I always wondered how old Mick on the show was when he burnt down his house, because according to the last refuge it was in 1990, which would make him 20 years old right? But I mean, I do not believe even for a second he was supposed to be older than 17 in that Same with Jax? 1993 which would make him 23 in 2016 (if my math is right) and they constantly joke about him not being old enough to drink ??? It's just not lining up
Oh anon, oh sweet summer child. I’m so happy (sad?) you haven’t seen my rants or posts on this subject so I get to talk about it again.
This was the episode where I realized that Legends gives this many fucks about temporal continuity: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
But okay, I’ll break the issue down and my solution(s):
For starters, the birthdays in the episode with The Pilgrim (”Last Refuge”) were an easter egg: they used the cast’s actual birthdays instead of going with what would make sense for the character. That’s why Jax is three years off what he should be (because we know he should be a little shy of 21 still, not 23). That’s why Len is born in 1972, making little Leo just 3 years old in that scene in 1975.
If we assume Mick’s actual birthday is also Dominic Purcell’s, following the pattern, then yeah, he’d be born in 1970, making him 20 in 1990. Len would be 18 in 1990. Since they met in juvie, teen!Mick should’ve already met teen!Len by the time we meet him in Last Refuge.
So basically, it’s a clusterfuck.
Mick looks and is implied to be somewhere 15-17 in that episode, and like he hasn’t gone to juvie yet probably (which likely happened after he burned his house down, right?). He’s definitely not 20. And little Leo seems more like 5-6(?) (the actor was 8) and not 3 in that scene.
So the birthday easter egg threw continuity way the fuck off, imo.
One solution is to throw it out the window. Headcanon the ages that make sense for the characters’ and use their comics’ birthdays for those of them that have an official one. Go with a year that makes sense with canon. Ignore the rest.
Another solution, slightly more in line with Legends, is to keep their birthdays but fudge the years. Pretend that they didn’t pick teen!Mick up in 1990 but instead in 1985. Pretend that they didn’t meet Leo in 1975 but maybe 1977. Pretend that they picked up baby Jax in 1996 instead of 1993. Just ignore the years, basically.
A (less satisfying, to me) solution is to accept the weird easter egg birthdays and such, and retcon the rest.
For myself… I mostly throw out all the dates in Last Refuge and treat them as a joke instead of canon. I mostly use the comics’ birthdays but make up my own sometimes, when I’m writing. Whichever works better for the story, lol. I’ve written Len as anywhere from late 30′s (in 73S) to WM’s age of 43 (more recently in my works). I always write Mick as ~2 years older than Len. I write/headcanon Jax as having been 20 in 2016, and 21 on season 2 of Legends. I go with whatever years make sense for what I’m writing.
Because if the show writers can go ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ then so can I.