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The Mass Effect Cast Held a Virtual Reunion on N7 Day

The introductions by the host, Ash Sevilla, started out right:

“We have the voice of Commander Shepard... Jennifer Hale.”
“We have... the other voice of Commander Shepard, Mark Meer.”






Thrown together by Jennifer Hale herself, this reunion features...

Patrick Weekes - Senior Writer at BioWare
Karin Weekes - Senior Editor at BioWare
Caroline Livingstone - Creative Performance Director at BioWare

Commander Shephard (Jennifer Hale, Mark Meer)
Jack (Courtenay Taylor)
Ashley Williams (Kimberly Brooks)
Grunt (Steve Blum)
Samantha Traynor (Alix Wilton Regan)
[Possible spoiler character]Legion (D.C. Douglas)
Dr. Liara T'Soni (Ali Hillis)
Kaidan Alenko (Raphael Sbarge)
Thane Krios (Keythe Farley)
Mordin Solus (William Salyers, Mass Effect 3)


―― Jennifer Hale revealed this reunion was planned for N7 Day (November 7, for those who aren't aware), but she had no idea about the remaster and that it was all just a nice coincidence.

―― This is the first time most of the cast has done a panel together! Most of them have never met before.

―― Kimberly Brooks, who voices Ashley Williams, refers to her character as the Space Racist due to Ashley's views on fantastical racism [55:00].

―― William Salyers sings the Scientist Salarian tune! [1:17:26]

[Q&A (spoiler-free)]
∼ Q&A ∼


· Why do you believe the Mass Effect series is beloved by so many even so long after its release?

Patrick Weekes : “The answer comes down to friendship and found family and people coming together to triumph over adversity. It could've been just another 'kill everything' game, but it's a game where you're getting to know people, you're getting to care about the inner-lives of the people you're working with until at the end you feel like this is really somebody you'd be willing to lay down your life for. I think that's really powerful.”


· Has your participation in Mass Effect changed how you reflect on things in your own personal life?

Keythe Farley (Thane Krios) mentioned that he leans more towards jobs with an emphasis on cinematic voice acting now that he knows it's a thing.


· How important the characters were to the VAs:

Courtenay Taylor went on a beautiful rant about how well-rounded Jack is and describes her as, “a woman who is fully expressed - capable of anger and all of these emotions” and how being able to relate so much to a character has been incredibly important to her.



Alix Wilton Regan (Samantha Traynor) adds onto Taylor's comments by saying she (Alix) has two moms, never had a dad, and “being raised by two women in the 80s was pretty radical, as you can imagine” and continues, “[Mass Effect] was really trailblazing the way for inclusivity and diversity of races and sexualities and identities and to put this storyline between two women (no offense, Mark; just between two women), it was really radical!”

Patrick Weekes expands on Alix's story with an excellent response : “I showed [the storyline between Samantha/FemShep] to one of our gay coworkers, Susanne, and I said, 'what is not in here that you would like to be in here? What do you, as a lesbian, wish were a part of this arc?' and the white picket fences conversation* was what she said she wanted. It wasn't in there in the first draft, and she said, 'you know, we get the hot girls kissing and stuff all of the time; we don't get, 'I would like to have a house, I would like to have a white picket fence and a dog' the domestic stuff.”
* OP NOTE: a conversation that resembles the implication of family and normalcy in a relationship.

The rest of the questions are spoilery or about production. And OP has too much homework to actually summarize the rest.

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