Considering how long this series is I'll try to be brief. In this series there's a Galactic Federation unit who have abeen tasked with a pivotal role in saving the galaxy from death at the hands of a star eating god. The crew is full of oddball misfits but otherwise S-ranked Federation members. One of the crew, the youngest, Smegma, has been moody and distant during their entire time together and eventually has an embarrassing meltdown in front of his crew mates. Revealing his pent up anger and frustration over his home planet, Mungus, being in danger of dying and the Federation not registering it as an issue. It's the reason he joined the Federation in the first place: to hopefully garner attention for Mungus. The crew captain, Jinx, then makes a decision that even I'm hesitant about. At this point they're very close to a big milestone in their mission and she instead sets her sights on saving Mungus and then continuing the mission afterward. This is a huge decision that sets the precedent for the latter parts of the series. Jinx as well as the other crew mates wanted Smeg to feel loved and a part of crew and she needed his head in the game just as much as everyone else if they were gonna save the galaxy. My problem comes from the ideal behind Jinx's decision itself and possibly affecting the reader's interest in reading onward. At this point in the series everyone's backstories have been explored to a good degree except for the closed off Smegma who only occasionally and briefly showed what he was truly like under layers of angst and depression. The following parts on Mungus explore Smegma and the Mungan world in depth enough to give a clear view into the character and how he thinks. But that all of this character development and triumph comes at a big price. A price that may seem completely ridiculous to a cynical reader. Drawing from my own experience, I've had reactions to parts of stories or television series in which characters make big decisions that are completely dumb and affect the plot in a big way but didn't need to happen in the first place. It fractures my immersion a good deal because I can't stop thinking "If only you didn't do X" then this wouldn't happen. What I'm looking for is a reaction from you as a reader. If the captain pulled this stunt and potentially jeopardized the galaxy itself to save her crew mate's home world instead and the plot started to take a different because of that decision, how would you feel as a reader?