I'm playing a game and I've hit a cutscene where a henchman is apologizing to the main villain for their failure to defeat the heroes with his plan. After the henchman more or less finishes explaining what happened, the main villain then says
And I'm not sure how to interpret this.
When I first read 言い訳はいいから I took it as "excuses are fine / ok". Which, to me, gives off a more forgiving tone. Something like "Don't worry about the excuses. It's fine for now. Let's move on." But then I started to think this isn't actually correct.
Immediately following that line, the main villain goes on to say:
Pull yourself together.
If I was able to punish you properly...
The position of vice chairman
I'm thinking it would be ok to give it to you.
And this doesn't really seem too forgiving. Which makes me think that 言い訳はいいから is more like "I don't care about your excuses!" or "No excuses! This is unforgivable! Don't let it happen again!"
So what is the intended meaning behind 言い訳はいいから? Does it have a more positive or negative meaning? Does it depend on the overall context / tone of the conversation?
Just to finish out the scene / extra context, the henchman responds to this by saying:
Next time I will absolutely... (not fail you)