What I had in mind by middle finger was along the lines of the precursors deliberately creating the flood as a last ditch effort to get back at the forerunners before dying out. In the story, it was essentially an accident that they became tainted and they just decided to roll with it and used it to get back at the Forerunners. I think something more sinister would have been been a bitter fit. You are right though, there is a bit more to the flood's beginnings. But not much.
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It depends. In some cases context helps, in others it can't. If Halopedia gave a decent summary of the story of then I definitely would cast it off as lame and I doubt further details would make it any less so.
I don't think you can cast off something as lame without the proper context, however.
Honestly, I haven't read the forerunner trilogy. I'm not interested in them. I read up about the flood origins on Halopedia. I'm sure the book probably explains the flood in better detail but IMO it's still a really lame origin.
Seems like you just stopped at Halo: Crytpum and didn't read the rest of the Forerunner Trilogy then.
Same here. I miss the Flood's origins being a mystery. The precursor corrupted space dust that infected dog like pets which eventually turned into the flood really makes it hard for me to take the flood serious anymore. That's such a lame origin. Would have better if the flood was the precursors big middle finger to the forerunners or something. Anything but evil space dust....
Oh I understand the pre-343i universe just fine because it had set rules.I feel similarly.
I understood Bungie's Halo pretty well because some things were purposefully shrouded in mystery (origins of the Flood, identity of the Forerunners), and I was able to accept that. Hell, I preferred it.
Perhaps. To me, all that would do is make the Precursors boring evil villains using a boring evil super weapon. That would
suck out all my interest in the Flood. Like when a certain AI becomes a boring evil villain and uses Guardians and Prometheans as boring super weapons... it makes them all totally uninteresting.
By making it an accident brought on my pure desperation on the part of the Precursors (who may or may not have intended to wipe out the Forerunners once they failed the test of the Mantle), the Flood becomes another layer of guilt set on the Forerunners' shoulders. Another fault acting as reason why they should have felt that it was necessary for their people to recede from the galaxy and not take part in the new time after the Array's firing. It adds to the depths of the Forerunners and their relationship with the Flood itself, as opposed to just Forerunners vs Precursor weapon or even Forerunner vs mysterious parasite.
The Flood is plenty sinister, I think, and I don't see their beginnings as detracting from that. On the contrary, the Precursor's lack of malice in their pure desire only to create, and the stark contrast created by this version of the Flood and its desire to undo that creation, adds to the nature of the Flood with a sense of tragedy. It all adds up to more than a bit when it comes to the story behind the Flood, in my opinion.
Remember that time Lucas tried explaining the Force via Midichlorians?
Explaining the Flood's origin in depth is much the same.
In a sense, if the only aspect of the Force/Flood you're after is the mystery. I'd argue the difference is that the story of the origin of the Flood doesn't totally go against what the Flood stood for, unlike Midichlorians and the Force.
The Force (which was supposedly all-encompassing
and interacted with by ones own
connection to it) now being said to be dependent on microscopic bugs in your blood is a complete shift in the nature of the Force (at the very least the nature of anyone's use or interaction with it) and how it's perceived. The problem wasn't that we now know too much about the Force, is that's everything we did know was now confused, muddied, and inconsistent if we accepted the new information.
Nothing in the Forerunner saga is a complete shift away from the Flood being a nearly all-power parasite which can consume galaxies' worth of life. The new information isn't incompatible with the old.