when i first saw s02e08 i must admit shiros reaction was kinda off?? i mean he just watches keith fight those guys. he doesnt even move at first. id expected him to at least grip the edge of the table and lean in a bit, showing his helplessness and frustration!!! but he doesnt!!! the fuck!!!
ahh i disagree? first of all… there is… no table for him to grip onto. what would he be leaning into.
i think the problem here is that in the relationship between keith and shiro, we tend to fixate on how dedicated keith is to shiro. with good reason, too (the boy is HOPELESSLY dedicated to him). but i think something that gets overlooked is how much shiro respects keith, and how much he trusts him. if their situations had been flipped, would keith have run in to interfere with the trial guns-a-blazing? maybe. probably. but just because shiro doesn’t do the same doesn’t mean he cares any less.
shiro’s immense respect for and trust in keith is something that’s thrown in our faces continually throughout the series, even from the very first episode. just a couple of examples:
this one might be my favorite:
he is not happy that keith wants to do this. shiro is aware that infiltrating zarkon’s base is dangerous and that keith could be risking his life. he is visibly upset by this, but steels himself and agrees to support him because he TRUSTS keith. it’s a recurring theme. he may not like that this is what keith is doing, but the only thing he can do once keith’s made up his mind is support him. i probably sound like a broken record at this point but i can’t emphasize how much he trusts keith’s judgement and is willing to support him through it all.
screencap-heavy meta/rambling below the cut