Saw someone on Reddit theorize that the reason the Halo show is Like That is because it was supposed to be a Mass Effect show but they couldn’t get the rights so they just licensed some other famous science fiction game series, did some rewrites, and went from there. And I’m intensely disturbed because of how much sense this theory makes, because so much of the show feels like “Halo pretending to be Mass Effect”:
The general focus on internal, smaller-scale human conflicts, intergalactic politics, and relationships with the bigger alien threat building largely in the background.
The Covenant’s motives and reasons for attacking humanity being built up as a mystery like how Mass Effect makes a big deal out of nobody knowing why the Reapers do what they do (in contrast to the Halo games, where the Covenant’s motives are more or less known from the start). Also, how the Covenant aren’t really humanized in comparison to the games, being portrayed more like inscrutable beings using brainwashed human servants like the Reapers.
The frank depictions and discussions of sex and nudity. Halo’s generally always avoided outright sexual content beyond the occasional silly joke (e.g., “he was my lover!”), whereas Mass Effect never shied away from that subject.
The sheer fact that Master Chief fucks at all, and especially that he fucks a woman aligned with the aliens (and is speculated by some to be originally intended AS an alien). Fucking aliens is one of the bread-and-butters of Mass Effect, but can you ever imagine that in a Halo game beyond obvious non-canon gags like Johnson hugging the Elite in CE?
The portrayal of AIs. Cortana is a mix of EDI (AI made by morally dodgy group that slowly aligns with the good guys) and SAM from Andromeda (implanted into Chief’s nervous system rather then just carried in a chip like in the games). More vaguely, the Spartans’s portrayal as basically human robots “rediscovering their humanity” feels eerily similar to the Geth and their whole arc of developing individuality, with Chief filling the role of Legion.
Halsey acts a lot like a female Illusive Man, manipulating people for “the greater good” and lacking a lot of her more sympathetic traits from the games. Similarly, the guy playing Captain Keyes looks and acts A LOT more like Captain Anderson from Mass Effect (seriously, Danny Sapani is the perfect pick Anderson aside from getting Keith David to reprise the role; he’d be an amazing casting choice if this were a Mass Effect show). And just to cap it off, this Makee character is suspiciously similar to Benezia, serving the villains, the sex appeal, and it would explain why so many people get the vibe that she was intended as an alien.
The fact that the whole plot is kicked off when Master Chief goes to colony to find it was attacked by aliens and touches an ancient alien device that gives him a vision… just like Commander Shepard going to Eden Prime and touching the Beacon at the start of Mass Effect.
The way Parangosky is portrayed, arguing with and seeking respect from a Council while also covering for undercover black ops stuff would make a lot more sense as the Citadel Council and the whole subplot in Mass Effect of humanity having to prove themselves as newcomers who have only just got onto the Council (which would also explain Parangosky being made a lot nicer then in canon Halo; she’s a stand-in for the first human councilor in Mass Effect, taking elements from both Anderson and Udina).
This one is kind of a stretch but Kwan and the Madrigal subplot feel ever so similar to Tali and the Quarians (younger girl from a culture on the outskirts of galactic society leaves home and ends up working with her peoples’s perceived enemy and learning they’re not so different — again, lining up with the ”Spartans as Geth” idea). Kwan also seems to take a bit after Ashley, being survivor of the heretic Geth Covenant attack on Eden Prime her hometown and having similar ”angry tough girl” characterization.
Like, no, completely unironically I am one hundred percent sure that this was a Mass Effect script at some point in its production. If so, man, BioWare really dodged a bullet for once, huh?
Mass Effect Javik: Ugly Dreaming
He fell asleep,
And he saw himself -- the last Prothean, alive and sane -- losing this life, this sanity to the Reapers
His species' burial clothes were to remind them fighters -- him, Vengeance -- that there's no death to do them and war part, to undone them; and death didn't
Mass Effect 3 had a lot of flaws, but getting to watch Kalros, mother of all Thresher Maws, take out a Reaper was not one of them.
100% canon that james keeps a portable grill in the shuttle bay for elotes. is it perhaps unsafe and against alliance safety protocol? yes. is shepard gonna narc tho?? NO
So... Here's the whole thing.
Oh myyyy... It's soooo pleasing to see them all together 🥰🥰🥰
Anyways... Thank you so much for all the love and support! I was only going to do the MELE poster when I started this and look where we are lol
Hope you like them as much as I do!!
Check the whole collection here: -> ALL OF THEM Shepard Kaidan Tali(I) Tali(II) fShepard x Kaidan Garrus Ashley Wrex Liara
And here’s my ko-fi just in case you want to get a digital copy
I still don't know if I'll make the crew from ME2 and ME3, this cost me a lot of time and effort to do... And tbh I'm getting quite tired of drawing them (but who knows... Maybe I'll do them in the future, but I need to get some rest from this style of drawing or I'll go mad)
btw I'm always open to asks, sugestions, prompts... or whatever you like! And feel free to pm me too if you want to, I'm always glad to meet and talk with more people in this fandom.
I think that's all.
Hope yo have a nice day/night
I have never felt so seen in my life. The original mako was fun and that is the hill I die on. The true experience was driving that thing like there was no tomorrow and imagining the Normandy squad holding on for dear life as Shepard sent it flying over every hill.
The biggest threat of mass effect wasn't Saren or the Reapers - it was my Shepard bringing them to the brink of death every time they had to step foot in that death trap. They probably updated their wills and said their final goodbyes to their family the minute Shepard stepped into the driver's seat. The mako had absolutely everything - streamlined for your experience.
Guns that aimed? Fuck that. Unnecessary. Drive over the enemies and drive like shit until you get away. Bash into them hard enough until they fall into lava.
Gravity? Fuck that. Physics cannot contain the Mako. She's an enigma beyond such simple reckoning. The mako is my magic carpet and I'm showing the squad the world as I send it flying over every cliff.
The Mako is the horse in all of those horse movies where the city girl tames the wild unrideable horse with oats and apples until she gains it's trust and they ride off into the sunset together after evading some rich farmer trying to sell it off.
The original mako straight up fucks and nothing will ever beat the sheer joy that comes from making the biggest regret of bioware do it's fun little bounces. The Nomad had nothing on the prime steed that is the Mako who drives like she's been coked up for the Derby.