You are just the same way I used to be.
You are just the same way I used to be.
The Drift and the ZERO System (2/2)
On second thought, I think ZERO does have some kind of a Drift-like trait.
Drifting is a two-way mind-melding. Once you connect to a party through the neurological bridge you create, that party will be able to cross it and connect to you…whether you want it to or not (looking at you, Kaiju-lovin’ Geizler). In GW Episode 44: Go Forth, Gundam Team, Quatre masters the ZERO System to lead the other Gundam pilots in battle. They’re clashing against the mobile dolls, which are remotely controlled by Dorothy via an altered version of the ZERO. Basked in the system’s light and influence—and without any kind of clue—the leaders of the two sides realize they are fighting each other at the same time.
It’s true that most characters in the show possess some kind of a psychic bond, but I believe that’s at least after they have taken an interest in each other. Dorothy wasn’t even intrigued by Quatre before their ZERO collision; she’s more engrossed by Heero during their stay at Sanq. Same with Quatre. In fact, this episode is the first where they have acknowledged each other.
I’m chalking up this split-second connection to ZERO System. Admittedly, this is the moment I came to appreciate the ZERO System as an excellent material to toy with in the fan playpen. Could it be that one of them unwittingly pried open a “door” using the system to see who the enemy is and the other peered back? Could it be that they have somehow felt each other’s presence? Saw each other in some dimension fissure? There are so many possibilities.
You might have noticed it by now, so I’ll admit my bias: the System turned me into a shipper of perhaps the most obscure pair in the fandom. There, I said it.
Anyway, as I’ve mentioned in Part I, sparring usually determines if you can effectively be in the same Drift space as another person. Before Raleigh and Mako started sparring in Pacific Rim, Raleigh said: “Remember: this is a dialogue, not a fight.” And talked they did—wordlessly, through the clashes of their sticks on the mat.
Dorothy and Quatre’s fencing match felt more like a dialogue than a fight to me. Well, Dorothy did give speeches about staging the worst war and Quatre spouted out his rhetoric about hearts that believe in peace, but their blade-crossings spoke louder. I don’t know if many people thought about this too, but Dorothy wanted to die at that time. She has chosen the falling Libra and outer space as her gravesite. But with her complicated love affair with all things strong and grand, she wants a glorious end, if an ‘end’ is what she’s going to have in all that chaos anyway. That doesn’t involve just going down with the battleship. Quatre seems to be the right person to do it for her since he’s the last person who defeated her. Although she blatantly told him she wanted to test if human conscience is more powerful than a killer system, her invitation to a fencing match is actually an offer for the Gundam pilot to finish her.
Being the kind guy that he is, Quatre won’t let it happen. So he gets stabbed instead. Dorothy, who wears the ZERO helmet during the fight, is overwhelmed by high emotions and the memory of her father as the other blonde talked. And Quatre knew more than anyone how someone may react at the memory of a dead loved one—a father—while under the influence of the ZERO System…
Oh, you know. I could be just reading too much into this
because SHIP.The point is, I love the idea that ZERO System could be a little tech-sister system of the Pacific Rim’s Drifting in the otaku side of the world. That, and how a fight doesn’t simply mean a fight. :)
I love this analysis! Long live Quatre and Dorothy shippers! XD
For timestar20 ! I hope Quatre and Dorothy are sexy enough? XD
…so from what song are those lyrics?
Blinding by Florence + The Machine. Go listen to it, it’s so…Relena, particularly mature/Endless Waltz Relena. If you know a little bit of Frozen Teardrop, I think the verse with ‘Snow White’ and ‘circuit boards’ will crack you up. ;)
30 days of Gundam Wing - Day 8 - Best scene.
Difficult. I love a lot of scenes from Gundam Wing, some of them are dramatic and fundamental for the plot (for example the one where Quatre goes crazy, nearly kills Trowa and then leaves with Heero who actually wants to kill him) and some other are just adorable (Heero with the dogs) but my favourite scene is the duel between Dorothy and Quatre (I think it was the episode n°48?) because for the first time we understand what Dorothy really thinks and why she is so fond of fighting. We actually understand that she hates the war. I think it is the most fundamental moment of Dorothy development in the anime.
Kindness is never a weakness.
“Girls like her turn into women with eyes like bullet holes and mouths made of knives. They are always restless. They are always hungry. They are bad news. They will drink you down like a shot of whisky. Falling in love with them is like falling down a flight of stairs. What no one told me, with all those warnings, is that even after you’ve fallen, even after you know how painful it is, you’d still get in line to do it again.”
-Black Heart (Holly Black)
The Rematch. Chapter 54, Isis CW’s Revelations:
“Maybe it is selfish,” he whispered hoarsely into her ear. “Maybe it is easier to be the who dies then the one that grieves. I don’t know,” he admitted to her, knowing that in her own life it was her father that had lost his life trying to protect his little girl.
She still couldn’t help but feel abandoned by the ones that had left her behind. And he couldn’t blame her for that.
“But it’s more than just my family,” he continued. “I have friends that I care about more than my life. And there isn’t one who wouldn’t be fighting the same battle that I was. There isn’t one that wouldn’t fight. If it has to be one of us, I’ll take the chance on it being me. Not because I’m selfish…because I believe in the lives that they could live if given the chance…I believe in the survivors,” he quietly confessed to her.
Closing his eyes, he released his hold on the stick at her neck and let it fall to the floor. He also let go of the other and hers as well, dropping his arms to his sides. With a very light touch, he nudged at her to turn around. And without complaint, she slowly slid around into his embrace…
“You’re no exception,” he added, his heart on his throat.
There was a small snort from her. “You die on me and I’ll kill you,” she mockingly threatened.
Dorothy vs. Quatre Part II (Episode 48: Take Off into Confusion)
Part I (Episode 44: Go Forth Gundam Team) is here
I don’t care how large the slice of Dorothy hatedom in a metaphorical GW fanbase pie graph may be. I still love her. Her haters’ best reasons (mostly consisting of her eyebrows and/or the scene above) did not—and will never—diminish her awesomeness and badassery in my eyes. Not one bit. She’s an amazing character, and will always be…no matter what she does, no matter whom she ridicules, praises…or stabs. :p
Dorothy vs. Quatre (Episode 44: Go Forth Gundam Team)
and yes. I ship this ;)
They’re so different yet they complement each other :D
This is sooo true. XD