So, here's the thing. I have a relative that was a miserable human being. Did drugs for years, stole money to live, drank like a fish and had a girlfriend of questionable taste. I wrote him off years ago.
Then one day he decides to clean his act up. Quit drugs, drinking and kicked the bad girlfriend to the curb. He's now married, has a good job, house and kids. No one thought he'd make it. I certainly didn't, but he did. I enjoy his company and his kids are amazing.
Serac and his love machine would have never given him a chance.
The other reason I'm having trouble with this season is that it has veered seriously off track. It's saying "Remember all that great world building we did in season one? Screw it. We're going to change the rules as we go along."