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 24 - MB
As she boards the elevator, she now believes, like Adam, that the Deleter (or traitor) is amongst those who did not answer his hails. Her saw Maurice's body, just like Lyle. He knows as well as her that if the others didn't come, that means they are probably all dead. That he is now in danger as well as she is. She tries to call back to him, but all she gets is static.
Could he be behind these assassinations? That would explain the times he did not answer.
As she enters the main section, she sees a trooper head for Section 1. Without giving herself away, she follows him through the jungle. Up the Chozo Cyrlic tree, to a room where she once crossed a bridge. The traitor (or Deleter) has retracted the bridge from the other end and sabotaged the system on her end, making it even harder for herself to follow him. He knows of her. He knows she needs a good long clearing to use the ShineSpark.
She looks at the space she must now traverse. No Suspension units. Since Adam is unreachable, she has no choice. "Any objections, Adam?" she says, almost sarcastically, while turning on the SpaceJump and SkrewAttack. With these, she can reach the other end.
She follows the trail to a deserted computer room. She proceeds with caution until she sees a terminal turning itself on -- probably proximity detectors. Samus tries to consult it's database, but no code that she knows of belonging to the Federation seems to work. During her trials, a door slides open nearby and the young woman crossed earlier in the Cryosphere emerges. She is shocked to see Samus and runs away again, back into the room she came from.
"I'm not a member of the Galactic Federation, explains Samus calmly through the door. I came here because I intercepted the distress call. I'm a bounty hunter, and I know someone or something is after you. Please, you must believe me."
Eventually, after a short pause, the doors open. "Thank you, says the hunter. I'm Samus Aran. What's your name?"
She hesitates before answering "Madeline... Bergman."
She comes back into the room and eventually explains this BottleShip's function. "Behind close doors, the Galactic Federation was trying to create a special-forces unit composed of Bio-Weapons. In order to make it happend, they were attempting to create an organization modeled after the Space Pirates, with the Zebesians at the center."
Again, this is debatable. Zebesians... which Zebesians? The Cybers attacking them look nothing like the Space Pirates. But they do have Chozo features. MotherBrain does have Chozo information in her. But so do the Space Pirates.
Enough to make a clone?
But remember the SaveStations I talked about on K2L? I mentionned that they were able to help the Chozo attain immortality. That they were willing to share parts of this technology to the humans in the future, but for now, reserved their use for their students on K2L. If the Space Pirates were able to get back Ridley in the wreckage of K2L, so did the Federation. They arrived to get the SaveStations... which contain all the necessary science to reconstitute a Chozo if ever he or she would be gravely endangered by some accident.
But the Chozo didn't use the SaveStations on K2L to their entire body and mind, for fear of bending the morals of their teachings in front of their students. So I believe there wasn't enough DNA material to compose an entire Chozo. Straings were missing.
The Federation knew of the casualties on K2L. They knew the devastation. That's because they went there. They didn't find any corpses because Ridley ate them all and kept their heads as trophies. But why leave when they had the SaveStation science at their disposal? I imagine those stations built with Chozo technology, and as such, quite sturdy.
But also damaged.
Still, there wasn't enough in there to recompose the Chozo DNA. But there was enough technology there to study and create a soldier that, if it found death on the battlefield, with these SaveStations, just like Samus, could return to the battlefield.
BUT, we all know, the Chozo are a peacefull race. They abandonned the concept of war a long time ago. So there is no way for the research team or anybody working for the Federation to convince any Chozo clone, even with amnesia, to fight. So the solution resides in not cloning Chozos, but mutants. A Chozo creature with the brain of Space Pirates -- which they had enough of with the prisonners of the Space Pirates homeworld.
Think of the Cybermen in Doctor Who lore.
This is likely the dream MotherBrain2 wanted to attain with Ridley and Kraid. But they lacked the numbers and technology to do so -- there is a limit on how far you can clone. The more you clone, the more flawed the clone is.
And wouldn't you know it, Ridley has both Chozo DNA, highly modified to augment himself, AND can control Space Pirates.
In their mind, he becomes not only a subject for their tests, but also the best general one could think of, able to control their soldiers without any interference whatsoever.
But by cloning him, they made a mistake...
"But, because of a certain... presence, the lifeforms became ferocious. We were no longer able to control them."
Samus thinks about Ridley. As would I, but Ridley was still a not-so-innocent baby when the team arrived. He was like that when the devastation commenced.
So this is nothing more than a battle of wits. With on one end MB and on the other Ridley.
MB could have remembered that her autority could have been endangered when commanding the Cyber-Chozos. She recognized Ridley by it's DNA when analysing LittleBirdie. She would want to kill it, along with the idea of making it a telepathic Commander. But the research team would be against this idea, saying. "But it's so cute and innocent!!"
That's one of the reasons she acted the way she did.
Samus must know that Ridley was too small to influence the lifeforms. But it could have been the second one to be born here. The first one could have been deemed way to violent after all the DNA extractions they put him through and so was put to death (or froze and given to BSL station), but not before enraging the Cyber-Chozos to act in his place, making himself a martyr.
That is how they knew that Ridley was agitating the Cybers. That they needed something to overpower him. That's what MB was for.
And the SaveStations Samus encounters are for THEM, not her. Still, she is able to use it for herself.
"So you sent out that distress signal even though it could endangered your life?" asks Samus.
"I had to. I felt there was a real danger here. That if left as is, the Zebesians Cybers would continue to evolve and ressurect as real Space Pirates."
Already, Samus sees some holes in her story.
She sees that the Cyber-Chozos attacks are too well organized... while Ridley was still a baby.
Finally, why did the Federation members, with all their power, didn't send missiles to destroy this ship? Why send a Deleter?
When she shares her thoughts with the young girl, she explains : "Actually... " she hoists herself up, as if sitting on a coil spring. "There was an even more dangerous plan... Come with me."
She brings her onto the computer she was using before Samus came in and begins typing some codes. The words "Metroid project" appear on screen, making Samus jump with both fear and anger. "Wait a minute... The Metroids were terminated along with Zebes, and before that on SR388." Not to mention other places Samus can think of where she met those creatures; in the wreckage of the GFS Valhalla, Tallon IV, Aether, Skytown and the Space Pirates Homeworld.
"You're Samus Aran, right? Implements Madeleine. The one who annihilated the Space Pirates?"
"In some facilities, yes, but I can't take all the credit." mutters Samus -- she doesn't want to take pride in massive genocide... again.
This is where the story takes a turn I find difficult to accept. Even if canon.
It is suggested that the DNA left on Samus' suit is responsible for all these clonings. All the creatures that she met were imprinted on her armor.
Please. Everytime that Samus desintegrates her armor, when it goes back into the Zero Suit, I like to imagine that all traces of blood, mucus or anything resulting from her altercations with any ennemy at all, will desintegrate. The heat that radiates from her shield when going into ShineSpark alone can leave no trace of DNA on her armor. The idea that you can recreate an entire deceased creature from only a drop of it's blood on Samus' armor... maybe a strand, but an entire creature completely? Even in science-fiction, I have trouble dealing with that.
Sure, she was taken right after Zebes exploded. Her suit was drenched with blood samples. But this, to me, is pure exageration.
And she blames the scientist who gave her suit a good polish to make her presentable.
Hrm! Let me offer another explanation...
"I know there's a special division that was assigned to follow you around from a beacon hidden in your ship, as with other exploration missions. The places you went, a team was sent to take samples of creatures you encountered whenever possible, along with other ships belonging to the Federation that were sent to far away planets. A sample was sent to two places; for scientific research, and for safekeeping. A medical division was partially privatized and the contract given to a company called BSL."
Samus helped these scoundrels without even knowing it. Just like many explorers.
"I fought Ridley, she says. Where did they find him?"
"At first, no one thought that the creature was Ridley. They didn't think it had potential as a Bioweapon at all. They raised it as a pet and called it "Little Birdie" Until one day, it attacked one of the researchers and got away. Ridley had played dead and lured the scientist into his cage. What was left, it was a horrible sight."
But they didn't have time to recapture the Birdie, nor dispose of the corpse? Not even a bodybag?
This is a lie.
"But in order to control Metroids, you need MotherBrain's telepathy." argues Samus. Realizing that they went as far as to clone Ridley, a horrible thought enters her mind. "You don't... You didn't re-create a clone of Mother-Brain, did you?!"
Madeleine smiles. "It's artificial intelligence. We developped an AI program that would reproduce MotherBrain's thought processes. We called it MB."
"But it was just a program. It wasn't the mother herself, right?"
"MB evolved as it communicated with the Metroids. Much like the original MotherBrain. We used brain frequencies to control the Metroids... to a degree."
Samus believes this BottleShip is slowly starting to become MotherBrain2's dream world. Her best chance, before destroying Ridley, was to destroy their ultimate weapons, the Metroids. "Where are the Metroids and MB?"
"They're in an area called Sector Zero. It's a section that doesn't appear in any of our map data."
This is interesting.
It's as if the BottleShip WAS, at first, designed as a scientific and Research heaven. To better gather as much information as possible from every living creature in the universe. But eventually, it was decommissioned. Somebody hid it's decommission to better use it for a project that could "save troopers lives on the battle field by replacing it with enhanced soldiers." Since Samus didn't want to share neither the Alpha or the Omega armor, they did the next best thing.
But the same people that were behind this project were lied to by another minority that gathered Metroids. A lie hidden inside a lie. How clever.
"It's a place like Tourian, where we propagate and raise Metroids."
Samus comes to the realization that the weapons in Sector Zero was a plan B if ever plan A, which was to raise an army of Cyber-Chozos, ever faltered or considered a useless strategy. There was still the Metroids. They would kill every ennemy lifeform and spare the technology; a better use than an atom bomb which would leave nothing behind.
"That's why they didn't trash everything with missiles, she thinks. They have too much to lose. Adam appeared too soon. It's as if he wanted a chance to catch them red-handed. My arrival could have disrupted more than Adam's arrival. I'm still worth too much for them." She turns to the young girl. "Madeline, thanks for telling me all this. I have to destroy the Metroids and MB in Sector Zero. You, have to remain hidden."
Madeline gets up and looks at Samus, as if she wants to tell her something. Instead, a little smile comes to her lips. Samus considers this nervousness. "Don't worry. The Galactic Federation CO who's here now will help you." She brings her hand to the young girl's shoulder. "You're safe."
"Does that CO happen to be commander Adam Malkovich?" she asks. She shows her that Adam Malkovich authorized the research in Sector Zero, which drives a nail through Samus' heart.
She knows Adam to be an advocate of life. He would have become a fine Chozo trained ambassador if ever K2L's project was still alive. But to have saved Metroids while they were so dangerous if kept alive brings Samus into distrust.
Could it be why he was so cold towards her? Why he was so permissive and was the first one to arrive here? This makes Samus think that she was right to believe that he was working with the traitor. That she can't reach him now; he is taking some measures to capture her without killing her -- it can only be that.
"I can't believe that he's here." says Madeline, lowering her head.
Samus brings up her own conclusions. She cannot trust Adam, and so can't herself. Not for the time beeing at least. "Stay here until I get back."
She leaves the lab and heads to Sector Zero.
As she heads to the Main Sector's elevator, the Rhedogian reappears and tries to ram it's horns against her. Samus now has her shield to almost full strenght and can use that to her advantage. This time, she manages to finally kill it. With it's death, she is able to recycle the energy of it's desintegration to use the Splitter or SeekerMissiles.
She takes the main elevator to Sector 2 and from there, finds the hidden doorway to Sector Zero.
On her way though, she senses the floor shift and suddenly, the gravity pull is inversed, making everything upside-down around her. She has to proceed through this gravity mess, and just as worst, further down the line, the gravity turns to normal, but five times Gs than normal, making it so Samus can hardly run.
"Clearly, MB knows what I'm doing and is now trying to stop me, she thinks. But maybe... somebody else..."
Althought Samus would suspect Adam at this point, I think it's MB.
But still, the creatures here do not find it so hard to walk and move through this, which begs the question : was this sector always like this? If you think about it, there are planets with gravity much different than that of Earth. Take the moon for instance, where gravity is 17% that of the Earth. So if you weigh 200 pounds on Earth, you will weigh 34 pounds on the Moon (Source whatifoundouttoday). Because of it's size and weight compared to Earth. These Bio-weapons could have been tested in environments with various gravity pulls. But MB use this system against anybody that could come in Sector Zero not only by putting in some Geemers, Baristutes, FG-1000 drones, Cyclaws and Kyratians in the way, but also messing up the gravity. These creatures, that were already tested for such environments (except the drones) were left there because they could adapt well enough to it.
And while I have your attention, let's talk about the Nightmare.
As I mentionned in an earlier part, I believe when humankind will eventually reach deep space and faster-than-light travel, this will necessitate a heafty dose of calculations and a supercomputer (HAL9000?). Before the Chozo gave them the technology to develop Aurora Units, I believe that humankind used the Nightmare as a living computer boosted with drugs. But since a child can learn easier and faster than an adult, the alien brain inside the Nightmare computer is that of a baby alien -- this fact was hidden to the most ethical groups. But the Nightmare computer has something that the Aurora Unit doesn't have: it's not linked through a network.
313 was the first of it's kind, but since the BottleShip in this game is quite bigger than the Valhalla and much older, I believe it had to evade the use of an Aurora Unit to escape detection. Thus a Nightmare was used.
When Samus approached it, MB stop supplying it with it's drugs to keep it functionning properly and it went berserk. Once awaken, it attacked the one person it deigned responsible for this, which at the time was Samus.
Back to it, then...
As she comes to the end of this area, she reaches a new one where a Nightmare Computer is suspended above the floor in a silo. "Clever." Thinks Samus. She hops to the highest door when suddenly, the Nightmare is taken off it's meds and awakens. The door locks itself and Samus, if she is to bypass it, has no choice but to attack the monster.
It shoots plasma waves at Samus, bubbles of concentrated photons and runs at her like a bullet train, but Samus is able to evade most of it's attacks. In the end, it's mask breacks and the alien child reveals itself inside, green skinned and six-eyed, crying and yelling it's hissy-fit until it falls onto the deeper floor where it crawls and scream before finally coming to a screeching halt.
The door now unlocked, Samus goes through it. Just as she is passed it, the BottleShip is shaken with a tumultuous roar. Samus stops dead in her tracks. "What...? We're moving...!" she guesses, before finally arriving at the elevator for this sector.
On the other floor, she follows a great hallway much like a curve towards her right. It's heavily lit and a great distance from the rest of the facility, as if for a precautionnary measure. At the end, another hallway, this one much less aesthetic, is decorated with heavy pipes and conduits the size of buildings or that of a dwarf city. A heavy door a the end is where most of the pipes lead to. The place definitely looks like the behind-the-scene parts of Sector 2.
Knowing that she is about to be facing Metroids, Samus advances with caution.
Halfway through, she is surprised by a Metroid, very much like that of Baby. She is startled and backs away, but instinctively, recalls the moment she met Baby some weeks ago. It too wasn't dangerous, and so she waits to see what it will do as well.
But the moment she is about to reconsider, a blast from behind her renders her armor useless. It shuts itself off and Samus falls to the ground. At that moment, she barely has time to turn around and look at her assailant that the Metroid dashes against her to suck away her energy. A heavy second blast comes from behind her as well and turns the creature to a block of ice. It falls on the ground and breaks into pieces.
Adam's voice comes to her ears, asking if she can her him. "I read you loud and clear... Adam." she says, out of breath, looking up at the man who attacked her. Adam Malkovich, with reproche.
(from this point, I made my own version of the story, turning Samus into a better investigator and a tad more ruthless)
"I trained you to not fall victim to such moments of hesitation, says Adam."
"Me, I... You attacked me... Answers Samus, still dazed. Why?"
He shows her a portable EMP, it's cannon still smoking for the great amount of firepower it gave moments ago."I'm not in liberty to excuse myself. Anyways, this weapon has been rendered useless now. It's powerpack was blown the moment it set it to maximum. Enough to go through your shields. So you'd see for yourself." he pushes the weapon away like a piece of scrap.
Samus is getting angry. "See what? What did you do?"
He looks at the door. "You know what lies up ahead. The Metroids and the artificial intelligence that controls them. The fruit of the Galactic Federation's twisted project."
"Yes... And you're going to stop me?"
"Quite the contrary. I would like nothing more than to let you go through those doors and finish them off. But, you can't destroy these Metroids. Sector Zero Metroids likely can't be frozen. Their vulnerability to cold has been overcome through genetic manipulation, something the Chozo would have been against, surely -- they gave it this weakness so better to exterminate them if they were to become a menace. I think these were built if ever a potential ennemy was to hide on a frozen planet, like some Alambic tribes and Lords of Science on Bryyo did once. If that's true, then there's no way you can destroy them. Nor I for that matter."
"But that baby earlier... you were able to freeze it!"
"True. My guess is that it was because it was still at a larval stage. But I had to make sure. One thing is for certain, they are definitely propagating Metroids. Developping Bio-weapons to this degree of irresponsability is obviously a countdown to self-extinction. The Metroids are the greatest weapons, and you were right to ask for their genocide. At first, I was against it. And I hated you for it. How could you, a child of the Chozo, turned a blind eye to their teachings. I thought I would have to be the one to remind you of what they stood for. But now, as the mystery of this place unfolds, I truly believe that you were right, and I... regret not taking your side earlier."
He turns to what's left of the Metroid. "To develop a creature with an obvious and well-known weakness is counter-productive. It's hard to imagine the military mass-producing defective weapons. Then again, none of this makes any sense. Again, you were wyse to suggest their mass extinction. And now, since Phazon is no more, and since no one has the technology to defeat them, Metroids cannot be allowed to exist. Especially these."
"Hang on, Adam. You're going to explain to me why you're credited as the creator of the Metroid military program report."
"I wasn't. I received a request to write the report from Galactic Federation headquarters. In that report, I outlined the potential dangers of using Metroids as weapons, and why it shouldn't be attempted. HQ listened. But a small group within the Federation co-opted my report for it's own purposes. When I declared myself against the extermination of Metroids on SR388, I was deigned troublesome to the people who are behind this program. In all likelyhood, this is retaliation from their part. The traitor amist my crew was probably leaving me for last until you came and altered his plans. I suspect he was the one to scramble our comms in order to make you suspect my implication in all of this. Know that KG's lifesigns have been untraceable for a while. Since you found Maurice and Lyle, and we both know that it's not Anthony, better to assume that if you find James, don't leave him out of your sight.
Samus, you'll be fully recovered soon. I cannot ask you to follow me in Sector Zero. I have several other missions for you. This facility appears to be on an intercept course with Galactic Federation HQ. If what Madeline Bergman said is correct, there's a possibility that this is the first attempt from MB for a full attack against the Galactic Federation. One way or another, may it be by Metroids or Cyber-Chozos, an attack is clearly imminent. You have to find a way to divert the ship off it's current itinerary. I've located a survivor in room MW, towards the rear of the Bioweapons Research Center. Whoever it is will be a key witness in the investigation that will follow, and along with Madeline Bergman, you will need all the help you can get. "
"What do you mean?"
"Samus, Madeline Bergman accused me. She's the director and may try to protect herself from the creators of this project's wrath behind my name. As such, she is not to be considered as an ally. Once this is done, secure the survivors safety and defeat Ridley, so he can't use the Cybers. He's as much of a threat than the Metroids."
He's about to leave her but Samus is now able to lift herself up and, clumbsily, confronts him. "That's not good enough. You still haven't told me what you're planning to do about the Metroids in Sector Zero."
"Leave it to me. I'll deal with this place."
"That's bull! You have a plan to deal with Metroids that can't be frozen?"
"Sector Zero has a self-destruct protocol. If the sector receives a significant amount of damage, the unit is programmed to detach itself and self-destruct. A powerfull explosion will eliminate the Metroids and MB without leaving a trace."
"And... you decided, all on your own, that you were the best man for such a job..."
"Samus, I can't battle Ridley. You did so on more than one occasion. Unlike you, I'm no galactic savior. I'm too human, flaws and all. But I can save you. You don't have much time. We both need to get started on our respective missions. Be aware that the traitor might still be out there. " He marks a pause before saying. "I'm sorry for getting a little rough with you. Know that I was only trying to slow you down so better to find out the truth for myself while keeping you away from all of this. The Galactic Federation is far from perfect, but if you look hard enough, there are good people in it, and I don't want you to stop looking for them. You're already alone as it is. Good luck, Samus. Godspeed."
Samus is stricken with disbelief and sadness to realize what's happening. She remembers the last time she saw Adam. She made things even worst by bombarding him to let her go save Ian. She refuses to make it worst once more and stands her ground as best she can, just like she and the other troopers from their team when receiving orders, just before they were sent out, althought her legs are shaking. She leaves him enter Sector Zero. She wants to say something, as the doors close on him, but she can barely find the proper words to say.
Adam sees this; Samus was always the quiet type, and even now, she doesn't know what to say. Too much time spent on her own did this to her. He helps her out one last time by turning around and looking at her from the window. "No objections, right lady?"
Samus gains her composure and gestures the "thumbs down." -- to the death.
As the doors lock, she knows Adam will start firing momentarily. "No time to grieve his death, she thinks. Adam, thank you. Leave the rest to me." She calls back the Omega armor and races back to the elevator as to not be sucked out into space when Sector Zero will detach itself.
It does so as she is running, while Cyber-Chozos fill the area to attack them. They are oblivious to the fact that they are standing in a room where the vacuum of space will be perillous to them. As such, when sectors of the hallways detach themselves, they are pulled into the void with them. Samus has to turn on the Antigravity suit from her armor to best let her boots attach themselves to the surface and get out before two giant doors seal the hallway once and for all.
She heads to the Main Sector.
With the Antigravity function shielding herself, she knows that the gravity traps will now have no effect on her. But as she passes through the computer room where she fought the Nightmare, the creature awakens once more and attacks her from the ground this time. Samus now fights it's erratic moves and cries of anger as best she can. She finally is able to destroy the monster before going through the other rooms.
From the Main Sector, she goes back to Sector 1, then back to where she last met Madeline Bergman.
In a cut-scene, we see Ridley, still reflecting and recuperating from his last ordeal with Samus before something big attacks him, leaving him into an empty husk further on the game.
I would imagine him raming his fist against the doors, telling MB not to leave him like this. Telling her he wants another chance against Samus. MB would tell him : "You're predecessors didn't. They all had one chance, and failed. You're no good to me now. All you're good for now is food."
As Samus comes closer, it is still a mystery to me that the FG-1000s are still firing at her. The creature still attack her, that's a given, but the Defense Drones, I mean, can't they be controled not to after a while?
When Samus arrives at the computer room, she does not find MB, but does find the corpse of another trooper. James Pierce. The one she suspected most of all of beeing the Deleter. Killed with extreme force. At least she won't have to deal with him now that he's dead.
A door is left open nearby and Samus follows this new path, looking for Madeline. In the room behind this door, she is ambushed by more advanced Cybers. Fortunately, Samus is able to deal with them. But it's as if that door was opened just to lead her into a trap.
Could Madeline be all right?
She takes another door which leads to an area that makes her skin crawl; there are marcks on the floor that ressemble acid stains. But with the creature she finds in the next room, she can see now that it is in fact blood. Ridley's blood from their last battle. The Ridley clone now sits in a corner of a room, it's beak wyde open as a last sign of distress, it's corpse barely solid. Like the Gigafraud found in Cryosphere a while ago, it's as if cyphoned of all his energy.
There are more Metroids here.
This makes her skin boil. Adam just killed himself to save her and the Federation. There shouldn't be more, and if there is, because not left in Sector Zero, she guesses they will not be immune to her IceBeam. So they are likely Metroid eggs, and she plans to destroy them all this time.
As she unlock a new heavily reinforced door at the end of a nearby hallway, ringed photons erupt from emmiters in the walls. It is just like Tourian, except for the pools of boiling acid and the micro-turrets. The doors here necessitate the Splitter. Such defense measures are clearly indications that MB was NOT in Sector Zero all along. It was here, controling the FG-1000s that attacked her on her way.
Her instincts tells her she will find MB at the end of the hallway.
She reaches room MW where she finds many locked doors. One such door shows her a woman with red hair in her late forties sitting on the ground. She is wearing a white suit that can only be associated with that of a Researcher. In her haste, Samus is about to break the glass to get to her, but on a second thought, she recoils her arm and opts for a gentler tap. The woman is startled, drowns a scream and in a panic, tries to slide away from the door.
"No..." she begs. "No!"
"No..." Tries to reassure her Samus through the protective glass. No, you've got it wrong.
"Stay away!" She presses a hand against a computer monitor and types in a code.
"You have to calm down!"
Suddenly, another door unlocks itself.
Was it that woman who unlocked the door or MB?
I like to think it was MB and that that woman was calling her to tell her the Bounty Hunter had reached her. To send some Cybers to help her. But if it WAS that woman, here's what I think would have happened.
I believe MB would have locked her in there because she was the only woman nice to her. "If you play nice, she would tell her. Then I will take you to a new home. If not, I'll give you to the Metroids." When the soldiers came, she told her they were here to kill everybody and put her in a room where she would be safe and from where she could access the controls to the other room, where the Metroid Queen was and as such, could defend herself. "They won't stand a chance against her." MB thought.
She would have been right if that person wasn't Samus Aran.
Samus wants to ask her some questions, but she still hasn't found Madeline. So her first response is to go investigate this new door opened for her.
On the other side, she finds Metroid eggs. This makes her believe that these were taken from a Metroid Queen. The only one she ever encountered was on SR388. But the team there had been found dead days after they had found Metroids there. And the team sent to rescue them two weeks later.
The only possibility is...
Her suspicion is confirmed when a large foot breaks what's left of an egg. It's a Metroid Queen, identical to the one she met on SR388.
They managed to make a Metroid evolve outside SR388 so it could make eggs.
Samus battles the creature until suddenly, their fight is interrupted when the main thruster of the BottleShip is stopped. Both Samus and the creature go ramming against a wall. Samus barely has time to gather her equilibrium when the creature attacks her again. Samus takes the opportunity to go into her Ball-mode, rolls in it's stomach, like the last she encountered this creature, and lands a PowerBomb. The Queen explodes, leaving bones and flesh everywhere inside the walls.
There is no escape from this room except for the way she came in. She goes back there and sees the red-hair woman run away from her room, back to another chamber.
Samus follows her.
She comes inside a large room that looks like a hangar bay where finally the woman, stopped by a door in her jolt, adresses her from over her shoulder : "Don't come any closer!" she says, while hitting the door with her fist. Seeing that the door won't open, she turns and pushes her back against the surface. "Stay away from me..."
"Easy..." replies Samus, as calmly as she can. "See... I won't come any closer until you say so. My name is Samus. I'm an independant Bounty Hunter. I know the situation here and I know how you must feel. I'm here to secure your safety." The woman seems, at last, to calm herself. "May I come closer?"
She accepts by a careful nod.
"What's your role at this facility?"
"I'm responsible for all operations. My name is Madeline Bergman."
Samus digs deep down to find the resolve not to argue against this woman. She is responsible for a good part of the work that's been done here. The travesty that has occured in this facility. But the name raises an important question. "Wait a minute. I met another woman who called herself by that name. What's going on here?"
She shows her her id hologram. It checks out as Madeline Bergman, along with her photo.
"I gather then that you met MB's avatar. She was trying to protect me. She's an android. She was created with the intellectual data of MotherBrain and consequently developped MotherBrain's consciousness as well."
Samus is appauled to learn this. But everything there is no small feat. In fact, it's nearly impossible.
A clone is already quite unstable. Those Chozos were the only ones to develop a way to fabricate them and this technology was passed down by Ridley to the Space Pirates. An entire brain, the size of MotherBrain, designed to keep the complete knowledge of the Chozo who's existence goes back millenias, is no little feat.
In my mind, Kraid knew that. That's why he took a human brain as a template. The brain cells multiplied to form something bigger -- the size of MotherBrain -- to form MotherBrain2. But with MB, this means that the same operation had to be done in reverse.
In the beginning, with computers, when stocking information, there was the floppy disk which could take roughly up to 650k of information (the ones I did held up that much, at least). Then the newest version could take 1.2M. Then the zip drive, until the USB key came by and we could then store information on an even smaller device. Even so, it is inconceivable to me that millenias worth of information could be stored in an android the size of MB.
It's more the case that MB was indeed inside Sector Zero and MB-A is an avatar of this AI. With Sector Zero jettisoned and gone, it tried to store itself entirely inside MB-A which could barely contain all this data. Too much information can create paranoia -- you can imagine every scenario of every occurence that surrounds you because you know it all. You know how it began, how it became reality and how it could end. But different effects can come from the same beginnings, and as such, this create mass confusions and the desire to monitor these beginnings as some sort of fascination. Conspiracies are born this way.
So I can imagine MB-A beginning to show some psychological breack-down at this point.
But still, from where could the Federation get their hands on a MotherBrain backup is beyond me. It is likely more possible that they wanted to convert an Aurora Unit through a mind-control experiment and recreate a MotherBrain.
Note : The Nightmare CPU took care of the BottleShip and MB was the experiment.
Samus recalls what MB-A told her. Samus realises at that point that she had been played. While James Pierce probably was killed by one of the Cybers she encountered soon after finding his body.
She confirms the plans to make MB control the Cybers through their training as special forces with telepathy. "Hence we were forced to model it's infrastructure after MotherBrain. Furthermore, we wanted it to go one step further and coordinate Metroids' cooperation through such exercices. MB-A was developped with this thought in mind."
"Because we needed the first Metroid hatchling to recognize MB-A as it's mother. Like the report you filed said it did with you on SR388 -- it was surprising for us to learn that the co-called Baby Metroid you encountered did not attack you. MB had to take the form of a human beeing. With this as our theoretical basis, we were able to create the ideal relationship with the Metroid. One that wasn't based on dominance or control."
It is question here in the game of the QueenMetroid. But Metroids cannot evolve outside SR388. The conditions have to be near perfect. Only one place apart from SR388 could do this, and it's the other BottleShip orbiting SR388 that Samus visits in Fusions. To me, the Queen Metroid came from there.
"Once our MB was in human form, she excelled. As an interface between us and them*, her skills with personnal interaction humanized her to a great extent. Her confidence was unwavering, and her ability to learn was greated than we expected. But then... She developped emotions. Then a nascent sense of herself. She began asserting her own thoughts, and her opitions began to contradict ours."
*them = Cybers and Metroids.
I also imagine that her first outroar would be to create Ridleys.
"It's quite typical for artificial intelligence to evolve as a result of self-analysis. However there's no precedent for an AI like MB, or Aurora Units, developping emotions. It's possible that her interactions with the Metroids brought it about, but we don't know for sure."
Ridley didn't like Metroids. As you may remember, on Zebes, they were contained in the laboratory of Tourian. On Tallon IV, where this Ridley was originally from, they were secluded behind force fields and used as gimea pigs for Phazon corruption. This might be where MB draw the line -- she didn't want anything to come between her and her control of the Cybers. The Cybers are metal, thus it's more difficult for them to have their energy sucked off by Metroids. She was fearfull that the Cybers would eventually form a society, like the Space Pirates, contain and abuse the Metroids like The Space Pirates did. SHE was controling the Cybers. Again, Ridley would be an echellon between her and the Cybers that she didn't want because it took control away from her.
Throughout the games, Ridley evolves. He becomes stronger and stronger with each meeting. I can easily, like MB, imagine him becoming sufficiently evolve as to undermine MB's control over the Cybers.
So she began the revolution before it would begun.
"...And that was when we decided to alter her AI program. But on the day we were going to execute this altercation, right before my eyes, she reached out for me. I felt so helpless. There was nothing I could do. My presence that day caused a disturbing reaction in her."
Notice that on that day, she was looking at the researchers looking at their comrade who fell to Ridley's Birdie form. What the game made as young Ridley's acting form was, to me, an attack from MB to telepathically cause a brain ceasure. Something that could not be traced back to her attempting to murder Ridley and this project of making it a general or an elite soldier. She thought she had succeeded, but when the body of the researcher was found, it was a grim reminder for her that Ridley is not to be underestimated. He can adapt. But now, he was a Pavlov's dog. He would remember this pain that she inflicted on him from a young age. He would fall upon her commands like a pet, and this idea made her smile.
And just as she was witnessing this idea, she was taken away.
"She was fixated on me..."
Samus realizes that it's from that point that MB took control of the Cybers to attack the facility's personnel in retaliation.
The person that sent this distress call was Madeline Bergman.
"MB was trying to get revenge on the Federation army... and on us. It's possible all humans have become the target of her hatred. But now, with her plan falling apart, she's backed into a corner. And her hatred is entirely focused on you and me right now."
She is startled by something behind Samus who turns around and sees MB-A holding a rifle in their direction. Samus immediately puts herself between the two, holding her arm cannon in the android's direction.
"Wait, MB, calm down."
"Please, listen!" says Madeline, evading Samus' protection to go towards her daughter.
"Madeline, stand back!"
"You... no! I mean, WE were wrong. But none of that is important right now. It's over."
"I was not wrong." replies MB-A, her voice strangely mechanical now. "The humans were foolish and I was the only one that could bring judgment on them. Genocide on the Metroids is on them, and you both are complicit of this crime. If the Chozos couldn't do it, it's all but poetic justice for their augmented Cyber Children to do what their parents couldn't do. Bring the Menace of humankind to a staggering halt. As for you, you must pay the price for what you've done."
"Melissa. Please... I'm so sorry." Says Madeline, now inches away from the android.
The name Melissa is enough to make MB-A lower her weapon. But a moment later, she pushes Madeline away from an IceBeam attack, not from Samus (who catches her) but from a group of troopers coming in from a hatch nearby.
It is my understanding that if Madeline would have stayed a moment later there, she would have been engulfed in the frost of that weapon. MB-A saved her.
The troopers surround Samus and Madeline. Samus doesn't lower her guard. "Don't move!!"
But just as the Metroids from Sector Zero, MB-A is impervious to the frost and unfreezes herself.
Seeing the soldiers attack Madeline and Samus is too much for her to bare. She knows what fate awaits Madeline. She will be blamed for this and go to jail while the generals and admirals above he will deny all accountability. That, or they will try to kill her before she can bare witness of what happened here. She is the only one who can save her from this, and with her, they will eventually retaliate by forging a new plan against the Federation.
While Samus, she would survive. But for MB-A, she is hers to kill, and nobody else.
She unleashes every creature, cloacked and camouflaged in the area to attack them. Galmanians, Desbrachians, Griptians and Reos.
She throws the gun towards Madeline in the game, but I like to think it was another gun that killed her...
Samus would have liked to come to these troopers aid, but the minute she would let her guard down, one of them could easily take this opportune moment to kill Madeline. As Adam said, she is too important, and it is her mission to secure any survivors of this station to brought those responsible for it's program down with it. She defends Madeline against the creatures that comes dangerously too close, but the meelee is spreading in all directions, becoming anxiously worst.
When suddenly, all comes to a halt when Madeline screams to MB-A to stop. Seconds later, an Ice-Blast partially freezes MB-A.
This turns MB-A's attention towards Madeline. "How... How could YOU!!" Moments later, a plamsa fires against MB-A's frozen husk, destroying it.
The shot reverberate at that moment like a diversion as a new flock of soldiers come pouring in. The creatures, disorganized, run away or revert to their camouflaged form until they receive new orders or feel threatened.
A high ranking general comes by, his step filled with assurance, hands behind his back, while near Samus, Madeline falls to her knees to the forgone Melissa, sobbing profusiously.
Samus is kept at a distance of both Madeline and Melissa. The general comes to her. He looks at her armor with fascination before speaking to her. "Samus Aran. I heard what happened. You performed admirably. You can leave the rest to us."
Samus finds it very suspicious of the speed with which this general arrived. "The heck I will." she mutters. "I am under orders to take this woman to HQ..."
The general smiles maliciously and interrupts her. "I don't think you understand... It is unfortunate what has happened to commander Malkovich. And to think that his entire platoon was eliminated. Truly a tragic day. Sadly, with them gone, you're just an outsider. This is a Galactic Federation matter. You wouldn't want to cross the Federation, would you?" He signals her to the men with the guns pointed at her.
Behind them, the same platoon is now taking hold of Madeline.
"Time for the lady to go home. Escort her to her ship."
"Will all due respect sir... The Princess and I are under orders."
A soldier comes close to Samus. Only one man likes to call her that, much to her hatred. Still, this time, she tolerates it with a wry smile.
His opposition wrafles the general. "How dare you... Who are you, soldier!"
He lifts his helmet to reveal the face of Anthony. "Anthony Higgs. Galactic Federation platoon leader, division seven. I need to secure the safety of any survivors, under commander Malkovich's orders, sir. Authorized by the chairman of the Federation."
This simple phrase puts every trooper in the vicinity helpless to stop him from taking both Samus and Madeline with him, and he knows it. If they were to attack him now, this would be insurrection, and they are too many of them now. All could betray each other and benefit from this as a hero. "You got here quick... I mean, if I hadn't stop the engine, we could have missed each other."
The general grunts in displeasure. He knows his career might come to an end and he needs a lawyer, pronto.
In the Wallnut, Anthony tells her how he escaped the fall into the magma. A Magdollite came up just as he was falling. He used his IceBeam to freeze the top of it's head and turned around in his fall. The pack of the plasma gun he was equipped with crashed on the freezed head and he bounced off of it, to a nearby platform where he lost consciousness. Samus gives a sedative to Madeline and leaves her into her rarely-used bedroom. She programs the Wallnut to the Federation's HQ and with Anthony and her enjoying a drink in her living room, takes a breather.
(Yes, I do imagine all these rooms into the Wallnut -- althought I imagine Samus rarely use them; she eats and falls asleep in her command chair.)
Days later, after the trial, Samus stands right where she was last time she was in that building after reaching the decision to steal the Red Manta and attack the Zebesian Space Pirates. The path she had taken at that moment, and where she was right now. "If there are no other objections, I hereby call this case closed." said the JAG officer. Those last words make her relive the last ones mentionned by Adam, and for one last time, she gives the thumbs up into the sky, as if looking at Adam's spirit watching over her at that moment.
Anthony's shadow appears and does the thumbs down. Samus sees her. He holds the pose for a moment before breacking up with laughter. "Just messing with ya, Princess." he says.
She pushes him in displeasure on his shoulder. "Dufuss. Don't you ever call me that again, Higgs! I'm serious."
"Hey, now! How else am I gonna get a reaction from that pretty face of yours. See ya 'roud." With a gentle tap, he leaves her.
But Samus is not done yet.
The BottleShip was commissioned for demolition in less than a day. She wants to get back to get Adam's helmet. So she heads one last time to the BottleShip.
Once there, she faces off against the same creatures she fought, some of them Desbrachians, but one thing escapes her. The creatures under MB's control are still here. The SaveRooms are off-line to them and the last ones found were executed -- althought their numbers were few. Why are still some here?
As she comes closer to the bridge, their numbers increase to a full degree. She is faced battling the fiercest of them all, appearing through wormholes, as if from another dimension. Somebody came here and took some for his own purposes!
As she comes to the bridge, the culprit reveals himself. With the energy of all of these monsters at his disposition, feeding on it, he grew to a size that much bigger than the one she met on Zebes some weeks ago, proportionnally to the size of the ship.
"My ship!! He yells. My army! You... Intruder! Die!"
But Samus shows herself still too strong for him and is able to banish this monster away with his hold on this dimension and his ghostly creatures.
Next to the bridge, she is able to find a short-cut to the command tower where Adam was stationned last. He left his helmet, realizing that she was headed towards a great danger. He forgot his own and most important protection to do so. This moves Samus to deactivate the armor and hug the helmet against herself, recognizing now more than ever Adam's sacrifice.
Moments later, the BottleShip is shaken furiously. The Federation are here and setting off the remote auto-destruct sequence. They didn't detect her inside, and with the bridge in pieces, she has no way to stop it. Holding the helmet under her arm, she races back to her ship before it's too late and, in the nick of time, gets back on board, leaves the helmet on a nearby chair and programs the Wallnut to liftoff. "Welcome home, Adam." She says.
The Wallnut zooms away while the BottleShip explodes behind her.
The next three parts is my analysis of the game Metroid Fusions. The very last game in the series.
Hope to see you there.