So we were able to catch the one-date-only screening of Mass Effect: Paragon Lost. But if you missed that date, don’t worry, the Blu-ray/DVD combo will be available on December 28, 2012. Scroll below to listen to our podcast review.
Many Mass Effect fans were disappointed to find out that the anime spinoff was going to star James Vega, one of the least interesting supporting characters (Garrus was one of the most popular choices for fans). In Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, the story follows Vega and his small crew of Alliance space marines as they try to save the Fehl Prime colonists against the Blood Pack mercenaries and other bigger dangers.
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Fans would be happy to know that characters in the Mass Effect games make a brief cameo in Paragon Lost. Admiral Hackett, Captain Anderson, and Liara T’Soni all make an appearance. Commander Shepard is only mentioned by name. And we can’t have a Mass Effect story without the asaris, krogans, collectors and reapers.
The animation and dialogue are something of a mixed bag. It can be okay/decent at times, but there are moments that it can be unintentionally funny. The theater audience that I was a part of laughed throughout the movie during awkward scenes. Here are some examples:
- There’s a scene where James Vega is talking to another male marine. The dialogue can be interpreted as having gay undertones, but since it was unintentional, the crowd laughed.
- There’s a scene when one of the main characters holds onto Vega for comfort. The position of their bodies and the length of the shot felt very awkward.
- Certain angles during a character’s monologue looked weird, especially during the time asari scientist Treeya Nuwani finds out about the collectors.
- Every time Vega confesses his man-love for Commander Shepard.
- Vega being whiny.
With that said, the story and plot are somewhat engaging and entertaining. Too bad the quality of the animation and certain dialogue choices marred the movie from being really good. If you’re a fan of Mass Effect, this is worth checking out to see Vega’s story come to life. If you haven’t played the Mass Effect games, you can still get into the story, but the faults of the movie aren’t exclusive to just fans of the game.