Unless the ending sucks.If you don't know what this blog (maybe a bit rantish) is going to be about I'll spell it out for you. This blog/rant/whatever will be about how it's not truly about the journey if the ending sucks like a vacuum. Now that I've got that out of the way I'll get started.
First off to put this whole ending fiasco in perspective I'll use a some common movies that everyone probably has watched. The movies I'll use are Lord of the Rings, The Lion King, and finally the movie classic Airplane. Yes I am going to butcher all of these movies in my own selfish ways to further my own point.
I'll paraphrase the ending of Mass Effect 3 if you haven't already played it or watched it. You fly into the Solar System wearing all your war paint and you go swinging everything you have at the reapers. I mean everything. Everything from the destiny ascension (If you saved it in ME1) to little single pilot fighters.
So now your all juiced up because you basically just kicked the reapers right squarely in their nuts and once again Mass Effect 3 delivers spectacularly. You got the fleet YOU gathered at your back and you have the reapers in front of you, so you put one foot in front of the other and simply advance.
So you finally step back on Earth. The last time you saw Earth was when the reapers invaded and they haven't been exactly kind to your home planet. You talk you Anderson and you come up with a crazy strategy that's basically a hail marry. To dumb it down throw everything you have at the reapers and hope that someone gets through the reaper line.... and it works. You got a shot at beating the reapers at their own game. In order to get to the crucible you need to run down a hill....
Now things go sour. How the hell did you not get obliterated by Harbingers laser? Where's your squad? Why would harbinger fly away if this beam of light is the only shot the reapers have at loosing this battle? Wouldn't you stay a defend that position? I mean I'm not military strategist but if I was a reaper I would have to charge harbinger with abandoning his post x1000. Then things get even weirder. You teleport up the magical beam of light into the citadel and apparently Anderson follows you, passes you in the hallway without you seeing him, then you either convince the illusive man to kill himself or you do it yourself, Anderson dies and then this happens. Then you pass our from loss of blood because somehow YOU got shot. Somehow.
*cue magical light elevator*What the hell? When did the citadel get a magical elevator that just appears in a bright white beam of light? When did this happen? It makes no freaking sense what so ever. Then the unbelievable happens. Some little ghost child says "You can pick die die or die. I suggest the control one because it hurts the most." Alright it's not exactly what that little homeless ghost kid says but it's pretty damn close.
Now back to my main point of going on that rant. To me it doesn't matter if the journey is awesome along the way because it's just that. A journey to nowhere. Great, fantastic. (here comes the movie butchering) That like Frodo in Lord of the Rings taking the 'one ring to rule them all' getting to morodor and saying, "Fuck this. I'm tired." Then all middle earth crumbles to that big creepy eye thing. Meanwhile you're left in the movie theater going WTF! I just wasted 2 1/2 hours of my life watching something that doesn't end! It just stops! To murder the Lion King, it's like Simba saying, "Screw the pride lands. I'm staying with some fat smelly pig and a freaking prarie dog to stay in my spring water hot tub and in my own personal hammock" and then the kid who went to see Simba beat the shit out Scar leaves the theater crying because the good guys didn't win. Now for the last movie Airplane. This one is really really simple. The plane crashes. Everyone's dead. They don't tell you what caused the plane to crash, it just crashed. The end. Yep.
My point is this. You can have the best journey ever, but if you can't close the deal the journey means pretty damn close to nothing.
Well that's my rant. Sorry I haven't written in a couple days. I've just been busy thinking of something that you people would actually want to read.
It's all about the Journey
Blog entry posted by Thunderbuck, Jun 12, 2012.