Something that's been bugging me every time I see a new image in the Metroid galleries I subscribe to:
Where'd we get the whole idea that a genocidal, mundicidal mercenary would give two shits about the larva of a murderous species bio-engineered for the sole purpose of sewing mass-destruction and galaxy-wide terror?
Why is that even a motif?
How'd that become a thing? It obviously wasn't present in Super Metroid, which seems to have been all that the 'Sakamoto crowd' have been playing the last 20 years, since this is the most affectionate thing Samus did in the entirety of that game for the baby metroid:
What a striking, heart-warming metaphor for motherhood. My favorite part is the scientist's apparently gaping-open jaw. He looks almost inhuman. He may be
inhuman though, so whatever.
I can also count on one hand the number of times 'de baybee' was mentioned in Fusion as well. Uh, once - in the opening, no less: She doesn't even mention the maternally-mistaken mindless biological killing-machine when she talks with ADAM after finding the metroid cloning lab.ADAM: So, uh, yeah, the Federation was cloning metroids. Also, there's a bunch of X-clones of you, so uh, yeah, you might wanna run.Samus: Huh, cool. Wait, what was that last part?
Samus's monologues were great across Fusion because she was reflective and giving her perspective on events with a unique light that seems to have the touch of the sort of grey-zone-of-the-law career she leads. When she talked about why she called her ship AI Adam, it was like she was sitting at a bar telling old stories to a drinking buddy, not pouring her shallow, inconsistently remorseful thoughts out at us.
Don't think too much of this. I was just musing on the fact one of my favorite video game characters is actually a really flat character at her core, and is now irrevocably broken due to some very shitty and immodest writers.