“You are exactly the man I thought you would be. A man who will do the right thing, the less selfish thing, the thing that might help two universes instead of threatening to destroy them, who will fight a fight worth fighting even if it’s not ‘his’ and does not directly impact him and his personal emotional ties, only if I leave him with literally no other choice. My son, I’m so proud.”
Whoops I forgot that they are quasi father and son which is probably supposed to have some kind of magical magnetic effect on my emotions?
(Sorry this episode just made me oddly angry.)
UGH I KNOW.
Seriously, when he said, “You’re exactly the man I thought you’d be,” I HONESTLY took it as an insult for a second.
I mean, two possibilities here, either Peter really believes he can get home to his own universe - i.e. he believes these are universe #3 and #4 that he’s ever been to, and he just doesn’t care about anyone because he’s leaving soon, or far more sinister, he understands that these are altered-timeline versions of universes #1 and #2 and that if he succeeds in getting home, they will cease to exist and thus there’s no point in him forming attachments because he’s basically going to destroy these dudes shortly if he gets his way.
And frankly, I think that’s COMPLETELY in character for Peter, who is a little selfish, has a hard time forming attachments, and who, yes, is capable of genuine acts of selfless kindness or loyalty once those attachments have been formed, but frankly, in most situations, has to be led by the nose to get there. ”Well, I’m gonna die anyhow, guess I’d better save both universes rather than dooming them,” you know? And that’s actually sort of interesting. This brave-in-his-own-self-interest guy who’s the lynchpin of a totally fractured universe and who really doesn’t have the quality of character to handle that with grace without a lot of…nose-leading.
But it’s NOT SUPER ADMIRABLE. And the show keeps acting like it should be.
We’re back to that weird place where the show portrays Peter’s character completely consistently yet doesn’t seem to understand what it’s saying. How can every other part of the show make so much more sense than he does?