Okay, so, we all know how good the Voltron writers are with continuity and foreshadowing, right? Like there’s that one scene in Season 1 where Coran offhandedly mention the Weblum which of course reappears in Season 2.
Well that got me thinking…there’s this one scene in Season 2 in which the writers deliberately go into detail about a possible plot point that is then just… not mentioned again. And they don’t seem like the kind of writers to just to tell us all that information and not have it go anywhere.
WELL (excuse the horrible quality of the screencaps)
THIS little gem, in which Hunk contemplates whether or not the Galra could successfully brainwash Shiro using his prosthetic. And his conclusion is…yeah, they totally could. So like, I’m not saying we’re gonna get a brainwashed Shiro in the future but…
We’re gonna get a brainwashed Shiro in the future.
are in three classes that use bernoulli’s equation. none of the
equations are the same. your teachers do not know who bernoulli is. did
bernoulli even exist?
there is a problem set. it is not on the
syllabus. the first question is a blank page. you look through the
whole set. it is all blank, except for the last page. you think it says
“run”. you do not know. it is not written in binary.
an ethics class. you are not sure why you are here. you do not need
ethics. you have never needed ethics. “it’s a joke class,” whispers an
upperclassman. you do not understand why it is funny.
abet. the name echoes through the halls of the mechanical engineering building. no one knows what it means.
are studying the tacoma narrows bridge for the fifth time. your
differential equations professor tells you it is not an example of
resonance. your engineering professor tells you it is. you are not sure
who to trust.
there are six bernoullis. only four of them are related. they all look the same.
environmental science majors have to take a class to learn excel. you
do not understand. you have always known excel, haven’t you? you do not
remember learning it.
you solve a triple integral and stop, confused. it has become a ricotti equation. you have forgotten ohm’s law.
has done everything. there is a portrait of euler in the english
building. when you look into its eyes, something disturbs you on a
professor cancels class. you suspect a trick. when you arrive to the
classroom, your entire class is there, watching the empty space where
the professor should be. no one speaks. no one leaves.
the problem set is optional. the problem set is not optional. the problem set is about schrodinger’s law.
three different people have explained mechatronics to you. nobody knows what it is.
friend says they have essays to write. essays? you cannot remember what
a word document looks like. you have not written a paragraph in two
years. words are abstract concepts without meaning.
“you’re an engineer?” someone asks. “you must be smart.” you begin to laugh. you have them all fooled. you cannot stop laughing.
one is sure what systems engineering is. the lights in the systems
building are always on. you have never seen someone come out.
professors all do research. there are bloodstains on their lecture
notes. you do not ask what they research. the last person to ask
vanished at the start of the semester. your computer science professor hasn’t stopped smiling since.
when you attend career fairs,
you are surrounded by students you have never seen and companies you
have never heard of. “we’re an innovative start-up,” someone says.
“we’re an innovative start-up,” you hear echoed down the hall three
weeks later. the words have not stopped. you cannot sleep. you are an
Honestly, what I appreciate the most about Mass Effect: Andromeda is its light-hearted tone. I mean there were some dark moments, but arguably it didn’t get as dark as Dragon Age, Mass Effect 3, or even Mass Effect 2.
There was always this sense of hope and optimism about finding a new home. Yeah, things may have gone totally wrong, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make them better was the overall message I got.
And really, with so many bad things happening in the world right now and too much of our entertainment supposedly being our escapism being dark for the sake of dark, this was something I think a lot of us needed.