Special OP: vestige by TM Revolution
Mostly stuff from the other OPs, with a scattering of new images – mainly the ones you see above.
In the aftermath of the war, ORB and PLANT made peace, and at the request of the council, Lacus returned to PLANT. Sometime later, Shinn, Lunamaria, Athrun, and Meyrin visit the memorial spot by the sea. They are joined by Kira and Lacus, and Shinn finally gets introduced to the pilot of Freedom Gundam. The two shake hands and agree to fight and defend together from now on, along with Athrun. In the final moments, we see Lacus entering the PLANT council room looking very important.
I didn’t summarize the first 36 or so minutes of the episode because it’s basically the extended version of the final episode, so although there is additional footage, the story is still the same. Some of the biggest additions I saw include one near the beginning with Athrun hugging Cagalli goodbye before going into space, and a scene between Gilbert and Rau Le Creuset where Gilbert says that man really likes to fight. It also looked to me like a lot of the added stuff was merely stock footage spliced in and mixed around.
As for the extended ending, it only sheds a little bit of light on what happened afterward. We all could have guessed that they made peace, and in addition to that, they showed us that Kira and Shinn finally get introduced to each and that Lacus seems to be returning to PLANT looking quite powerful, perhaps as the new chairwoman (that’s just speculation though). Oh, and it appears they don’t give CagalliXAthrun fans anything to work with, as Athrun walks away from the meeting with Meyrin and Cagalli seems pretty occupied with being the leader of ORB. They did give plenty of KiraXLacus screen-time though, from the OP shot to Lacus putting her head on Kira’s shoulder as they walk away.
Overall, I’m not horribly impressed by this episode, though it does give more closure than the final minutes of episode 50. But even though I’m a sucker for closure, this episode alone can’t redeem Gundam SEED Destiny as a whole. Ah, well…Here’s to hoping that the next Gundam series is better.