How I see Samus Aran's story
I am a very big fan of Samus Aran, and if you are too, you may very well saw how there are different interpretations of Samus Aran throught the Metroid Games and manga. There is so much in fact that one can come to all sorts of conclusions when it comes to her story -- from where she starts to where in fact she was last seen.
It's been 30+ years now that Samus Aran and the Metroids exists and Nintendo barely (if not at all) mentionned this fact. Sadenning for such fans like myself. I admit it, she is my favorite female superhero.
I decided to share my fandom of Samus by writing what I believe is her story according to what I've red, saw and concluded throughout the years.
Of course, I like to mention that I do not own Samus Aran or Metroid, so if Nintendo is reading this, please don't sue. This is merely a "thing" I decided to do as some sort of book report and to see if some other fans of this series might share my opinions and ideas.
Of course, I invite anybody to partake in this interpretation and write in their own ideas. The main goal here is to come up with a more concrete storyline while taking notice of the one that already exists.
But two points before I start:
1) English is not my first language.
2) There will be spoilers.
Enjoy the read.
Part 8 - Malkovichs
We barely know anything about Samus' journey through the military faction (or Police) of the Galactic Federation, apart from what we heard in the Metroid Other M game. We know she became very close to three individuals; Anthony, and the brothers Malkovich, and that one of those ended in tragedy. Some argue that she had a one-way love affair with the elder brother, Adam. I've red two different versions of the incident that took Ian's life, and while both lack details, I enjoyed giving it my own personnal thoughts about it.
Again, I am NOT saying that what I write here is what happened. I am just saying that what I write here is what I believed would or could have happened, and even more the case if I was to handle such a story.
Just have fun with it folks.
After a visit to K2L's ruins, I imagine Samus getting to the Galactic Federation with the speed and depht of a hurricane, possessed with paranoia. The fact is, she arrived aboard the ship we came to know that looks somewhat like a football from the front; yellow, with antigravity suspensors units under it so it rarely really lands (I call it the wallnut). I imagine her also having a really hard time driving that ship because it wasn't built for human comforts. She can read Chozo, but finds it hard to navigate through which button does what. Furthermore, the Space Pirates try to stop her while she goes off to Federation space, so the ship is heavilly damaged and she is rescued by the Federation Police right at their frontier.
The first person she encounters is Adam Malkovich who had -- at some point -- the same ideas than most people on K2L. I would go as far as to argue that he had some people very close to him or his parents attend the seminars the Chozo held on the colony and would have liked to join them if not considered too young and if the base did not blow sky high. For one thing I know that he has a strong opinion on genetic manipulation, that "life is not to be tempered with".
This explains why he was so against Samus giving the last Metroid to scientists without confiding with him on such an important matter. That's why he gives her such a cold shoulder when they meet again in the beginning of the game Other M.
K2L's massacre changed everything for him. Therefore, since the death of those colonists, his dreams of joining them were shattered. Now, all his youth was to ready himself for war.
Because the Chozo ships gives off the same energy signature than a Space Pirate ship, at least the ones who attacked K2L and led this atrocious ambush against it's colonists, I imagine the captain of the ship on which Adam serves as first officer wanting to destroy it, thinking it's another trap. Only Adam belays that order, saving Samus' life in the proceesing. For his defense, he points out that the ship is not only too small and alone, but is also getting pumelled by somewhat similar yet different ships. That, and it is heavily damaged. Hence Samus is saved and as she is brought aboard the heavy cruiser, she tells the Federation that the Chozo are gone. Not dead, but dissapeared. That MotherBrain has gone insane. That the Space Pirates are beginning to exploit their technology... before going into a panic attack brought on by her newly rediscovered memories. She then is sedated and brought to Federation's headquarters with her ship.
Some might argue : "Samus is too much of a badass to panic." But think about it : this is the second time
her entire world collapsed on itself. Her memories of K2L have just resurfaced, so these are traumatic events for her. Eventually, these memories will saturate her fears and forge her into this rough mute exterior. For the mean time, she has to endure them. I believe nobody can truly come out unscarred by such a terrible repetition in such a short gap.
Some higher ops (the DFC) see Samus as an opportunity, just as Old Bird said, to push their agenda forward. For them, the Galactic Federation has pushed it's politics of space exploration long enough. Now, it was a time of war, and once awaken, Samus' speech, the last living human from K2L, would use every word and knowledge at her disposal to convince every high general to the new menace that is the Space Pirates and Mother Brain against them and their allies.
At first, I imagine Samus playing right into their paws, doing the job they could not without realizing it.
"MB's just lost. She's panicking, as I did, believes Samus. But she is right. She is the last Chozo treasure box. The Space Pirates will exploit her until there is nothing left of her. They will twist and deform every shard of Chozo knowledge until there is nothing left of MB, and of us eventually. She's a victim of her grief. We have to free her until such a thing happends. But if we destroy her, we might erase every record of what she gave or didn't give to the Space Pirate. We need to bring her to our side."
To the DFC, MotherBrain is Pandora's box. A theory suggests that the Chozo attained the stage where they ceased to have a body and now detached themselves from worldly bonds, becoming pure sentient living energy -- as the Alimbic did. If there is a recipe inside MotherBrain to attain this, some might pay a heafty price to start their religion around such knowledge, both to use it or to keep such a metamorphosis silent.
Furthermore, since she now recalls K2L, Samus wants nothing more than to chase the Space Pirates away from Zebes before they gain enough momentum to make other colonies share the same fate as K2L. But because of that, there are some, like Adam Malkovich, who suggest that it would be wiser to destroy it all. "MB made an attempt on your life, Samus. The Chozo knew this was going to happend. That's why they left. There is no hope for her."
But Samus is hesitant to come to this realisation. Because if this plan comes to frutition, then Zebes, along with her childhood, ancient Chozo ruins, and possible answers about the Chozo's dissapearance, might be lost to her (to them) forever. So her Chozo DNA and training resists. She was raised to help husher in a way of peace for humankind and their associates, not a futuristic Paul Revere. She wants to be a strategist to help the Federation's generals into the proper approach to handle this mess, recuperate MotherBrain alive. But the fact is, she knows nothing of the humans and she hits a brick wall every time push comes to shove.
As much as some generals (DFC) want to get their hands on MotherBrain and her secrets, they know that if they would ever side with Samus towards such a goal, they would round up suspicion on their motives towards their pears : "Why do you want MotherBrain so bad??
Some rightfull general might think aloud. After all,
in the absence of the Chozo, she didn't turn to us for her protection, but towards the Space Pirates. Known thugs. She made her choice. She will not collaborate. Better to destroy her than let the Space Pirates get ahold of more secrets
Through this, hoping she would get on their side, Adam tries to convince Samus. That her parents were indeed killed by the Space Pirates, and that MB rightfully knows about this. Even so, she did not think of how Samus would handle such a thing. So the fact that MotherBrain chose to side with them
instead of with the Galactic Federation makes Samus even more confused. Only MotherBrain could answer this, but she is unattainable for now.
The more Samus sees the generals opt for war, the more she believes how unrealistic her appeal for clemency is -- to the dissapointment of the DFC.
She does not like MotherBrain; the advanced Aurora Unit built by the Chozo creeps the heck out of her. But a) the Chozo thought her to look beyond appearances alone and b) she might have some anwers. Furthermore, because she is known to irritate the higher strategists at HQ, ruffling some feather, Samus is left with a new dilemma : She has Chozo technology with her armor and ship which some devious people want desperately to get their gnabby hands on -- the same whose candid transmissions about immortality and cloning were intercepted by Mother Brain from K2L in the first place and that Samus still ignores. I imagine a high admiral (Dane, maybe) knowing this and so he calls upon Adam to help her see this point of view.
Adam, of course, is not part of the DFC, nor is he stupid enough to play their game. Dane believes Samus to be vulnerable right now; her armor (both psychological and metaphysical) do not work because of her recent and perpetuating trauma breaks every moment of concentration. She is like clay for those who would want to make her a poster child for their war.
---"I can't do this. I am not an ambassador, nor am I a soldier. My suit doesn't even work anymore. I am not ready for war, nor peace. I failed." Might think Samus, slipping into self-pity.
---"Maybe that's because you don't know what it is to be human, I imagine Adam telling her. But you must know that nothing comes freely in this galaxy. You had to work for your habilities. You had to study to become the woman you are today. Wallowing in doubt sure isn't the answer. Now's the time to protect yourself. The best way you can do this is with allies. It's time to work for your survival. You have to give something in return before some might think it easier to take it from you. Now, admiral (Dane) says your ship is beeing studied by some people who would LOVE to get their hands on all it's properties. Don't you get it?"
---"You are no better than Space Pirates!!" Would argue Samus, ready to duke it out against those opportunistic scientists and the ones they serve.
---"You are ruffling some feather, lady. We are not all bad. You may have Chozo DNA, but you're still human. That means you're not perfect. And so are we. Your parents knew this, why else do you think they wanted to form a colony of future ambassadors on K2L. The higher ops are about two seconds away of asking you for some Chozo technology to arm themselves against MotherBrain's technology, now in the hands of what they call Zebesian Space Pirates
. It's the only way we'll be able to stay ahead now. To defend ourselves."
would be no beter than the Pirates when they attacked K2L. "
---"I you do that, there will be some who will think of you as a liability. They gave you an audience just so they could gain your trust and ask this of you. If you refuse, you'll end up in a cell or, worst yet, assassinated in a planned coup. It's time for you to contribute to the human race."
---"I don't want to usher in a era of war. What kind of Chozo would I be??"
---"You let me
worry about the war with the Space Pirates. You worry about the war inside yourself. Start with the idea that you're not a Chozo. You're Samus Aran, the sole survivor of K2L, and right now, you need protection. You need friends. You need people you can trust."
I imagine her remembering the moments where she'd see Chozo fly above great canyons and she, even in low-gravity, having to hop the same distance and finding it unfair she does not have real wings.
---"I will protect you, then says Adam. You'll come with me. I have an elite force. I will train you. Admiral Dane will make a plea for you. Your ship is mainly Chozo, so there is no way to take anything from it without your approval -- the scientists are afraid they might break something, anyway. You'll get to keep your ship and armor, and in return, you'll help by giving parts of it's technology to us so when the time comes, not only will we be helping the human race to better itself, but we'll free Zebes and find out together what happened to the Chozo -- with or without the help of MotherBrain. The Space pirates will pay for what they've done to your parents. Your real parents. So... Any objections, lady?"
Samus suddenly gets her determination back. She remembers K2L. This is what the Chozo suppressed for all those years. The anger and feelings of retribution. They wanted to protect her from these feelings, fearing it would intice her to do a kamikaze run against the Space Pirates. But this time, it's different : she has allies. The Chozo helped her through meditation to rise to a higher form of learning as Old Bird promised to Amanda Aran. Samus is a gun at that point, surrounded by cavemen, ready to shoot off in every direction. By holding the wooden clubs from hitting her on the head, instead by reasonning with her, Adam gave her the proper target.
The thumbs down may just be a sign of rebellion and anti-conformity Samus gives when Adam says this, time again in the future, or maybe to recall that she is only half
-human, but it is also a sign manifested in ancient Greece when the masters wanted the gladiator to kill the defeated. I imagine Samus giving this exact sign the first time as to say : "To death with him". Or in this case, "them".
Although parts of the ship (the wallnut
) can be retrofitted and reverse engineered for Federation and (mainly) scientifical uses, the same cannot be said for the Alpha suit. Samus herself says she needs great amounts concentration to use such technology. She cannot at that moment enter such a state of mind; MB, the Zebesian Space Pirates, her remembering past traumas, and Adam, altogether, awoke a sleeping rage and she can barely make the suit work from now on. Her concentration, that was once on Zebes a part of her peacefull self, now falters. She is condemned to go through the same training as a grunt to get ahold of her mental focus back.
Fortunately for her, her Zero-G training made her a truly formidable adversary and she is promoted to Elite Squad faster than anyone ever did. She climbs the ranks, but is given no access to the strategy rooms anymore for there are some who consider her temper now faltering and Adam bares the entire blame for awakening the sleeping giant. Furthermore, some see their relashionship as more like father-daughter than soldier-officer and would think that, at this point, her voice would only be a repetition of Adam's opinion. That she'd side with him nomatter what.
But there is another reason. The same devious faction what wants to get their hands on high-level Chozo technology (more so MotherBrain) are jealous of Adam's relationship with her. They want her to find her way back into the Alpha suit. The faster the better, so as to make an army of Alpha-suited soldiers. The faster Samus calms down and, like Adam, calls for patience (thing she has troubles with now that she can imagine the Space Pirates becoming more stronger now that they have MotherBrain's help to upgrade their weapons), the easier she will be able to call upon all the multiple functions of the Alpha suit and give them access to this personnal technology.
You could say that Samus is beeing manipulated on behalf of her well-beeing.
While training, she meets Anthony and Ian. Anthony is strong, but has a big heart. His smile is that of a child, and yet his anger can destroy a mountain. At first, this is a paradox to Samus who cannot believe her eyes. How can such contradictions exist
? She might think. I also imagine Samus going through simulations as a ram through a wall. Ian is the one to call upon her to become more human. She needed friends, and Ian, because Adam's brother, was more than obliged to be this friend. To him, Samus is fragile and strong at the same time. Flawed and perfect.
Also, I imagine Ian, at a very young age, pushing himself as to proove that he is not getting (or needs) special treatment from his big brother. He wants to be accepted as an equal. So does Samus now, even thought she puts all the others at a disadvantage. Ian sympathises with her for that.
A portrait of both Samus and Ian is visible on Adam desk in Other M. I imagine it taken by Anthony. We see Ian taking Samus under his arm as in a cordial brotherly hug, while Samus is taken aghast by such complicity. While Adam, behind them, looks at them both with a strange gaze, as if : "Ian, don't get too close to her. There are a lot of eyes on her right now. She's a danger to herself and those around her."
There is also another reason beginning with an E
, but I'll get into it in part 11
Until then, here's what I think is a good reason why : At this point, Adam is climbing the ranks. He came to know what some people want of Samus. Some would like nothing more than to strip all technology from her before the end of this war against the Zebesian Space Pirates because they know, if
the Chozo return, they would be angry against her
for letting the humans get their hands on all of their technology -- last time humans had so much power, they nearly destroyed their world and their entire existence, thus why Ridley said that humans cannot be trusted. He knows that they would like nothing more than to thank Samus for her treason of her Chozo tutelage by pointing her rage at her
in front of the Chozo and say : "SHE did it! She's your Oppenheimer. When MotherBrain betrayed her and invited the Space Pirates, she just HAD to give us ALL of your toys to kill them all as recompense for the tragedy on K2L. We were pawns in her story of revenge. Blame HER!", evading all blame of manipulation. This would even be more truthfull if ever MotherBrain would be destroyed in the attack (no witnesses), as Adam thinks will be inevitable.
He also knows that once Samus would regain the entire weapons array of the Alpha armor, he would have no choice but to push for an all-guns assault against Zebes, thus leaving no time for the DFC to ask for Samus all the secrets of the Alpha, so to convert this technology for mass production of Body Armor for their own advancement.
Asam thought he had it all figured out... until the incident with Ian came.
Samus sees him as a brother and Adam a surrogate father -- much to the DFC's chagrin. She wants him to be proud of her. In symbolism, a father is seen as an intruder from the very moment we are conceived. He represents the "exterior", thus his genitals are outside. His seed comes from the "world outside". Samus has had an absence of this tutelage all her life. At a young age, because she was the first child born on K2L, her mother raised her and brought her to her Chozo classes, thinking that when the time comes, Rodney would also get his chance to raise her well. Ridley changed all of this. Then, the Chozo were the intruder. They put their DNA inside her. Intruding on her humanity while keeping the most human part of herself supressed for her own good. They pushed her to use her mind and spirit, not her muscles. Zebes' environment did that, conditionned her. Adam is the very first father Samus got, and Ian the closest thing to a (best) friend.
We know that Adam chose to sacrifice his brother for the sake of 200 men. According to the game and designers, it was the right decision. Ian died a hero. But if fans remember correctly, Samus nearly pleaded with Adam to go save him. She knew she'd be able to handle it. At that point, she does not still have access to all of her suit's functions, and so Adam -- who knows this -- refuses to let her go.
Samus might have thought at that moment that Adam doesn't trust her to save Ian. That he believes that she'll die. That she isn't ready, even with her armor. And so this is the catalyst Samus needs to give herself the final push so she can access all of her suits functionalities again.
This came to Admiral Monroe's ears. The existence of this purely invented character is to introduce a devious faction inside the Federation to Samus and push her to eventually become a bounty hunter instead of a living weapon (think : Winter Soldier). But more on that in part 12
One day, after Samus' training with ALL of the alpha's options turned on, Adam comes to get her. Admiral Monroe wants to speak with her. Privately.
In the days that follow Samus reaching back at the Alpha, she would be called to meet Monroe in his office overseeing trainees in a yard.
I imagine Adam wanting to hide from the higher brass the fact that Samus succeeded in calling back the Alpha suit. But Monroe came to know nonotheless, which makes him believe that there are some inside his squad that were sent to spy on her (Maurice, a.k.a. the Deleter?).
Fortunately, Adam has a plan of his own.
---"Take a look at those men, soldier. Says Monroe. They form the batallion that your commanding officer called upon for Mission Zero. As we speak, a prototype is beeing tested inside our facility to infiltrate Zebes' space as if cloaked; we call it the Red Manta. These are the men who will accompany you on this mission. They're good, but they are nowhere near close to what you can accomplish with your suit. Now that it's fully operationnal, he's pushing his men towards a covert attack on Zebes. An infiltration into ennemy territory. What he does not understand is that more than half of the men could die because of his foolish pride."
---"Sir, every day, MotherBrain and the Space Pirates go stronger, might retork Samus. I alone know the map to Tourian. The rest, I know where to access. I can get inside faster and easier thanks to my armor. But, if I may be so blunt, we have to hurry."
---"I can feel your burden, soldier. And if it was up to me, given time, you wouldn't have to be alone to carry it. Officer Malkovich put you through enough stress as it is. Believe me when I say that if it was up to me, you'd be rewarded for the help you've given us. I know you want to haste and snuff out this war with a swift blow, and so does Adam. I, on the other end, rule out a more favorable option : Let us study your so-called Alpha Suit, and we could very well help your squad get out of this alive and unscaithed."
---"Sir, if you don't mind me recalling my last report, this armor only works with Chozo DNA and massive amounts of concentration. I was conditionned from a very young age to achieve such level of concentration. And my armor adapted to this. Recalling such teachings took years of training. I don't think that more years of mental
training is in the best interest for the Federation, considering what's at stake here. Furthermore, the Chozo were my teachers, and now that they are gone, I doubt...
---"I respect your way of thinking, but I recall also the fact that at first you wanted to salvage MotherBrain. You know how dangerous this could be, right? Some others think as this, but in the end, they won't be on the battlefield with you, will they. The decision will rest entirely in your hands. At that moment, you'll have to choose. Don't get me wrong, Adam will want you to kill MotherBrain, fearing that some devious faction inside the Federation will want to get their hands on her Chozo database. Let me reassure you, I am not one of them (althought he is, a regular Palpatine
as it will). You're more important to us because of your power suit. Adam, just as the rest of us, wants to protect you, but he's also a man of the Federation and as such, in a perfect world, he would want to protect his squad. Why else would he want to sacrifice his brother to push you to hurry your training?
---"...Why would he sacrifice Ian?"
---"You tell me. All I know is that after Ian Malkovich's death, you gained a lot more haste when training with your armor. Maybe Adam Malkovich thinks that you needed this so you could remember what's at stake here. Lives, soldier. Expendable but loyal lives. So was his brother. Maybe he wanted you to think you are unworthy of his trust and would want you to haste as to proove yourself."
This is purely fanfiction, you realize, but at the moment, it's important for Samus to realize that there is a reason her parents wanted to learn diplomacy from the Chozo and not rely entirely on human philosophy and morality to base their first contacts. Especially if some other extraterrestrial intelligence predates humankind by a matter of centuries.
Second, Samus has to get a first bitter taste of loneliness. She now knows she will have to destroy MotherBrain to keep the rest of her squad away from harm. She would love to get answers from MotherBrain, but believes that her hesitation in this matter could cost lives. While Adam, since the beginning, wants to rush in before the Zebesian pirates grow too strong.
She knows Ian or Anthony would want to help, but without an armor such as hers, they wouldn't stand a chance. Everytime she wants to talk to Adam about this, he tells her that her priority is to train. By serving her her own words now, he confirms her worst fears : Adam is playing on their relashionship.
I believe her to think that if she is to eliminate the Zebesian pirates, now that her armor and her training is done, she has to do it all by herself.
To be continued in part 9