It strains credibility to me that Baral and his men could do the things that happened in Origins (track down Chandra and her family, murder her dad, set fire to everything, parade Chandra for execution in front of an entire arena full of people, and then have her vanish or die in a huge flaming spectacle and then...and then capture Pia and keep her in a prison for five years), but for some reason all Dovan knows about this time was that Baral wrote some report that said all three Nalaars died in a fire Chandra started? And he only finds out about it when Baral villain monologues to Chandra within earshot and then arrests him for it? Like....how does that level of dereliction of duty happen from Dovan? how are records so **** and witness testimony so scarce that he just reads Baral's report while studying up on Chandra and Pia and goes...."Yep, sounds right, but somehow they both lived...how odd."
I wanted to come back to this actually.
1) Dovin is part of a new administration, so his position doesn't go that far back and it's pretty obvious the old administration was basically corrupt FAR in excess of whatever slights the whiny rebels have concerning this one (outside of Tezzeret's coup)
2) As difficult as it is to remember given how messy and dumb a lot of this story has been, but the Inventor's Fair was going on followed pretty directly into martial law. And Baan has been neck deep in both
those things. He was the chief foreman for the fair, so cut the guy some slack, he's had a TON of stuff on his six-fingered hands. The fact he dug up those reports at all is the surprising part.
People keep insisting he's a villain, but he really isn't. He's just doing his job. The people at the top are the villains, but he's doing his best to mitigate damage to the city and loss of life. Out of genuine concern for innocents. It wasn't so long ago that was Gideon in that position, or are we forgetting he was sent to arrest Chandra?
On the shipping, I'm staying quiet other than to say Nissa irks me more each time she's brought up.