- May 7, 2020
My issue with Joel rescuing Ellie from the Fireflies' hospital is that I'm not sure whether he truly did so for Ellie or did so for himself. Was his concern solely or at least mainly Ellie's well being or was his concern to retain Ellie because she filled the void and pain of his daughter's death? Did he really think that it was immoral to sacrifice Ellie for the sake of humanity (i.e. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few)? Or did he agree with the idea that to do so was moral but cared about his emotional needs more than the possibility of saving humanity?
You can’t justify killing a child without her consent (something which a child can’t even make a decision on) for some needs of the many type garbage in order to allow some rag-tag, rinky-dink, on the brink of collapse terrorists to take make a hail-mary attempt at creating a cure.
Part II retconned Part I. Joel did the right thing. The interesting aspect was how that would affect his relationship with Ellie.
If Ellie knew the whole time she would die and talked about it with Joel and then Joel went against her wishes, it’d be a stronger argument that he was in the wrong. That never happened though. Ellie thought she was gonna walk outta that hospital.