In some ways, Gundam AGE continues to follow a somewhat predictable progression to establish Flit as the Gundam’s pilot, but the introduction of “devil boy” Desil Galette (Takagaki Ayahi) manages to keep me guessing about the direction the series is headed. They made it pretty obvious that Desil was mischievous and up to no good, but after seeing him hijack Flit’s Gundam and pilot it better than he can, I’m left wondering if his affiliation with “EDEN” has anything to do with the UE. I’ll admit that I was half-expecting him to be a UE spy, tasked to assess the development in both Flit and the AGE System. While that could still be the case — judging from how he wasn’t impressed with Flit or the Gundam — he was clearly acting on his own accord and not part of some bigger plan. What there’s little doubt about is that Desil is another “Newtype-equivalent” like Yurin, which the series wasn’t so subtle about with Woolf’s remark about how it’s almost like he “knows where the next attack is coming from.”
It sure took Flit a long time to realize the similarity, but his interest in their extra-perceptional ability does set the stage for a future encounter with Yurin. If we’re to believe the supposed leak about how Yurin’s come from the future along with the UE, then this could also be perceived as some foreshadowing about Flit’s future son, Asem, who may inherit this ability from Yurin. For now, this is speculation at best, though not an entirely unfounded seeing as Flit continues to distance himself from Emily every episode. However, that’s not to say that Emily’s destined to be sidelined as the quintessential childhood friend. In fact, I find her to be one of the most interesting characters to watch, simply because she’s the only one who’s expressed any objection toward Flit piloting the Gundam — something that I’ve been hoping to see from the military personnel. What’s more, she stumbled upon Grodek’s secret, when everyone else is still completely clueless about how the Federation was going to let all of Nora’s colonists die. That knowledge puts Emily in a difficult position and raises questions on what she’ll do (if anything). I’ll be somewhat disappointed if Emily only serves as a voice of reason on board a renegade warship that’s planning to take the fight to the UE, so I’m hoping that she’ll find a new purpose in all this, even if it’s being the girl who supports Flit in his fight against the UE — something that all Gundam pilots seem to need.
As for Grodek himself, I’m still not sure what to make of his character since I’m sort of swayed by the rumor about how the UE came from the future to pressure mankind into furthering their arms development. Under that belief, I have a growing suspicion that he may be someone from the present who’s been informed of this plan, but only recently realized that the UE are here for that purpose. If I ignore those rumors and solely go on what’s been shown, then the prevalent thought is that Grodek has been trying to make sense of the UE’s attacks — much like Flit has — and was able to finally pinpoint their base once he realized that some unexplained “radar blips” are caused by their cloaking field. In other words, his remark about figuring out the UE’s true identity last time may merely be that he’s onto where they originate from and not necessarily exactly who they are. I may be reading into things too much at this point, but if there’s one aspect of Gundam AGE that’s given it a little bit of an unconventional edge, it would be the inclusion of Grodek as Diva’s captain. He’s proven to by more resourceful than the corrupt Federation, so he’ll be someone to watch for just as much as the Gundam itself.