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 5 - Armor
Get ready, this one's a doosey.
Again, while going through the manga, I could not have helped but to notice how much it corelated what we had already saw in Metroid; Zero Mission game. The armor she has on doesn't look nor have the same (awesome) abilities that we know from other games. It's adaptation powers are stupendous (Metroid prime 1 and 2 shows us that, when in extreme situations, it can adapt itself to it's environment, like when creating the Phaazon armor, or accept similar technology to upgrade it, like with the Luminoth's Dark and Light armor), beeing able to accept different specs of technology to aid it's host. The shinespark, the skrew attack, the plasma laser, the SpeedBooster, the Spider-ball and Powerbombs. These, to me, were not of the first armor that Samus was given in her youth, for the Chozo might thought it would not have been both prudent nor wise to leave her a weapon that could leave Samus able to perform such daring stunts and yield such weapons. I believe the one she was given was, by default of a better name, a template. A base. I call it the Alpha Armor
. Something she could work with untill she could yield greater powers through (what I call) the Omega armor
-- an armor that would reunite ALL their knowledge into a single suit. A suit they left MotherBrain to build while they built Samus herself into an intelligent, wise and thouthfull individual.
As decifered in Lockstin & Gnoggin
incredibly intelligent videos, I do concurr with his ideas that the Morph ball is something of another thoughtfull piece of technology that uses both Chozo science and spiritual designs. To sum it up, yes, the armor can collapse upon itself into a ball through nanotechnology. But in the Metroid Prime sagas, have you noticed when she morphs or when she gets an upgrade, we can see the center part of it as pure light.
As Lockstin&Gnoggin said it, this could very well be Samus herlself.
Samus' technology, when meeting other humans, she says, is not as user-friendly as it looks : "It takes a great amount of concentration to handle". it's because not only does it grant her great speeds and endurance (to say the least), but it can grant her access to spaces only MotherBrain could reach through with her control orbs with the morph ball. For a living organism, to morph into such a small space and navigate with it through them, one can only imagine it to disconnect from all materialistic tendrils of life and become pure energy. And while in Morph ball, this is exactly what Samus does. She becomes pure energy. But because energy disperses and is absorbed when not keeped in check, that's what the armor does; it contains her while she is in this form. The same way a glass holds water, the suit holds Samus.
The Chozo teached Samus how to do this through their research on spiritual science.
The SpiderBall, to me, as a more elaborate definition. I already mentionned the fact that MotherBrain and the AuroraUnits have flying or hovering drones (may they have a sperical shape or other sorts does not matter) to furfill all sorts of tasks around them -- maintenance moreover. But those things don't work with fairydust. They use energy. And so I imagine those SpiderBall tracks as one would a surface which they can adhere and replenish themselves on energy away from refueling stations. Using her own energy as a polarise magnet, Samus can run on them to get to other areas or get more energy, i.e. get to a new missile in the game, a super missile, an energy tank or otherwise which, to me, as I explained, mainly translate in a realistic concept more energy to replicate weapons.
In Zero Mission, Samus looses the Alpha armor. She has to venture in the Space Pirates ship that -- I believe -- docks to an ancien Chozo temple -- remember that there is a glass tunnel somewhere in that part of the map... docking umbilical cord. I know what some of you might think : "But SJD! why build such a ship? The Space pirates aren't Chozo... You full of sh*t! I don't want to see you ever again! (goes off and slams the door)" Hrmm! :b
OK, But seriously... No, but may I remind those that I indicated in a past entry that I believe Ridley was once a Chozo, and I imagine him, because he cannot lift this part of the Chozo temple, he manages to create a landing pad that incorporated itself to that temple, with massive amounts of technology to try and drill through it's secrets. Samus already knows this temple; the game shows us her beeing taken there by Old Bird. Why? I believe it was that, Old Bird told her, when the time comes, she would know that she would have to become the ultimate weapon and visit this place. It was designed to recognise her old Alpha armor and add the Omega upgrades in it. But since the Alpha was damaged in her earlier crash, it recognized her as a potential threat and tried to kill her. Once prooven worthy though, it switched itself to a new mode, scanned her, recognized the Alpha template and upgraded her to Omega, complete with new (evolving, self-adapting) weapons.
Nanotech is another part of the armor I cannot pass without mention. Once I thought that she could wear the armor like Tony Stark, hanging it when she wasn't using it. I can imagine her beeing able to take her helmet off or part of her armor to make mechanical changes by herself. But the more I think of it, the more the thing is made of pure energy processed through nanotechnology, materializing itself at will, or dematerializing itself when it low power. This would explain her mentionning that it takes a lot of concentration to handle it. She can even use this energy to charge herself up (the Energy-bubble in Super Metroid) when in dyre need. Furthermore, she can go up as having close to 250-some missiles, 50-some Super-missiles, 50-some Power-bombs, unlimited mines and laser blasts, between 15 and 20 energy tanks, power-cells and so on without looking like one pixel overweight. This is because -- to me, still -- those missiles, bombs, mines and all are nano-settings. They replicate as the energy inside the armor gets greater through kinetic energy and environmental energy assimilation/adaptation.
You might see where I'm going with this, and yes! I do believe it to be solar powered, in a way, but on a much larger scale. Because of science, we know everything around us is made of energy. Plants, trees, rocks, alloys, water... they all contain energy -- don't ask me how, I'm no scientist here, I just saw the movie Lucy recently. Imagine an engine that can assimilate non-living vaporous
or what I call static energy
, i.e. the unassimilated energy that flows within the air like water and humidity. The same way the armor holds her spirit-energy when she's in Morph ball, energy tends to dissipate into space and nature, regardless. I believe Samus, if not compelled to an item hunt, is assimilating energy into her suit as her mission goes on. Energy that has dissipated around her is beeing collected by her suit or weapon. The only way the creator of Metroid could make this something that the player had to do was to get her to find Energy, missile, super-missile, and power-bomb tanks, but if not for that, I believe the suit to do that by itself as time goes by, and loose it when colliding with weapons or harm.
This explains why when an enemy (nomatter how small or big) is defeated, or a crate, or plantlife destroyed, it leaves a little ball of energy for her to collect. Only her can see it through her visor and collect it to reinstate her energy gage that her suit needs to replicate (create) beams, missiles, super-missiles, bombs, mines, and so forth. When returning from her mission, I imagine her putting the excess energy inside her ship, and so that is why, when we start a new game, we are left with a bare minimum of energy, thus missiles, power-bombs and so forth.
You might think that the Metroids do the same thing, and I will be writing about this in part 9
, but for now, I'll just say that Metroids feed off living what I call processed energy
, i.e. energy that is produced naturally for consumation and, as such, is already doing something, like keeping living cells alive.
Until then, you can guess, those icons she wears when in zero suit, are glowing for a reason. They hold the template of her armor, a minimal amount of energy that, once released, calls upon surrounding unprocessed
energy like a magnet to make her armor appear.
For the seasoned or expert player, I know Samus' mission would last somewhere between 2 and 6 hours. So when does she eat, drink, or go to the bathroom, right? I believe in a realistic setting, she would stop to her ship on more occasions than at the beginning and end of her mission, but I do think she stocks-up on proteins and minerals just before a mission. Sweat and urine would be recycled inside her armor just like the stillsuit in the original Dune movie and redistributed into cooling units for the Varia option or to herself as water for hydration.
Speaking of Varia, yes, I do believe it exists, just like the antigravity, but as settings, and not suits themselves. Not only does these setting are built to adapt to other kinds of environmental hasards, but they also -- if you remember -- cut out damages against her; the Varia by half, and the antigravity by ¼. But it takes so much evergy for those settings to work properly that Samus has to give them more time to warm up before these options settings are available to her.
The sweat itself is distributed into cooling units and processed as freon inside the suit, which prevents her from dangerous heat exposure, but as such, it also create a dampener between her and the obstacles she incurs while on her mission. That could explain why the damages she occurs are cut in half.
The Antigravity setting is a new kind of monster. It's the holy graal of Newton's dynamics, so as such, requires a lot of power. Antigravity, to me, is impossible without considering electromagnetic polarities, and as a Trekky, I believe shields are made by electromagnetic force fields. The same can be applied to Samus' suit when in Antigravity setting. It's a perfectly transparent spheric forcefield that glows purple around her, thus coloring part of her armor where it originates from. It's because of this that damages are so highly reduced.
As for underwater exploring, I believe there are units inside the suit that collect water, filter the oxygen from it and gives her this oxygen for her to breathe. Again, these are a lot of mechanics to work out, and thus explains why the Antigravity setting takes a lot of energy to be turned on.
The ice beam and the Wave beam are another story. We know that when particles shake, this becomes heat. So when they don't, can it create cold? So if Samus' suit can control molecules to the scale of nanites, can it slow down particles inside her cannon as to create the ice-beam? That's my best guess. As the Wave beam, because it can go through solid objects, I am not sure either; it's as if the energy of matter itself, when coming in contact with this beam, is beeing temporarily displaced until the beam hits living cells or electrical devices. That's my best bet.
More to the fact, Samus usees her arm canon to interface with many eletronic devices through ports. That's why I believe it to me more like Robocop's data spyke than 100% an instrument of destruction... Okay, maybe 80% an instrument of destruction.
But fact is, I don't believe Samus got the ice beam and plasma beam until Metroid Prime 3. More on that in part 16 - 17
There's the case of her Powerbomb. It's her most dangerous weapon according to many. Let's remember that the Chozo experimented on dimensionnal rifts. I believe Samus to not occupy the same space she left her power-bomb when it blows up. She occupies, for a fraction of a second, another mirror dimension (just like X-men's Nightcrawler when he dissapears) until the danger has passed. I will get on this subject more in details when talking about the Luminoth.
As for her superspeed? Well, any fan of the Flash knows, Barry Allen (or Wally West) can summon energy to attain these ridiculous speeds through the SpeedForce. Samus can leave her dimension for a few seconds when she uses the Powerbomb. What prevents her from doing so when she runs or flies with such speeds? Dimensionnal rifts? I prefer to base my hypothesis on what I saw in the Metroid Other M game. Ever notice how the air seems to warp in front of her? It's in the shape of a drop of water which is, I know to be the most aerodynamic shape there is because sculpted by air itself. A shield could very well form this shape, but without the Antigravity's suit functions activated?
Partially. And that's the key word here.
The SpeedBooster fuction can be attained before the Antigravity suit in the games, and if I keep in my train of thought, the Antigravity function uses a dampening shield to help Samus navigate through gravity fluctuent areas. But who's to say that before this, she can form a partial shield in front of her, just to push away air friction. Without friction, she could very well begin to push her armor to such speeds.
But if you look at her feet, there is still something to elude there; they still touch the ground.
It is said that Samus can go through supersonic speed thanks to the SpeedBooster. The speed of sound is 343 m/s. Ussein Bolt can roughly run at 23 mph. So even if her footsteps go twice as fast, that is nearly not enough to get to supersonic, even with a dampening shield to eliminate air friction and G-force. Mainly because her body cannot produce nor sustain such speeds.
Tony Stark's (Iron man) armor can go throught great speeds, but he barely moves in it, while Samus pedals like she's beeing pursued by an army of Ridley. She would loose great amounts of proteins and burn incredible amounts of calories if she ran at such speeds. Her body would shut down way before she'd reach hypersonic and she'd face what I imagine is the reverse effect of ostheoporosis in a matter of weeks.
So what's the secret? I believe it's the shield itself. Not only does it produce a contact lense shape in front of her, reducing air friction, and even more so a dampening effect to reduce G-force, but it also generates a partial magic carpet under her feet to sweep her ever so slightly from the ground. Those boosters in her back push her forward to such speeds that the sound of metal steps we hear are maybe a step every 30 meters or so, just enough to push herself forward or to signal the suit she wants to stop. And imagine the latter too; the thrusters under her feet have to produce a strong enough (and short) boost that can surpass the boosters in her back.
Oh, and before I forget, those boosters in the back, well, I also believe them to give Samus the extra boost in Metroid Prime when she jumps an extra ten feet.
But the SpeedBooster has something rather magical about it by the fact that it crushes obstacles and ennemies whoever comes in contact with her. Can a sound barrier do that?
The short answer is : I don't know. But I saw that only SOME obstacles desintegrate themselves while others are enough to stop samus, even when propelled into the Shinespark. How come?
My answer : Air. They are like holes in the alloys defense, fragilising it. Take two sponges. One with holes and one without. Let's dry them up to a point that they gain the composition of dry dog food or breakfast cereal. I believe anybody would find that the one with holes can be crushed with greater ease than the one without.
I used to work in a welders shop, and when we cut some metals, some had impurities in them. When we hit those impurities, some popped louder than popcorn. The alloy itself made it such. We were told that those impurities are caused by air. So unless I am mistaken, the friction of air against Samus' air-shield can cause it to attain great heat that is instantly processed and recycled as energy for her suit -- otherwise we'd see Samus loose a good part of energy while in SpeedBooster mode. So this shield is an atomic factory, manufacturing great heat without a single flame -- too much speed pushes the air too fast and doesn't feed any fire, much like if you run too fast with a lit match, you'll extinguish it. There are some impurities inside the rocks and air pockets inside the plantlife Samus runs into, thus when she makes spontaneous contact with it, through the shield's heat, the air inside explodes, destroying the alloy itself surrounding those spongelike air pockets. The ennemies or creatures Samus runs into are also filled with air, but I believe they explode instead of just beeing pushed away like leaves in the wind because Samus arrives too fast with great heat for them to just get flung by randomly.
When she goes into Shinespark, the carpet's energy under her feet is propelled inside the thrusters under her feet and the shield shanges position to where she's headed. The sparks that surround her as a firecraker as she is flung into the air are the remnants of the shield beeing desintegrated as they come into contact with the ambiant air, cooled off like tiny icycles.
I could not not mention the fact that we sometimes see Samus use her arm cannon to more than just firing missles, supermissiles, splitter-missiles, plasma, etc. She downloads information through it also. That's why I believe those missiles to be replicated. It's like a USB port; with the proper adaptor, it can not only perform information transfers, but also recharge electronics. We can also see Samus call upon her ship with it or save as if she sees a keyboard on it while we can't see it. My belief is that there is one, a holographic one in fact, but fearing that one could use it while she's unconscious, she turned off the display and learned where each key is by memory so she herself can get through all of her functions without others spying on her or use this info against her.
I kept the best for last -- at least my personnal favorite, that is. The SpaceJump and ScrewAttack. At that moment, the Antigravity setting inside her armor is turned on. It's a bubble around her, just as it is a dampening shield. Samus remains human, with human limitations. Even if there aren't any effects of the G-Force around her, Samus cannot spin herself this fast without feeling some sort of centrifuge force inside her or get really sick from dizzyness. This is where the armor itself transforms, much like when she gets into the morphing ball. She becomes pure energy for a limited time and lets the armor and the bubble spin itself around her while she remains in their axis. Moreover, the ScrewAttack destroys everything around it through lightning exploding around the bubble as an extra defense -- at that point, she has enough energy to produce those lightning arcs.
So to sum it up...
- she can jump great heights because she was trained in low-gravity, but also because the armor grants her greater strenght and an extra boost through boosters in her back and feet.
- She can sommersault in the air without getting dizzy because of low-gravitationnal training and techniques.
- She can morph into a ball because of the spiritual science she attained with the help of the Chozo that makes her transform into pure energy.
- She can use powerbombs without blowing herself up because, in that fraction of a moment, she doesn't occupy the same space than the bomb.
- She can attain supersonic speeds without beeing crushed inside her armor because of a dampening shield in front and under her feet.
- She can destroy obstacles at high speed because of speed and heat, and exploiting impurities and air pockets.
- She can fly because of swift redistribution of power.
- She can make her armor appear out of thin air thanks to nanotechnology.
- She can jump continuously through the air because of the antigravity bubble and the fact that she can convert herself into energy.
- She can produce mines, bombs, missiles, super-missiles through replication technology which converts enegy into matter.
- She can go underwater because of filtration devices inside the suit that breaks oxygen from water molecules and distributes it to her.
Samus wasn't granted the Omega armor at first. She was to train with the Alpha armor as a means to protect herself. The Chozo knew that if/when she would be able to obtain the intellectual heights they wished for her -- as Old Bird promised her mother --, this would make her a target for many enemies of progress (Space Piratees amongst them) and a target for corruption (as inside the Galactic Empire). She was to become the soul survivor of K2L and the lonely student of both human and Chozo intellect and wisdom. The ambassador they both wanted to create. So she was given this armor as a first trial, not only to see how she would respond to it, but to see how others would also.
But also, just in the dramatic case that Samus would be killed, the Chozo also prepared for such a desastrous outcome.
To be continued? Ya better believe it.