowd
, that is excusable. In fact, that is what you should be doing. In a show where our man protagonist is suppose to be having a dialogue with them at the climax of the movie, this does not effing work god damnit. The fact that it made all combat between the armada of GaGa Squadrion in GN Lance costumes and the Feddies a snore fest is not lost on me either.
Though for the sake of being fair and balanced, I will say one thing. At least the Zabanya
was entertaining to watch. Lockon
actually used its bits (fins, funnels, fangs, DRAGOONs, WHATEVER) dare I say, intelligently. Rifle bits are fucking RIFLES and shoot from far away. They don't go charging into melee range. Shield bits are shields and they not only defend the MS itself, but also the rifle bits from incoming shots, prolonging its combat capability. Totally nominating the Zabanya for Saimecha 2013 because it made me enjoy this movie for just a few moments, and that is a fucking momentous achievement.