Mass Effect has a simple message: human beings are delusional about their importance in the grand scheme of things.
Mass Effect starts with humanity in the galaxy where it should have been in the United Federation of Planets: unnoticed among the other minor species struggling to prove to the Council why they add anything of value to the civilization that is Citadel Space. Such a message would be laughable were it made central toStar Wars or Star Trek, where nearly every important character is human. Star Wars and Star Trek start with the assumption that humans will be important in galactic civilization. Why? In part because the medium forced that decision, but more so because both universes assume that human beings add meaning to the universe. Mass Effect doesn’t make such an assumption.Mass Effect never lets you forget that we might not add one jot of meaning or benefit to intelligent life beyond our solar system.
An interesting read.