Eoin Member Oct 27, 2017 2,408 Mar 20, 2020 #4,801 bawjaws said: People act like the plot of Mass Effect was incredibly novel and unpredecented. Sci-fi has long explored the themes of "higher powers" regulating the expansion and development of younger species. Click to expand... Click to shrink... It's totally fair to say that Mass Effect has drawn on a long history of other science fiction, and that virtually nothing that it does was original. Even the aesthetics are cribbed from Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. So up until this episode of Picard, I would have agreed that the plot of Picard owed more to generalised science fiction tropes and themes than specifically to Mass Effect. This episode changes that. Although each individual plot strand could have come from elsewhere, the combination looks a whole lot more like Mass Effect now than it did even just one episode ago. With changes and some subversions, for sure, and those result in differences big enough that it's definitely not just a rip-off, but it's definitely reasonable to think that the series owes a big debt to Mass Effect. Himynameischris said: Couldn't find one so I made this. Click to expand... Click to shrink... It's right up there with the coolest moments in Star Trek. I genuinely hope that they use variations of this same effect for all Borg cubes in future. Not just Borg cubes that are about to be easily defeated several frames later.