In Mordin’s tag you see plenty of singing and dancing and “had to be me, someone else might have gotten it wrong” and being a Good Guy Hero but never enough of Mordin defending his work, disagreeing with Shepard (which is not something done lightly in the Mass Effect universe) and straight up shooting down her accusations as simply human reaction. But why not? It’s not something he does once and then realizes ~the error of his ways~. In fact he spends almost every conversation with Shepard up to the Suicide Mission (usually) calmly explaining to her that what he did with the Salarian Special Tasks Group was necessary, that modifying the genophage was not as harmful to the krogan as it was protecting them from the rest of the galaxy.
He tells her, here, that if he hadn’t done his job, the turians and the humans would have wiped the rampaging krogan completely out of existence in just a short period of time. He cannot admit, or refuses to see, that the salarians have just beat them to the punch; but slowly, painfully, a drawn out genocide. Standing over the body of an infertile female krogan, willing to risk everything to find a way to cure his genophage to save her people, is a wake up call - what’s worse?
He’s always got a way to explain to Shepard why her guilt trips won’t work, answers he’s clearly had years of sleepless nights (he lets it slip that while he still thinks what he did was right, he finds it hard to sleep some nights) to perfect and recite. And years in salarian lifespans? These guys barely live past 40 so you bet your ass he knows what it’s like to dwell on something for longer than he should, don’t believe a damn thing he says after getting Maelon’s data (or destroying it). He is nothing if not a master at hiding emotions and keeping himself in check because that is the salarian thing to do. This is just the first time it’s really obvious he can’t hide the strain in his voice. This scene is painful and IGNORED by fandom beyond the “find your gods, find someplace better” line and there’s so much characterization that it kills me inside to never find meta about it.
Mordin is deep and flawed and I feel like a lot of his non-cute moments are just completely overwritten in favor of his iconic lines and scenes. I love every single gifset of “Scientist Salarian” but I need more commentary on “I MADE A MISTAKE!” and how obvious it really was that Mordin needed Shepard to understand that he wasn’t a monster who succeeded at playing the hand of god.
More plz or else I’ll have to do it.