A few tidbits to get off my chest first.
First season didn’t kick into high gears for me until the Thrones showed up in late season; so I’m glad to see the new opposing Gundam show up so early in season two. I was getting tired seeing the only way the Celestial Beings win a fight was by the superiority of their suits—like in last episode between Setsuna and Mr. Bishido. It’s about time that after 33 episodes Setsuna and co. start maturing as pilots.
The Soma × Felt confrontation was a nice touch, recognizing the lost of the Ptolemaios crew as a lost of family members, but the resolution was rushed and unrealistic. I had expected Felt to march into Soma’s quarter with a gun the way Miriallia attempted to shoot Dearka in SEED. (Miriallia was a meek girl overwhelmed by grief after her fiance Tolle was decapitated by a comrade of Dearka.)
I hear some of you are already steaming that I’m comparing 00 with SEED again, but you cannot deny that there are lots of recycled materials between the two that it’s begging for the comparison.
Every time I see this guy, I want to puke. Not because he disgusts me—in fact, I’m quite drawn to his idiocy—but because how his dumb-ass nature can win over a strong-will woman like Mannequin. Here is the male equivalent of the dumb blond (with apology to my blond readers) who makes obvious his lecherous intent, but yet he gets not a slap on the face (except that one time, but then he got high on it) but instead her approval of smiles. If Sunrise does not kill either of them first, we know for certain that he will get to bag her.
What is this world coming to?! Why isn’t this in Aeolia’s plan for change?!
I need some serious therapy after repeatably hearing a deep male voice coming out of that feminine, graceful body. The dip Ribbons pulled on Tieria as he tripped sent nearly my brain into a concussion.
It took nearly an entire first season for my brain to reconcile Tieria’s effeminate physique as nothing more than that of a pretty boy (in the weird Japanese sense), but this drag act he pulled was foul play. Even though I had seen it in the preview in last episode, I thought it was instead his clone Regene, whose gender identity still eludes me.
All of her saluting to and taking orders from others have made me forget that just because her family has got blown up does not mean so does her wealth. As head of the wealthy Halevy estate, Louise can toss her purse for change and buy half of the Ahead squads.
It is quite glaring how Sunrise introduces Liu Mei into the party as head of the Wang family in allusion to Ribbons’s introduction of Louise as head of the Halevy estate. Two girls from rich and influential families, but both on very different paths. Liu Mei is aware of her assets and utilizes them to their full effects; Louise, on the other hand, is fighting her battle the hard way. At this point, she has made no contribution on the battlefields except for a couple of near disasters.
True heir of Aeolia’s plan
Three stages to Aeolia’s plan, does this mean there will be a third season?
The Innovators claim to be the executioners of stage two. However, what is their true destiny as crafted deep within Aeolia’s plan? The Celestial Beings did not have access within Veda of their own destiny, so it can be equally likely that Aeolia’s ultimate purpose of the Innovators is their destruction also.
As Aeolia seems to be fond of fighting fire with fire: using armed interventions of the Celestial Beings to quell other armed aggressions and forcing the nations to unite for the extermination of his agents; he can equally be using the harsh, merciless tactics of the Innovators to oppose the will of the people and forcing them to unite for the rebellion against the Innovators’ iron-fist manipulation.
Of course I am assuming that the Innovators are truly the heirs of Aeolia’s plan, a fact that I do doubt since, as Tieria has stated, the entrusting of the true GN drives is Aeolia Schenberg’s signature, which, like a king’s seal, marks who the true prince regent is. On the other hand, the Innovators have yet shown nothing other than the fake GN drives, while the Celestial Beings own the twin GN drives, the Trans-Am systems, and now this mysterious 0-Riser. At this point, I tend to think that the Innovators are still part of Aeolia’s plan, not as heirs, but as a catalyst to push the Celestial Beings, the true heirs, to the next stage of his plan.