05 12 / 2013
"Newton, don’t embarrass yourself."
- Hermann already knows what Newt is going to say.
"And this is the point where he goes completely crazy."
- Oh yes, he definitely knows.
- He’s heard this before.
"They won’t give you the equipment. And even if they did, you’ll kill yourself!"
- No matter how crazy the idea may be, he knows Newt won’t be able to follow-through without the equipment (to his relief).
I found this sequence interesting because obviously Hermann has heard this before, more than once I’m sure. Maybe he never tried to reason with Newt how crazy the idea was, and it’s only when it becomes a distinct possibility he tries to discount it. Where he couldn’t convince Newt what a bad idea it is, he’ll appeal to the chain of command.
His (futile) hope: that Newt will listen to Pentecost and do as he says.
Until Newt proves that it works, and then, of course, Hermann is on board to help. The two of them display implicit and complete trust in one another and drift without a hiccup.
Hermann’s previous reactions were never really about disbelieving in the possibility of what Newt was proposing, only how dangerous it was. Multiple times in different situations, he displays his true concern as disdain or dismissal.