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57: Shepard's Origin(s)
Let's talk about what we can and can't affect about Shepard's backstory, including our choice of his origins and how that changes our game options and quests. It's more than you might realize.
66 min
56: David Anderson Part 2: The Galaxy's Best Dad
Everybody needs a mentor in their life. Someone to look up to. A parental figure, a guide, someone to take them under their wing and guide them. Sometimes it's an actual parent, but sometimes it's someone you meet out in the world who believes in you...
46 min
55: David Anderson: The OG Badass
Before there was Shepard, there was Anderson. The OG badass. The man who gave everything, including the spotlight, so that Shepard could do what he needed to do to succeed. It takes a special kind of person, a real hero, to do what Anderson did.
52 min
54: The BEST Mass Effect "Head Canon" | March, ...
Do you have any "head canon" about the series? Something you believe to be true whether it's been explicitly confirmed or not? We dig into our patron's best theories to see if they stand up to scrutiny.
79 min
53: Udina Part 2 - A Character Study
Let's take a closer look at Udina to try to understand his character and his choices. Was he indoctrinated? Was he well written?
49 min
52: Donnel Udina - Was he really THAT bad?
We’re beginning our series of episodes on characters with the very first voice we hear in ME1: Donnel Udina, human ambassador to the council with a very punchable face.
58 min
51: The Powers of the Citadel Council
What exactly is the full authority of the Citadel Council? What powers do they have? And who are they?
60 min
50: The History of the Citadel Council
Let's take a closer look at the governing body of the entire galaxy. When were they established? How did they come to power? And have they done a "good" job keeping the peace?
52 min
49: Factions: Sloane Kelly’s Outcasts & Reyes V...
The two most dangerous groups of exiles, Sloane Kelly’s Outcasts & Reyes Vidal’s Collective, give us call-back vibes to certain pirate groups from the Milky Way. Let's take a closer look.
47 min
48: Factions: The Initiative's Exiles
The journey to Andromeda didn't go as planned. And even before the human-focused ship arrived the seeds of discord were already sowed leading to the division that created a split, or as some would call them, exiles.
46 min
47: The WORST Plot Holes | Feb, 2022 Patron Chat
The Mass Effect series is a complex story written by a team of writers, and every complex story has its fair share of plot holes. Nothing is perfect. We bring in our panel of superfans to discuss the very worst (best?) of these plot holes and try to explain why they exist.
102 min
46: Factions: The Roekaar - Angaran Extremism
Desperate times breed extremist groups, and among the Angarans this is no different. How did the Roekaar come to be, and why is this fictional sci-fi lore so grounded and scary?
53 min
45: Factions: The Angara Resistance
The Angaran Resistance was a necessary reaction to the Kett, but how did they form and who was able to unite such diverse and distant factions under a singular cause?
42 min
44: The Andromeda Initiative's Dark Secrets
Founded in 2176 and launched in 2185, the Andromeda Initiative is a civilian, multi-species project created to send scientists, explorers, and colonists on a one-way trip to settle in the Andromeda Galaxy. But what is it's REAL purpose? And who REALLY funded the project?
89 min
43: Asari Justicar & Commandos Lore
The Asari Justicars are sort of like the Judge Dredds of the Asari - homeless, warrior monks who travel the galaxy enforcing laws and bringing law-breakers to justice. What else do we know about them and the Asari Commandos?
74 min
42: Casting the Perfect Mass Effect TV Series
Who would you cast in the perfect TV Series adaptation of Mass Effect? You're the director. You have the budget to choose any stars you want and they'll say yes. Who do you pick? Who would make the perfect Garrus? Tali? Wrex? Commander Shepard? We talk with our Patrons to find out their picks and discuss how we think they'd turn out.
77 min
41: Behind The Music of Mass Effect
Andrew Thomson & Mike Basak join us to blow your minds about the amazing music of Mass Effect. Andrew Thompson, aka Pipeman, an internationally recognized composer and percussionist, and Mike Basak, an orchestra musician with over a decade of experience and the orchestra manager for one of the world’s top conservatories, explain the orchestral and movie influences behind the music.
133 min
40: Spectre Lore
This is it. Everything we know about Spectres in Mass Effect. How and when the Spectre program was started. How you become a Spectre. How many Spectres there are. What events the Spectres have been involved in. Everything.
74 min
39: Factions: The Special Tasks Group & League ...
The Special Tasks Group (STG) is a Salarian espionage organization and progenitor to the Spectors, and the League of One is an even more secretive group of Salarian spies who were turned on by their own government.
69 min
38: Our Personal Mass Effect Stories - Patron C...
When did you discover the Mass Effect series? What does it mean to you? Our patrons share their personal stories. How they fell in love with the series and discovered a deep and meaningful universe that holds a unique place in each of their lives.
94 min
37: Factions: C-Sec
Let's take a closer look at the security force protecting and serving the largest space station in the galaxy, C-Sec. The men and women of C-Sec keep the Citadel safe, eat a lot of donuts, and always make the right call in a tough situation. Right...
67 min
36: Factions: The Blood Pack
The last of our "bad guy" factions is the Blood Pack, filled with Krogan and Vorcha, they seem like the faceless baddies the game just throws at our heroes when they need the lowest scum for us to shoot at, but is there more to them?
56 min
35: Massive Mass Effect Trivia Patron Night Nov...
Our patrons bring us some of the most difficult Mass Effect trivia yet. Can N7 beat them at their own game?
101 min
34: Factions: Eclipse
Eclipse is like the sneaky, lesser-known little brother of the Blue Suns. Always trying to prove that they're just as cool but without nearly any of the same bragging rights.
54 min
33: Factions: The Blue Suns
You may not realize just how much the Blue Suns have their dirty little hands in practically everything. We didn't until we started researching for this episode of the Mass Effect Lorecast.
67 min
32: N7 Day Special: Mark Meer Answers a Questio...
We are beyond excited to finally reveal that Mark Meer, the voice of male Shepard, was kind enough to send us his thoughts on the Shepard / Anderson relationship for our N7 day episode about the N7 program itself.
47 min
31: Favorite Loyalty Missions - Patron Chat Oct...
We discuss our favorite loyalty missions in the Mass Effect games, what makes them impactful to us personally and to the games as a whole, and how we might have changed some of our least favorites.
70 min
30: Best LE Mods & Best Loyalty Missions Patron...
Legendary Edition has been out for a while, so it's time to take a look at what the best mods are for the game, plus a couple of our patrons join us early to talk about their favorite loyalty missions (and least favorite) in Mass Effect.
73 min
29: Factions: The Shadow Broker
The Shadow Broker - a mysterious title for a mysterious person, entity, position, group? We reveal everything we know about who they are, how they came to power, and what effect they have had on the Mass Effect universe.
66 min
28: Factions: Cerberus - The Deep Lore
The structure of Cerberus is ingenious, and a bit insane - just like the Illusive Man himself...
65 min
27: Factions: Cerberus - Origins
Cerberus is the powerful and mysterious organization lead by the "Illusive Man" but how did they become so powerful? Where did they come from and what did they do to climb to power?
63 min
26: Lore Quiz Show - Patron Chat Sept 2021
Can you beat our patrons at a test of your lore knowledge?
80 min
25: The Alliance: Military & Politics
We discuss the emergence of the political side of the Alliance and the design of the Alliance military.
48 min
24: Factions: The Alliance
The Alliance, the main governmental body of the planet Earth held some surprises for us once we started researching this episode. Tune in and fine out what even we didn't know.
55 min
23: The Reapers
The Reapers deserve their own episode. They're mysterious and ancient, and almost destroyed everything we fought to save. Where did they come from? Who or what created them? What was their true purpose?
75 min
22: How SHOULD Have Mass Effect Ended? August 2...
We bring together the brilliant minds of our patrons to discuss how the Mass Effect series should have ended. Was there a better conclusion to Mass Effect 3? Could the series have tied together Andromeda and the original trilogy more cohesively?
65 min
21: The Angara & The Kett
The Angara & the Kett are the two main new races we interact with in Mass Effect Andromeda. Let's dig into what we know about what makes them interesting and different from all of the other races in the Mass Effect series.
79 min
20: The Vorcha & The Yahg
The Vorcha and the Yahg are two of the least "fleshed out" (uh... gross) races in the Mass Effect universe, but there are still some things we do know about them...
65 min
19: The Krogan
The Krogans are one of the toughest and most violent of the sentient races in the galaxy, but they are also strangely evolved more like prey than predators. What caused this peculiar evolution and what do we know about their history?
71 min
18: The Quarians
The quarians are a nomadic species of humanoid aliens known for their skills with technology and synthetic intelligence.
42 min
17: The Great Ending Debate (Patron Chat)
In this heated, yet respectful debate, our patrons chime in about which ending they chose and which they think is best.
82 min
16: The Hanar & The Drell
The Hanar and the Drell are lesser known races with an interesting, interlocking story.
70 min
15: The Elcor
This week we discuss the Elcor, the large, slow race with the weird mouth slots and their crazy planet with 4 times the gravity of earth.
71 min
14: Which Race Would You Be? (Monthly Patron Chat)
If you were in Mass Effect, which race would you choose to be? Which do you think (other than human) are you most like already?
68 min
13: The Batarians (WARNING: POTTY WORDS & POLIT...
Do the Batarians get a bad rap? Is there more to this aggressive species than we see in our regular interactions with them?
80 min
12: The Volus
The Volus are the short, rotund bankers of the universe, but there's more to them than meets the eye... if you lean down a bit.
76 min
11: The Turians
The Turians are often considered the Bushido race in Mass Effect. We dig into the lore and the real-world influences and find out that there's a lot more going on.
89 min
10: Community Thoughts on Legendary Edition (1s...
The Mass Effect Legendary Edition does a lot of things right, and a few things still need improvement. We chat with our patrons about their experiences with the games so far.
79 min
09: The Salarians
Tom & Sam dig into who the Salarians are, their strange biology, reproduction, culture, and history.
73 min
08: Mass Effect Legendary Edition First Impress...
Tom & Sam discuss their first impressions of the Mass Effect Legendary Edition's gameplay, graphics, and upgrades from the originals, plus a complete list of the content changes.
70 min
07: The Asari Lore
The Asari are the blue skinned ancient alien race who are mono-gendered yet "female" in appearance and are full of mystery. Why were they so much more advanced than other intelligent races? How do they reproduce? Are they hiding a secret?
68 min
06: The Protheans
The Protheans were here before any of the current space-faring races of Mass Effect, but they too stood on the shoulders of giants...
78 min
05: The Creation of the Geth & The Geth War
Here's how the Geth were created by the Quarians, plus the amazing details about the Geth War that happened 300 years before the beginning of Mass Effect 1.
61 min
04: The Krogan Problem & The Genophage "Solution"
The Rachni "solution" created a new Krogan problem... and that required another "solution" - the genophage. Here's what we know.
58 min
03: The Rachni War & The Krogan "Solution"
How dangerous were the Rachni and was the "solution" worth it?
64 min
02: The First Contact War
The First Contact War paved the way for humans in the universe, but we didn't make the best first impression...
71 min
01: Is Shepard Alive? + Teaser Trailer Hidden D...
Welcome to the Mass Effect Lorecast. We kick off the first episode with a discussion of the evidence for and against if Shepard is still alive or not. We discuss which ending might be canon and reveal some of the hidden details in the teaser trailer for the next Mass Effect game to support our points.
74 min