Hate when writers don't use contractions in spoken speech. Feels so forced
1. I don't know if Marco could have been as funny as he was without Ax. I understand the relationship of Ax and Tobias, but by the end, I was making Ax and Marco out to be better friends. Having a hard time thinking of their serious moments since the beginning, but I think those are the times when Ax dominates the dynamic, by backing off and attributing the difference of opinion to "humanity" which he kinda does with everyone.
2. His assessments are more or less right, though that is a bit sad. It is what it is, and sometimes has to be done, but come on, imagine if some more capable being was deciding to drug you, fry you, or pamper you. Not a position I want to be in. In the real world I think relationships are made by a mix of utility and "cute". Cats have some utility, and are fairly appealing to the senses: good relations overall. Oxen have utility, aren't all that cute-they get to live, but perhaps not the high life. Individuals and societies will vary "cute", and utility is ever changing, and surely there are other factors, but that's the crux of the issue I think.
3. By my guess he's been on Earth nearly two years, he should be able to pass off better than this-that's a lapse for laughs. TV is not without it's educational benefits, but Ax having one, again, is a comedic issue more than a practical one. Ax kinda plateaus in this part of the series, they aren't in contact with other Andalites, there is little tech they face that couldn't be dealt with by the Chee. As above, he's still the best at pointing out humanities foibles, but that's not something that has really changed over time.
4. Regarding gender differences, that's tricky to predict. Males are x, females are y, but why that is, well I see an open ended field there. Parental care comes to mind, but there must be more than that. Never been a female anything, so I do give pause to wonder, at the basal level, what those differences would be like in humans. I personally have found boys more hostile, but girls are plenty hostile, so super calm happy cow? Don't believe it. For death and intelligence, well I think that's more about personality than intellect. I don't think cows as smart, but they do react to threats. Non-acceptingly most of the time. For whatever reason it would seem that they just can't recognize this as a treat. Maybe that should be one of the indices of determining absolute intelligence
Now chimps I'm biased against, but in any event, I do like to think that the difference in most cognitive abilities, or at least potential is great. I've never been close to chimps, so that may be why, but I've never been wowed by their behavior; my expectations for them are high, but unmet. Physically however I'm strikingly envious, and maintain that somehow humans when backwards in this process. Cassie's whining is way out of place here, smart or not, this is way too much this far in.
5. If there comes a day that I can eat my own ribs without serious physical impediment I will do it dammit. Never giving up meat. However, the experiences they faced would be on the back of my mind, for one: the scientific marvel that it is to be able to utilize the sufferings of other creatures, and two: a touch of reverence and thanks that my life is made slightly better, by catastrophic cost to something else. Well those thoughts would come up occasionally, Sunday dinner, not the buffet.
6. From a philosophical or psychological, it can't be done, IMO, but from a physiological, yeah. If we decline the concept of an immaterial mind and soul, that we really are nothing more or less than our biology, and thus chemistry and physics, than there isn't a reason that matter and energy cannot be manipulated to a perfectly predictable outcome. Difficult probably, but not impossible. Same with sentient vs non-sentient, from that standpoint, which I think is the standpoint sci-fi must take less it be fantasy, it's completely doable to capture and dictate, if not destroy, will.