The hyped death machine that was supposed to have wrecked havoc in the calamity war ends up not being able to kill any major characters. It wasn't that menacing and the arc could have been trimmed a few episodes. Mikazuki's plight is the more interesting plot point. Lasting injuries in anime are so rare, even relatively rare for Gundam, and that's what makes this series the dark and realistic Gundam. It's also interesting how un-Gundam Mikazuki is from the rest of the "I hate war" protagonists as a world without war would be hell for our protagonist, his life is that messed up. Okay, the Atra and Kudelia love Mikazuki plot is...awkward and that scene was could only be described using the word awkward.