Really enjoyed this, sci-fi is my heart, and this approaches a number of the reasons why I love Mass Effect. Worthwhile read, and yeah, I’m ending up putting this everywhere because I liked it hah. Ehm.
EDIT: Seriously, if you love thinking about Sci-Fi, and even like Mass Effect a bit, read this! It has gotten me thinking on so much! Flailing about.
A good read. Much to disagree with here as well — there’re notably more humans in ME2, especially on the Citadel, and the Normandy SR1/2 crew, save Mordin and EDI, are all human. And it’s questionable that the message of Mass Effect is that ”human beings are delusional about their importance in the grand scheme of things”: this was true for ME, perhaps, but the entire plot of ME2 was that the Collectors were collectin’ humans so their superior genetic data could be turned into goo to create a new Reaper, becoming their own godmachine, with the rest to await being repurposed per the Reapers’ desires like the Collectors. (That’s quite the honour, and Harbinger is happy to list why other races are inferior to humans, just in case the player wasn’t feeling the love for humanity.) Further, the efficacy of every single government, including humanity’s own, is constantly shown as incompetent, with only Shepard, humanity’s best — the galaxy’s best! — having any sense.
Mass Effect 2 is about Shepard working for a pro-human organization that is trying to stop the abductions of human colonies. It makes sense to see a lot of humans.
Because Shep is working for/with a human extremist terrorist organisation and because humans are being abducted means that there should be a lot of humans in the background on the Citadel (and elsewhere)? It makes sense on the human colonies — Bekenstein, Horizon — and it makes sense that there would be an increase of humans in C-Sec, but there are still so many humans about. Either way, my issue was with the wording in the article, which is simply not true: “Run around the Citadel and you’ll be damned if you find more than two or three humans out of hundreds of citizens milling about.”