Originally Posted by Dr Huh? You need to watch actual episodes, not random clips.
Chris is a rat bastard. He has no sense of morality, if he did, he wouldn't be in that line of work. Remember how he tortured and killed Butchie, a blind man? Or the attack on that family, where a boy of about five years old ran away for his life? Had they found the boy, Chris would have killed him. Then there's the fact Chris trains young boys like Michael to become killers.
sure I watched all the whole series run twice already. Thats why doing the random youtube clip research is so rewarding because of the insight of the youtube commenters that analyze those key situations so thoroughly. it really deepens the understanding after watching the whole series run.
it was all for orders and keeping Marlo's name clear though Chris did those sadistic things.... he was still being a good solider. In the arc of the story Mike's being taken in and trained properly is not unlike Christopher Moltisanti being guided by Toni Soprano. There were only so many ways Mike could provide a stable home for his little brother and addict mother - sadly being a highly trained elite soldier for Marlo is a great job in that situation - its not unlike joining the military (there's inherent risks involved but its a stable paycheck that can be viewed as both honorable and
Chris had a good eye for talent and groomed Michael accordingly. He actually taught him the proper mentality too - basically he as a mentor/big brother to mike (as well as snoop being a big sister). Chris did smash Mikes pedo dad's face in violently, but he did it for a reason, not just randomly.