“I feel like I’m the fourth version of myself since I left Port Damali.” Fjord doesn’t value his Self, discards it easily, and then calls it “growth”.
They refuse to let Beau go, let her think for herself. They see her and her experience as belonging to them because they’ve “invested” in her training. So they reel her back in with the acknowledgment and praise she’s been starved of her whole life.
I really wish Jester would leave the Mighty Nein about now.
I’ll be the first to say that Fjord is guilty of many things, many failures. But there is at least on instance I can point to where it’s Caduceus — Fjord’s self-appointed spiritual guide — who fails him in a pretty big way.
Let Jester have her personal God! Let her have fun and create chaos everywhere she goes.
Jester’s need to prove herself probably stems from very real experiences with being infantilized by others, and especially the Mighty Nein in the earlier days.
Caduceus giving in the the Mighty Nein’s whims in the jungle on their way to the Menagerie is indicative of a much deeper problem within the Mighty Nein.
All punishment does is create more pain. But what makes the idea of “consequences” different from “punishment”?
Both the cast and many fans online have been referring to Essek Thelyss as a “war criminal” and guilty of betraying the Mighty Nein. But while Essek certainly is guilty of many evil deeds, he is not guilty of either of those things.
Growing up, Fjord never had control over his life. He was raised in an orphanage, at the mercy of horrible people who used children for work. And even when he left he was still at the mercy of others, looking for work just to survive. Vandran had been the first to really take him in, take responsibility for him, show him the ropes, and perhaps discipline him.