Legends 2x15: Mick Cannot Be Blamed For His Choice
Let’s talk about Mick’s decision in Legends 2x15.
Quite a few people are saying that his choice to go with Leonard was unfair, and believe it to be a reason to hate Mick or proof that he deserves whatever harsh treatment he receives from the team.
Let it be said, first off, that Mick is no angel and he does things that are without question not okay.
But to say that his decisions are based solely on a cruel nature or the nature of someone who doesn’t care about the team in any capacity - or wants to care about them - is highly false.
His action here, turning the spear over to Leonard and going to be with him, was based on both his treatment by the crew and his relationship with Leonard.
I see a lot of people who try and say “the team had nothing to do with this, stop blaming [insert character here]”, and that is simply not something people can stop doing because like it or not the team did have quite a lot to do with this.
Firstly, if the team had made more of an effort to relate to Mick and stick close during his grief and through his depression - you know, the fact he would not stop drowning his sorrows and comfort eating and sitting silently in rooms after his best friend sacrificed himself - then he may never have told Leonard about the plan to destroy the spear.
Think about it for just a moment. If Mick had been given more of a support system, he may never have started hallucinating at all. And if he had never hallucinated Leonard, then he wouldn’t have been so quick as to assume that this Leonard wasn’t real.
On a different level of ‘how could he abandon the crew/betray them’, there is so much to go into. So much.
Firstly: you forget that Leonard was his best friend, his partner, and the only person to treat him with any modicum of consistent respect over the course of thirty years.
You cannot truly say that in this situation, you would choose a team who - like it or not - often insulted you or didn’t include you over someone you had loved deeply for thirty years and thought you would never see again.
I know I would choose my best friend in a heartbeat, no question. Can you really say you wouldn’t have?
In addition to that, what did the crew do only a very short time before Mick gave Leonard the spear? They all - yes, all - rounded on him after returning from the cathedral, and expressed outrage that he had dared tell Leonard the plans.
There was no effort to understand that he had been hallucinating, no effort to hear Mick’s side. Stein, of all people, who should have remembered the entire situation with the hallucinations, didn’t bother to try and sympathise either.
They gave him no reason not to think that Leonard was right: “they don’t care about you”. The very first thing they did when they went back to the ship was refuse to listen to his side of the story or sympathise with the fact he was hallucinating and thought that Leonard wasn’t real.
Like it or not, the team has not shown him much care or kindness. They thanked Nate for saving them from being scattered across time when most of that work was done by Mick. They consistently distrust him - and yes, they have reasons to, but there was no attempt to even try to trust him even after he made efforts to prove trustworthiness - and insult him.
What I’m trying to say is, how can you possibly blame him for taking the spear to go be with Leonard and attempt to change his past?
He isn’t a self-sacrificial martyr. He isn’t going to be thinking of the entire world. All he’s going to be thinking about is those close to him.
And Leonard has been the only person who let him be close to him.
Even Raymond - who most of the people who hate Mick seem to like well enough - realised what was up.
“Did we trust him? I mean, admit it, we never really did, and he picked up on it.”
Ray literally said it, right there. He understands that a good part of Mick’s choice was, like it or not, partially their fault.
Does that mean that they have no right to be upset? No. They have every right to be upset and can’t be faulted for it.
But to say that Mick can be blamed for this decision is reaching.
He went to change a past that caused him substantial guilt and trauma, and to be with the one person who ever showed him any consistent kindness, after being rounded on for the hundredth team by a crew that didn’t even try to listen to him.
What he did isn’t entirely right. The crew has reasons to be angry.
But Mick Rory cannot be blamed for this. He had valid reasons to make this choice. Whether it was a good choice or not, he had valid reasons to make it. And if I were in his situation - and if you were - I’m very certain that most of us would have made the same choice.