I’d like to take a moment to rant about the injustice that was done to Thane Krios in Mass Effect 3, mostly because if I don’t get this stuff out of my head and off my chest I may very well explode.
I’m just going to be focusing on his encounter with Kai Leng on the Citadel, because it’s the one thing that just really, really fucking rubs me the wrong way in all kinds of meanings of it.
First off.. the entire choreography of the fight is just… off. It’s off, because it’s incredibly impossible and stupid. It’s impossible and stupid because—and I don’t care what you say about the physical well-being of Thane at the time of the encounter, he could have beaten Kai Leng no matter what state he was in.
At the start of the fight, not only is Thane able to sneak up immediately beside Kai Leng undetected, but he is able to engage in a few bouts of hand-to-hand combat with him, and despite being thrown by Kai Leng, he keeps his balance, and doesn’t even seem winded, let alone hurt. This is probably the one and only part of the fight that I’m at least not bothered by. However, I feel like Thane would not have hesitated, and would have shot him right on the spot, the second he had the chance. Though, for the sake of being dramatic, and for lack of a better argument, it was intended to be an intense assassin vs. assassin duel, and also for the sake of argument, lets say he wasn’t able to get a shot at him due to Shepard + their squad + the Councillor being in the line of fire.
The next part, however, pisses me off, and this is why…
Kai Leng cloaks and runs off, and when he reappears, Thane fires six or seven shots at him, at close range, with a pistol.
Now let me take a moment to remind you who the fuck Thane Krios is.
Thane Krios is a skilled biotic and marksman. Okay? He uses fucking sniper rifles in Mass Effect 2. Without a visor like Garrus, I might add. So the very idea, that Thane would miss any shot at such close range, let alone SEVEN…is fucking laughable.
But lets move on.
Kai Leng closes in, and Thane dodges not one, but two attempts he makes to stab him with his blade, and lands a kick, and does a sort of biotic-falcon-punch to Kai Leng that sends him back about 10 feet.
And now let me take a moment to remind you who the fuck Kai Leng is.
If you never read the books Kai Leng was created in, I’ll just share the basic information you need as far as this rant goes. Kai Leng never once used any kind of blade or sword in the books. He just used guns and the like. This sword motif with the phantoms and such is brand fucking new to Mass Effect 3. Why? I don’t fucking know. Space ninjas, that’s why. Because Bioware. But the fact remains that Kai Leng was never suggested as being a skilled swordsman prior to Mass Effect 3. So just…keep that in mind.
After the biotic-falcon-punch, Kai Leng staggers up, and Thane retrieves his pistol, and gets a brand new clip ready while Kai Leng takes some sort of awkward phantom pose to seem intimidating and really just looks stupid doing it. And then they run at each other. And just as they’re close enough, Thane does some kind of unnecessary jump, and literally just falls onto Kai Leng’s sword. Kai Leng doesn’t even fucking do anything, he just holds his sword out, and Thane leaps onto it, like “oh right this is my queue to die.”
No.. I’m sorry, what..
Thane. Skilled marksman. Sniper rifles. Pistol. Close range. Target directly in front of him. WITH NO ONE in line of fire this time.
I’m sorry.. but Thane Krios would not have made the mistake he made that killed him. He wouldn’t have even moved, honestly. He would have shot Kai Leng without a seconds hesitation. Because Thane does not hesitate. He would have pierced through his fucking skull in a single shot, and the battle would have ended with him as the victor. Not this shitty fucking stab that happens.
Say what you will about Thane Krios. I don’t care if you don’t like him, or if you disagree with some of his morals, or his beliefs, or hell I don’t even care if you had him die in ME2. I really don’t. But the fact is, that entire battle is a complete and utter perversion of Thane’s character and existence in the Mass Effect universe, and I’m not even including his character development that they fucked up either.
The fact that Bioware was so uncaring to a character sickens me. That they would end his chapter like that, being killed by a minor villain in such a stupid and illogical way frustrates me to no end. It is impossible, and it’s stupid. And I’m really fucking surprised more people aren’t outraged by this.
The Illusive Man himself recruited Thane for Shepard’s mission because he is the best assassin in the GALAXY. The very thought that someone like Kai Leng would have the capacity to take on such a person is just ludicrous. Sure, Thane was sick, sure, he wasn’t in the best shape.. but this is a drell that has been living with Kepral’s Syndrome likely for years. And has still faced Krogan, Turian, and powerful biotic commando Asari, and always emerged the victor. He takes on hordes of enemies by himself, and comes out practically unscathed. Thane Krios could have wiped the floor with Kai Leng no matter what physical condition he was in, because Kai Leng is sloppy, and inefficient. And Thane is a master at efficiency and killing.
I seriously can’t watch that fight scene without wanting to throw something in a fit of rage because of the complete disregard for Thane that’s so blatant in that scene. The fact they used him as a kind of sympathetic tragic hero of the moment disgusts me. As if I needed motivation to be antagonized by Kai Leng. The fact that they used the death of one of the most interesting and thought provoking characters to promote motivation to go after a villain shows just how fucking poor their writing and lack of planning was when they decided to introduce Kai Leng as a villain in ME3 in the first place.