Mass Effect: Invasion #3
"Invasion, part 3"
As with all my “production notes,” consider a “Spoiler Warning” attached. Please read the books first.
The trick with the Cerberus takeover of Omega is that, for the most part, Aria was the only person holding Omega together -- and Cerberus had no such credibility, as yet. So the first thing that would logically happen, regardless of what was going on outside, when Aria disappeared was that all heck would break loose between the rival gangs. It's enough to befuddle Ashe.
It seemed natural that Petrovsky would be a Tolstoy fan — and that War and Peace would be his touchstone. There are all sorts of wonderful quotes, many of which Petrovsky would have considered relevant. It was Russia's immense expanse that saved it from Napoleon and, to some degree, Hitler; Omega is one more kilometer of land that Cerberus needs. Aria is aware of the contradictions in Cerberus's arguments, though, and she certainly shares them.
And check out how the Illusive Man also knows Tolstoy. He knows
what buttons to push with Petrovsky, for sure -- but even that has
trouble outweighing the things the general has seen by now...
- There are some great looking spaceships in this series, both interior and exterior shots. Props to Omar Francia.
- I didn't know if they still had books in the Mass Effect era; Petrovsky makes an observation about that.
- Anticlus was the guy inside the Trojan Horse who wouldn't
shut up -- and was gagged so he couldn't speak. An apt code-phrase for
Petrovsky to pick.