But hey, it wasn't all bad. Remember Üso's touching reunion with his mother? I recommend tracking down the original movie trilogy (It can be picked up very cheapily on Amazon if you pick up the older DVD release) and watching that. Only about 9 hours, gives you a great sense for the feel of the rest of the franchise.* Spoiler: *Unnecessary additional info The films are actually a compilation of the original series, which was just called Mobile Suit Gundam, but that series was very hastily produced, resulting in animation inconsistencies and some goofy holdovers from more gimmicky super robot shows that feel kind of out of place. Also, the TV series is much, much longer, natch, so if you want to appraise at a lower commitment, the films are the way to go.