OK, so one thing that surprised me a while back during Gears 3 talk on the bombcast was how apparently they all hate Baird. In fact, there's an almost universal hate for Baird I've noticed, and I've always been confused as to why. He's overly sarcastic and kind of a twat at times, but that's part of why I think he's pretty cool. He's a loveable douchebag, or a 'magnificent bastard' even.
Now there was one part during Gears 3, when you're playing as Cole, where Baird really was just such a fucking cunt. Pretty much every line of dialogue was tinged in that icey sarcasm of his, and there was so much passive aggressiveness towards Cole during that part that I did briefly start to feel what the rest of the world has apparently been feeling since 2006. But otherwise, I've always liked Baird. I mean it's hard for me to dislike any character that's voiced by Fred Tatasciore really. And it's my appreciation for Baird that, despite Judgment looking so shamelessly like ''just another Gears game', I'm actually kind of excited for it just to play through a story with Baird and Cole leading the storm. Those two have always made for a more interesting duo than Marcus and Dom have imo, and I found it super disappointing that you don't get to play as them as much as I figured during Gears 3.