i just thought about this parallel between 01x11 and 04x06. it’s just very interesting to me so i had to just jot it down real fast. now sure okay we don’t have a lot of explicit confirmation Coran knows 100% what’s going on here, but it’s heavily inferred due to the fact he’s been in communication with Keith prior to this moment (Keith’s been talking to him), he’s monitoring the situation, and his expression. plus… .this parallel.
The thing is…. Coran knows that Keith won’t quit. There’s just no talking him out of this. He knows this because he’s been here before with Keith, on the precipice of Keith diving forwards without reserve and doing what he believes is right even at the expense of his own life and possibly at the cost of it. Coran knows right now he literally can do nothing to stop this.
01x11 Keith believed he was doing to help Shiro and also for the greater cause of the mission: to protect the black lion because from day one they’d been told if it fell into Zarkon’s hands it would all be over.
But there’s a slight difference here too, and I think it’s why Coran looks like that here. 01x11 is probably one of the TRUE times yes…. Keith actually has been reckless and impulsive (i feel these words get thrown around a lot for him see this perhaps). 04x06 - based on his behaviours - he isn’t actually being reckless and diving in without thought. That’s the concerning thing (he’s Considered it properly and that really shows - I mean…. see this too i posted earlier!!)
So yea he’s actually being logical and pragmatic in a dire situation. He’s making a call that is difficult and FAR from easy, but he’s setting aside everything else for the sake of getting shit done fast.
Now don’t get me wrong, just because he’s being completely pragmatic and rational here - to the point he’s not weighing in the value of HIMSELF to the mission or the cause - IT DOESN’T MEAN HE’S RIGHT AND THAT THIS IS OKAY…. keith…. but he thinks it’s the right judgement to make. The stakes are high, voltron is in danger. Someone has to do something.
And keith has proven time and time again that when it’s time to make a tough call, a choice for the greater good and universe that could well divide people and cause discord - he can and will be objective even at the expense of how the team see him and what people think of him. (of course there are exceptions, there always are and that’s interesting when this pattern breaks).
Overall here though, Keith is once again doing everything he’s strived to do from the very start: keeping the mission from sabotage and ensuring Voltron can continue it’s quest for the greater good. No matter what.