Oh god, Mass Effect’s timeline… Not in ANY way helped by how ME3 has Shepard acting like their ‘six months’ in lock-up was more like six YEARS when interacting with old crew…
Simply because of travel times, the events of ME1 have to have taken at least a few months. One month after the Battle of the Citadel, Shepard is KIA. Project Lazarus takes two years to bring Shepard back to life in 2185. Events of ME2 must also take a few months, and there’s a codex entry you find in the Leviathan DLC which suggests Shepard was active with Cerberus doing ME2 things in August of 2185. Then there’s six months between ME2 and ME3, where Shepard is awaiting trial. The ANN twitter feed at the time (if I remember correctly) heavily suggested the Reaper war began on March 6th, 2186. That might not be correct, but it fits with the time difference, as it’s 7 months from August to March.
It all gets a bit tight, though. Especially when you factor in a conversation with Kaidan Alenko in ME1, where he flat out tells you he’s 32 - and his birthday is 2151, which means it’s come and passed by the time that conversation rolls around. PLUS, he was exposed in utero early in 2151, so he had to have been born no earlier than late April, I’d say, for eezo to affect his nervous system development and not just give him brain cancer. (I imagine those that get cancer instead are exposed at the wrong time during development, those that develop biotics are exposed to eezo when those systems are still forming - and their chances of it turning to cancer are lower.)
So that knowledge all squishes ME2 into a tight time-frame, even though if feels like it should be more.
The Reaper War can’t last longer than a year, as the Volus predict a full economic collapse (irrecoverably so, at least in the short term), and post-ending scenes suggest the economy was largely fine and recovered.
BioWare should hire a writer who exclusively manages timelines and continuity, to keep everything on track.
I legitimately ALWAYS bring her along to the final part of the Collector base, JUST for her to give the Illusive Man her resignation. Her character arc deserves that moment, and I will never deny her it.
Ohmygosh, yes! It’s such a powerful moment for her, and she deserves to not only have it but to be to seen having it. Because either way she ends up leaving Cerberus, but giving her that moment there on the base where TIM wants her to do his bidding and 100% believes that she’ll do it if he orders her to and she says, “No,” is so fucking powerful.
She’s saying, “I don’t need you anymore.” It’s a huge jumping off point for her character, and I can’t deny her that moment.
Could it be like a parting insult - “you are indeed so beneath me, I won’t even bother to do it personally or stick around to see it”?
None of it really feels like it’s an insult to me. Or I mean, I think Zoisite’s including an insult because why not, but it’s like a gift with purchase. He’s completely disengaged from Nephrite at this point, and that’s particularly notable when you consider that everything Zoisite did throughout this arc, up to this point, has been incredibly petty and personal. We’ll see it again next arc with Tuxedo Kamen, too, so it’s not like this trait went away. Zoisite lives to torment, and Nephrite has been his jam the entire arc. But his interest in Nephrite has completely disappeared. It’s like he was really hungry and ordered a large french fry, and just got bored with eating them at the end.
A question in regards to the Crystal ban - If there's a music video that anyone thinks you'd enjoy watching incorporates footage from both animes, does that fall into the 'no Crystal' category as well, and we shouldn't send you a link?
Right. The only thing I want to do with Crystal is ignore it. It’s difficult to ignore it when I’m sitting here looking at it.
A HANDY CRYSTAL FLOW-CHART:
Will sending Jet Wolf this thing from Crystal interfere with her continued ignoring of Crystal?
If No: Consider this very carefully. Revisit the question.
I fully embrace the idea that eezo plays a part in the resurrection, so it theoretically could kickstart biotic abilities in a non-biotic Shepard. Personally, I keep class fairly consistent across games, but that’s my logic on the matter.
I hadn’t thought of it from that perspective, but I could totally see eezo playing a role in getting the nervous system back online. Hmmm…
I still like to keep class fairly consistent, though, too.