Musician, writer, artist, gardener, Jane-of-all-trades.
I write about Mass Effect and my Rhi Shepard far too much, and occasionally post diary entries from Disco, the technicolor amphibilizard dragonborn. There's also a lot of politics and baby goats.
Oooh! I actually have rather a lot of it, and haven’t found an opportunity to divulge in fic. *rubs hands together*
Joker’s dad is an always-looking-for-the-next-best-thing kind of guy. He takes gambles and changes jobs and wants to head off to unknown space to live on a new colony when the current thing isn’t working out. Frustration with that led to his mom splitting. Joker stayed primarily with her because it’s a lot easier to get top quality medical care in a stable situation on an advanced station than it is in hopping around the backwoods. Joker and his mom were also pretty close with his dad’s extended family — in the thing I never quite wrote about the vacation between 2 and 3, his aunt Renee is visiting Tiptree — and most of them were easier to visit.
His dad remarried; Hillary is his baby half-sister, and he thinks she’s marvelous.
By game time his mom is dead (canon: “If my mom could see me now… we’d have zombies on top of everything else”) — I’d say for a few years; it’s not a new grief. It did estrange him from the rest of his family a bit, not because of any drama, but because Mom was the one who kept up with letters and Christmas cards and things, so he’d never had to. Without her passing on messages and organizing things they kind of drifted apart. Between that drift, depression, and physical distance, he didn’t turn to family after the SR2 went down — something Dad, Stepmom, aunt Renee, grandmama, and various other unnamed relatives berate him for once he gets back in touch post ME2 (“You WHAT? You should ALWAYS come to us for help, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?” *giant hugs*).
After ME3, well… we know about his family on Tiptree. For the rest of the scattered clan, though, I want some of it to survive the war — if only because it’s so marvelous and cute and novel for Rhi to get a family. :)
shadesofmauve replied to your post: “Soo… since the Kaidan origin comic decided to completely ignore…”:I kind of admit, I’m getting a perverse glee about watching the Kaidan fans react to ‘his’ comic in much the same way the much smaller Joker fanbase did to his. WTF, COMIC PEOPLE, WHAT YOU DOING?!?! If a fan comic comes out of it, so much the better!
You know, I never purchased the comic because I heard it was terrible, but I did read the plot synopsis on the wiki and it’s a joke. It seems like a super contrived plot with extraordinary circumstances that would never happen all to set Joker up as the best pilot in the Alliance fleet.
[JOKER COMIC SPOILER WARNING]
He passed Flight school and through the Officer’s Academy. He did better than all of his peers. The Alliance already knows he’s a fantastic pilot. There’s no need for him to steal a warship and show off to prove himself, because he already has. I can’t quite put my finger on what it does that makes me so… against it. But it’s the same feeling I get when reading fanfiction where it feels like events were written in that specific way to make that specific character stand out.
This is what happens when you don’t have the original character writers authoring these projects.
I think we should all make fancomics to replace these god awful ones we’ve been given.
[longer reblog because I can]
The Joker comic was actually free, which was about the best thing going for it.
We’re straight-up told in canon that Joker was picked because people recognize that he’s good at his job, and his file is full of commendations. I highly doubt he got them as a glorified taxi-driver, which is what the comic implies he’s been doing for the past ten years.
Saying it feels like bad fanfic is pretty accurate — one of the things that hit me is that it feels like he’s being portrayed as a teen, living out a very juvenile fantasy, instead of a 31 year old man who’s worked his ass off to get where he is (which is canon). It’s a huge difference in maturity level — it sacrifices character depth (and canon!) and ten years of work for one stupid stunt, just to make a splash. It feels like fic partly because a lot of writers have similar issues with keeping the characters acting anywhere near their canonical ages, and go for the big splash instead of the ‘boring’ build up.
For a lot of people the “I have magical mad talent!” story is more appealing than the “I had a decent amount of talent and then worked my ass off” story. For me, it’s the other way ‘round — I really appreciated that most of the Mass Effect characters weren’t perfect young miracle kids.
But apparently teen!Kaidan has muscles on his muscles, so maybe the people involved in these just have no idea about how aging works. Or have ever met human beings.
(I’ll have to stick to fic, though. Don’t have anywhere near time for a comic! Have to enjoy others’, instead)
Through most of Mass Effect 1, Rhi fully intended to ask Joker out on a date — after she was transferred out of his chain of command, or he out of hers, which she assumed was inevitable, since she’d worked so many different postings. She wasn’t pining or anyingthing; she just had him marked as someone she wanted to spend time with in a year or two or whenever postings changed and officer’s ethics allowed it. He was cute and fun to talk to and considerably different from her more normal “Enter the bar, pick the hottie you’re taking to bed tonight” routine (He wasn’t unique in that — she’d done genuine dating before, it was just usually fairly casual).
Joker, on the other hand, had the very strange slow-burn crush that you don’t realize is a crush at first, the one where you smile when someone comes in and can’t tell yourself why. He didn’t realize how much he cared for her until after she died and was revived. He was too wrecked while she was dead to even try poking that thought with a ten foot poking stick, and to him his self blame depression/obsession felt totally rational, as depression does when you’re in it.
[Just when you thought my blog had gone All Pacific Rim, the Mass Effect headcanons come flooding back]