Flocke has an eye for assessing the situation and the courage to speak his views aloud. I’m glad Flocke wasn’t simply used as an ardent defender of Levi in opposition to EM. Instead he brings forth judgments a normal soldier not in a position of power should be able to make.
He plays an important part in providing an alternative view of the audience’s favorite characters. Both EM and Levi acted out of personal attachments rather than for the good of humanity. Jean and Connie were mere spectators—they mostly avoided being criticized because they weren’t part of the serum bowl situation, but Flocke brings that out as a fault. Flocke’s motto that “somebody has to tell the truth” is making other characters uncomfortable, but it brings in an interesting dimension to how the people could be characterized, both to the audience and to the characters themselves.
It’s kind of funny how EM keeps telling Flocke to shut up because they can’t think of good rebuttals to his assessments. He’s such an interesting character…I hope he finds people who love him.