Marathon-ed these episodes late last night. The first two had me face-palming. The last two were the ones I actually really enjoyed, which says loads about the first two as LE:GnF17 was a recap episode...
Really long post after the jump:
Anyway, the best part of the episode follows with the entrance of clone Gai quickly cutting off Shu's arm, and putting the idiot in his place...as a side character. Hopefully, Gai will improve this series a bit and recover it from this downward fail. Oh yeah, also, some super nuke sent by the UN is on its way. I seriously only watch this show now in hopes of see it redeem itself from this clusterfuck of crappy writing and unlikable characters (and killing off the ONLY likable character).
The next episode was pretty much a recap of the original Last Exile in 20 minutes. I skipped through watching it, but I really liked the nostalgia in watching the original OP (even though I just recently re-watched the series a month ago). This speed along with a shot of Lavie and Sleepyhead Claus, then cut to Dio and Alvis escaping from Guild Starfish fighters. I doubt the logic in having this second recap in 17 episodes, but I like how everything seems to be speeding toward a grand conclusion.