Reviews: Metroid IV Alone In The Stars

Well, It's Not Other M...

This is a re-telling of Metroid: Fusion, though it goes into a full-on rewrite. It embellishes pretty much everything from the original. The GF has become cartoonishly evil in this version. There's a lot more interplay between Samus and Adam.

On the downside, there's very little sense of atmosphere. Very little seems creepy or tense. Even SA-X encounters aren't that threatening (possibly because it talks. Yes, really). Indeed, the story is very light on descriptions of environments at all, preferring to say "looks like Brinstar" to actually describing Brinstar.

There were a few good elements. For example, the fic gives us the sense of what it's like to wake up and find out you're part-Metroid (though giving her talons on her hand was excessive). And Samus reacts rather interestingly to this.

To me, the biggest failure is Samus's personality and character. She comes across as a typical 80's action hero. She quips. She drinks. She bucks authority. She swears at the drop of a hat. She has a no-nonsense, by-the-books "sergeant" who's in charge of the mission. She even has a plucky sidekick with whom they banter and swap insults.

This even conflicts with her backstory. The fic talks about her being raised by Chozo, but you wouldn't tell that based on how she acts or speaks. She uses all kinds of human colloquialisms and such.

While this is rather personal, I've always felt that Samus is the kind of person who only speaks if she has something to say.

Oh, and then there's the part where she absorbs Ridley's brain. Yes, really. For about half the fic, she has Ridley in her head, talking to her. And even better: they become friends (grudgingly). This fic apparently doesn't include the comic, where Ridley murders her mother right in front of her just for shits and giggles. Here, Ridley is all about a good fight.

Oh, and for the ending (spoiler alert). Samus invades the GF homeworld. Yes, really, she causes the death of what has to be millions of beings. All just to bring down a few guys in the government.

Other M trigger warning: Samus BSODs in this fic. Twice. The first time, it's when she sees SA-X on a monitor. But this BSOD sends her into kill-everything mode for a few hours. The other time, it's when she absorbs the memories of a scientist through absorbing a Core-X. So they're justified.
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