For real I don’t understand when other people don’t understand that Newt was at the Shatterdome because he wanted the Kaiju to stop killing everyone just as much as everyone else did.
He thinks the Kaiju are cool the same way microbiologists think ebola is cool. Out in the field it’s kind of terrifying but there’s a beauty in terror and I mean. Have you met biologists who work with rattlesnakes? They will milk those fangs til the cows come home but you bet your ass if one tries to attack them in the wild they’re going to run.
Like, he fried his brain twice to save the world, he mind melded with a half dead preserved brain and then he got chased through Hong Kong by two Kaiju and he still proceeded to mind meld with one that had tried to eat him not an hour before.
Not to mention he cheers with everyone else when the Anteverse closes. The reason he doesn’t want to blow them completely to bits without studying them is exactly what he says- you can’t destroy them if you don’t understand them. I imagine doing Kaiju biology is hella difficult with the spare samples and trying to preserve them and every single time having lots of parts of your specimen completely destroyed.
In conclusion: Newt eats his words but he’s also a wonderful badass biologist and I love him.