Sometimes I really, earnestly wish that I could just get over myself, accept the ending to Mass Effect 3, and find some way to interpret it and appreciate it as I’m usually good at doing with things I don’t like at first. The series is easily one of my favorites ever, really just one of my favorite stories ever, and such a massive achievement in so many ways that it’s tempting to just ignore all the problems that I have with the last half hour (and there are so, so many) and not have this giant ugly asterisk on the whole thing.
I originally had some hope for the extended cut, but all it did was take everything I hated about the original, reinforce it with more to hate, and pound out any possible ambiguity allowing me to look at it a different way. There are people who buy it, though, even people who like it. I can’t for the life of me understand how, but there are. Letting go of thematic, character, and logical attachments to the story I knew in order to not grind my teeth during what are meant to be its grand final moments almost starts to seem worth it.
It’ll never happen, though, no matter how tempting it may seem. That said, handwaving the “official” ending and making up my own isn’t really so bad. Now it can end as it always should have: with the space hamster saving the day.
…Okay, maybe not. But I might still think about that for a while.
Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not ‘you’. The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato.
The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.
19: The best memory that comes with a song you have?
Well…I don’t know if I could pick a single “best” one. There are hundreds of songs that have great memories associated with them for me, but for the sake of picking something I’ll say the song “Walking Far from Home” by Iron and Wine, as it’s the first song on the album that my girlfriend and I listened to in the car on our first date (that we didn’t realize was a date until halfway through, ha). For those who don’t know, I’m super corny. It was already one of my favorite songs from the album, but now it will always remind me of those feelings of excitement, hope, and a certain kind of terror of being at the start of something big and knowing it. I feel like it was a nice fit there, too.