Just to make it clear - Reapers are neither synthetic nor organic. They consist of both as they have the DNA of the civillization of which they were made. They are something greater - the pinnacle of evolution, above organics or synthetics. The main themes in Mass Effect trilogy were: Stoping the reapers, Friendship, Galactic Unity/Human Supremacy(Paragon/Renegade). The "synthetics vs. organics conflict" seemed to be somewhat secondary theme. Nontheless, the Catalyst brings it up at the very end of the game as the main theme, reason for the existance of the reapers, although this theme has already been resolved at Rannoch. This breaks the story for two reasons: 1. It was already established during the course of Mass Effect 2 and 3 that synthetics are not hostile nor aggressive, unless acting in self-defence. They present no greater danger to organics than organics present to themselves. 2. Even if it came to war synthetics are probably beatable. 1. The geth rebelled against the Quarians, only after the Quarians tried to shut them down - kill them. Some Quarians opposed the killing of the geth, and the geth tried to protect those Quarians from persectution. The geth still keep memories of those Quarians who defended them. Although they won the war and had the chance to totaly annihilate the Migrant Fleet which was fleeing, the geth let the Quarians leave. Legion says that they clean and maintain the Quarian worlds out of respect for their Quarian creators who died in the conflict and in preparation for the eventuality of their return. According to Legion, the geth are content to stay separate from the remainder of Citadel space to "build their own future" and claim that all sentient creatures should have the ability to "self-determinate", strictly adhering to a policy of non-interventionism in respect to the affairs and development of other races. The geth primarily seek the peaceful advancement of their own race independent of the influence of the rest of galactic society and believe every sentient species should be able to do the same. In Mass effect 3 if you support the geth, and they destroy the Quarians, the Geth Prime says that they regret the death of the creators. If you manage to make peace between the Quarians and the geth, the geth start helping the Quarians in resettling Rannoch. In both cases Legion sacrifices himself in order to give geth true consciousness. If you decide to kill the geth this happens: During the course of ME 2 and ME 3 EDI develops feelings for Joker and sympathy and intrest for organics, especially humans. If you help her with her questions she even reprograms herself in order to put Joker's safety first even if it means her own death. 2. Synthetics are beatable. Javik says that the Protheans were winning against their synthetics during the Metacon wars, untill the reapers arrived and interfered. In Mass Effect 3 the Quarians were winning against the geth before the reapers upgraded them. So even if hostile, the synthetics are not a big threat as they are presented by the Catalyst. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Synthetics vs. organics is a very common theme in science fiction. Synthetics killing organics is a very belivable scenario. But not in Mass Effect universe. In ME universe we know of 3 type of synthetics: Geth - peaceful unless attacked EDI - peaceful unless attacked Sythetics form Javik's cycle - their nature is unknown (You only learn about them if you get From Ashes DLC) EDI says that one of the reasons the geth rebelled was that they lack individuality - they exist as a group of connected programs scattered across many platforms. So they couldn't identify themselves with the Quarians. Despite that the geth allowed the Migrant fleet to escape. At Rannoch, thanks to Legion, the geth gain individual consciousness, meaning that they became even more peaceful and appreciative of organics. If synthetics are made more like EDI, having individual consciousness, the chance of them going on a genocidal rampage against the organics is even smaller. Mass Effect 1 At the very beginning of ME1 you are introduced to the synthetics - the geth as hostile. And you spend the entire game fighting them. So far, so good. Mass Effect 2 You are introduced to an AI - EDI, cooperative, friendly, peaceful. In the middle of ME2 she's freed from Cerberus restrictions. She's free to do what she wants. She still remains cooperative, friendly, peaceful and keeps helping Shepard and the crew. You are introduced to Legion, a geth. You learn that all the geth in ME1 were heretics, geth under the influence of the reapers. You can learn more of the geth from Legion and everything indicates that the geth are peaceful and cooperative. So, in ME2 you meet free, independent synthetics for the first time and they are peaceful. Mass Effect 3 Again nothing indicates that the synthetics are a threat. EDI develops feelings for Joker. On the side missions on Rannoch the morning war is clarified. The geth are presented as victims defending themselves. Again they are no threat. If they destroy the Quarians they do so in self-defence. And they regret their death. If you manage to make peace they willingly help the Quarians resettle Rannoch. Synthetics vs. organics conflict over. Everyone's happy. Ending: Synthetics were a threat all along. All the fuss with the reapers is actually caused by synthetics. You making peace on Rannoch doesn't matter. The war will certainly come again. The geth are helping the Quarians. It doesn't matter. EDI loves Joker. It doesn't matter. Legion and EDI admire organics. It doesn't matter. Synthetics will kill us. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Do you notice the lack of narrative coherence? If they are a threat why did they act friendly, comprehensively, peacefully and cooperatively? If their nature will change to hostile in the future, how and why will it change? There are no indications that such a scenario will happen. When across two games, ME2 and ME3, across 60 hours, all you see is synthetics being peaceful as much as they are able, being cooperative, and even growing emotions for organics, you can't just throw all that through a window in 5 minutes. You can't take what the Catalyst said for granted when everything you learned contradicts that. In the last several minutes the story goes against everything we learned, and we are forced to belive that all of this was a lie and that the synthetics are the real danger, the real threat, and the reapers are there to save organics. And the synthetics are in fact so dangerous that we should all give up our lives to be processed into a reaper so that our DNA can be perseved. Dafaq? Harbinger said that the reapers were scanning the galaxy for a suitable race for building a new reaper, and that they even considered the geth. This means that their goal is not preserving organic races in reaper form (at least not in ME2). They just want to make a new reaper. It's obvious that the ending we got was never planned. They just made it up during the development of ME3. And dammit, they made it up terribly. Even if you tell the Catalyst that you already made peace between organics and synthetics he says that war will come again anyway. He convinces Shepard that all that he has done is meaningless in just a couple of sentences and Shepard goes along with that. This is just one of many problems with the ending, but it's still an important one. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Then the Catalyst says that processing the civilizations wasn't such a good idea, and goes on to give you 3 new solutions. And Shepard is OK with that. Catalyst's first "solution" destroyed thousands of civilizations, trillions of lives, including the boy in whose form he manifests himself. He might be wrong again. Who gave him the right to decide the future of the galaxy? Why should we listen to him? Why should we agree to any of his "solutions"? That "space nazi " deserves getting riddled with bullets just like the ending is riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies. Should we mention that this ending presents the reapers only as a tool to clean the galaxy of advanced organic races? It totally ruins the mystery and everthing that made the reapers great. Reaper motivation is not to be taken lightly. Reapers are the driving force of Mass Effect story. Mystery that surrounds them is one of the core elements of their character. Explaining reaper's motivation just for the sake of giving them motivation is a road to failure. If you are going to take that mystery away you have to replace it with something amazing, colossal, something that leaves you in awe but fits the story and is logical. Explaining the reaper motivation should be done only if that explanation makes the story better. It means that the explanation has to fit the trilogy and the universe and bring something great into the story. The "explanation" we got failed miserably at that. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Sovereign insisted that we can't understand their motives. Even the destroyer on Rannoch said that again. Yet their purpose turns out to be incredibly simple, and incredibly stupid. Even if all that the Catalyst said was true, why not have the Reapers move in only on the condition that some synthetic life form actually becomes hostile, and a threat to the galaxy. Or better yet, why not just stick around, greet the new species at the citadel and tell them the dangers of creating synthetic life forms. Act as a galactic police department as it were, and slap down any species attempting to create synthetic life. There are plenty of ways to go about preventing the Synthetic vs Organic holocaust, nearly all of which don’t involve the wholesale slaughter of billions. There's no need for killing all spacefaring races. It's just stupid and unnecessary genocide. We have an obvious example of BAD WRITING.